Death of a beloved pet is a difficult thing to deal with, and even though we try to prepare for it, it always seems to come too soon. This is the story of a boy and his dog Dede, who passes away suddenly and the boy is left alone with his grief. In the end, he finds out that just because Dede is dead doesn’t mean that she is completely gone.

Category Short film
Original title Deniska umřela
Director Philippe Kastner
Production FAMU – Film and TV School of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague
Country Czech Republic
Format HD, DCP
Runtime 8:23 min
Year 2023
Language No Dialogue
Genre Animation, Children, Family


  • "Special Mention", 73rd Berlin International Film Festival, Generation Kplus (2023) - World Premiere
  • Regard - Saguenay International Short Film Festival, Canada (2023)
  • Animafest Zagreb, Student Film Competition & Films for Children section, Croatia (2023)
  • Kristiansand ICFF, Official Selection, Norway (2023)
  • "Best Czech Creation (Czech Horizon section) and Best Czech Student Film", Anifilm, Czech Republic (2023)
  • Annecy Festival, Graduation Film Competition, France (2023)
  • Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia, Animation Competition, Japan (2023)
  • Shortlisted for the Yugo BAFTA Student Awards, UK (2023)
  • Karlovy Vary IFF, Czech Republic (2023)
  • Ottawa IAFF, Animation for Teen Audiences Competition (13+), Canada (2023)
  • Bucheon IAFF, Official Competition, South Korea (2023)
  • Viborg Animation Festival, Best Graduation Film Competition, Denmark (2023)
  • Kaohsiung Film Festival International Short Film Competition, Taiwan (2023)
  • Kuandu International Animation Festival, Taiwan (2023)
  • Tirana International Film Festival, Panorama Competition, Albania 2023)
  • Cinekid, Best International Animated Short Competition, The Netherlands (2023)
  • CINANIMA, International Student Films Competition, Portugal (2023)
  • DOK Leipzig, Germany (2023)
  • Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival, Young Audience Competition, France (2024)

Quotes & Other

  • Jury Statement by the members of the Children’s Jury Generation Kplus (Berlinale):
    "A real story which triggered an abundance of emotions: A great animation, with a special drawing style and beautifully used colours, inspired us!"

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