Right on time before the holidays, our brand new DVDs have arrived. After playing at 65
international film festivals, and nabbing 24 awards, the Shana DVD is now available to Canadians, exclusively through www.shanafilm.ca.
Most recently, the family movie won Best Long Feature Film award at the 11th Rolan Int’l Film Festival for Children and Young People in Armenia, a Special Award at the 30thKinderFilmFest Düsseldorf in Germany (both November 2015), the Audience Award as Best Film at the 20th International Children’s Film Festival “La Matatena” in Mexico City (October 2015) as well as the Silver Audience Award at the prestigious 38th Mill Valley Film Festival in California (October 2015). It also won Best Film, Best Screenplay, Best Direction at the esteemed 2015 Goldener Spatz (Golden Sparrow) Children’s Film and Media Festival in Germany (June 2015), the Youth Jury Award- Best Drama at the 19th Freeze Frame International Film Festival for Kids of all Ages, Winnipeg (March 2015) as well as the Made in The Northwest Prize at the 2015 Children’s Film Festival Seattle (February 2015). For a full list of the 24 international awards, click here.
The story is resonating with family audiences worldwide: Shana – the Wolf’s Music tells the story of a teenager who lives with her father in a small First Nations village in BC. A talented violinist, Shana learns to overcome the death of her mother thanks to the force of music, the encouragement of a new teacher and an encounter with a wild wolf.
The Swiss-Canadian project was produced by Henrik Meyer of Red Cedar Films and Cynde Harmon of Really Real Films in Vancouver in co-production with Reck Filmproduktionin Switzerland, in close cooperation with the Lower Nicola Indian Band near Merritt.
The film was shot mostly on their land, and many of the cast and crew are from the Nlaka’pamux Nation. Shana stars local first-time film actors Sunshine O’Donovan(Shana), Delilah Dick (Lela Woodland, the teacher), Alana Aspinall (Melanie, Shana’s mother), Marcel Shackelly (Elliot, Shana’s father), Marty Aspinall (First Mother) and Vonnet Hall (Jeff Morgan). Some scenes were shot in Campbell River on Vancouver Island.