Für Ein Lächeln…

A Film by Pirmin Styrnol
and Till Mayer


The short-documentary „For a smile…” is a movie about the consequences of war traumas for children. For the documentary, the filmmakers accompanied four so called Clown Doctors of the organization Red Noses International on their trip to Kyiv. They worked there with traumatized children from the eastern parts of Ukraine. The movie focuses the children Semen and Olga Komarov, which had to flee out before the war in Luhansk.


  • Picture of Pirmin Styrnol © Pirmin Styrnol

    Pirmin Styrnol

    Pirmin Styrnol was born on 25th of December 1989 in Lahr/Schwarzwald. He studied “Publicism and comunication-science” in Vienna (2010-2015). While his study, he worked as head editor for the radio-program “Momente des Sports” (english: “moments of sport”) on „Orange Radio“ and had a job in the culture-radio of the „ORF, OE1“. For his work, he got many awards like the „Radio-Award for Adult-Education“ (2014), the „Austrian Award for Sport-Journalists“ (2014,2015) and the „Media- Award Coburg“ (2015, 2018) and more national and international awards. Since the year 2015, Pirmin Styrnol works as a multimedia-editor and voice-actor for the „SWR“ and the „ARD“ in Stuttgart and Baden-Baden and directs his own media-company „punchline studio“ with his brother Maik Styrnol.

  • Picture of Till Mayer © Till Mayer

    Till Mayer

    As journalist and photographer Till Mayer has been working closely with relief organizations for many years. In his course of work, he has visited numerous African, Asian and European countries, many of them devastated by war, crisis or disaster. He has also taken part in long term missions as an Information Delegate for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and the German Red Cross in Iraq, Iran, Sri Lanka, Turkey and the Balkans. Till Mayer is an honorary member and convention representative of the board of the Red Cross branches in Bamberg and Lichtenfels (Germany). In Germany he is employed as an editor at the daily newspaper Obermain-Tagblatt. There he has initiated the readers' campaign "Helfen macht Spaß" ("It’s fun to help") that supports people in need in collaboration with the local Red Cross and other organizations. As a volunteer, he also supports elderly people in need in Lviv (Ukraine). His pictures and features are published at Spiegel-Online and in various newspapers and magazines. His photos are presented in numerous exhibitions worldwide. His pictures and texts are displayed in four books. Together with four colleagues he founded the filmmaker collective "Black Boxer". Awards: Honor Award of Dr. Georg Schreiber Media Award 2016, Coburger Medienpreis 2015, Coburger Medienpreis 2012, Medal of Honor of German Red Cross, Medal of Honor of Ukrainian Red Cross, Humiroir of GRC-federal branch "Badisches Rotes Kreuz".

Awards + Festivals

  • 29th BAMBERGER KURZFILMTAGE (Official Selection, Bamberg, Germany)January 21, 2019
  • 1st FILMART FESTIVAL MADRID (Official Selection, Madrid, Spain)April 26, 2019
  • 3rd INDEPENDENT POLITICAL/ACTIVISM SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Athens, Greece)May 9, 2019
  • 3rd THE BUDDHA INT'L FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Pune, Maharashtra, India)June 9, 2019
  • 1st NORTHEAST MOUNTAIN FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Dillard, Georgia, USA)June 14, 2019
  • THE MOST IMPORTANT FILMS 2019 - FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Las Vegas, USA)July 26, 2019
  • 8th SLUM FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Nairobi, Kenya)August 23, 2019
  • 2nd LEBANESE INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Beirut, Lebanon)September 11, 2019
  • 5th MINIKINO FILM WEEK (Official Selection, Bali, Indonesia)October 5, 2019
  • 17th ANNUAL TALLGRASS FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Wichita, KS, USA)October 16, 2019



Pirmin Styrnol, Till Mayer
Pirmin Styrnol
Till Mayer, Pirmin Styrnol
Director of Photography
Hendrik Steffens, Till Mayer
Maik Styrnol
Tom Summerfield
Sound Design
Maik Styrnol
Maik Styrnol


Running Time
18:43 min
Shooting Format
Digital, Mp4
Screening Format
DCP, BluRay, DVD, .mov, mp4 (HD)
Aspect Ratio
1998x1080 DCI Flat 1.85
5.1 surround



Markus Kaatsch
aug&ohr medien
Riemannstr. 21
10961 Berlin, Germany

+49 (0)30 61620068



Pirmin Styrnol
punchline studio
Wilhelmstraße 15
77933 Lahr, Germany


Till Mayer