Student / Rising Stars




Beyond the Face

Onkraj obraza

A naive child who likes to daydream, must in order to fulfill his wish, cross the threshold into another world and give up his childhood.

In a world where adults have no faces and wear masks instead, a naive child spends his childhood dreaming about airplanes. During the play, he unknowingly stumbles upon a school catalog in which he notices a new school bag with an airplane design. He convinces his father to go and buy it at a nearby bookstore. The realization of his wish consequently leads to the confrontation with an unpleasant transition into a new world on the first day of school. Nalu has to give up his childhood and with that accept losing the face.

Director’s statement
The basic motif, which was the central motivation and ideological background for making this animated film are the words of an English actress Amanda Richardson “In a world where everyone wears masks, it is a privilege to see the soul.” I wanted to write a poweful story and share a meaningful message that is based on a real life experience everyone can relate to, mixed with an abstract twist. I chose the stop motion technique with puppets, because i feel it can represent a softer and more pleasant mixture of the real world and fantasy filled with abstract and grotesque metaphors.


Anja Resman

Boštjan Potokar

Country of production


Target audience

children 10+

Animation Technique

stop motion

Looking for

co-producer, financing, sales agents, postproduction, festivals


CEE Animation is supported by the Creative Europe – MEDIA Programme of the European Union and co-funded by state funds and foundations and professional organisations from the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia.

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