Emera NL Closing Night Gala
Oct
22
7:00pm 7:00pm

Emera NL Closing Night Gala

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Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked The World

This was a smash at Hot Docs this year, taking home the top prizes, and you will happily see why. Rumble is nothing less than a superbly produced documentary about the influence of native music on rock music. There is so much to discover in this lively, highly entertaining chronicle of a genre we thought we knew so much about. We not only hear iconic musicians like Buffy St Marie and Robbie Robertson talking about their struggle to locate their own identities in the emerging rock culture of their time but we also get to watch them and so many others performing the music that juiced a generation. You want to know where Hendrix was in all this? The film lets you in on a long masked truth about his own roots and influences. Same goes for the incomparable Mildred Bailey and The Black Eyed Peas’ Taboo, among others. This film will profoundly change the way you listen to rock music from now on.


Director: Catherine Bainbridge
Co-Director: Alfonso Maiorana
Writers: Catherine Bainbridge and Alfonso Maiorana
Producers: Catherine Bainbridge, Christina Fon, Linda Ludwick, Lisa M. Roth
Runtime: 102 mins
Canada

 

CLOSING SHORT:
Waste It
Winner of the 2016 RBC Michelle Jackson Emerging Filmmaker Award


Karen attempts to grapple with the fleeting nature of romance through filmmaking, only to run into conflict with her surrounding cast and crew.

Director/Writer: Emily Bridger
Producer: Kerry Gamberg, Lindsay MacKay
Canada (NL)

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Afternoon Shorts
Oct
22
3:00pm 3:00pm

Afternoon Shorts

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Face 2 Face Pitch Session
Oct
22
1:00pm 1:00pm

Face 2 Face Pitch Session

Presented by the Canadian Media Producers Association

Make your 15 minutes count! Apply for a one-on-one meeting with some of the biggest broadcasters, funders, producers and distributors in the country. Our pitch session is an incredible opportunity to introduce your project to the industry’s biggest resources who are waiting to hear your ideas for films, documentaries and television pilots, as well as web series, new media, or interactive projects.

Meet the NFB, CBC, KinoSmith, Rezolution Pictures, iThentic, Newfoundland & Labrador Film Development Corporation and more! Meetings are by appointment only.

To apply for a coveted spot at the table, visit womensfilmfestival.com/face2face. Applications due via email by October 16th to industry@womensfilmfestival.com.

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As the Crow Flies
Oct
22
12:00pm12:00pm

As the Crow Flies

As the Crow Flies

We adore this doc about a group of wannabe Royal Canadian Air Cadets who are soaring for their wings. They’re just seventeen, if you know what we mean, but the way they dream is just beyond compare. Director Girard has transformed what might be a conventional aspirational story about reaching for the stars into something utterly charmed and magical. Her camera attends to these youngsters with admirable respect, allowing us to appreciate their unique personalities, hope and fears. Shortly into the film, you are dreaming right along with them, living out the drama of their potential. It doesn’t get any more feel-good than this loving, intimate portrait of some pretty wonderful young Canadians.



Director/Writer: Tess Girard
Runtime: 84 mins
Canada

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Locations, Locations: Filming in Newfoundland
Oct
22
10:00am10:00am

Locations, Locations: Filming in Newfoundland

Along with our artists, crews and enticing tax credits, Newfoundland also has some of the most stunning and versatile filming locations. Take a break from the theatre seats and join us for a locations bus tour! From Jellybean Row, Cape Spear to Cabot Tower on Signal Hill, you won’t want to miss one of the most interactive location scouts out there. Be inspired, take your camera, and explore St. John’s regardless of the weather! Hosted by local Locations Manager Lynn Andrews.

This panel is FREE, but priority will be given to Festival/Delegate Passholders.

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Lynn Andrews

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Porcupine Lake
Oct
21
9:30pm 9:30pm

Porcupine Lake

Porcupine Lake

Festival darling, Ingrid Veninger returns to us with her reliably strong work, this time a coming-of-age story that pulls you right into its central drama. Veninger well understand the secrets of girlhood. Her two well-cast leads perform with an uncanny naturalism, suggestive of the trust they must have placed in the director, a hallmark of Veninger’s art. Fate brings two girls from disparate walks of life together one summer in Northern Ontario. The class and rural/urban divide informs their differences, but at heart the girls are more alike than at first appears. This is a remarkably candid portrait of the struggle for a secure sense of self. Told almost exclusively from the girls’ points of view, Porcupine Lake doesn’t dismiss adults so much as remind us how much of the margins they occupy when you’re busy trying to find yourself. As with all of Veninger’s films, this well-crafted feature is scrupulously devoted to the small stuff from which big transformation comes. It’s simply a pleasure to watch. Bring your daughters.


Director/Writer/Producer: Ingrid Veninger
Executive Producer(s): Randi Kirshenbaum, Melissa Leo
Country of Production: Canada
Runtime : 85 min

Followed by a Q&A with Ingrid Veninger.

