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Into Light

Sheona McDonald
2021 | 19 min

Selections and Awards

  • Special Jury Best Short Documentary Film Award Providence Children's Film Festival, U.S.A. (2023)

  • Official SelectionHot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, Toronto, Canada (2021)

  • Official SelectionDOXA Documentary Film Festival, Vancouver, Canada (2021)

  • Official Selection Encounters Film Festival, Bristol, United Kingdom (2021)

  • Official Selection Edmonton International Film Festival, Alberta, Canada (2021)

  • Official SelectionCinéfest Sudbury International Film Festival, Ontario, Canada (2021)

  • Official SelectionCalgary International Film Festival, Alberta, Canada (2021)

  • Jury Award for Best Short Film Seattle Queer Film Festival, U.S.A. (2021)

  • Jury Award in the Fragments category DocsMX – Festival Internacional de Cine Documental de la Ciudad de México (2021)

  • Official Selection Available Light Film Festival, Whitehorse, Yukon (2022)

  • Official SelectionFlickerfest International Short Film Festival, Sydney, Australia (2022)

  • Official SelectionBig Sky Documentary Film Festival, Montana, U.S.A. (2022)

  • Nominee, Documentary Social/Political categoryYorkton Film Festival, Saskatchewan, Canada (2022)

  • Nominee, Director – Non-Fiction Yorkton Film Festival, Saskatchewan, Canada (2022)

  • Best of Festival AwardZonta Film Festival, Waterloo, Canada (2022)

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Promotional Materials

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Excerpt: Grief


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Sheona McDonald

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Teri Snelgrove
Producer (NFB)

Photo : Emily Cooper

Shirley Vercruysse
Executive Producer (NFB)

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Directed by
Sheona McDonald

Written by
JC & Sheona McDonald

Teri Snelgrove

Director of Photography
Simon Schneider

Jocelyne Chaput

Sound Designer
Eva Madden

Sound Recordist
Justan Ross

Assistant Camera
Allister McCreadie

Re-recording Mixer
May Guimarães

David Tomiak

Titles Graphics VFX
Brendan Cave

Location Scout
Jennifer Walden

Production Assistant
Jiah Dzentu

“Into Light”, “Pleased”, “Sine Waves”,
“Silt”, “a gradual coalescence ii”,
“In Mourning”, “on a wire”
by William Fritch

Thank You
Samantha Allen
Leo Argue
Sarah Argue
Jackie Brock
Jay Bulckaert & Pablo Saravanja—aRTLeSS Collective
Laura Busch—Snowkings Winter Festival Snow Castle
Emily Cooper
Candace Decoste
Raegan Delisle
Jack Fox
Greta Kohle
Lachlan Kohle 
Mike Kohle
Lorne Lapham Sales & Rentals
Arnott McGinnis
Isadore McGinnis
Brian Nicol
Franco Pante
Tisha Deb Pillai
Michelle Renee
James Robinson—Aurora Village
Marlene Rodgers
Hayden Roth
Amos Scott—Northwest Film Commission
Kunal Sen
Jeroen Slagter
Nina Slagter
Rudi Slagter
Amanda St. Denis
Shannon Ward
Dempsey Walker
Henley Walker
Jonathan Walker
Keaton Walker
Terry Woolf—Western Arctic Moving Pictures

Special Thanks for
“Introducing Teddy”
Bloomsbury Publishing Pic
By Jessica Walton

Marketing Manager
Kay Rondonneau

Katja De Bock

Technical Coordinator
Wes Machnikowski

Production Coordinators
Nicolas Ayerbe Barona
Nathan Conchie

Line Producer
Jennifer Roworth

Studio Administrator
Carla Jones

Executive Producer
Shirley Vercruysse


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