2016 RBC MJ Award Winner

Congratulations Emily Bridger on being the 2016 RBC Michelle Jackson Emerging Filmmaker Award Winner!

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. 

“I have always considered myself lucky to have grown up in the same city as the St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival. I am incredibly honoured to be the recipient of this year’s RBC Michelle Jackson Emerging Filmmaker Award, an award focused on the mentorship and growth of emerging female filmmakers in this province,” Bridger said.

Emily Bridger is a writer and filmmaker. Her first film, Epilogue, which she wrote and directed, screened at various festivals across Canada. Her second short film Brad, premiered at LA Shorts Fest 2010. In 2010, Emily was one of five playwrights selected to write for Lois Brown's production 5 Very Short Plays in the Sand. Her next short film Kathy (produced by Shannon Hawes, directed by Mark O’Brien) premiered at the Atlantic Film Festival 2011 in Halifax and won Best Comedy at Lakeshorts Film Festival 2012. In 2013, Emily wrote the film Sadie (produced by Deanne Foley, directed by Latonia Hartery), which has screened at several festivals internationally, garnering two "best short film" awards. Sadie was also broadcast on CBC and Air Canada flights.

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.