Adam Smoluk was born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba and grew up in the St. Vital area. As a child, he had a fascination with still photography. He was twelve-years-old when he purchased a used Pentax K1000 SLR camera from a neighborhood garage sale. In high school he became interested in playwriting, and after graduation studied theatre on scholarship at the British American Drama Academy at Oxford University. Upon returning home to Canada, he began working as an actor in film and television. Smoluk graduated with honours from Red River College (RRC)'s Human Resource Management and Management Development programs and he was selected to RRC's 2017 billboard campaign for distinguished alumni.
Smoluk has been active in the Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists (ACTRA) and has served on the ACTRA Manitoba Political Action Committee, and was Chairman of the ACTRA Independent Film Committee. In 2007, he was appointed to serve as ACTRA's representative on the Manitoba Federation of Labour's Human Rights Committee.
He is a former member of the Board of Directors of the Winnipeg Film Group and is a current member of the United Way of Winnipeg's GenNext Council. Smoluk was named chair of GenNext in October 2015 and he was a key organizer of the first GenNext Summit ever held in Canada.
In 2012, Smoluk contributed profiles of the Right Honourable Edward Schreyer and Manitoba Film & Music CEO Carole Vivier for The Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce's The Heart of Winnipeg, a book that profiles 41 Manitoban-based leaders. The publication profiles leaders who have distinguished themselves by playing leading roles in the growth and development of Manitoba.
In 2013, Smoluk was awarded the Manitoba Federation of Labour's Al Cerilli scholarship award. The MFL's Young Members Committee selects the winner on the basis of their record of commitment to the labour movement.
He was awarded a Royal Bank of Canada scholarship to attend governance training with the Rotman School of Management and the Institute of Corporate Directors.
After producing and directing several stage productions, Smoluk made his debut feature film, Horsethieves. Completed on a shoestring budget, the film was a surprise winner of the Audience Choice Award at the 2005 Winnipeg International Film Festival. Smoluk won the Future Leaders of Manitoba award for the Arts and was awarded an Investors Group scholarship for leadership studies at The Banff Centre.
Smoluk is the youngest filmmaker ever selected to the National Screen Institute’s Features First Program. In 2009, Smoluk went into production of his second feature film, Foodland. The film follows a naïve grocery clerk as his life spirals out of control when he inadvertently helps his inept manager rob the store. Foodland's cast includes James Clayton (Actor), Ross McMillan, Stephen Eric McIntyre and Kim Poirier. The film was released in select cities in January 2011. Super Channel, Canada’s only national English pay television network, premiered Foodland in October 2011. The network profiled the film in the Super Channel Gems selections. Super Channel Gems are the place for viewers to find a different and diverse discoveries “terrific hidden treasures that we’re sure you’re going to love”. Foodland premiered on the IFC in March 2014.
He was the first screenwriter in over two decades to be shortlisted for the prestigious John Hirsch Award for Most Promising Manitoba Writer. The award was established by the Manitoba Foundation for the Arts with a bequest from the late John Hirsch, co-founder of the Manitoba Theatre Centre. The endowment from the Hirsch estate provides a cash prize to the most promising Manitoba writer selected by a jury of senior members of the Manitoba writing and publishing community.
Smoluk was awarded selection by an international jury to attend the eQuinoxe Europe screenwriting development program in Lindau, Germany in October 2016.Horse Thieves (2005)
Monster in the Coal Bin (1989) as Furby
Zeyda and the Hitman (2004) as Young Nathan
Horse Thieves (2005) as Erland Eastly
Black Bridge (2006) as Adrian Downing
Everybody's Doing It (2002) as Bobby
The Atwood Stories (1 episode, 2003) as Rodney
2030 CE (6 episodes, 2002–2003) as Scotch
In the Dark (2003) as Jimmy
While I Was Gone (2004) as Larry
Less Than Kind (1 episode, 2010) as Young Doctor