Filmmaker Lindsay MacKay to mentor RBC Michelle Jackson Award Winner

Lindsay MacKay at the SJIWFF 2015 Scene & Heard conference

Lindsay MacKay at the SJIWFF 2015 Scene & Heard conference

Our RBC Michelle Jackson Emerging Filmmaker Award winner Emily Bridger is gearing up to shoot her short film Waste It next week, and we couldn't be more excited about introducing Lindsay MacKay as Bridger's mentor this year!

Supported by CBC Newfoundland and Labrador, MacKay will be travelling to St. John’s from Los Angeles. MacKay is the writer/director of Wet Bum, her debut feature film which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2014 and was named a Top 10 Finalist in the prestigious Zoetrope Screenwriting Competition. It was nominated for Best First Feature and Best Lead Actress by the Vancouver Film Critics and won best debut at Alkino Film Festival in Poland and Best Film by the international jury at CinéJeune de l'Aisne in France.

MacKay is also a graduate of the Directing program at the AFI Conservatory, where she was granted the distinguished Franklin J. Schaffner Fellow and Richard P. Rogers Spirit of Excellence Awards for her thesis film Clear Blue, which also won the esteemed College Television Award (the Student Emmy) and is currently being made into a feature. Her work has screened at festivals worldwide including SXSW, AFI Fest, Beijing International Film Festival, Shanghai International Film Festival, Santa Barbara International Film Festival and Camerimage.

If you'd like to see a sampling of MacKay's amazing work, look no further than Vimeo. 

"We’re so excited to be bringing in such a strong director mentor,” says Festival Executive Director Jenn Brown. “The additional outreach and new perspectives will provide high level training for Emily and will greatly benefit the local film crew, taking this prestigious award to the next level."

MacKay herself is looking forward to being back in Newfoundland, and understands the importance of mentorship. "I'm excited to be a part of this project and work with Emily to help bring her vision to life," she said. "Being a filmmaker myself, I know how valuable it can be throughout your career to have someone to lean on, share ideas with and ask for guidance from and I look forward to being there for Emily!"

Waste It will premiere at the Closing Night Gala of the 28th annual St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival on October 22, 2017.

And with that, we're happy to announce that we're ready to accept applications for this year's RBC Michelle Jackson Emerging Filmmaker Award! 

Head on over to the RBC MJ Award page to learn about how you can apply for this amazing award. 

In the coming weeks we'll be sharing some of Bridger's and MacKay's experiences while shooting Waste It -- stay tuned to see what it's like to be on set with this powerhouse duo! Follow us on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

Candice Walsh