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La Chana
Oct
21
7:00pm 7:00pm

La Chana

La Chana

Everyone loves the flamenco. But it’s not just the fancy footwork that gives this film some pretty top audience awards at festivals: it’s the moving brilliance of its storytelling. This film shares with Chavela an intimate exploration of an exceptional older woman’s life, in this case the Catalan goddess known as La Chana. Antonia Santiago Amador lived a tough life of potential success, Hollywood offers, and the persistent undermining of these by a mean-spirited husband. Somehow, as we now all like to say now, she persisted. Flamenco is not just a flurry of hard stomps; it is deeply embedded in culture and the history of a people. The women who dance it are speaking their story, and no one expressed the struggle for identity and freedom better than La Chana. Ultimately, this film is itself evidence of the sheer endurance of personality and talent, testimony of the power of strong will, good bones, and an unwavering moral compass.

Director/Writer: Lucija Stojevic
Producers: Lucija Stojevic, Deirdre Towers, Greta Olafsdottir, Susan Muska
Runtime: 86 mins
Country: Spain/Iceland/USA
 

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There will be a special Curtain Raiser performance by flamenco dancer Christina Penney before the screening, presented by our community partners Neighbourhood Dance Works.

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Doc Talk
Oct
21
3:00pm 3:00pm

Doc Talk

Presented by Bell Fund

Meet the women behind the camera. Learn how documentaries can be used to entertain, educate, effect social change, and serve as a form of activism and why women are leading the world of docs. Featuring Catherine Bainbridge (Rumble), Jessica Beshir (Hairat, He Who Dances on Wood) and Attiya Khan (A Better Man).

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Catherine Bainbridge

Catherine Bainbridge, Director/ Writer/ Executive Producer/ Producer, on Rumble, and Co-founder of Rezolution Pictures, has an accomplished career in media. She has brought her signature enthusiasm and passion for storytelling to countless documentary, drama, comedy, and interactive media projects, notably the Peabody award-winning documentary Reel Injun, about Native stereotypes in Hollywood films. Her role as Director on Rumble encapsulates her love and devotion to music, history, politics, and bringing important Indigenous stories to the mainstream.

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Jessica Beshir

Mexican-Ethiopian filmmaker, Jessica Beshir received her B.A in film studies and literature at UCLA. She recently directed the short He Who Dances on Wood and is currently producing her first feature film set in Harar. Jessica is based in Brooklyn, NY.

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Attiya Khan

Attiya Khan (Writer, Co-Director) is a Toronto-based feminist, intimate partner violence survivor, and long-time advocate and counselor for abused women and children. Attiya conceived the idea for A Better Man in 2012, drawing on her personal and professional experience with intimate partner violence. Attiya has worked in women’s shelters in Canada and the United States, including running the Child and Youth Services Program at Transition House in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She also worked at YWCA Toronto, supporting the communications and advocacy team, managing a training program on crisis intervention, and administering the December 6th Fund, which offers interest-free loans to women fleeing domestic violence. As a writer, activist, and speaker, she has presented at numerous events and conferences related to domestic violence. Together with her family, she recently co-founded a YWCA Toronto scholarship program for domestic-violence survivors.

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Afternoon Shorts
Oct
21
3:00pm 3:00pm

Afternoon Shorts

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Women Leading TV
Oct
21
12:30pm12:30pm

Women Leading TV

Canada is stepping up with a new generation of creators who are taking over your television. Learn more about the business of broadcasting by some of the leading creators on Canadian television. Talk with the writers, producers, showrunners and directors behind some of your favourite series. Featuring Jordan Canning (Baroness Von Sketch Show, 22 Minutes), Sarah Goodman (The Detail) and Marsha Greene (Mary Kills People, Ten Days in the Valley).

Note: Due to scheduling conflicts, Sherry White will no longer be able to join us for this panel. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. 

Tickets to Forum Lunch Panels at the Masonic Temple are NOT available at the door and will be available for purchase through the LSPU Hall Box Office until 12pm the day prior, subject to availability. Vegetarian options available if noted when booking. 

Tickets must be purchased (reserved with a Delegate Pass) in advance through the LSPU Hall Box Office. Limited seating. 

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Jordan Canning

Jordan Canning has directed more than a dozen short films that have played at festivals all over the world, including the Tribeca Film Festival, the Toronto International Film Festival and Interfilm Berlin. She directed all twenty-three episodes of the IPF-supported web series Space Riders: Division Earth for CTV.ca. The show won the 2014 Canadian Screen Award for Best Digital Series and four Canadian Comedy Awards, including Best Director.
Her first feature, We Were Wolves, premiered at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival. Her second feature, Suck It Up, won the Women In the Director’s Chair Feature Film Award and premiered at Slamdance 2017. Her third feature, an omnibus film called Ordinary Days, will also premiere later in 2017. In 2016 she made her foray into television, directing on Saving Hope (CTV) and This Hour Has 22 Minutes (CBC). In 2017 year she will be directing on the series The Detail (CTV), Burden of Truth (CBC) and Baroness Von Sketch Show (IFC/CBC).
 

