RBC MJ Award


Submissions are now closed for the 2016 RBC MJAward.
Thank you to all who applied!

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 post­production services from Newfoundland Independent Filmmakers Cooperative
-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 at SJIWFF28


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.


Applications must be received by the SJIWFF Office by 5pm Thursday, August 18, 2016.
Please read the Guidelines linked above.

For more information, contact Jenn Brown at jenn@womensfilmfestival.com or call 709-754-3141.

Wanda Nolan is the 2015 RBC MJ Award winner!

See Wanda’s winning film Crocuses at SJIWFF27 October 19-23, 2016!


RBC MJ Award Alumni

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


We would like to thank all of our partners 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, SJIWFF, 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.