Is Smile Short Movie

Is Smile tells the heartwarming of a cheerful elementary school kid who believes in the magic of smiles to solve problems. One day, he meets a tough math teacher who doesn't really buy into the idea of smiles. Ismail tries his best to make the teacher crack a smile, but unknowingly, it stirs up some not-so-happy memories for the teacher. Trouble brews, but Ismail doesn't give up on winning the teacher's heart. In the end, his sincerity pays off, and their relationship blossoms into something beautiful. This story shows how a simple smile can make a big difference in someone's life and even change the world around us.

  • Athaya Salsabila Amani
  • Achmad Candi Abadi
  • Athaya Salsabila Amani
  • Achmad Candi Abadi
  • Reno Khenzou Gilang
    Key Cast
    Main Character
  • Rasendrya Acquila Himawan
    Key Cast
    Sidekick Character
  • Chaca Maulana
    Key Cast
    "Ms. Ana (Teacher)"
  • Kun Baehaqi Almas
    Key Cast
    "Mr. Joko (Ismail's Father)"
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student, Other
  • Runtime:
    19 minutes 55 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    July 1, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    344 USD
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  • Language:
    English, Indonesian
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  • Student Project:
    Yes - Universitas Ciputra Surabaya
Director Biography - Achmad Candi Abadi

Achmad Candi, commonly known as Acam, is a Visual Communication Design (DKV) student at Ciputra University, with a strong passion for filmmaking. He has been devoted to his hobby in the world of filmmaking since high school. One of Acam's guiding principles in creating his works is to make them serve as bridges for people who are fighting alongside him.

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Director Statement

Is Smile is inspired by a true story where the director witnessed his father using a simple smile to resolve a conflict and spread happiness to others. When his father almost collided with a motorcyclist, his warm smile melted the rider's heart, restoring peace. This profound experience motivated the director to create a film that conveys the message of humanity and kindness through the innocence of a young child who believes in the magic of smiles.

In this film, we aim to remind audiences of the importance of goodness in various situations and to bring back the meaningful essence of a smile, which often gets overlooked in today's society. The educational message we convey is that a small smile can bring joy and overcome life's challenges, just as it is taught in religion that smiling is an act of worship. We endeavor to package this little message to encourage viewers to do good deeds and spread happiness to others, all wrapped in an enjoyable and comedic film.