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Sarah Goodman

Sarah Goodman was born in Toronto and has lived in New York, where she began making films. She recently wrote on the upcoming CTV drama, The Detail, after completing the Canadian Film Centre’s Prime Time TV Writing Program. She has also written and directed narrative and documentary film: her feature documentary Army of One, 2004 Hot Docs Best Canadian Feature Documentary; 2005 Gemini Nomination for Best Director, and When We Were Boys, Donald Brittain Gemini Nomination for Best Documentary; Indiewire Top 10 Documentaries 2009, led to her short drama Hidden Driveway (TIFF 2011) and her award winning, critically acclaimed first feature drama Porch Stories. Her films have played at festivals such as TIFF, IDFA, Hot Docs and True/False, as well as broadcasting worldwide. Goodman has also written and directed documentary programs for television. She is an alumna of the TIFF Talent Lab, the Berlinale Talent Campus, and a member of the Film Fatales. Her next feature Lake 239 is in development with producer Karen Harnisch (Sleeping Giant) and she currently has two TV series in early development.

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Marsha Greene

Marsha Greene has written for Global’s Private Eyes, ABC’s Ten Days In The Valley, and the critically acclaimed drama Mary Kills People for Global and Lifetime.  She is currently developing a short-form scripted drama with eOne called The Six.
In 2015, Marsha received a BravoFACT award for her short film In The Room, and was the Interactive Writer for the YTV/Teen Nick series Open Heart, which won the Digi Award for Best Interactive Content–Kids. Marsha has also lent her skills to unscripted productions for Global, CBC, Discovery Channel, Food Network, and the award-winning documentary Chinee Girl. Marsha is a graduate of the Canadian Film Centre Prime Time Television program, and holds an Honours BA in Creative Writing from York University. She also has a graduate certificate from Humber College’s TV Writing and Producing program, where she was awarded the Brian Linehan Award for Outstanding Artistic Promise.  

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Karen Bruce

Moderator.
Karen has been with the Academy since November 2012. As part of her role she is responsible for developing the public and industry profile of the national screen media association to attract and engage new audiences. Along with monthly industry events she also launched the successful Family Fan Day during Canadian Screen Week providing free access for fans to some of their favourite stars.

Karen also spearheaded the Academy's vital, annual volunteer program.

With over 20 years in the industry including her position as Director of Canadian Initiatives at TIFF, Karen continues to work with numerous organizations including Cinéfest Sudbury, Whistler Film Festival, the CMPA and the Toronto Film Critic Awards. She also regularly mentors emerging industry talent and currently sits on the board for the Canadian Film Festival.

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A Better Man
Oct
21
12:00pm12:00pm

A Better Man

A Better Man

When the festival programmers keep talking about a film long after we’ve watched it we know we have to share it. A Better Man will get you talking. It’s a bold documentary that situates the filmmaker herself at the centre. Motivated by a need to close the loop, she engages the man who subjected her to violence, years after their troubled relationship had ended. For his own reasons, no doubt, Steve agrees to be the subject of this film, openly struggling to understand his own behaviour, straining to articulate what finally cannot be summarized. Steve is taciturn and almost uncomprehending at times, maddening the filmmaker and, in turn, the viewer who demands to hear more. But trauma works differently on both those who perpetuate and those who experience violence, and the film explores that spectrum of response and reflection as a slow, steady, and often painful reveal. It’s a fascinating piece of voyeurism, really, which is not to detract from the earnestness of the filmmaker’s mission. With Sarah Polley as executive director, A Better Man provocatively explores the fraught terrain of abuse and its aftermath.


Directors: Attiya Khan, Lawrence Jackman
Producers: Christine Kleckner, Justine Pimlott
Runtime: 79 minutes
Canada

Followed by a Q&A with Attiya Khan, moderated by the Newfoundland and Labrador Sexual Assault Crisis and Prevention Centre (24/7 Crisis Hotline : 1-800-726-2743).

 

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Janet Lee

Moderator, Newfoundland and Labrador Sexual Assault Crisis and Prevention Centre

Janet Lee is honoured to be the Program Coordinator at the Newfoundland and Labrador Sexual Assault Crisis and Prevention Centre. 

Janet has been supporting survivors and doing anti-violence work in a professional capacity for over a decade. By focusing on caring roles in violence prevention, alternative education, and front line service delivery, Janet’s goal is to create systemic change wherein all survivors feel like they are truly listened to, believed, and supported.

Janet believes that each individual is the expert in their own life and their own experiences. She is inspired every day by the people she works with and for. She sees hope and resiliency in every person that uses their own incredible strength, strategies, and abilities to navigate their own unique healing process.

Janet was raised around the bay, loves the Atlantic Ocean, and currently resides in St. John’s with her supportive partner, his saucy cat, and her untrained dog.

 

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Oct
21
10:00am10:00am

Decoding Distribution

Methods of distribution are constantly evolving. From traditional to digital, join industry leaders to discuss this ever-evolving landscape including sales options, financing, understanding your market and more.

More Delegates are to be announced- stay tuned!

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Robin Smith

Robin Smith is currently the owner and President of KinoSmith Inc. – Canada’s premiere boutique distribution and film marketing company - and CEO of the newly founded company Blue Ice Docs – a new distribution and equity funding company dedicated to funding, acquiring and distributing the best non-fiction work from around the world. Robin brings a strong background of over 22 years of film, video and arts-related work to the marketplace having worked at a variety of distribution companies (National Film Board of Canada, Alliance Films, Lions Gate Film Entertainment, Seville Pictures and Capri Releasing) and has managed and navigated the release of such hits as Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, All About My Mother, Away from Her, Cave of Forgotten Dreams and Blackfish. Robin also acts as the Cinema Programmer for the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema in Toronto that is operated by the Hot Docs International Documentary Festival. The Bloor Hot Docs Cinema is a 727 seat cinema dedicated to screening documentaries throughout the year.

