Kafka's Doll

Inspired by an unproven myth, Kafka’s Doll is an animated short film that blends factual research, fiction, fantasy and myth into a single heart-warming story about loss.

When an ill Kafka meets a crying little girl in the park, he sets out to write her a letter a day in order to tell her all about her lost doll’s fictitious travels. He then comes back every single day to read her those letters, and in his quest to help her find a sense of personal resolution, he ends up finding his own in ways he couldn’t have previously imagined. This film is a co-production between Portugal and Spain, produced by Animanostra (PT), WKND (SPA), Lusco Fusco Animation (PT) and Studio Kimchi (SPA).

Public screenings, Festivals & Awards

2024 Life Beyond Film, Italy (Jury Special Mention) May 12-15

2024 NYPSFF Cracow, Poland (NYPSFF Panorama) May 8

2024 Moinho Cine FestPortugal (Official Selection) April

2024 Athens AnimfestGreece (Distinction WinnerMarch

2023 NYPSFF Helsinki, Finland (NYPSFF Panorama) December 9

2023 El Día Más Corto [ED+CORTO]Spain (Official Selection) December 21

2023 Hsin-Yi Children’s Animation Awards, China (Nominee) December 16

2023 NYPSFF Tallinn, Estonia (NYPSFF Panorama) December 9

2023 NYPSFF Luanda, Angola (NYPSFF Panorama) December 5

2023 AnimaPIX, Portugal (Official Selection) December 3

2023 Portuguese Cinema Days, Germany (Official Selection) December 3

2023 La Vieja Encina, Fest. Int. Cortos Terror y FantásticoSpain (Official Selection) November 23-26

2023 BaiDeFest, Spain (Winner Best Animated FilmNovember 16-19

2023 XII Festival de Cortometrajes de Paracuellos de JaramaSpain (Official Selection) November 15-18

2023 Girona Film Festival, Spain (Special Jury MentionNovember 6-11

2023 Epic Animation Comic Games Fest, USA (SDIKFF Winners Session) October 28-29

2023 Northern Lights Fantastic Film Festival, Iceland (Official Selection) October 26-29

2023 Espanto Film Fest, Mexico (Official Selection) October 25 – November 5

2023 Prémio Nacional da Animação, Portugal (Official Selection) October 23-29

2023 Filmets Badalona, Spain (Winner Best SoundtrackOctober 20-28

2023 The Pigeon International Film Festival, Iceland (Official Selection) October 13-16

2023 Curt’Arruda LisboaPortugal (Official Selection) October 13-15

2023 Shortcutz LisboaPortugal (Official Selection) October 10

2023 Baixada AnimadaBrazil (Official Selection) October 5-18

2023 ManifestumPortugal (Official Selection) October 3-4

2023 Tirana International Film FestivalAlbania (Official Selection) September 23-29

2023 Re-Generation International Youth Film FestivalAustralia (Official Selection) September 21-28

2023 Navarra International Film FestivalSpain (Official Selection) September 21-23

2023 Festival du Film Merveilleux & ImaginaireFrance (Official SelectionSeptember 20-22

2023 Semana de cine de Lugo, Spain (Official Selection) September 18-23

2023 Lift-Off Filmmaker Sessions, UK (Jury WinnerSeptember 18

2023 Kursaal Film Festival San Sebastian, Spain (Official Selection) September 15 – October 8

2023 Footcandle Film Festival, USA (Official Selection) September 15-24

2023 Motel X, Portugal (Official Selection) September 12-18

2023 Chaniartoon – International Comic & Animation FestivalGreece (Official SelectionSeptember 11-24

2023 Arouca Film FestivalPortugal (Special Jury Mention) September 7-16

2023 Aphelion Film FestivalItaly (Best Animated Film) September 3

2023 Portobello Film FestivalUK (Official SelectionAugust 31 – September 17

2023 Curtas Castelo de PaivaPortugal (Official SelectionAugust 26-27

2023 San Diego International Kids’ Film FestivalUSA (Winner Grand Jury Prize – Best Short) August 25-27

2023 XII Festival Alhama Ciudad de CineSpain (Official SelectionAugust 8-10

2023 Festival de Cine Espiritual Contracorriente, Spain (Special Jury Mention) July 24-29

2023 Festival Les Units Med, France (Official Selection) June 19 – October 10

2023 NYPSFF São Tomé, São Tomé and Principe (NYPSFF Panorama) July 28

2023 Comic-Con San Diego Independent Film FestivalUSA (Official Selection) July 20-23

2023 IX Festival de Cortos de CarabanchelSpain (Official Selection) July 19-23

2023 Ciné Rencontres de PradesFrance (Official Selection) July 15-22

2023 Cartoon ClubItaly (Official Selection) July 10-16

2023 Festival Internacional de Cine de SaxSpain (Official Selection) July 8-15

2023 Festival Internacional de Cine Bajo la LunaSpain (Official Selection) July 3 – August 17

2023 NY Portuguese Short Film FestivalUSA (Official Selection) June 29

2023 Puebla Film FestivalSpain (Official Selection) June 28 – July 1

2023 Lisboa Indie Film FestivalPortugal  (Winner Best Animated Short) June 25

2023 FantboiSpain (Official Selection) June 8-11

2023 Detours en CinecourtFrance (Official Selection) June 10

2023 Caribe ToonsColombia (Official Selection) June 1-3

2023 Golden Kuker SofiaBulgaria (Official Selection) May 25-29

2023 AvilacineSpain (Best Original Soundtrack) May 22-27

2023 Periferie AnimateItaly (Official Selection) May 12-14

