ExxonMobil Opening Night Gala: An Audience of Chairs
Oct
17
7:00 PM19:00

ExxonMobil Opening Night Gala: An Audience of Chairs

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We open the festival with a dream fulfilled. There are so many talented women associated with this winning adaptation of Joan Clark’s novel we are bursting with joy. The reliably brilliant Rosemary House produced the alchemy of the script for screen, transforming Clarke’s elegant prose into visual gold. And fully behind all the magic on screen is director Deanne Foley, she who has the patience, wisdom, vision, and ability to have pulled it all together. Audience of Chairs takes on the difficult subject of a woman’s mental illness with fearless grace. Carolina Bartczak is simply stunning in the role of Maura who suffers from bipolar disorder. The film, like the novel, carefully tracks the way the illness creeps up on Maura, challenging her family, her parenting, her career, and all that she once took for granted. The cinematography is gorgeous, perfectly capturing both the beauty of the landscape and its punishing remoteness. This is a refined achievement, exquisitely rendered for our viewing pleasure. Congratulations to the whole fabulous team.

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Thursday, October 18
Oct
18
12:00 AM00:00

Thursday, October 18

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Thursday, October 18

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Funding 101
Oct
18
10:00 AM10:00

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!

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Lunch with the Filmmakers
Oct
18
12:30 PM12:30

Lunch with the Filmmakers

Join the team behind our Festival’s amazing opening night feature, An Audience of Chairs, for an intimate lunch panel where you can chat with the filmmakers and actors to discover the process, stories and secrets behind their work. Featuring lead actress Carolina Bartczak, director Deanne Foley and film editor Wiebke von Carolsfeld.

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The Woman Who Loves Giraffes
Oct
18
2:30 PM14:30

The Woman Who Loves Giraffes

The working title of this wonderful documentary was “The Woman Who Loved Giraffes.” That could be the title of a Dr. Seuss tale, and, indeed, there is definitely a childlike quality to Anne Innis Dagg, giraffe pioneer and protector who fell in love with the extraordinary creature as a child at the zoo. This is Anne’s story, one that takes her from a happy childhood in Canada to the untrammelled wilds of Africa where for years she observed the giant animals with the focus of a seasoned scientist. The film is bookended by her return to Africa some fifty years after she first took out her notebook. Realizing early on that she needed the credentials to be taken seriously she pursued a doctorate in zoology and published in all the right journals. The Canadian scientific community, however (shame on you Waterloo), just couldn’t see its way into accepting Anne into its male sanctum. Nevertheless, she persisted. This is the remarkable story—and with amazing footage--of one exceptional woman’s achievements not only in observing the behaviour of giraffes long before anyone else but also in producing influential scholarly texts based on her research. Further, this is the story of a highly principled feminist who stuck her own neck out to protect the graceful long necks of others.

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Doc Talk
Oct
18
3:00 PM15:00

Doc Talk

Meet the women behind the camera of some of the industry’s most compelling documentaries. 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 documentary filmmaking.


This panel will feature Christy Garland (What Walaa Wants), Laura Marie Wayne (Love, Scott) and Lea Marin (What Is Democracy).

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A Dysfunctional Cat
Oct
18
7:00 PM19:00

A Dysfunctional Cat

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Susan Gordanshekan is the German director and screenwriter of this totally winning film. On the surface, the film is about two gorgeous strangers, both Iranians, Mina and Kian, who agree to marry for practical, even understandable reasons. Their challenge is, of course, to make the marriage work, but their differences keep popping up like annoying obstacles, impeding the possibility of harmony, let alone the hope of love.  The real-world context of their relationship speaks so much to 21st century themes of cultural displacement—to accommodation and integration.  Not only are these young people new to each other but they are also Iranians speaking in a foreign language, adjusting awkwardly to their new German home while aiming so hard to please. And then there’s the cat, a mangy mop of a loser that starts to assume all the metaphorical weight of the marriage itself. Without spoiling the plot, let’s just say that this is a gloriously smart romance turned inside out, pure delight from start to surprising finish.

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What Walaa Wants
Oct
18
9:30 PM21:30

What Walaa Wants

Acclaimed filmmaker Christy Garland somehow managed to get up close and personal with a feisty young woman who was raised in a refugee camp in the West Bank. Honestly, we don’t know how she did it, but this film follows Walaa over six years of her young life, from 15-21, as she vows to succeed at basic training for the Palestinian Security Forces. The paradox here is that Walaa is a defiant maverick, and so obeying the discipline of boot camp is especially challenging for such a personality. Obstacles abound, not the least of which is the whole Middle East itself. This really is a tour de force of filmmaking. The filmmaker takes us into a life and a reality we would never have known about otherwise. What Garland wants Garland gets with precision, sensitivity, and uncanny intimacy.