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Wexford Plaza
Oct
20
9:30pm 9:30pm

Wexford Plaza

Wexord Plaza

Another 2017 Slamdance entry, this unconventional feature by Toronto-based Joyce Wong charmed the festival programmers for its deft handling of its subject—a painfully awkward encounter between a security guard and the guy who serves the drinks at the bar at a shopping plaza. This is Scarborough, Ontario, where nothing ever happens. But the people who inhabit that world have hopes and dreams, just like the rest of us. Betty and Danny are as ordinary as it gets, but the film fleshes out their emerging characters in steady, revealing ways, exposing a vein of humanity we all recognize in ourselves. This is no small achievement. One can only imagine the pitch session: “it’s a Canadian romcom, doofus boy meets lonely girl at a plaza and nothing goes quite right.” There’s so much more going on here, though. The film folds you into its sense of place, person, and purpose with a calm, confident ease. As Wong well shows us, there’s drama in even the most unlikely places, wherever life is being explored by a talented artist.


Director/Writer: Joyce Wong
Producers: Matt Greyson, Harry Cherniak and Joyce Wong
Runtime: 87 min
Country: Canada

Followed by a Q&A with Joyce Wong.

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CBC Friday Night Shorts
Oct
20
7:00pm 7:00pm

CBC Friday Night Shorts

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Join us after the screening for a special Q&A with local and visiting filmmakers. This screening is presented and hosted by CBC NL.

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Keep Making Features
Oct
20
3:00pm 3:00pm

Keep Making Features

Making a movie is a miracle, especially a feature film. Meet women who have succeeded in directing not only one but multiple feature films, and learn how they made these dreams become a reality. Featuring Sarah Goodman (Porch Stories, Army of One) and Ingrid Veninger (Porcupine Lake, The Animal Project). Moderated by Joyce Wong (Wexford Plaza).

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Deanne Foley

Deanne Foley is a Canadian feature film and TV director-writer hailing from St. John’s, Newfoundland.  Set in the world of semi-pro wrestling, her debut feature film, BEAT DOWN, starring Robb Wells (Trailer Park Boys) and Marthe Bernard (Republic of Doyle) garnered three Canadian Comedy Award nominations including Best Direction, Best Actor, and Best Actress and won Best Debut at the Toronto Female Eye Film Festival. Her sophomore feature, RELATIVE HAPPINESS, a romantic comedy, was nominated for Best Picture at the 2015 Directors Guild of Canada Awards, and Best Canadian Feature at the Whistler Film Festival. The film also picked up Best Actress awards at the 16th L.A. Comedy Festival and Toronto’s Canadian Film Festival in 2015. The film sold around the world including China, Australia and the UK.  Deanne went on to direct two episodes for CBC’s REPUBLIC OF DOYLE in the final season. She has been honored by the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council and named Artist of the Year for 2015.  In the summer of 2017, Deanne directed the dramatic feature film, AN AUDIENCE OF CHAIRS, based on the critically acclaimed novel by Joan Clark. Up next, Deanne will be directing on the feature film, HOPELESS ROMANTIC, filming in the fall of 2017.

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Sarah Goodman

Sarah Goodman was born in Toronto and has lived in New York, where she began making films. She recently wrote on the upcoming CTV drama, The Detail, after completing the Canadian Film Centre’s Prime Time TV Writing Program. She has also written and directed narrative and documentary film: her feature documentary Army of One, 2004 Hot Docs Best Canadian Feature Documentary; 2005 Gemini Nomination for Best Director, and When We Were Boys, Donald Brittain Gemini Nomination for Best Documentary; Indiewire Top 10 Documentaries 2009, led to her short drama Hidden Driveway (TIFF 2011) and her award winning, critically acclaimed first feature drama Porch Stories. Her films have played at festivals such as TIFF, IDFA, Hot Docs and True/False, as well as broadcasting worldwide. Goodman has also written and directed documentary programs for television. She is an alumna of the TIFF Talent Lab, the Berlinale Talent Campus, and a member of the Film Fatales. Her next feature Lake 239 is in development with producer Karen Harnisch (Sleeping Giant) and she currently has two TV series in early development.

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Ingrid Veninger

Born in Bratislava and raised in Canada, Ingrid is no stranger to SJIWFF. In addition to leading workshops and participating on numerous panels, she has presented her films i am a good person/i am a bad person, The Animal Project and He Hated Pigeons, which was presented last year with an improvised score performed by St. John's very own Rozalind MacPhail. This year she returns with her 6th feature film, Porcupine Lake, which was developed in the pUNK FILMS FEMMES LAB, an initiative Ingrid created in 2014 to foster more feature films written and directed by Canadian women, sponsored by Academy Award winner Melissa Leo. Porcupine Lake had its world premiere at TIFF and will be touring festivals worldwide this fall. Currently, Ingrid is developing her 7th feature and is working on her MFA at York University.

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Joyce Wong

Moderator.

