DON’T BLOW IT UP
Two little girls are playing with a ball. But after a petty quarrel, they get angry with each other and take offense. Their umbrage makes them inflate like balloons, they fly all the way up to the clouds. Girls get stuck up there, with no idea how to get down and save their kitten stuck in the tree.
Director, storw, screenplay, art director – Alžbeta Mačáková Mišejková
Sound – Richard Vacula
Edit – Lucie Hecht, Alexander Kashcheev
Music – Magdaléna Mišejková
Animation – Žofie Zajíčková, Jan Bohuslav, Jacek Kaczmarek, Nina Ovsová, Magdalena Hejzlarová, Alžbeta Mačáková Mišejková, Matouš Svěrák, Petr Charvát
Producer – Jiří Pecinovský (MAUR film)
Co-producer – FAMU
Target audience – children 4-6
Language – no dialogues
Length – 8 minutes
Release – 2022
World premiere – June 2022, Animafest Zagreb
Financially supported by Czech Film Fund and FILMTALENT Zlín Endowment Fund.
The project was pitched at the Animation Espresso 2020 and CEE Animation Forum 2021.
Riga, Tirana, ISFF Zubroffka, Reykjavik, Cork IFF, Movotun Croatia, Bogotá SFF, Festival Premiers Plans France, Anifilm, Fest Anča, Animafest Zagreb, Fantoche, Animateka Ljubljana, Turku Finland, BAB Bratislava, Primanima Hungary, Hsin Yi Children Taiwan, Monstra Lisbon, ITSF Stuttgart, Buff Malmo, Filem´on Belgium, Athens ICFF etc.
| DIRECTOR’S STATEMENT
A person learns how to forgive all of his life, even though he encounters this concept early in his childhood. The saying “to forgive is divine” always rings true, even if it is sometimes difficult. And for small children, it is even more complicated, because they are just learning how to deal with their emotions. I am a mother of two little girls and I quickly found out how difficult it is sometimes, to explain basic behavioral patterns. It is not easy for them to understand. “But why?” I hear all the time. “Well, because that is the right thing to do!”. “But why?” I hear again.
I would like to help little kids to understand what happens when you keep these negative emotions inside. To explain to them, that to forgive is difficult, but it’s the key to solving the problem. The two main characters reflect the natural behavior of small children. Every little child has an experience with a situation similar to the
| ABOUT THE DIRECTOR
Alžbeta Mačáková Mišejková studied at art high school of Václav Hollar, where she continued with interactive animation studies. She received a student award, Griff, for her animated short film Slepice in 2011. Mačáková Mišejková is a graduate of animation at the FAMU in Prague. During her time at school, she completed short films In the Clouds (2012) and Electricity (2014) and Forgive (2022). Currently, she is on maternity leave with two children.