After studying theatre at the British American Drama Academy from Oxford University and graduating from the National Screen Institute of Canada’s Features First Program, Adam Smoluk went on to become the youngest filmmaker ever selected to the National Screen Institute of Canada’s Features First Program. He has acted, directed and starred in many films since then, including Foodland and Horse Thieves. Learn about this young Winnipeg filmmaker in today’s YPDaily…
Elevator Pitch: Describe your job in a nutshell.
I’m a filmmaker that has focused my career on writing and directing feature length films.
Why did you start working at your company? What was the inspiration for this career route?
My first feature film was released when I was in my mid 20s. As a child, I always had a passion for writing and the arts, specifically photography, writing, and the theatre. Filmmaking was a natural progression from that point.
What is the best part of what you do on a day-to-day basis? The most challenging part?
I love working in a creative environment, with talented people who have a strong vision. The best part of being a filmmaker is the collaboration everyone experiences during production. The most challenging part of my job is ensuring everyone has an opportunity to be involved and contribute.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
I see myself continuing to play an active role in the Canadian film industry. This industry is very dynamic, and it’s exciting to see what other filmmakers are working on. I hope to continue to learn and grow with every project I am a part of.
What does success look like to you?
Success is being a part of something creative and innovative; something that has affected people in a positive way.
What is the most memorable milestone in your career?
My feature film, Foodland, was acquired and broadcast nationally by Super Channel. To me that was definitely a highlight, and I’m very proud that our team had the opportunity to showcase our film to a national audience.
Do you have any advice for other young professionals?
My advice is that you can never go wrong with listening to someone else’s point of view; No one ever got into trouble for listening.
Do you support any charities? If so, which one(s) and why is that important to you?
I’m currently involved with the United Way of Winnipeg’s GenNext Council. This council is about working to provide opportunities for the next generation, to create lasting change by leading through example. I am very passionate about this cause, and I think it’s very important for our generation to achieve our goals and be positive community leaders.
What to you is notable?
Giving back to your community and making a difference in the lives of others.
Blackberry, iPhone, Android, or Other?
A letter in longhand – I’m not joking. I will hold out as long as possible to not own something that buzzes.