Joyce Wong is a writer and director based in Toronto whose films have played at festivals worldwide. Her films often feature an idiosyncratic tone and tongue-in-cheek comedy. She graduated from York University with a BFA in Film Production in 2007, and is an alumna of the 2008 Berlinale Talent Campus and the 2016 TIFF Talent Lab. Most recently, she completed her first narrative feature Wexford Plaza, which premiered at the Torino Film Festival. It also screened in competition at Slamdance, and was awarded the Comcast Best Narrative Feature Award by the Center for Asian American Media in San Francisco. Her work has been supported by the Ontario Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts. Her previous works include: The Power of Love, a short documentary about Celine Dion fans in Kenya that premiered in Hot Docs in 2011, Gentrification Guilt Meter, an interactive installation completed during a residency at Brooklyn’s Uniondocs Centre for Documentary Arts, Embodying Toronto, which won WIFT-T’s Most Innovative Film by a Female Director Award at the Toronto Urban Film Festival in 2009, and SOUVENIRS FROM ASIA, which won Reelworld Film Festival’s Outstanding Canadian Short Award in 2008.

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First Features with Telefilm Micro-Budget
Oct
20
12:30pm12:30pm

First Features with Telefilm Micro-Budget

Telefilm Micro-Budget alumni join us for a discussion about their experiences making their first features through the Telefilm Micro-Budget Production Program. Featuring Kirsten Carthew (The Sun at Midnight), Stephanie Clattenburg (Play Your Gender) and Harmony Wagner (Kooperman). Moderated by Allison White (Cast No Shadow).

Learn how they made it work, what they’re working on now, and how you can apply. We’re also celebrating Telefilm’s 50th anniversary during this special lunch panel!

Tickets to Forum Lunch Panels at the Masonic Temple are NOT available at the door and will be available for purchase through the LSPU Hall Box Office until 12pm the day prior, subject to availability. Vegetarian options available if noted when booking. 

Tickets must be purchased (reserved with a Delegate Pass) in advance through the LSPU Hall Box Office. Limited seating. 
 

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Kirsten Carthew

Kirsten Carthew is the writer-director and co-producer of the award-winning feature film The Sun At Midnight, which had its theatrical screening in Canada in 2017 and has been sold globally. The film has played throughout Canada and internationally at festivals recognized by Telefilm (China, Australia, Germany, New Zealand, and the US) and has received multiple awards. The Sun At Midnight is the first film from Canada’s Northwest Territories and marks Kirsten’s debut into longer format directing. Shorter form credits include the award-winning films Fish Out of Water (genre) and Abe and Alfred (short documentary). While doing a screenwriting at the Canadian Film Centre, Kirsten wrote a feature film that was optioned by a Brazilian company and opened commercially at the Brazilian box office in 2016. The film, Uma Loucura de Mulher, directed by Marcus Ligocki, starring A-list Brazilian actresss Mariana Ximenes, has also been sold internationally. Kirsten is an alumna of Simon Fraser University, the London School of Economics and the University of Southern California. Her projects in development include two TV pilots (thriller, and science fiction) and a genre feature script.

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Stephanie Clattenburg

Stephanie Clattenburg is a writer-director with over 12 years experience in the film and television industry. Her first feature length film, a documentary about gender bias in the music industry titled Play Your Gender had it’s world premier in Canberra, Australia in October 2016. The film was awarded the ‘Edith Lando Peace Prize, which goes to the film which best utilizes the power of cinema to further the goal of social justice and peace’ from The Reel 2 Real Film Festival in Vancouver. It also won ‘Best Music/Art Documentary’ at the Melbourne Documentary Film Festival. The documentary was funded through Telefilm Canada's Micro-Budget Production Program. In addition to her career in media production, Stephanie is a professional musician, having been a drummer in a variety of projects including The Superfantastics, Two Deaths and SheMachine. Clattenburg made her acting debut in 2014 when she starred in Andrea Dorfman’s Heartbeat, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. Clattenburg wrote, directed, co-produced and acted in her latest short film, Play Rewind Play. Which is a time travel love story and had it’s world premiere at the Roswell Film Festival in New Mexico in April 2017 where it was nominated for ‘Best Short Film’.
 

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Harmony Wagner

Harmony Wagner is an award-winning filmmaker based on Prince Edward Island. She wrote and directed micro-budget comedy feature Kooperman and the 1K Wave feature drama Singing to Myself. Recently, Harmony adapted her second short Queen of the Crows into a novel for Acorn Press.

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Allison White

Moderator. 
Allison White is an award-winning producer whose films have screened at festivals across the world including the Toronto International Film Festival, the Fantastic Film Festival and Cannes. Her first feature film, Cast No Shadow swept the awards at its Canadian premiere at the Atlantic Film Festival, taking home six awards including Best Feature Film and Best Director. It went on to receive four nominations at the Canadian Screen Awards including Best Motion Picture. Allison is an alumnus of the Rotterdam Lab, Whistler’s Feature Project Lab, and IFP’s No Borders in New York.

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World of Web Series
Oct
20
10:00am10:00am

World of Web Series

Bring your web series ideas to life! From writing, funding, distribution, promotion and more, our experts can help direct you on how to launch your project, make it successful, and risks to avoid. Featuring Lisa Baylin (iThentic), Rebecca Davey (Running with Violet) and Jenna MacMillan (Wharf Rats).

