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June 8, 2015, ST. JOHN’S – The RBC Michelle Jackson Emerging Filmmaker Award has jump-started the careers of five female filmmakers from Newfoundland and Labrador. Entering its sixth year, the RBC Michelle Jackson Emerging Filmmaker Award is now open for submissions.
Emerging female directors residing in Newfoundland and Labrador who have not yet directed a feature film are invited to apply. The deadline for submissions is July 6, 2015.
Founded in honour of the St. John’s filmmaker and student mentor Michelle Jackson and administered by the St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival, the peer-juried award provides services and cash towards the creation of a six-minute film, which will premiere at the 27th annual St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival.
The previous five recipients have had great success since winning the RBC Michelle Jackson Emerging Filmmaker Award. “Cast No Shadow,” the break-out film from Telefilm’s micro-budget program, was produced by the award’s inaugural winner, Allison White. After receiving six awards at the 2014 Atlantic Film Festival, “Cast No Shadow” went on to be nominated for four Canadian Screen Awards, and was screened in cinemas across the country. Winner of the 2013 award, Tamara Segura’s film “Before the War” has been nominated for Best Drama at the Los Angeles Independent Film Awards. Jackie Hynes, winner of the 2012 award, has been actively mentoring for NIFCO’s First-Time Filmmaker program.
The 2014 RBC Michelle Jackson Emerging Filmmaker Award winner, Jenina MacGillivray, is in pre-production for her winning film “The Tour.” “The Tour” will premiere at the Closing Night Gala of the 26th annual St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival at the St. John’s Arts and Culture Centre on October 24th, 2015.
The prize awards over $14,000 in cash and services. This year’s cash prize is made possible with the support of the RBC Foundation, CBC Newfoundland and Labrador, the St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival, the Newfoundland Independent Filmmakers Cooperative, L.A.-based script consultant Ruth Atkinson and Casting by Maggie.
For application information, please click here
For more information, contact:
St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival
754-3141 (office) 689-0296 (cell)