By Posted on: Friday, October 12th, 2012

A few updates from SJIWFF23

MEDIA ADVISORY: A few updates from the St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival

October 12th, 2012, St. John’s – The St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival opens on Tuesday, October the 16th and we’ve had a lot of exciting new developments!

An address from Salman Rushdie

On October 16th, The 23rd Annual St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival will open with “Midnight’s Children,” a film adaptation of Salman Rushdie’s novel of the same name. The film was directed by Oscar-nominated Deepa Mehta and Mr. Rushdie wrote the script.

Though he was unable to attend our Opening Night screening, he has recorded a special address for our audience, which will be played before the film.

A defence of reality television

Shannon Nering is hilarious. And smart and articulate and incredibly accomplished. She’s also a great defender of the guiltiest pleasure of our time: reality television.

Nering is the producer of The Real Housewives of Vancouver and the author of Reality Jane – both the blog and the wildly popular book. She was recently on Q with Jian Gomeshi, to defend Here Comes Honey Boo Boo. No, really.

Nering will be giving our Keynote Address on the good, the bad and the ugly of reality television on Thursday, October 18th, at the Masonic Hall from 12 pm to 2 pm.

A congratulations to two of our best

Congratulations to Elsa Morena, director of “Winners,” and Jordan Canning, director of “Seconds!” They were chosen to participate in the Women In The Director’s Chair Career Advancement Module. The Module seeks to develop the careers of Canadian women mid-career directors with a project in development. A representative from the British Columbia-based organization Creative Women Workshops, who administers the award, will be arranging special networking and professional development opportunities for Morena and Canning throughout the Festival.

For more information contact:
Sarah Smellie
Publicity and Communications Manager, the St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival
754-3141 (office) 689-0296 (cell)