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Lisa Baylin

Lisa Baylin is the VP, Content & Production at iThentic, a digital content, and distribution company. Lisa has produced various award winning scripted and non-scripted series including: Save Me (CBC Digital), Epic Studios (Maker/Disney), The Nations (CBC Digital), the Canadian Screen Award winning series Space Riders SI & SII (Bell Media, Hulu, Funny or Die); and the Emmy Award and Canadian Screen Award winning branded transmedia series Guidestones SI & SII (Bell Media, Hulu). In addition, Lisa has developed multiple digital assets ranging from games and apps to video platforms. Previously, she was the Program Manager at three private funds supporting the Canadian digital, television and film industries: the Bell Fund, the Independent Production Fund, and the COGECO Fund. Before joining the Funds, she was the Associate Conference Producer for the Banff World Television Festival. In 2007, she launched LB Casting, where she continues to cast projects for broadcast and the web such as The Curse of Clara (CBC), Splashlings (TFP Toys/YouTube), The Dark Years (History Channel), Teleporting Fat Guy I, II & III (Shut Up! Cartoons/YouTube), S.O.S. (BBC/Fear Network). Since 2012, Lisa has been a digital media consultant for the Canadian Media Producers Association and participated in collective bargaining talks between the CMPA and the following unions ACTRA, DGC, and WGC.

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Rebecca Davey

Rebecca Davey has a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts from the University of Toronto, is a graduate of the George Brown Theatre School and is currently completing her Masters in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia. She is Co-Founder of She Said Films with partner Marie-Claire Marcotte. Together they create content for a variety of mediums, always with women leading behind and in front of the camera. Their recent web series Running With Violet made with the support of the Independent Production Fund, the Cogeco Development Fund, the St. Petersburg Film Commission and the Ontario Media Development Corporation has been touring international festivals and is the recipient of multiple awards including Best Web Series (Sunscreen Film Festival, USA), Best Web Series (Web Series International Trophy) and Best Cliff-hanger (Wendie Webfest, Germany).

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Jenna MacMillan

Jenna MacMillan is a producer and director from Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. She has a bachelor's of Fine Arts degree in Film Production from Ryerson University. She has worked in a variety of capacities on several digital media projectsincluding the Emmy Award and Canadian Screen Award winning digital series Guidestones SI (Bell Media, Hulu), Epic Studios (Maker/Disney), and S.O.S- Save Our Skins (BBCW, FEARnet, BiTe. She recently produced, Just Passing Through that won a Canadian Comedy Award in 2016. She is currently producing, Wharf Rats which is set to go to camera in 2018 and has received funding from Telefilm Microbudget, The Independent Production Fund and was a finalist in CBC's Comedy Coup competition. 

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Chavela
Oct
19
9:30pm 9:30pm

Chavela

Chavela

You are forgiven for possibly never having heard of Grammy-winning Mexican icon Chavela Vargas, but after seeing this glorious tribute you will never forget her. This is the kind of film our festival was born to showcase. An all-female crew scrutinizes the astonishing life of a cultural phenomenon. Chavela ran away from Costa Rica when she was just 14, but ended up being one of the most famous Latin artists of the century. She lived to narrate much of the documentary here, voicing a lucid, wry commentary on the challenges of becoming a lesbian superstar—in other words, being herself. No wonder the great passionate artist Frieda Kahlo was besotted with her. Indeed, among many revelations are the never seen before images of their relationship, well worth the ticket alone. Like Kahlo, Chavela was a magnet for both men and women, but ultimately she is a force of nature itself, uncannily persistent despite a judgemental society. Watch as Spanish director Pedro Almódavar talks of her power. Listen to the songs that made Chavela a household name. There’s a lot to absorb here in this new and exciting profile of a woman and the folk music she helped transform: indeed, you can go back to the ranchera again.

Directors: Catherine Gund, Daresha Kyi
Producers: Catherine Gund, Daresha Kyi, Lynda Weinman, Bruce Heavin
Runtime: 90 mins
Country: USA

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Evening Shorts
Oct
19
7:00pm 7:00pm

Evening Shorts

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Landline
Oct
19
7:00pm 7:00pm

Landline

  • Scotiabank Theatres (Avalon Mall, Cineplex) (map)
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Landline

Set in Manhattan in 1995, Landline follows three women in one family having lots of sex, drugs, and Japanese food. Navigating monogamy, honesty, and a long-lost New York, the Jacobs family lives in the last days when people still didn't have cell phones and still did smoke inside. Teenage Ali discovers her dad's affair, her older sister Dana uncovers her own wild side, and their mother Pat grapples with the truth that she can't have it all, but her family still has each other. For a generation raised on divorce and wall-to-wall carpeting, Landline is an honest comedy about what happens when sisters become friends and parents become humans.


Director: Gillian Robespierre
Writer: Gillian Robespierre, Elisabeth Holm
Runtime: 1 h 37 mins
USA

Presented by the MUN Cinema series. Tickets for the MUN Cinema screening are only available for purchase at the door an hour before the screening. Purchase from the MUN Cinema Table at the Scotiabank Theatre. Festival/Delegate passes not accepted.

