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Mackenzie Sheppard


Poly has been drifting around the ocean for decades, and they have a lot to say about being a plastic bottle! Welcome to SiGNALS, an experimental program tuning you into the colourful stories of everyday objects.

Mackenzie’s work is widely acclaimed for his humour, visual diversity and magical take on stories. Mack is a Canadian film director raised in Japan. He is passionate about bringing advertising and original content into one sphere, a recent example being VISIT EARTH, a 6-part original series designed as a travel show for Aliens (viewed over 50 million times on YouTube). Mackenzie’s work has been recognized at award-winning festivals around the world, such as the Cannes Young Director Awards in both 2015 and 2016, and Ciclope Festival. His ‘Liberty Fields’ docu-film for Guinness won Best Web Film at AICP 2020. Nominations include British Arrows and two Webby’s in 2022. VISIT EARTH, his first original series, was nominated for Best of the Year at the Vimeo Festival 2020.