The Smile


September is a pretty busy month for The Smile. Maybe one of these festivals is near you! Check it out:

  • Nederlands, Film By The Sea (Shortcutz), September 8-17
  • Germany, Filmfestival Münster, September 23 and 25
  • Germany, Trickfilm Festival Düsseldorf, 29 sep.
  • France, L'Étrange Festival Paris, September 5
  • France, Off-Courts, September 8
  • France, Court Métrange Festival Rennes, September 25
  • Spain, Weird Market & WFest, September 27
  • Poland, Rising of Lusitania - AnimaDoc Film Festival, September 7-13
  • Servia, Animanima, September 19-23
  • Colombia, International Film Festival, El Cine Suma Paz, September 9-23

More to come 🙂

The Smile continues to shine at film festivals. It has been showcased in numerous countries (with Annecy of course being the icing on the cake) picking up several awards. Check it out:

  • Colombia, Atlantic International Film Festival (awarded Best animated Short)
  • Brasil, Fantaspoa (awarded Best International Animation Short Film)
  • Chili, Southern Cone International Film Festival (awarded Best Animation)
  • Poland, Animocje (awarded Audience Award, Best Short)
  • France, Annecy International Animation Film Festival
  • France, Cannes Indie Short Film Festival
  • USA, Palm Springs International Animation Festival
  • USA, Snake Alley, Buffalo Dreams
  • Mexico, Ciudad de Mexica Int Film Festival
  • Mexico, Macabro
  • Canada, Toronto International Spring of Horror and Fantasy Film Festival
  • UK, British Animation Film Festival
  • Belgium, BIFFF Brussels
  • Germany, Short Film Festival Hamburg - Midnight Special
  • Czech Republic, Anifilm
  • Slovenia, Grossmann Fantastic Film and Wine Festival
  • Macedonia, Flipbook Festival
  • Spain, Lanzarote Film Festival
  • Korea, Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival

There is still a lot to come for the next months. More info on that soon :)

A quick roundup of the festivals that recently Smiled upon our little film:
  • Festival Internacional de Cine del Cono Sur, Chile - Best Animation
  • Fantaspoa, Brazil - Best International Animation Short Film
  • Chester Animation Festival, UK - Audience award best animation
  • Long Story Short International Film Festival, Romania - best animation
  • Short to the Point, Romania - Best Film, Best Screenplay
  • Couch Film Festival, Canada - BEST FILM of the FESTIVAL / Audience Choice
  • International Animated Film Festival Animocje, Poland - Audience award best short
  • ShortCutz Amsterdam Annual, Netherlands - nominated for Best Screenplay, Best Soundtrack, Best Film and The Audience Award, winner Best Animation
  • Animation Marathon Athens, Greece - Special mention
  • Short Film Factory, Romania - Honorable Mention
  • Blackbird Film Festival, USA - Honorable Mention
  • London seasonal short film festival X4, UK - Special Mention
  • Animation Dingle, Ireland - Honorable Mention
  • Cannes Indie Short Film Festival, France - Semi-Finalist
  • Short Stop International Film Festival, Romania - Nominee

And, of course, being selected for competition in Annecy 2023 brings a Smile to our faces!
Thank you all!
CIFF TheSmile 2023

There are film festivals... and then there’s Annecy, the world’s largest event dedicated to animation

Guess what? The Smile has been selected for competition at Annecy 2023! See you there..?


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The Smile has won the Audience Award for Best Animation at Chester Animation Film Festival in the UK. Some funds and festivals in Holland have proved to be way too woke to appreciate satire. So we are particularly delighted to see the British – famous for their superior humour – enjoying the story of Knud. Much obliged. Ta!

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After being nominated for Best Screenplay, Best Soundtrack, Best Film and The Audience Award, our stop-motion animated film 'The Smile' won Best Animation at the 10th Shortcutz Amsterdam gala. It was a great show with lots of inspiring guests, beer, and bottle openers!

Now, that's what makes me smile!

On behalf of the entire Smile-team we thank the jury, the audience and of course Joao and Alexa.