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Friday, October 19
Oct
19
12:00 AM00:00

Friday, October 19

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Friday, October 19

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Web Series Workshop with the IPF
Oct
19
10:00 AM10:00

Web Series Workshop with the IPF

This session with Andra Sheffer (Independent Production Fund) will demystify application pitches and examine the various key components of a proposal, including creative materials, financing scenarios and sources, audience engagement/discoverability plans, distribution, revenue models, release strategies and ancillary content, success metrics and practical tips. Also, learn about the Independent Production Fund and its application and evaluation process!

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Diversity in Film
Oct
19
12:30 PM12:30

Diversity in Film

More and more, increasing diversity both in front of and behind the camera is being recognized as a pertinent issue in this industry. Join us for a candid discussion on diversity in the industry luminaries who have transformed the industry through championing gender parity and representation in television and film.

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Developing Digital
Oct
19
3:00 PM15:00

Developing Digital

Designed for creators and producers building online and new media platforms, this panel gives light to the unique marketing, funding, and audience reach strategies needed in today’s global market for those producing in the digital media environment. Featuring Lora Campbell (Supes Legit Productions), Mélanie Lê Phan (CBC) and Nina Sudra (VICE Canada).

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The Heat: A Kitchen (R)Evolution
Oct
19
9:30 PM21:30

The Heat: A Kitchen (R)Evolution

You don’t have to be a foodie to appreciate this highly watchable film that opened Hot Docs this year. Canadian filmmaker Maya Gallus turns her lens on a number of female chefs who struggle not only to keep their establishments thriving but also just to survive in a male-dominated industry that largely caters (no pun intended) to bad boys with knives. Spanning the globe, Gallus has found eight women who are articulate, clear, and passionate about the culinary paths they have chosen, from high-end Michelin-starred restaurants to more popular bistro/diner venues. Each has withstood the heat of the kitchen to carve out a successful career, but not without a sizable helping of sacrifice. How timely is this doc in the clamor of #MeToo! Alarming examples of bad chef behaviour (we see you Mario Batali) have recently emerged to discourage even the most aspiring female chef from donning an apron, but despite a culture long known for its toxic ingredients these women persist in stirring the pot. We’ll have what they’re having!

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Saturday, October 20
Oct
20
12:00 AM00:00

Saturday, October 20

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Saturday, October 20

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Women in Comedy
Oct
20
10:00 AM10:00

Women in Comedy

With a legacy of comedic talent, Canada is stepping up with a new generation of creators who are taking over the screen. Learn more about the business of being funny by some of the leading directors, writers and actors in the industry, and the new innovative approaches they have adopted to bring their shows beyond television screens.

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Virtual Reality - Made This Way: Redefining Masculinity
Oct
20
12:00 PM12:00

Virtual Reality - Made This Way: Redefining Masculinity

Photographer-director Irem Harnak explores the origins of her VR experience, Made This Way: Redefining Masculinity, a project on transgender men and non-binary experiences of masculinity. Harnak discusses the original project design as a photographic series, how it evolved into a collaborative documentary VR with co-creator Elli Raynai, and how the experience of VR can enable audiences to embody the stories they hear, see and experience.

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Falls Around Her
Oct
20
12:00 PM12:00

Falls Around Her

We are thrilled to be showcasing this fresh feature from acclaimed Obijway director-writer, Darlene Naponse. With several Sundance Film Festival works in her repertoire, Naponse enhances our screen with such a stunning work that even without any dialogue it would be a gorgeous tone poem. Viewers should easily recognize Tantoo Cardinal in the title role. The award-winning actor has been in every self-respecting Canadian film and television series about and/or by aboriginal people for decades. Here she carries the wisdom and force of a woman who has experienced the highs and lows of relationships and work. A world-famous Anishinaabe musician, she retreats from the stage and heads to the reserve to refuel her soul. Nature heals and inspires but it cannot always prohibit the intrusion of the world she left behind. Falls Around Her tells this woman’s story with a measured, respectful pace, coaxing us gently into the steady rhythms of the drama with awesome grace.

