What is SMILE

Baby don't hurt me, don't hurt me no more

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Founded in Warsaw, Poland by award-winning animation director-producer Alek Wasilewski, SMILE is an independent studio making animations, games and stories worth telling. Co-developer of p&c adventure game TSIOQUE.

Thanks to proven experience in remote collaboration with extremely talented people all around the world – years before the Coronavirus made it fashionable – SMILE is the perfect beast, able to adapt perfectly to a current project’s needs.

Depending on scope and scale, we’re capable of handling the complete production pipeline, from concept to final delivery. Small stuff, big stuff and everything in between – once we lock on a project, we get together the best people for the job and get it done.

Selected awards and screenings

2020:

* Anifilm (Coheed and Cambria – Toys)
* O!PLA Ogólnopolski Festiwal Polskiej Animacji – Second Prize (Coheed and Cambria – Toys)

2019:

* Digital Dragons – Best Indie Game (Tsioque)
* Pixel Heaven – Winner –  Best Audio (Tsioque)
* Pixel Heaven – Nominee –  Indie Grand Prix (Tsioque)
* Pixel Heaven – Nominee –  Best Narrative (Tsioque)
* Pixel Heaven – Nominee –  Retro Roots (Tsioque)

2018:
* Barcelona Games World – Games Startup Competition – Winner – Best PC Game (Tsioque)

2014:

* Big Cartoon Festival (LDF)

2013:

* Play Poland Film Festival (LDF)
* Shanghai International Film Festival (LDF)
* O!PLA Ogólnopolski Festiwal Polskiej Animacji – First Prize (LDF)
* Science Fiction + Fantasy Short Film Festival – Grand Prize (LDF)
* Trieste Film Festival (LDF)

2012:

* Newgrounds.com – Movie of the Year (LDF)
* Oslo Short Cuts 2012 International Short Film Festival (LDF)
* Monsters & Martians Science Fiction Film Festival (LDF)
* Animation Film Festival Animated Dreams (LDF)
* Computer Space International Computer Art Forum – Special Prize (LDF)
* International Animated Film Festival TINDIRINDIS 2012 (LDF)
* International Film Festival Ars Independent (LDF)
* Asolo Art Film Festival (LDF)
* 19. International Festival of Animated Film Stuttgart 2012 (LDF)
* SCI-FI LONDON Film Festival (LDF)
* 28 Festival du Cinema Européen de Lille (LDF)
* Ogólnopolski Festiwal Autorskich Filmów Animowanych OFAFA (LDF)

2011:

* Se-Ma-For Film Festival – Festival Director Award (LDF)
* 30 Koszaliński Festiwal Debiutów Filmowych “Młodzi i Film” (LDF)
* Ljubljana International Short Film Festival (LDF)
* 11. IFF T-Mobile Nowe Horyzonty (LDF)

2008:

* Portobello Film Festival London (Hanged Man’s Elegy)
* Fest Anča – International Animation Festival (Hanged Man’s Elegy)
* XIV CARTOON CLUB – Festival Internazionale dell’Animazione e del Fumetto, Rimini (Hanged Man’s Elegy)
* VII Torino Flash Festival (Hanged Man’s Elegy)
* Zinebi – Festival Internacional De Cine Documental Y Cortometraje De Bilbao (Polsupah)
* East End Film Festival (Hanged Man’s Elegy)
* European Independent Film Festival (ÉCU 2008) – Best Animated Film (Hanged Man’s Elegy)
* Skopje Film Festival (Smile!, Polsupah, Hanged Man’s Elegy, 1001 Tips…, A Christmas Special…)
* Amatfest – Festival Neprofesionálnych Filmov (Polsupah)

2007:

* Anima Mundi – International Animation Festival of Brazil (Hanged Man’s Elegy)
* Krakowski Festiwal Filmowy (Hanged Man’s Elegy)
* The Greatest Story Never Told (TGSNT) Digital Storytelling Competition – Finalist (Hanged Man’s Elegy)
* International Flash Film Festival FLIK 2007 (Smile!)
* International Film Festival OSKARIADA 2007 (Hanged Man’s Elegy)

2006:

* MostraMundo The Moving Image Festival – Web – Best Script (Polsupah)
* MostraMundo The Moving Image Festival – Web – Best Photography (Hanged Man’s Elegy)
* The Greatest Story Never Told (TGSNT) Digital Storytelling Competition – Finalist (Polsupah)
* Festival de Cine Fantástico (FANT) (Polsupah)
* International Film Festival OSKARIADA 2006, Warsaw (Smile!, Polsupah)
* Ogólnopolski Festiwal Autorskich Filmów Animowanych OFAFA (Polsupah, Hanged Man’s Elegy)

2005:

* Bradford Animation Festival (BAF) – Best Web Animation (Polsupah)
* Flesztival CG and Animation Festival – Grand Prix (Smile!)
* II Festiwal Animacji “REANIMACJA”, Łódź (Smile!, Polsupah)
* I Krajowy Ponury Festiwal Animacji, Katowice (Smile!, Polsupah)

Talks and Exhibitions

2020:

Digital Dragons Academy (Poland)

2018:

Barcelona Games World (Poland)

2017:

Animocje (Poland)
Digital Cultures (Poland)

2013:

Akcja Animacja (Poland)

2012:

Computer Space (Bulgaria)

2011:

“Wihajster” exhibition (Poland)

2004:

“Out Of Site: Industrial” exhibition (Australia)