Tess Martin

experimental-animated film

year: 2019

format: DCP, HD
duration: 6'49"

production: Tess Martin
distribution: Bonobostudio

Country of production: the Netherlands


More about the film

The Sun’s energy circulates through the Earth, feeding the cycle of life. Everything is connected in a natural loop, which repeats, like the circular discs of magical optical toys. This perfectly balanced rhythm is disrupted by human excess, throwing the cycle out of orbit and temporarily stopping the circulation of energy in nature. The natural cycle can and will continue, only without the human race in the mix.

Film by: Tess Martin
Music: Jason Staczek
Camera: Matija Pekić
Producer: Tess Martin

Made possible by:
Stimuleringsfonds Creatieve Industrie
Rooftop Films
Centrum voor Beeldende Kunst
Gemeente Rotterdam
I-Park Foundation
Djerassi Resident Artist Program

Tess Martin is an independent animator who works with cut-outs, ink, paint, sand or objects. Her work often blurs the boundary between experimental and narrative, animation, film and art. She has received numerous grants, prizes and artist residencies in support of her work which can be seen in festivals and galleries worldwide. Recent residencies include the Camargo Foundation (France, 2019), the Bogliasco Foundation (Italy, 2017) and Open Workshop (Denmark, 2016).


Orbit (2019), Ginevra (2017), The Lost Mariner (2014), Mario (2014), They Look Right Through You (2013), Hula Hoop (2012), The Whale Story (2012)


  • Best Video Art, Sardinia Film Festival 2019


International Film Festival Rotterdam (23/1-3/2/2019)
Tricky Women/Tricky Realities International Animation Film Festival (13/3-17/3/2019)
Ann Arbor Film Festival (26/3-31/3/2019)
Go Short – International Short Film Festival Nijmegen (3/4-7/4/2019)
Athens International Film and Video Festival, USA (8/4-14/4/2019)
Experiments in Cinema Festival (16/4-20/4/2019)
Anifilm International Festival of Animated Films (7/5-12/5/2019)
Rooftop Films Summer Series, New York (17/5/2019)
Seattle International Film Festival (23/5-27/5/2019)
Rotterdams Open Doek (24/5-26/5/2019)
Sardinia Film Festival (14/6-7/7/2019)
Snake Alley Festival of Film (20/6-23/6/2019)
Fest Anča International Animation Festival (27/6-30/6/2019)
Under the Radar, Vienna (1/7-5/7/2019)
Anibar International Animation Festival (15/7-21/7/2019)
Anima Mundi International Animation Festival (17/7-21/7/2019)
Insomnia International Animation Film Festival (18/7-22/7/2019)
Odense International Film Festival (26/8-1/9/2019)
Animanima International Animation Festival (4/9-7/9/2019)