A great year for her film career: Jenina MacGillivray's RBC MJ Award win

Photo by Carol Kean
Photo by Carol Kean

September 8, 2014, St. John’s

Jenina McGillivray is the winner of the 2014 RBC Michelle Jackson Emerging Filmmaker Award.

MacGillivray’s winning script, set on a tour bus in the city of St. John’s, underscores Newfoundland’s reputation for great storytelling, cleverly incorporating elements of romance, drama and dark humour.

As the winner of the 2014 RBC Michelle Jackson Emerging Filmmaker Award, MacGillivray will receive over $10,000 in cash and services to complete the as-yet-untitled short film. The film will premiere at the Closing Night Gala of the 26th annual St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival.

“It's so exciting making films in Newfoundland because people really get behind your project,” says the 5th recipient of this annual award. “Michelle continues to be an inspiration to me, and many of us, on how be a good filmmaker, friend, human being. I couldn't be more honored to be part of the RBC MJ Award, and to be joining so many other talented filmmakers in honoring Michelle Jackson.”

MacGillivray’s first film, Boarding, will premiere at the Atlantic Film Festival this coming September. It then screens at the St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival in October.

"RBC is committed to supporting the development of talented filmmakers and industry professionals," said Jeremy Storry, RBC Regional Vice President, Newfoundland and Labrador. "On behalf of our entire team across the province, we would like to congratulate Jenina on winning this prestigious award."

The RBC Michelle Jackson Emerging Filmmaker Award is administered by the St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival in memory of student mentor, friend and filmmaker Michelle Jackson, who passed away suddenly in 2008. The award is made possible with the support of the RBC Foundation, the Newfoundland and Labrador Film Development Corporation, Atlantic Studios Cooperative, Newfoundland Independent Filmmakers Cooperative, and Casting by Maggie.

For more information, please contact:

Eilish Mc Brearty Communications & Education Coordinator St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival (709) 754 3141 | eilish@womensfilmfestival.com

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