Daria Kashcheeva. Animation film director.

Daughter. A short animated drama by Daria Kashcheeva.

The film was produced in 2019 year as a student film on FAMU in Prague with a co production with MAUR film. Daughter was successfully premiered at Annecy Animated Film Festival 2019, where the movie has got the Cristal for the best Student film, and the Young Jury Award in Student film category.

The film has got the 46th Student Academy Award in the category International Animation!


In a hospital room, the Daughter recalls a childhood moment when as a little girl she tried to share her experience with an injured bird with her Father. A moment of misunderstanding and a lost embrace has stretched into many years all the way to this hospital room, until the moment when a window pane breaks under the impact of a little bird.


The 46th Student Academy Award Gold Medal in category International Animation Film.

Annecy International Animated Film Festival 2019 Cristal for the Best Student Film, Young Jury award for the best Student film

Insomnia animation festival 2019 The best film of the international competition – Young animation

Melbourne International Film Festival 2019 City Post Award for Best Animation Short Film

Fantoche International Animation Film Festival (Switzerland) 3-8/9 2019 Best film of Fantoche

World Festival of Animated Film Varna (Bulgaria) 11-15/9 2019 The best student film

Tirana International Film Festival (Albania) 23-29/09 2019 The Best Student film Sweaty Eyeballs Animation Festival (USA) 4-6/10 2019 Best Student Animation Award 

Balkanima (Serbia) 1-6/10 2019 Best Student film

Sweaty Eyeballs Animation Festival (USA) 4-6/10 2019 Best Student film

Director’s note about the film

My film’s key theme is the father-daughter relationship, a very personal and important topic to me. To draw viewers into my world of memories, I made the film with a hand-held camera feel, big close-ups, low depth of field and a lot of motion, lending it an authentic immediacy and a para-documentary nature. To show the characters’ emotions with facial expressions, I paint the eyes directly on the puppets’ faces, giving them a lot of life and an intense expression of the characters’ emotions.


“In Annecy, we also discover graduation films, such as
the exceptional DAUGHTER, by young Czech director
Daria Kashcheeva, who explores the father-daughter
relationship with a remarkable sense of direction and
great technical courage.”
Marcel Jean, Artistic Director, Annecy Animation Film Festival

“Daria’s scenographic style upholds the evocative power
of expressionistic touches over realism. Her attention
to texture with her paper mache-painted figures serves
to further emphasise the puppets’ materiality.”
Isn´t Nice That, 16 May 2019 (read the whole article)

“Daughter is a cruel film, and this is meant as a
compliment. This is a dangerous game to play, but Daria
Kashcheeva pulls it off. The Daughter is mostly shown
either in profile view or from the back, as if refusing to
let us know her truth. It is only her eyes that reveal the
troubled psyche of a girl who seems unable to forgive.”
Zippy Frames, 4 June 2019 (read the whole article)

“It is one of the rare stop-motion films in which the
hand-held camera is simulated throughout the film”
Stop Motion Magazine, April 2019

“A film which seemed to come up in every “What’s the best thing you’ve seen” conversation at Encounters this year, Daria Kashcheeva’s wordless stop motion short Daughter deftly deploys the immediacy of a hand-held camera aesthetic as it depicts the emotional gulf which has stretched through the years between a woman and her father. ” Directors notes, September 2019

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