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Christina Willings
2018 | 23 min 23 s

Selections and Awards

  • Kathleen Shannon & Documentary Social/Political AwardYorkton Film Festival 2019

  • Award - Most Inspirational Short Film in the 13 to 18-year-old category Real 2 Real, Vancouver, Canada (2019)

  • Audience PrizeReel Pride, Winnipeg, Canada (2018)

  • Best Short Documentary - Audience Choice Providence Children's Film Festival, Providence, USA (2019)

  • Official SelectionInternational Women's Film Festival, Vancouver, Canada (2018)

  • Official SelectionDoqumenta, Queretaro, Mexico (2018)

  • Official SelectionNorth Carolina Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, Durham, USA (2018)

  • Official SelectionOutfest - Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, L.A., USA (2018)

  • Audience AwardVancouver Queer Film Festival, Vancouver, Canada (2018)

  • Official SelectionNew York International Children's Film Festival, New York, USA (2019)

  • Official SelectionTIFF Kids International Film Festival, Toronto, Canada (2018)

  • Official SelectionRegard sur le court métrage au Saguenay , Saguenay, Canada (2018)

  • Official SelectionFIN Kids, Halifax, Canada (2018)

Long Synopsis

Q&A with Christina Willings

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Promotional Materials


Tru Wilson with Family.

Fox and their mom.
Véro Boncompagni
Photo: Véro Boncompagni

On set with Milo.

Lili with her family.

Animated figures.
Teri Snelgrove
Photo: Teri Snelgrove

On set with team and Bex.
Rosamond Norbury
Photo: Rosamond Norbury

Director of Photography Amy Belling on set.
Teri Snelgrove
Photo: Teri Snelgrove

Christina Willings with Bex.


Christina Willings

Photo : Rachel Pick Photography

Teri Snelgrove

Photo : Emily Cooper

Shirley Vercruysse
Producer, Executive Producer

Photo : Emily Cooper


Written and Directed by
Christina Willings

Shirley Vercruysse

Associate Producer
Teri Snelgrove

Fox Kou Asano
Bex Mosch
Milo Santini-Kammer
Lili Tepperman
Tru Wilson

Director of Photography
Amy Belling

Ileana Pietrobruno

Elysha Zaide

Production Supervisor
Jennifer Roworth

Ronin Camera Operator
Maude Turcot, Montreal

Underwater Camera Operator
Braden Haggerty, Vancouver

Sound Recordist
Jeff Henschel, Vancouver
Gaëlle Komar, Montreal

First Assistant Camera
Richard Neil Dalgleish, Vancouver
Martine LeClerc, Montreal
Kim MacNaughton, Vancouver

Underwater Assistant Camera
Mark Weinhaupl, Vancouver

Ronin Camera Assistant
Cyril Perrot-Botella, Montreal

Paolo Malo, Montreal
Paul T Murakami, Vancouver

Safety Diver
Roberta Cenedese, Vancouver

Technical Coordinator
Wes Machnikowski

Data Wrangler
Victor Ghizaru, Montreal
Odessa Shuquaya, Vancouver
Colin Beaudry-Sylvain, Montreal
Leon Rivers-Moore, Montreal
Marc-André Y. Vidal, Montreal

Production Coordinator
Kat Jayme
Justin Mah
Kristyn Stilling

Production Assistant
Jess Lee, Montreal
Meredith Lewis, Vancouver
Ariane Lorrain, Montreal
Frankie Teardrop, Montreal
Bianca Buckingham Yambanis, Vancouver

Lead Animator
Sitji Chou

Elisa Chee

Andrea Chlebak

Sound Design & Re-Recording Mixer
Chris McIntosh

Transcription Typist
Amanda Colquhoun
Lilly Hamilton
Francois Luc Paradis

Gabrielle Lisa Collard, Montreal
James Thomas Hughes, Montreal

Stills Photographer
Vero Boncompagni, Montreal
Rosamond Norbury, Vancouver

Licensed Footage
Kammer Family footage
courtesy of Éva Kammer and Sylvano Santini
Martial Arts footage
courtesy of Lorne Bernard, Académie White Crane Kung Fu.
Tepperman, Green Family Footage
courtesy of Suzie Tepperman and Amy Green
Wilson Family Footage
courtesy of Michelle and Garfield Wilson

Special thanks to the families
Amy, Suzie and Maura
Kutrina, Samantha and Heather
Michelle, Garfield, Jude and Jaslyn

Thanks to
Dodie Orlando and Howie Atherton
Eric Belanger, Bar Furco
Juli Butler
Dal and Arlene Cervo
Tom Crowe, Angusfilm
Lecily Corbett and the Clairmont team
Corporation of Delta
Ashley Hood
Guy Labrecque
Gil MacNutt
Lynden Mager, Boundary Bay Regional Park
Suki’s International Salon, Spa, Academy – Kitsilano
Metro Vancouver
Michelle Van Beusekom
Marylène Samson, Ville de Montreal

Filmed on Location
Centennial Beach, Boundary Bay Regional Park
Parc du Mont Royal and Parc Étienne-Desmarteau, Montreal
Restaurant Maïs, Montreal

Murals by
Hicham Illoussamen

Studio Administrator
Carla Jones

Katja De Bock

Marketing Manager
Leslie Stafford

Executive Producer
Shirley Vercruysse

©2018 National Film Board of Canada


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