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Eat, Drink & Be Scene
Oct
19
5:00pm 5:00pm

Eat, Drink & Be Scene

Festival Meet & Greet

Welcoming filmmakers, industry leaders, delegates, sponsors, and supporters. One of the most popular networking events of the Festival. Bring your business cards and enjoy the art.

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Thank you to
The Beverage Baron - Official Wine Sponsor of SJIWFF28.

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Custom SJIWFF28 Iceberg Beer provided by Quidi Vidi Brewing Company.

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Innovative & Interactive
Oct
19
3:00pm 3:00pm

Innovative & Interactive

Digital and new media has expanded and evolved how and why we share stories. From how we talk about and build games, branded content, to interactive art work, learn more about the unique development tools, marketing, and audience reach strategies of the digital media environment. Featuring Vali Fugulin (NFB/Interactive, I Love Potatoes),  Julie Lewis (Sassy Tuna/Art Sharks) and Gina Hara (Your Place or Minecraft?, Geek Girls). Moderated by Celtx (Gem).

Featuring

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Vali Fugulin

Platform agnostic /content believer, Vali Fugulin is a director of documentary, games and new narratives. Working on both the organizational and creative sides, she’s currently creating and producing the Tout Garni (All Dressed) interactive youth series; an interactive shadow theatre mediation tool for La Maison Théâtre with Studio TOBO; developing two museum exhibits and an Interactive documentary on resilient songs, Consolation. She was the artist in residence at the interactive studio of National Film Board of Canada for two years, where she completed a docu-game for kids about social innovation, I Love Potatoes, winner of best Social/Casual game at the 2015 Canadian Videogame Awards, created in collaboration with Minority Media.

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Gina Hara

Gina Hara is a Canadian-Hungarian filmmaker and artist with a background in art & technology, interested in the experimental aspects and transmedial forms of visual culture. She holds an MA in intermedia, an MFA in film production and had worked in different media with regard to film, video, new media, gaming and design. Her short Waning (2011) was nominated for Best Canadian Short at the Toronto International Film Festival. Her web-series, Your Place or Minecraft (2016), is a documentary machinima about game studies, available on YouTube. Geek Girls (2017) is Hara's latest project and the first feature-length documentary exploring the hidden half of fan culture: nerdy women.

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Julie Lewis

This trained animator and designer spends most of her time painting, drawing and instructing in her digital lab, and studying and creating media. She produces digital art classes, video games, and creative content, with a 14-year history. Four current free apps on the app store have garnished thousands of plays and downloads. Having studied at top art and design colleges such as Grenfell, Sheridan, and Algonquin, as well as MUN and Dalhousie University, Julie brings enthusiasm and energy to all of her endeavors. She is happy to have a studio of her own at 17 Pippy Place, having taught art to adults and children across the country and in Italy. She teaches all ages, 3 days a week. Julie also leads art parties through her own Sassy Tuna Studio, where she teaches and demonstrates drawing how-tos in festive ways, and creates client-specialized mobile and web-platform video games as engagement tools for companies, specifically within the Marine, Travel & Destination Industry, through her company Big Fry Productions Inc. (Operating name: Art Sharks).

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Lisa Vatcher

Moderator

In her role as Marketing Specialist with Celtx, Lisa Vatcher spends much of her workday figuring out nifty ways to innovate film and tv production planning. With over 3 million creatives in 190+ countries, Celtx is now setting its sights on interactive storytelling through their new platform, Gem. Celtx is always looking for industry feedback, so contact Lisa to take Gem for a spin. Also a producer and writer, Lisa debut her short film, Long Term Care, at SJIWFF in 2015.
 

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The Last Animals
Oct
19
2:30pm 2:30pm

The Last Animals

The Last Animals

From Africa’s front lines to Asian markets to European zoos, this animal-rights thriller follows the conservationists, scientists and activists who are battling poachers and transnational trafficking syndicates to protect the last of the world’s elephants and rhinos from extinction. Acclaimed photojournalist Kate Brooks combines powerful investigative reportage and stunning cinematography to craft a moving and urgent call to action on behalf of these magnificent beasts pushed to the edge of extinction by the shameful ivory trade. 

Director: Kate Brooks
Writers: Mark Monroe, Kate Brooks
Producers: Kate Brooks, Stephanie Soechtig
Runtime: 92 mins
Country: US/UK

Tickets for the screening are included with price of admission to The Rooms, paid at the door.You may also present your Festival or Delegate Pass at the door for entry. 

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Lunch with the Filmmakers
Oct
19
12:30pm12:30pm

Lunch with the Filmmakers

Join some of the team behind our Festival’s Opening Night film Suck It Up for an intimate lunch panel. Chat with lead actor Erin Carter and writer Julia Hoff and discover the process, stories and secrets behind this incredible new feature.

Tickets to Forum Lunch Panels at the Masonic Temple are NOT available at the door and will be available for purchase through the LSPU Hall Box Office until 12pm the day prior, subject to availability. Vegetarian options available if noted when booking. 

Tickets must be purchased (reserved with a Delegate Pass) in advance through the LSPU Hall Box Office. Limited seating. 
 

