#SHORTVIEW: “20 Kicks” by Dimitar Dimitrov


In a society that pays for everything with kicks and slaps, an everyday man struggles to get by.


> Your short film focuses on a society of pain. Why did you decide for such?

I wanted to raise a question about the way in which we pay for the small pleasures and sacrifices that we do every day to achieve happiness, and also the way in which artists live in a very difficult world right now that does not respect their craft.

Nowadays, I think, it has become really hard to be an artist, while it has become incredibly easy to reach the art of others. Most artists have to work on something else that is not connected with their passions, and then spend the money that they earn on their art.

> So you think that suffering is the only way to be happy?

Oh yes! I think that if we want to make something important with our life, we have to face this ugly reality. To make art is to struggle – maybe you never learn about this if you only live to earn and waste money, and you never hit this wall, but is just what the truth is.

The writer of the short film himself is someone that used to got up in the morning and started drinking until the evening, and only then started to write – and then went to bed, and re-started the cycle. It all comes from years and years of being miserable and learning about the miseries of other people.

> Why did you decide to jump into animating short films?

Ever since I remember I have has always drawn – it’s always been my personal way of escape to have a pen in my hands and start drawing. I’m not much of a talker, anyway, so I’m much better at expressing something by drawing than by writing or talking.

> You’ve said in the past that you’d like to make short movies “under a minute”. Could you expand on this a little bit?

I’ve not been making animated short films for a long time, so if they are short, it’s easier for me. Also, I’m not really the kind of persona that can talk for hours about any topic – I’ve always been much more of a direct guy, so I think my cinema is just a reflection of that. I much prefer to hit people with shocking news or a shocking story than to bore them with the daily stuff. I guess it’s just part of my personality.

But also, I don’t necessarily think short is better, I only think it’s different, more to the point, maybe. I have also thought of drawing a longer movie, but then I’d make it about something else, something different.

Amongst other projects, Dimitar has expressed his will to keep making “shorter and shorter” films, so people “won’t be able to forget them”.