Shandi Mitchell is an author and filmmaker. Her debut novel Under This Unbroken Sky was simultaneously published by Penguin Canada, Weidenfeld & Nicolson (UK) and Harper Collins (US). It has sold in nine countries, including translation rights for Chinese, Hebrew, Dutch and Italian. Under This Unbroken Sky won the 2010 Commonwealth regional Prize for First Book (Canada/Caribbean), the Thomas Head Raddall Fiction Award, and the Margaret and John Savage First Book Award. Her award-winning short films and feature film, The Disappeared, have played worldwide and garnered awards in cinematography, design, sound, performance, and direction. In 2008, she was awarded the Canada Council's Victor Martin-Lynch Staunton Endowment in Media Arts. She has taught Introductory Screenwriting, Directing, and Fiction Writing Workshops. She has been a mentor for the AFCOOP and WFNS programs and a script consultant for Equinoxe International. She is currently teaching 4th year Creative Writing-Fiction at Dalhousie University, while completing her next novel.