Salute to the Sun

Darko Masnec

2D animation

year: 2022

format: DCP, HD
duration: 8'50"

production: Studio u šumi
distribution: Bonobostudio


More About the Film

An astronaut in love orbits around the sun absorbing its energy. But the sun is too big, causing their connection to break, and the astronaut must continue on his own. As he tries to return to his source of energy, he realizes there are others like him. What started out as a game, slowly turns into a love triangle. Shapes change, but their needs remain the same.

Director: Darko Masnec
Scriptwriters: Darko Masnec, Lana Cirkveni
Animation: Darko Masnec, Anita Kos, Stjepan Milas
Music and sound design: Luka Smetiško
Editing: Darko Masnec
Compositing: Matej Grgurević, Darko Masnec
Producer: Stjepan Milas

Darko Masnec (1985, Celje) graduated from the Faculty of Education (Department of Visual Arts) in Maribor in 2009 and in 2012 completed his MA studies at the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb, Department of Animation and New Media. In 2017 he obtained a PhD degree from the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb with the thesis “The Zagreb School of Animated Film: Art and Market Practices in the Context of Videogames”. He has worked as an animator on a few short animated film projects and published several articles on the topic of animation and videogames. He regularly cooperates with Animafest and other festivals. He currently works as an assistant professor at the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb.

Salute to the Sun (2022), I Already Know What I Hear (2012, student film), Six (2011, student film), The Chest (2009, student film)


  • Grand Prix, Balkanima European Animated Film Festival 2022
  • ASIFA Croatia Special Mention 2022


Animafest Zagreb (6/6-11/6/2022)
Tabor Film Festival (7/7-10/7/2022) 
Supertoon International Animation Festival (18/7-22/7/2022)
Flipbook Film Festival (11/8-14/8/2022)
FeKK Ljubljana Short Film Festival (15/8-20/8/2022) 
Fantoche International Animation Festival (6/9-11/9/2022)
Balkanima European Animated Film Festival (4/10-9/10/2022) 
DOK Leipzig International Festival for Documentary and Animated Film (17/10-23/10/2022) 
Animasivo International Animation Festival (24/11-26/11/2022) 
Animateka International Animated Film Festival (28/11-4/12/2022) 
Aguilar Film Festival (2/12-10/12/2022)
Film Maudit 2.0 (12/1-22/1/2023)
PequeFilmes International Children Film Festival of Galicia (28/1-29/1/2023)
Monstra Lisbon Animated Film Festival (15/3-26/3/2023) 
Landshut Short Film Festival (22/3-27/3/2023) 
Go Short International Short Film Festival Nijmegen (31/3-10/4/2023) 
Filmfest Dresden (18/4-23/4/2023)
​Animatricks International Animation Festival (18/5-20/5/2023)
Kino Otok - Isola Cinema International Film Festival (7/6-11/6/2023)
Fest Anča International Animation Festival (29/6-2/7/2023)
Insomnia International Animation Film Festival (12/7-17/7/2023)
La Guarimba International Film Festival (7/8-12/8/2023)
Revolutions Per Minute Festival (27/9-1/10/2023)
Bolton International Film Festival (4/10-8/10/2023) 
Primanima World Festival of First Animations (11/10-14/10/2023) 
Videomedeja International Video Festival (12/10-14/10/2023)
​Banjaluka International Animated Film Festival (24/10-28/10/2023)
Film Front International Short Film Festival (26/10-29/10/2023)
​Tindirindis International Animation Film Festival (30/11-3/12/2023)
Animalcoi International Animation Festival (30/11-3/12/2023)
Tehran International Animation Festival (3/3-7/3/2024)
In the Palace International Short Film Festival (29/6-6/7/2024)