Shannon Walsh is a filmmaker, interdisciplinary theorist, and Assistant Professor based at the Department of Theatre and Film, University of British Columbia. Her most recent feature documentary, Jeppe on a Friday (2013), screened at the 56th Venice Biennale, the Pompidou Centre in Paris, and film festivals around the world. Her award-winning first feature documentary, H2Oil, was recognized as one of the top ten independent documentaries of 2009.  She followed with St-Henri, the 26th of August (2011) co-produced with the National Film Board of Canada (NFB). Her films have played in over 50 film festivals and museums, on television and in cinemas, and have been supported by Société de développement des entreprises culturelles (SODEC), the Gauteng Film Commission (GFC), Canada Council for the Arts, among others.

Walsh received a PhD in anthropology and education from McGill University in 2010, and completed a post-doc in the South African Research Chair in Social Change at the University of Johannesburg in 2013. From 2013-2016 she was Assistant Professor at the School of Creative Media, City University of Hong Kong.

The Ties that Bind: Race and the Politics of Friendship in South Africa, a book co-edited with Jon Soske, will be released in 2016.

Walsh is working on two new documentaries and a fiction feature.

Current projects

Previous films

Jeppe on Friday

(2013), HD, 87 min, Feature doc, with Arya Lalloo

Parabola Films / Urucu Media / Gauteng Film Commission / Vision du SudEst

Best Documentary, Karoo Indie Film Festival, South Africa, 2015
Johannesburg Pavilion, 56th Venice Biennale, May 2015; The Pompidou Center BPI, Paris, Oct 2013
Bioscope Cinema, Johannesburg

Labia Theatre, Cape Town


South African Airways (SAA)

FX TV “Out of Africa”

South African Broadcast Corporation (SABC)


Indie Karoo Film Fest South Africa (Winner of the Best Documentary Film)

56th Venice Biennale, Italy

Film Africa, England

KwaMashu African Film Festival, South Africa

Geneva International Film Festival, Switzerland

Black Movie, Switzerland 

Colours of the Nile Film Festival, Ethiopia

Africa Hoje, Mostra de Documentarios Africanos, Brazil

RIDM Montreal, Canada

Rendezvous du Cinéma Québecois, Canada

Big Sky Documentary Festival, United States

NY African Film Festival, United States

Beijing International Film Festival, China

Vues d’Afrique Montreal, Canada

Festival Cinema Africano,  Italy

Encounters Festival, South Africa

La Rochelle Festival, France

Festival Paris Cinéma, France

Durban International Film Festival, South Africa

Cinémas d’Afrique-Lausanne, Switzerland

DMZ Festival, Korea

Centre Pompidou Paris, France

Cordoba African Film Festival, Spain


High Commission of Canada, Johannesburg, August 2013; First Wednesday Film Club, Atlas Studios, Johannesburg, August 2013; Things of Order: the Materiality of Value in Cities of the South, Wits University City Institute, South Africa, April 2013; AFDA, Johannesburg, South Africa; High School Screenings in Montreal with the RIDM festival, 2013.

À St-Henri, le 26 août

(2011) HD, 85 min, Feature doc

Parabola Films/ NFB/ Canal-D/ SODEC, & Conseil des Arts et des Letteres du Québec


Five-week cinema run in Montreal


Canal D National broadcaster (French)

Documentary Channel (English)

Air Canada


Distributed in Canada and Internationally by the National Film Board of Canada (NFB)


Hot Docs – Canada

DMZ DocsKorea

Durban International Film Festival – South Africa

The Rendez-vous du cinéma québécois – Canada

Full Frame Documentary FestivalUSA 

Beijing International Film FestivalChina 

Bordeaux men’s prison as part of an RIDM – Canada


(2009), HD, 76 min, Feature-length documentary
SODEC/ Global Television/ Télé-Quebéc / Canada Council / Loaded Pictures


  • Special Mention, Best Documentary, CRiterio Ambiental Film Fest (CRAFF), Costa Rica, 2011
  • Grand Prize, Festival de films de Portneuf sur l’environnement, Quebec
    Honourable Mention, Eco-camera Award, RIDM festival; Nominated for 3 awards at the festival
  • Top 10 Independent Films 2009, The Montreal Mirror
  • Top 5: “Best of the Fest”, 1001 Documentary Festival, Istanbul, Turkey

Canada and the UK

Can-West Global National (English)

Télé-Quebéc (French)

The Discovery Channel (US)

Distributed by KinoSmith in Canada as part of the Hot Docs film series

Dogwoof in the UK. Educational distribution by Film Option in Canada and Dark Hollow in the USA.

Hot Docs, Toronto

Cinefest International Film Festival, Sudbury, Ontario

Atlantic International Film Festival, Halifax, Nova Scotia

Calgary International Film Festival, Alberta

Edmonton International Film Festival, Alberta

Vancouver International Film Festival, British Columbia

Power Shift, North Dakota, USA

Rome International Film Festival, Italy

Bergen Film Festival, Norway

Arnolfini Gallery – Centre for Contemporary Art, Bristol

Guelph Festival of Moving Media, Canada

Rencontres internationales du documentaire de Montréal with Cinema Politica, Montreal

Musée de la Civilisation, Québec

1001 Documentary Film Festival, Istanbul, Turkey

Re-Frame Film Festival, Peterborough

Rendez-Vous du Cinema Quebecois, Montreal

Big Sky Documentary Festival, Montana, USA

Tri-Continental Film Festival Johannesburg, South Africa

and many others.

• Community events and screenings have been held throughout Canada, the US, the UK, Norway, and Italy as well as throughout the Climate Summit in Copenhagen in 2009.


Department of Theatre and Film, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada