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A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE UNICORN

A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE UNICORN

LANGUAGE: English

Genre: Drama
Running Time: 14:45
Year of production: 2019

SYNOPSIS

A young girl who is fascinated by unicorns comes into conflict with her parents and her catholic school when she demands that her confirmation sponsor be her aunt, who is a transgender woman.

PRODUCTION AND DISTRIBUTION

Production Company: Lulu Pictures Inc.
Film exports/World sales: Gonella Productions

CAST

Makenna Beatty “Una Colombo”
Kinley Mochrie “Alice”
Phil Luzi “Francis Colombo”
Christy Bruce “Anne Colombo”

MAIN CREDITS

Director: Mina Sewell Mancuso
Screenwriter: Mina Sewell Mancuso
Producer: Deborah Marks, Robert Fisher, Ron Leach
Director of Photography: Henry Sansom
Production Designer: Roxanne Ignatius
Sound: Mung Hatlang
Editing: Mina Sewell Mancuso
Sound Editing: Joe Mancuso
Music Composer: Amin Bhatia & Ari Posner

TECHNICAL DETAILS

Genre: Drama
Sub-genre: Coming of age, LGBTQ+
Language: English
Country of origin: Canada
Year of production: 2019
Total running time: 14:45
Shooting format: RED
Color type: Color
Aspect ratio: 2:1, 4:3
Sound format: 5.1

AWARDS

Nominated for best short drama, 2020 Golden Sheaf Awards (Yorkton Film Festival)

FESTIVAL SELECTIONS

Oaxaca Film Festival, Mexico 2019
Margate Film Festival, United Kingdom 2019
Indianapolis LGBT Film Festival, USA 2019
Cucalorus Film Festival, USA 2019
SPE Women’s Film & Video Festival Houston, USA 2020
Wicked Queer: Boston LGBT Film Festival, USA 2020
Leeds Queer Film Festival, United Kingdom 2020
Yorkton Film Festival, Canada 2020
Lighthouse International Film Festival, USA 2020
Prairie Pride Film Festival, USA 2020
Kashish Mumbai International Queer Film Festival, India 2020
InsideOut, Canada 2020
Seattle Queer Film Festival, USA 2020
Image+Nation Montreal, Canada 2020
Sardinia Queer Short Film Festival, Italy 2020
Montreal Feminist Film Festival, Canada 2020

BIOGRAPHY OF THE DIRECTOR

Mina was born and raised in Toronto and obtained her BFA Hons. From York University in Film Production. Her student film Forgiveness was nominated for best fiction film at York’s Cinesiege, and her thesis film Doppelgänger was nominated for a CSC award for best student cinematography, and was an official selection at the Canadian Student Film Festival. After graduating she directed many music videos for artists in the Toronto music scene. Her music video In Honour Of was nominated for a 2013 Prism Prize. In 2019 Mina was the first recipient of the DGC Emerging Short Filmmaker's grant for "A Brief History of the Unicorn", which was an official selection at over fifteen film festivals worldwide, and was nominated for a Golden Sheaf award at the Yorkton Film Festival. Mina also works as a picture editor in a diverse range of genres, including feature films, commercials, web series and documentaries.