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Daughter (2019 short film)

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Short animated film by Daria Kashcheeva, Russian student of animation in Prague Film and TV Academy of Performing Arts.[1]

The director Daria Kashcheeva chose for her film an utterly unique art form, where she achieves very realistic shots with a hand-held camera, which is, in a puppet movie, a pioneering technique. In her work she drew inspiration from films by Lars Von Trier and the Dardenne brothers Luc and Jean-Pierre. The film is made completely by hand with no digital effects. This is also one of the reasons why it has been gaining so much worldwide recognition from critics and audiences alike.[2]

The 15-minute stop-motion animated film was produced at FAMU, in co-production with MAUR film, and premiered at Annecy, where it won both the Cristal for best student film and the Young Jury Award.[3]


A young girl buries in her soul a memory of a painful moment, when as a child she brought home an injured bird and her father burdened by his own weight of worries didn’t notice her feelings and longing for understanding.  The girl took her father’s reaction as indifference and closed herself in her inner world longing for her father’s love and its manifestations. Since that moment she and her dad continued to grow apart, and as an adult she is no longer able to accept his endearments. The father suffers from guilt and searches for a way back to his daughter, trying to revive their lost relationship.[4]


Director, screenplay writer, art director, animator Daria Kashcheeva

Editor Alexander Kashcheev

Music Petr Vrba

DOP Daria Kashcheeva, Bargav Sridhar

Sound Daria Kashcheeva, Miroslav Chaloupka

Lighting Bargav Sridhar

Producer Zuzana Roháčová (FAMU)

Co-producer Martin Vandas (MAUR film)

Financially supported by Czech Film Fund

International premiere: 10.6.2019 – Annecy International Animated Film Festival

Czech Republic / 2019 / 14 min. 44 sec. / no dialogue


Daughter will be shown in Czech cinemas in the spring 2020 by the distribution company Aerofilms, together with several other successful animated films from recent FAMU production.

The working title of Daughter was The Bird, the author decided to change it just before finishing it.

The director is now working on a new graduation project movie, which should be finished at FAMU in co-production with MAUR film during 2021.

Daughter is part of a movie Three Voices, the result of juxtaposing three interesting puppet student films. They were being created concurrently at three Czech art schools – FAMU, UMPRUM and University of West Bohemia.

In the history of Academy Awards it is unheard of for a student film to be nominated among the final five in the Best Animated Film category.

The last Czech animated movie to get on the Oscar shortlist was also a film from FAMU, Happy End by Jan Saska in December 2016. Unfortunately, it didn’t make the final five nominees.

The only artist of Czech origin who has won the Best Animated Short Film category was director and animator Jaroslav Pinkava. In 1998 the Oscar went to his film Geri’s Game produced by the American company Pixar.[5][edit]


The 46th Student Academy Award Gold Medal in category International Animation Film.

Annecy International Animated Film Festival 2019 Cristal for the Best Student Film, Young Jury award for the best Student film

Insomnia animation festival 2019 The best film of the international competition – Young animation

Melbourne International Film Festival 2019 City Post Award for Best Animation Short Film

Fantoche International Animation Film Festival (Switzerland) 3-8/9 2019 Best film of Fantoche

World Festival of Animated Film Varna (Bulgaria) 11-15/9 2019 The best student film

Tirana International Film Festival (Albania) 23-29/09 2019 The Best Student film Sweaty Eyeballs Animation Festival (USA) 4-6/10 2019 Best Student Animation Award

Balkanima (Serbia) 1-6/10 2019 Best Student film

Sweaty Eyeballs Animation Festival (USA) 4-6/10 2019 Best Student film

Taichun International Animation Festival TIAF (Taiwan) 11-20/10 2019 Grand Prix for the best Student Film

Animafilm (Azerbaijan) 18-20/10 2019 Best Short Animated Film

Bucheon International Animation Festival BIAF (South Korea) 18-22/10 2019 AniG‘s Choice and 1st Prize Jury Prize

Contact – International Student Film Festival (Turkey) 21-25/10 2019 Best Cinematography award

ReAnimania (Armenia) 24-29/10 2019 Best Graduation Film

Kuandu International Animation Festival 27.10-3.11  2019 Best Student Film Award

Primanima (Hungaria) 30/10-2/11 Best Graduation Film, Primasound jury – Best Sound Design

Big Cartoon Festival (Russia) 25/10-4/11 2019 Critics’ prize

Baku International Short Film Festival  6-9/11 2109 Best Animated Film Award and Best Animation Director

Stop Trick in Lodz (Poland) 8-10/11 2019 Lodz Audience Grand Prix

Ajayu International Animation Festival (Peru) 6-10/11 Grand Prix at the Main Competition

Denver Film Festival (USA) 30/10-10/11 Marilyn Marsh Saint-Veltri Award for Best Student Animated Short Film

VGIK student film festival (Russia) 12-15/11 Best Animated Film

Norwich Film Festival (UK) 4-17/11  Best Animated Film

Palm Springs Intl. Animation Festival & Expo (USA) 14/11 Best Animated Short

Cinanima (Portugal) 11-17/11 International Student Film Competition Award

FESTIVAL DU FILM COURT DE VILLEURBANNE 16-25/11  2019 (France) Best Award of the Short Animated Competition

Rome Independent Film Festival – RIFF Awards (Italy) 15-22/11 The winner at the Animation short section

PÖFF Shorts – Black Nights Film Festival 19-27/11 (Estonia) The winner at the New Talent competition

Anilogue International Animation Festival (Hungary) Best Short Film

Cyprus International Film Festival “Golden Aphrodite” (Cyprus) 22-30/11 Animation award

ISFF ZUBROFFKA (Poland) 4-8/12 Best film in the EASTWARD WINDOW Competition and THE BEST ANIMATION

Contemporary Animation Festival ICONA (Greece) 29/11-1/12 2nd place by the Jury in Student Short Animation Category

Cinemaiubit (Romania) 3-7/12 The Best Animation Film

Whistler Film Festival (USA) 4-8/12 International ShortWork Award[6]


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