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May 29, 2020 - Jul 17, 2020

Contemporary Czech Animation: 60th Zlín Film Festival

Czech Centers, in cooperation with selected universities and film festivals, present a special program of animated film collections, which pay tribute to contemporary Czech animation. Animation has always belonged to the family silver of Czech(oslovak) cinematography and it still occupies this position, as evidenced by the international attention and awards which contemporary animated works receive. Let us also remind you that this year we will be celebrating 120 years since the birth of Hermína Týrlová, who was at the birth of Czechoslovakian animated film.

Zlín Film Festival (ZFF)
May 29 - June 7, 2020

Watch Zlín Film Festival via Dafilms HERE

Zlín Film Festival – International Film Festival for Children and Youth is the oldest and largest film festival of its kind in the world. This is a significant international event which has an excellent reputation and holds lots of respect. Each year the festival presents around 300 films from more than 50 countries around the world. Since 2010 festival attendance has exceeded 95,000 children and adults. 

Starting May 29 the city of Zlín would have turned into one big celebration of children´s film. As a symbolic gesture to remind the kick-out we have prepared a showcase of short animations for children. These films competed for the Golden Slipper for best short animation for children for the past 6 years. 

This set is targeted at the youngest audience and tells funny stories from everyday lives of men and animals. Children can admire various animation techniques including the puppets of the most famous clumsy duo of handymen Pat and Mat. Since its birth in 1976 this tv show has been popular with not only Czech kids but also those in Poland, Germany, Brazil, Finland, the Netherlands or Iran. 

Zlín Film Festival is proud to cooperate with Faculty of Multimedia Communication of Tomas Bata University in Zlín that provide us with fantastic short animations every year. They achieved lots of success at festivals around the world. You can look forward to three films in this set – Erwin, You Are So Lucky! and The Cherry Tree.

Every child in the Czech Republic would spend their evenings with bedtime stories made by Czech Television. One example for all that is well-known globally is Mole and its adventures. Production of bedtime stories format has never stopped and we are ready to show you a new story of the clay Little Rain Worms in this showcase.

We hope you will enjoy watching this programme that came to birth thanks to the cooperation with Czech Centres, Dafilms and the filmmakers. We therefore would like to express our gratitude to give us a chance to present Zlín Film Festival to you, our dear audience in all around the world.


YOU ARE SO LUCKY! (Ty se máš!, CZE, 2013, 6´)

Directed by: Zuzana Brachaczková
Production: Faculty of Multimedia Communication of Tomas Bata University in Zlín

A humorous story about a hen with the feeling that her life filled with the constant commanding rooster, the exhausting laying of eggs, and the clucking of the surrounding hens is the worst in the world. Why couldn’t she be a dog? After all, a dog has it easy! He just rolls over in his doghouse all day with his belly up and fills up on treats. What happens when two naive creatures exchange roles?

Zuzana Brachaczková is a Czech animator and director. She is currently studying for her Masters Degree in animated productions at the Faculty of Multimedia Communication of Tomas Bata University in Zlín. She shoots short animated films for children and young people and is also a lecturer of art lessons for nursery school children in Zlín.


 (O modrém autíčku, CZE, 2013, 8´)

Directed by: František Novák
Production: Československá filmová společnost, s.r.o.

One part of a series of stories about a blue car and his friends. The pink car has a smudge and is sad. Where can they get water when the river has dried up? But there are friends who will help in any distress.


František Novák is a Czech animator, cinematographer and director. He animated the short films Osan and the Dragon King (Osan a dračí král, 1992), The Sensational Tales of Hoppy the Kangaroo (2004), and The Bridge (2005). He’s listed for animation, cinematography and directing for the TV series Blue Car Stories (O modrém autíčku, 2011-2013).


WILDLIFE CROSSING! (Pozor, zvěř!, CZE, 2014, 6´)

Directed by: Noro Drziak, Anthony Wong
Production: 3BOHEMIANS

The story about the love of two snails who must overcome the pitfalls of the harsh reality that separates them – the road in the middle of the countryside. He can’t stop traffic, but not even the danger of passing cars can stop him. He has to cross the road to get to his girl.

Norbert Držiak (1974) is a Slovak artist, animator and director. He collaborated on the production of the film Alois Nebel (2011). He has made the short fi lms Lost Danaus (Ztracený Danaus, 1997) and The Great Sneezer (Velký Kýchač, 2001).


Anthony Wong is an American animator. He worked for Walt Disney studio, where he collaborated on the animation of feature films, as well as for Pixar, where he currently works. Both filmmakers were members of the professional jury at Zlín Film Festival.



LITTLE RAIN WORMS (Žížaláci – Hřiště, CZE, 2015, 9´)

Directed by: Jaromír Gál
Production: Czech Television

The little rain worms and Blackbird deal with an illegal dump. They have fun using a meat grinder to turn all of the strange junk into attractions – colorful swings and slides. They mark their newly built playground and then the worms and Blackbird become the first to play on it.

Jaromír Gál (1938) is a Czech artist, animator, screenwriter and director. He’s collaborated on the artistic side of some of the fi lms by director Ivan Renč. He wrote the scripts for the children’s TV series Bugo and Picola (Bugo a Pikola, 1998), Gogo and Figi (2007) and Little Rain Worms (Žížaláci, 2009), which he animated and directed.


ERWIN (CZE, 2015, 4´)

Directed by: Petr Jindra
Production: Faculty of Multimedia Communication of Tomas Bata University in Zlín

In a small house lives an old lady with her cat Erwin. In the house there is a table, an armchair and dozens of boxes that Erwin loves. One day the lady gets a new microwave. When the cat sees the microwave, a new modern box it can’t be stopped. The lady does all she can to change the cat's mind. In the end ruse is paid back by ruse.

Directed by: Petr Jindra



PAT AND MAT IN THE COUNTRYSIDE: THE CACTUS (Pat a Mat na venkově: Kaktus, CZE, 2015, 8´)

Directed by: Marek Beneš
Production: Patmat film, s.r.o. 

Mat buys a huge cactus and brings it home. It is really big and they need get it inside somehow, but it’s not easy because the cactus has spines everywhere. What crazy idea will they think of this time? How will they get it home?

Marek Beneš (1960) is a Czech screenwriter and director who graduated from the CTU in Prague. As a filmmaker he became known for educational programs. He later started working in animation for the series of short films Pat and Mat for Prague Short Film and subsequently for a private studio. For a while he worked for cable TV. Once his own Patmat studio was established, he returned to animation. There he worked on new episodes of Pat and Mat, which he recently introduced in the feature-length film Pat and Mat in a Movie (2016).


THE CHERRY TREE (Třešňový strom, CZE, 2017, 5´)

Directed by: Eva Dvořáková
Production: Faculty of Multimedia Communication of Tomas Bata University in Zlín

The paper picture on the wall is completing itself and lives its own life. The story shows the relationship between the characters in the picture – fragile and influenced by the real world.

Directed by: Eva Dvořáková



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From: May 29, 2020
To: Jul 17, 2020


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