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:
Netherlands Film Fund
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).


Still Life with Woman, Tea and Letter (2022), 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
  • Jury's Choice Award: Narrative, Aggregate Animated Shorts 2019
  • Audience Choice: Best Technique, Aggregate Animated Shorts 2019

Festivals +

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)
Aggregate Animated Shorts, Oakland (2/8-31/8/2019)
Turku Animation Film Festival (21/8-25/8/2019)
AricaDoc International Documentary Film Festival (26/8-31/8/2019)
Odense International Film Festival (26/8-1/9/2019)
Fest CurtasBH – Belo Horizonte International Short Film Festival (30/8-8/9/2019)
Animanima International Animation Festival (4/9-7/9/2019)
LINOLEUM International Festival of Contemporary Animation & Media-art (4/9-8/9/2019)
Squeaky Wheel Annual Animation Festival, Buffalo (6/9/2019)
Message to Man International Film Festival, St. Petersburg (14/9-21/9/2019)
Paris International Animation Film Festival (17/9-23/9/2019)
Animation Block Party, New York (20/9-22/9/2019)
Netherlands Film Festival (27/9-5/10/2019)
Animatou International Animation Film Festival (4/10-12/10/2019)
Anim'est International Animation Film Festival (4/10-13/10/2019)
Drunken Film Fest, Oakland (4/10-12/10/2019)
Un festival c'est trop court - Nice Short Film Festival (11/10-18/10/2019)
shnit Worldwide Shortfilmfestival (17/10-28/10/2019)
Milwaukee Film Festival (17/10-31/10/2019)
Animafilm Baku International Animation Festival (18/10-21/10/2019)
Banja Luka International Animated Film Festival (24/10-28/10/2019)
CRAFT International Animation Festival, Yogyakarta (28/10-2/11/2019)
New Chitose Airport International Animation Festival (1/11-4/11/2019)
Leeds International Film Festival (6/11-21/11/2019)
Kassel Documentary Film and Video Festival (12/11-17/11/2019)
Kaboom Animation Festival (13/11-17/11/2019)
exground filmfest, Wiesbaden (15/11-24/11/2019)
Animasivo Contemporary Animation Festival (27/11-1/12/2019)
Anilogue International Animation Festival (27/11-1/12/2019)
International Short Film Festival Leuven (30/11-7/12/2019) 
Festival Tous Courts (3/12-7/12/2019) 
Piccolo Festival dell'Animazione (9/12-19/12/2019) 
Revolutions per Minute Festival, Boston (31/1-2/2/2020)
New York International Children's Film Festival (21/2-15/3/2020)
Animac International Animation Film Festival of Catalonia, Lleida (27/2-1/3/2020)
Mediawave International Film and Music Festival (1/3-27/4/2020)
Cosmic Rays Film Festival (5/3-6/3/2020)
International Short Film Week Regensburg (11/3-18/3/2020) 
Cardiff Animation Festival (2/4-5/4/2020)
Festival Rencontres Cinéma-Nature (3/4-5/4/2020)
Animakom Fest - Bilbao International Animation Community Festival (6/7-12/7/2020)
Flipbook Film Festival, Skopje (7/8-13/8/2020)
Filmfest Dresden (8/9-13/9/2020)
Japan Media Arts Festival (19/9-27/9/2020)Animatricks International Animation Festival (15/10-18/10/2020)
Cardiff Animation Festival (24/10-1/11/2020) 
Festival Cinéma Jeune Public, Lausanne (25/11-29/11/2020) 
​Landshut Short Film Festival (28/4-3/5/2021)
L'Alternativa - Barcelona Independent Film Festival (15/11-28/11/2021)
Lublin Film Festival (19/11-27/11/2021)