11 min.


Hello Summer

Ahoj leto

A family expects to have a best summer holiday ever but instead they end up going through a roller coaster of troubles until they find out what their holiday is really about.

Sea, sun, beaches and family holidays. Just pick your dream destination from the catalogue, pack your bags and hit the road. But what if the hotel isn't as stellar as promised, your room has a bit of a naughty view, the dinner is surprisingly exotic and your luggage travels independently. Family above all!

Director’s statement
In Hello Summer we want to manifest the cinematic values of comedy, comforting tone and clever children's content that we shared as co-directors. Through joining stop-motion and hand-drawn animation, the techniques we usually work with, the unique playful usage of objects in a different context was made possible. The family travelling story organically emerged afterwards. A sea-side holiday is a big event for a family from an inland country such as Czechia or Slovakia. We have memories from our own childhoods of our parents saving over several years and creating great expectations to have the best holiday ever. However, with our film we want to tell that the luxury of a vacation is measured more by the precious quality time a family spends together than the number of swimming pools in a hotel resort. We chose to narrate this story with an archetypal model family and through a very straightforward story line.

Director and Producer
Martin Smatana

Country of production

Slovakia, Czech Republic, France

Target audience

family with children 6-9 yo

Animation Technique

Combination of stop motion object animation and hand drawn animation

Production company

Last films

Looking for

financing, sales agents, 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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