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Submissions for SJIWFF26 – October 20-24th, 2015 – will open in January: watch this page for more information!



25th Annual St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival submission dates:

January 15th, 2014 — Submissions open
March 18, 2014 — Early Bird Deadline ($10CAD)
April 15, 2014 — Regular Deadline ($20CAD)
May 20, 2014 — Late Deadline ($35CAD)
May 27, 2014 — Withoutabox Extended Deadline ($50CAD)

Download our SJIWFF25 Rules and Regulations.

or download a 2014 Entry Form and mail it (with entry fee and 3 copies of your film) to:

SJIWFF Programming Committee
PO Box 984, Station C
St. John’s, NL, A1C 5M3

Please direct courier packages to:

SWIWFF Programming Committee
28 Cochrane Street, Suite 101
St. John’s, NL, A1C 3L3

*Please ensure that your package is marked “NO COMMERCIAL VALUE.” Any package incurring brokerage fees will be returned unopened.

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Entries will be viewed by a programming committee and entrants will be notified of the decision regarding their film/video in September 2014. Submission copies will not be returned unless accompanied by a self-addressed, prepaid envelope or a courier account number.

If your film is accepted to the Festival, our accepted Exhibition Copy formats are as follows:

Tape formats, in order of preference:
HDCAM-SR 23.98 or 59.94
HDCAM 23.98 or 59.94
XDCAM-HD 23.98 or 59.94
DVCProHD (59.94 Preferred)
HDV (59.94, a.k.a. 60i, Preferred)
The frame rate, aspect ratio/letterboxing and audio layout must be specified on the tape label.

File Formats:
Quicktime MOV, using the following codecs in order of preference: – AVID DNxHD 145
– Apple ProRes 422 (regular, not HQ or LT)
– H.264

Frame rate, aspect ratio/letterboxing and audio layout should be specified in the file name or in an accompanying text file.

All Audio in the .mov files should be uncompressed Linear PCM.
MKV files are not acceptable, due to the difficulty in dealing with them.

NOTE: H.264 Quicktime files should only be used as a method to reduce file size for internet delivery. They are very highly compressed, requiring some additional processing to make the reels, and as such can actually degrade the quality and increase the time required to assemble the reels.

The film must start at an even hour timecode, and preferably be proceeded by a two beep or two pop which consists of one frame of bars and tone.

Exhibition copies of selected films/videos will be returned after the Festival by regular mail (unless specified otherwise and paid by the entrant). The Festival is not responsible in case of accidental damage or loss of entries, except when in the Festival’s possession. In case of loss or damage to a print, the obligation of the Festival is limited to compensating the filmmakers for the cost of making a new print.The Festival reserves the right to use excerpts (up to three minutes) and to reproduce photos of the production for promotion and publicity purposes.

The Festival Committee has the power to decide on any matters not specifically dealt with in these regulations. Notice of participation implies acceptance of these regulations. In any dispute, the decision of the Festival Committee will be final.