Online on May 27 – June 6

Canadian director Shelley Thompson’s debut feature film Dawn, Her Dad & the Tractor will make its world premiere at the Inside Out Film Festival in Toronto, May 27 – June 6, 2021. Shot in Nova Scotia in the summer of 2020, Dawn, Her Dad & the Tractor was one of twelve projects invited to the NY Writers Lab (supported  by Meryl Streep/Nicole Kidman) and one of ten international scripts invited to Cannes for the Breaking Through The Lens initiative in 2019.

Award-winning performer, veteran of The Trailer Park Boys, and champion of LGBTQ issues, Shelley Thompson trained at the UK’s Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, the Canadian Film Centre (2015), and was one of the eight Women In the Director’s Chair (WIDC 2016/17) where she was also recipient of the Feature Film Award for her screenplay Dawn, Her Dad & the Tractor. Thompson’s short films have played festivals around the world.  Pearls, about a trans teenager, was one of the last BravoFact shorts. Her short Duck Duck Goose (2018), addressing the impact of school lockdowns, was selected by Telefilm Canada for the Not Short on Talent program at Clermont-Ferrand. Thompson has performed leading roles on the stage across Canada and the UK including at the Shaw Festival, UK’s Royal National Theatre and the West End.  Notable TV and film performances include Labyrinth, an award-winning performance in Michael Melski’s The Child Remains and Thom Fitzgerald’s Splinters (TIFF 2018).


As a young trans woman and her estranged father begin to restore the old family tractor, they cautiously rebuild their relationship and come to understand the mechanics of the heart. 


Maya Henry
Robb Wells
Amy Groening
Reid Price
Taylor Olsen