2023 Leiria Film FestivalPortugal (Official Selection) May 10-15

2023 Premios FugazSpain (Finalist) May 7

2023 Palm Springs International Animation FestivalUSA (Winner Best Animated Short) April 30 – July 3

2023 Brighton International Animation FestivalUK (Official Selection) April 15-16

2023 Festival de Cine de Villa María del TriunfoPeru (Official Selection) April 13-22

2023 RiverRun International Film Festival, USA (Official Selection) April 13-22

2023 Lions International Short Film Festival, Spain (Official Selection) April 1

2023 Happy Valley Animation FestivalUSA (Official Selection) March 31 – April 5

2023 VII Skyline Benidorm Film FestivalUSA (Official Selection) March 25 – April 1

2023 Los Angeles International Children’s Film FestivalUSA (Official Selection) March 24-26

2023 Anarchy Film FestivalUnited Kingdom (Official Selection) March 17

2023 VII Madeira Fantastic Film FestPortugal (Official Selection) March 14-18

2023 Aurora – Festival de Cine de Horror de GuanajuatoMexico (Official Selection) March 7-12

2023 Nevermore Film FestivalUSA (Official Selection) February 24-26

2023 SANFICI Santander Fest. Int. de Cine IndependienteColombia (Official Selection) February 20-24

2023 FINCORTEXColombia (Official Selection) December 31

2022 Hator Hator Horror FestSpain (Winner Best Animated Film) December 16-18

2022 XXIII Festival de Cortometrajes de TorrelavegaSpain (Official Selection) December 13-17

2022 XIV Festival Internacional de Cortometrajes Pilas en CortoSpain (Official Selection) December 9-11

2022 Festival Triste Para SemprePortugal (Official Selection) December 8-11

2022 Certamen Internacional de Cortometrajes Roberto Di ChiaraArgentina (Official Selection) December 3

2022 Macau International Short Film FestivalMacau (Official Selection) December 1-8

2022 ICONA 2022 – Ionian Contemporary Animation FestivalGreece (Official Selection) December 1-4

2022 Semana del Cortometraje de ArganzuelaSpain (Official Selection) November 23-26

2022 FESCORASpain (Official Selection) November 23-25

2022 VI Maniatic Film FestivalSpain (Children SectionNovember 21-26

2022 Festival Corto Cortismo de MiguelturraSpain (Official Selection) November 17-20

2022 Festival de Cine Infantil de ChurumbelaMexico (Official Selection) November 16-20

2022 Festival Internacional de Cine de GranadaSpain (Official Selection) November 16-19

2022 XIII Muestra de Cortos Asociación de Cine BardemSpain (Official Selection) November 11-19

2022 XIV Festival Cortos RodiniaSpain (Official Selection) November 10

2022 Festival Audiovisual Asier ErrastiSpain (Official Selection) November 9-14

2022 Africa International Film Festival, Nigeria (Official Selection) November 6-12

2022 Festival MOST, Spain (Official Selection) November 3-13 y 23-27

2022 FANTAELX – X Fest. Int. de Cine Fantástico de Elche, Spain (Official Selection) November 2-12

2022 Fantastic GijónSpain (Official Selection) October 28-31

2022 Austin Film FestivalUSA (Finalist) October 27 – November 3

2022 Razor Reel Flanders Film FestBelgium (Official Selection) October 27-30 & November 3-5

2022 Linea d’Ombra FestivalItaly (Official Selection) October 22-29

2022 CURTAS – Festival do ImaxinarioSpain (Winner Best Fiction Film) October 21-30

2022 FENAVIDBolivia (Official Selection) October 21-27

2022 Octubre CortoSpain (Official Selection) October 20-29

2022 Festival de Cine de MadridSpain (Cine Molón Section) October 17-23

2022 Festival Internacional de Curtmetratges de Vila-secaSpain (Official Selection) October 16-24

2022 Festival Literário Internacional de ÓbidosPortugal (Invited Film) October 14

2022 K-LidoscopiSpain (Official Selection) October 12-16

2022 La Axarquía, Festival de CineSpain (Official Selection) October 7-22

2022 MANIFEST – Mafra Animation Film FestivalPortugal (Official Selection) September 23-25

2022 Imagens no TejoPortugal (Official Selection) September 9 – October 7

2022 Alhaurín en CortoSpain (Official Selection) September 23

2022 Ponme Un Corto – II Festival de Cine en Huerta de ReySpain (Official Selection) September 2-24

2022 Fest Cine AstorgaSpain (Official Selection) September 5-9

2022 Torrevieja AudiovisualSpain (Official Selection) September 2-3

2022 NAFFBosnia and Herzegovina (Official Selection) August 27 – September 1

2022 Villamare Film FestivalItaly  (Official Selection) August 20-27

2022 Curtas em FlagrantePortugal (Official Selection) August 14-15

2022 El Pecado, 21º Certamen Int. de Cortometrajes, Spain  (Official Selection) July 29 – August 6

2022 Constantine’s Gold Coin – Int. Fest. of Animated FilmSerbia (Official Selection) July 18-22

2022 FECIP6º Portoviejo Film Festival, Ecuador (Official Selection) June 9-12

2022 Cartoons on the BayItaly (Official Selection) June 1-6

2022 Monstra – Lisbon International Animation Film FestivalPortugal (Official Selection) March 16-26

© 2022 Animanostra / WKND / Lusco Fusco Animation / Studio Kimchi

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