RBC MJ Award


We are proud to congratulate Emily Bridger, winner of the 2016 RBC Michelle Jackson Emerging Filmmaker Award.

Emily’s winning script, Waste It, is the poignant story of a woman attempting to grapple with the fleeting nature of romance through filmmaking, only to run into conflict with her surrounding cast and crew. Waste It will premiere next year at the 28th annual St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival’s Closing Night Gala.

The RBC Michelle Jackson Emerging Filmmaker Award (RBC MJAward) was founded in honour of St. John’s filmmaker and student mentor Michelle Jackson, who passed away suddenly in 2008. This annual peer-juried award is open to emerging female directors who reside in Newfoundland and Labrador and who have not yet directed a feature film. Only directors may apply. The award provides services and cash towards the creation of a six-minute film. The final film will screen at the Closing Night Gala of the St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival.

The 2016 RBC MJAward Prizes
Along with mentorship, the 2016 winner will also receive:
-Cash prize of $6000 from the RBC Foundation
-Cash prize of $4000 from CBC Newfoundland & Labrador
-Cash prize of $2000 from the Newfoundland & Labrador Film Development Corporation
-Cash prize of $1000 from the St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival
-Cash prize of $1000 from the Michelle Jackson Emerging Filmmakers’ Fund
-Cash prize of $1000 from MO Enterprises
-In­-kind post­-production services from Newfoundland Independent Filmmakers Cooperative
-In-kind mentoring from Anita Reilly McGee
-In-­kind script consultation with Page to Screen’s Ruth Atkinson
-In­-kind consultation and assistance with casting from Casting by Maggie
-In-­kind camera equipment rental from Clairmont Camera
-In-kind equipment rental from Atlantic Studios Cooperative
-Participation in the Women in the Director’s Chair Career Advancement Module

Thank you to all Sponsors who make this award possible:

The RBC Foundation, CBC Newfoundland and Labrador, the Newfoundland and Labrador Film Development Corporation, the Community Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador, St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival, Anita Reilly McGee, MO Entertainment, the Newfoundland Independent Filmmakers Co-Operative, Atlantic Studios Co-Operative, Page to Screen’s Ruth Atkinson, Casting by Maggie, Clairmont Camera, and Women in the Director’s Chair.

See our 2015 RBC MJ Award winning film Crocuses by Wanda Nolan at SJIWFF27 Closing Night Gala on October 23, 2016!


RBC MJ Award Alumni

2015: Wanda Nolan
2014: Jenina MacGillivray
2013: Tamara Segura
2012: Jacqueline Hynes
2011: Ruth Lawrence
2010: Allison White


Award Recipients must agree to the following terms and conditions:

  • Be assigned a mentor for the project;
  • Report project progress to the RBC MJAward mentor at intervals and in a manner specified in the Award contract;
  • Acknowledge RBC, the Michelle Jackson Emerging Filmmaker Fund, the St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival and Award Partners by name and with corporate logo in the project, and to do so according to the terms of the Award contract;
  • Complete the project;
  • Screen the film at the St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival during the Closing Night Gala; and
  • Agree to have her name and image appear in any or all publications, announcements, promotions for the Award.