Locally shot film on the move

By on July 18, 2014

Since its Canadian premiere, the locally shot film Shana: The Wolf’s Music, which features a cast of locals,  has been making some noise outside the Nicola Valley.

So far this year the movie has won four awards from film festivals.

Back in April it won the Special Jury Award from the Reel to Real Film Festival in Vancouver. It also had two sold out showings at that film festival, one of the film’s producers, Henrik Meyer, told the Herald.

That same month the film took home the award for Best Quality Award of the Expert Jury from the Vittorio Veneto Film Festival in Italy. It also won Best Film “Monte Baldo” Award of the Youth Jury at that festival.

In May, the movie was the winner of the Best Youth Cinema award at the Dreamspeakers Aboriginal Film Festival in Edmonton.

The movie is now expected to appear at film festivals in Europe, Canada and the U.S. in the coming months.

Recently the film was selected to appear at the 32nd edition of the Carrousel International Film Festival of Rimou-ski. The Quebec film festival takes place September 24 to the 28.

Come November the movie will return to Italy as well as Switzerland — where it made its premiere. It will be shown at the 27th Castellinaria International Young Film Festival in Switzerland and at  the Piccolo Grande Cinema: Festival for new Generations in Milan, Italy.

Also in November, the film will be shown at the 33rd OULU International Children and Youth Film Festival and the Vienna Children’s Film Festival in Austria.

In January 2015, Shana: The Wolf’s Music will be shown at the Seattle Children’s Film Festival.

The medal the movie received at the Dreamspeakers Film Festival was delegated to the movie’s lead actress, Sunshine O’Donovan, by the film’s producers and director.

O’Donovan herself was not at that film festival.

“I was actually surprised that I was asked to be given the medal,” O’Donovan said.

“We decided to give it to her because she stands for the youth in the project,” Meyer said. “She was such an important element. It would have been impossible to do the film without a 12-year-old who’s capable of delivering all that — to act, to work hard and learn the lines — so that’s why we thought she deserved it.”

O’Donovan told the Herald she’s glad the film is being shown, and said that it delivers a good message.

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