The Smile

Short Film – 2021

Writer and Director: Erik van Schaaik
Producer: Paul Mathot
Pedri Animation, Beast Animation & Erik van Schaaik Productions

My roles: Props builder and Assistant Puppet builder

The Smile is a story about beauty and horror, the definitive bio-pic documentary about the life and the downfall of Knud Dendermonde, the world-famous damsel-devouring horror-movie actor we all know as The Smile. In this documentary, we trace every step of Knud’s turbulent life. There will be interviews with many of his colleagues, movie trailers and clips and unique behind the scenes footage. Finally, we get to hear the shocking truth, what REALLY happened!

Festival Selections:
Nederlands Film Festival 2022 – Utrecht, The Netherlands
FIFF – Namur, Belgium
Anim’est Film Festival – Bucharest, Romania
Cinanima – Espinho, Portugal
Shortcutz 2023 – Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Annecy Festival 2023 – Annecy, France
Festival Internacional de Cine del Cono Sur – Chile
Fantaspoa – Brazil
Chester Animation Festival – United Kingdom
Long Story Short International Film Festival – Romania
Short to the Point – Romania
Couch Film Festival 2023 – Toronto, Canada
Animocje Internatioonal Animated Film Festival – Poland
Animation Marathon – Athens, Greece
Short Film Factory – Romania
Blackbird Film Festival – United states of America
London seasonal short film festival X4 – United Kingdom
Animation Dingle – Ireland
Cannes Indie Short Film Festival – France
Short Stop International Film Festival – Romania

Awards:
Mr Zee Best Animation – Shortcutz
Best Animation – 
Festival Internacional de Cine del Cono Sur
Best International Animation Short Film – 
Fantaspoa
Audience award Best Animation – Chester Animation Festivla
Best Animation – Long Story Short IFF
Best Film & Best Screenplay – Short to the Point
Best Film & Audience Choice – Couch Film Festival
Audience award Best Short – Animocje