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Erin Carter

Erin Carter is an actress and filmmaker hailing from Calgary, Alberta. She is a graduate of the Canadian Film Centre’s Actors Conservatory, The American Academy of Dramatic Arts in Los Angeles and also studied comedy at The Upright Citizens Brigade. Her past credits include CBC’s Murdoch Mysteries, and many independent shorts including The Worst Part, Set Up Punch (Tribeca Film Festival) and Bonfire (LA Shorts Fest), a short she also wrote and produced.  You can see Erin in the upcoming Suck It Up, directed by Jordan Canning.

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Julia Hoff

Julia Hoff is an LA-based screenwriter, producer, and actress. Suck It Up is her first produced feature film. Her on-screen acting debut will be in the feature Bent, starring Karl Urban and Sofia Vergara, currently in post-production. Julia works as writer's assistant to Oscar-winning screenwriter, director, and producer Bobby Moresco (Crash, Million Dollar Baby). She's worked with Bobby on his two pilot scripts, for which he is writer and showrunner - "Killer Joe" (eOne) and "To Live And Die In LA" (MGM); as well as the feature Bent (Ambi Group), which Bobby wrote and directed in spring, 2017 in Rome.  Julia holds a B.A. from UCLA and an A.A. from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, Hollywood campus.

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Funding 101
Oct
19
10:00am10:00am

Funding 101

You have the idea, now you need the funds to make it happen. In an ever-evolving world of financing, we will be offering a panel with a focus on provincial and federal funding opportunities for film, television, digital media and web series. This panel is FREE to attend!

Featuring representatives from the Newfoundland and Labrador Film Development Corporation, Canada Media Fund and Telefilm Canada.

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Nathalie Clermont

Canada Media Fund, Director of Program Management
Nathalie Clermont has worked for more than twenty years in the film and television industry, with extensive experience in financing. She acts as a key advisor on CMF policies and programs, ensures consistency in service standards and the application process, and ensures that file analysis is accurate, fair, and consistent, in accordance with the CMF guidelines. Previously, Ms. Clermont was team leader of the Business Affairs Unit at the Société de développement des entreprises culturelles (SODEC) for 15 years. Ms. Clermont holds a B.A. in Film, Communications, and Public Relations from the Université de Montréal.

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Exxon Mobil Opening Night Gala
Oct
18
7:00pm 7:00pm

Exxon Mobil Opening Night Gala

  • Scotiabank Theatres (Avalon Mall, Cineplex) (map)
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Suck It Up

Decidedly not a Thelma and Louise story, Suck It Up wisely pays tribute to the origination story about two women and a car but strikes out for fresh highways. Jordan Canning’s second feature premiered at Slamdance this year to affectionate reviews, and it’s easy to understand why. The film takes on some big topics, such as grief and betrayal, but it does so with a spunky combination of wit and attitude. The two female leads really own the wheel here. Ronnie is the hard-scrabbling sister of prematurely deceased Garrett. When the film opens, we are introduced to her state of mind, drowning itself in booze and self-pity. Her best friend Faye is called for an intervention, but she is also Garrett’s former girlfriend and therefore ambivalent about getting involved. The doctor didn’t really order a road trip but Garrett’s cool blue Mustang is screaming for possession, and so it is that the film becomes a journey through a few psychological landscapes. Canning is so admirably understated as a director, almost deceptively standing back to let her characters hog the screen. But rest assured that only a steady directorial hand and a keen sense of cinematic understatement could make this trip such a pleasure to watch. Highly entertaining and full of appealing diversions, the film reminds us that, yes, life is a highway. The festival is so proud to be showcasing Suck It Up as our opening feature, stunning evidence of a local filmmaker’s sheer homegrown talent.

Presented by Telefilm Canada and the St. John's International Women's Film Festival.


Director: Jordan Canning
Writer: Julia Hoff
Producers: Marc Tetreault, Jason Levangie
Runtime: 99 minutes
Canada

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FemFest NL screening of Angry Inuk
Aug
13
7:00pm 7:00pm

FemFest NL screening of Angry Inuk

SJIWFF is partnering with the second annual FemFest NL and the St. John's Status of Women's Council/Centre to present a special screening of Angry Inuk at The Space (Harbour Drive, St. John's) on Sunday, August 13th, 7-9pm. All FemFest NL events are pay-what-you-can at the door.

Angry Inuk

In her award-winning documentary, director Alethea Arnaquq-Baril joins a new tech-savvy generation of Inuit as they campaign to challenge long-established perceptions of seal hunting. Armed with social media and their own sense of humour and justice, this group is bringing its own voice into the conversation and presenting themselves to the world as a modern people in dire need of a sustainable economy.

This is a repeat screening by SJIWFF, and every audience has loved this incredible documentary. 

About FemFest NL

FemFest NL is a festival of all things feminist being held at different venues throughout St. John's happening August 11-13, 2017.

FemFest NL is a women-centered community festival; we are highlighting the experiences of all women, including trans*, two-spirited, intersex and cis, all folks who experience gendered oppression, including non-binary and gender non-conforming people, and all those who identify as women for the purpose of political organizing. 

FemFest NL events are open to everyone. The Space and Eastern Edge are accessible, with some challenges. 

To learn more, please visit: https://www.facebook.com/FemFestNL/

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