The 2013 RBC Michelle Jackson Emerging Filmmaker Award is now open for submissions

June 12, 2013, ST. JOHN’S -- The RBC Michelle Jackson Emerging Filmmaker Award is ready to launch another career. The annual award has been a key stepping stone for three female Newfoundland and Labrador filmmakers, and now the 2013 RBC Michelle Jackson Emerging Filmmaker Award is open for submissions.

Emerging female directors residing in Newfoundland and Labrador who have not yet directed a feature film are invited to apply.

Founded in honour of St. John’s filmmaker and student mentor Michelle Jackson, the peer-juried award provides services and cash towards the creation of a six-minute film which will premiere at the 25th annual St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival. The award is administered by the St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival.

After just four years, the award has an impressive history of boosting the careers of its recipients. Allison White, who won the inaugural award in 2010, received funding this year through Telefilm Canada’s national Micro-Budget Program to produce a film written by Joel Thomas Hynes. Ruth Lawrence, winner of the 2011 award, was recognized as the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council’s Artist of the Year.

The 2012 RBC Michelle Jackson Award winner Jackie Hynes is now in the post-production stages with her winning film, “The Passenger.” “The Passenger” will premiere on closing night of the St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival at the Arts and Culture Centre.

This year’s award is made possible with the support of the RBC Foundation, CBC Newfoundland and Labrador, the Newfoundland and Labrador Film Development Corporation, Stewart McKelvey, Atlantic Studios Cooperative, Newfoundland Independent Filmmakers Cooperative, and Casting by Maggie.

For application information, go here.

For more information, contact: Sarah Smellie Publicity and Communications Manager The St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival 754-3141 (office) 689-0296 (cell)

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