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By Posted on: Sunday, August 24th, 2014

October Gale to Open, Relative Happiness to Close

August 25th, 2014, St. John’s – The 25th annual St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival is thrilled to announce this year’s Opening and Closing night films.

October Gale, masterfully directed by Canadian filmmaker Ruba Nadda (Cairo Time, Sabah), will celebrate its Atlantic Canadian premiere at the Festival’s ExxonMobil Opening Night Gala, on October 14 at the Arts and Culture Centre. A thriller set against the beauty of Ontario’s Georgian Bay and starring Patricia Clarkson, Tim Roth and Scott Speedman, October Gale’s arrival in St. John’s will follow its world-premiere as part of the TIFF Special Presentation at the Toronto International Film Festival this September. It was during TIFF 2009 that Nadda won Best Canadian Feature for her film Cairo Time. October Gale, currently in post-production, is already generating an enormous buzz on the Canadian festival circuit.

The ExxonMobil Opening Night Gala will be co-presented by ExxonMobil, the St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival, Telefilm Canada, the Canada Media Fund and the Newfoundland and Labrador Film Development Corporation. The St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival is honoured to be part of the Eye On Canada program for the third year in a row. Launched by Telefilm Canada and the Canada Media Fund, Eye On Canada is a national initiative which aims to bring major Canadian films and filmmakers to wider audiences.

The Emera Closing Night Gala will feature a film that has already gained attention on the international stage. Relative Happiness, Newfoundlander Deanne Foley’s film adaptation of Lesley Crewe’s novel of the same name, screened at the Cannes Film Festival this year as part of Telefilm Canada’s Perspective Canada showcase.

Relative Happiness is a wise and witty romantic comedy set in small-town Nova Scotia. Australian actress Melissa Bergland delivers a lively and engaging performance as protagonist Lexie Ivy. She is accompanied by stars Aaron Poole and Jonathan Sousa, Susan Kent and Joel Thomas Hynes.

Stay tuned for announcements about special guests from the cast and crew of both films as our program unfolds.
The 25th St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival is proudly sponsored by the Canada Council for the Arts, Canadian Heritage, CBC Newfoundland and Labrador, Telefilm Canada, the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA), the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council, NIFCO, the Canada Media Fund, Memorial University, the City of St. John’s, ExxonMobil, Emera Newfoundland & Labrador, Creative Women Workshops’ Women in the Director’s Chair, William F. White International, the Quality Hotel Harbourview, the Independent Production Fund, the Bell Fund, the Canadian Media Production Association, the Christina Parker Gallery, Metrobus Transit, Women in Film and Television – Atlantic, and the Director’s Guild of Canada.

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For more information contact:

Eilish Mc Brearty
Communications & Education Coordinator
St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival
709 754 3141

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By Posted on: Friday, August 8th, 2014

[Interactive] Industry Film Forum + Call for submissions for the Incubator Project

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August 7th, 2014, St. John’s - In celebration of their 25th anniversary, and in response to the changing film and television industry, the St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival (SJIWFF) has revamped their Industry Film Forum, the province’s flagship industry event.

Taking shape this year as the [Interactive] Industry Film Forum, the SJIWFF is working with the Newfoundland & Labrador Interactive Alliance to unite the film and interactive communities, and expand the reach of their professional development workshops to people making films, web series, apps, video games, and everything in between.

Audiences are reaching to new platforms for their favourite stories. In response, many new funding opportunities in the film and television sector now require interactive and digital components. Web-based interactive films, web series, and companion apps for films and television shows are quickly changing how audiences are engaged, and how stories are told.

From October 14th to the 18th, 2014, the [Interactive] Industry Film Forum will bring some of the country’s leading film, television and digital media creators to St. John’s for a series of panels, workshops, networking opportunities, pitch sessions and project consultations. The groundbreaking event will help bridge the gap between the local filmmaking and digital content industries, and strengthen those industries’ connections and skills.

The SJIWFF will also be soliciting four interactive or web-based projects created by women from across Atlantic Canada for the inaugural [Interactive] Incubator Project (IIP). The creators of these projects will come to St. John’s to participate in the [Interactive] Industry Film Forum, where they will be matched with local and visiting industry experts for project consultations, networking and advice. At the end of the Forum, the creators will have the option to pitch their projects to producers from organizations like NFB/Interactive and iThentic.

They will also participate in the Women In the Director’s Chair Career Advancement Module (WIDC CAM), facilitated by award-winning WIDC Producer, Carol Whiteman. Through the WIDC CAM, they will receive tailored pre-coaching to help them articulate their career goals and project concepts in preparation for their meetings with selected interactive experts and mentors throughout the festival. The CAM is part of the WIDC OutReach Initiative Program powered by NBCUniversal.

William F. White International Inc. will give selected creators a certificate for $1,000 towards the rental of their equipment. Winners will also receive passes for the Collide Creative Technology Conference (October 21-24) and an invitation to participate in their Women In Tech Networking Event and Birds of a feather mini-presentation.

For more information or to apply, visit our IIP page or contact:
Jenn Brown, Industry Liaison
St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival


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