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Love, Scott
Oct
20
7:00 PM19:00

Love, Scott

Because we live in such a musical province many in our audience might already be familiar with the subject of this moving documentary about a young man felled by an attacker. Scott Jones is a Nova Scotia musician who was paralyzed from the waist down after a brutal homophobic attack. The brutality of the experience led him to assess his identity as a gay man and ponder the heaviest of questions about his life and purpose. Director Laura Marie Wayne gives us an intimate, tender portrait of Scott’s journey over several years, taking us along on his quest to make sense of what happened to him and go forward with acceptance and meaning. It is impossible not to be drawn into Scott’s story, so open and expansive is his relationship with the camera and, thereby, with us. Fresh from a successful festival run, Love, Scott has been picking up all the best prizes along the way. You will see why almost immediately. This is one of the most moving, beautiful docs we have ever seen.

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Ordinary Days
Oct
20
9:30 PM21:30

Ordinary Days

Here again is an example of a wise directorial collaboration, a three-person team one of whom is our very own towering talent Jordan Canning. Perhaps it’s not surprising that a team of filmmakers would create a drama with a multiple pov structure. The set-up might be familiar but the arc of the drama is decidedly original. Smart, athletic college student Cara Cook suddenly drops out of sight. The film takes us through the following five days, showing us a set of perspectives--that of Cara’s distraught parents, the anxious detective on the case, and Cara herself. This is a terrific, witty exercise in genre, as the film teases out all the time-honoured characteristics of the missing-woman story and then turns all of it inside out. Are we in a thriller? A woman-as-victim fable? A mystery? A tragedy? You have to see it to find out, and the answer to all of these questions is well worth the adventure.

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Sunday, October 21
Oct
21
12:00 AM00:00

Sunday, October 21

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Sunday, October 21

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They Call Us Warriors
Oct
21
12:00 PM12:00

They Call Us Warriors

We love well-done sports stories. This gripping documentary follows the fortune and fate of the Venezuelan women’s football (soccer) over the course of the 2017 season. The team is ambitious, and properly so because they boast some of the best football players in the world. Their dream is nothing less than world domination, a particularly bold aspiration for women living in one of the most impoverished social-economic environments imaginable. A trio of filmmakers, including Caracas-based Jennifer Socorro, covers the life and progress of team members from every conceivable angle. Indeed, it takes a team to cover a team, and so the production of this doc perfectly mirrors the subject of partnership and cooperation that is so central to success. If you love football you will adore this exuberant chronicle of human achievement—on and off the field. And even if you don’t, you will admire the way these remarkable young women end up rousing an entire continent to cheer them on to their gooooooooooooooooals.

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Sunday Afternoon Shorts
Oct
21
3:00 PM15:00

Sunday Afternoon Shorts

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SJIWFF presents Waste It at Reel Downtown
Jul
30
9:00 PM21:00

SJIWFF presents Waste It at Reel Downtown

Join us at Reel Downtown for a free screening of Waste It, directed by Emily Bridger (the winner of the 2016 RBC Michelle Jackson Emerging Filmmaker Award). Following will be a screening the Reel Fan's Choice film (film to be determined).  

Movies start at dusk (approximately 9-9:15 pm) and are free. Get there early to save your spot and be sure to bring your own chair. The Reel Downtown event happens on Water Street East in the parking lot at the foot of Solomon's Lane. 

Reel Downtown is sponsored by Downtown St. John's and Mary Brown's Famous Chicken and Taters. 

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Lunch & Learn with Marie Clements + The Road Forward
Jun
28
12:00 PM12:00

Lunch & Learn with Marie Clements + The Road Forward

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We are thrilled to have two incredible filmmakers coming to St. John's with their films to engage with our communities! Alanis Obomsawin with her film Our People will be Healed, and Marie Clements with her film The Road Forward

All film screenings and events are FREE! Tickets available at the ACC Box Office.

 

Lunch & Learn with Marie Clements
Thursday, June 28
12pm, LSPU Hall

Bring your lunch to the LSPU Hall for a Lunch and Learn with Marie Clements. Moderated by Nicole Rousseau.

Snacks provided. No ticket required.
 

The Road Forward a film by Marie Clements 
Thursday, June 28
7:30pm, Arts & Culture Centre

The film screening will be followed by a Q & A with the filmmaker, moderated by Mary Walsh.  

ABOUT THE FILM

The Road Forward,  a musical documentary by Marie Clements, connects a pivotal moment in Canada’s civil rights history—the beginnings of Indian Nationalism in the 1930s—with the powerful momentum of First Nations activism today.  Clements paints an electrifying picture of how a tiny movement, the Native Brotherhood and Native Sisterhood, became a powerful voice for social, political and legal advocacy, eventually effecting profound change at the national level.

The Road Forward ’s stunningly shot musical sequences, performed by an ensemble of some of Canada’s finest vocalists and musicians, seamlessly connect past and present with soaring vocals, blues, rock, and traditional beats. The Road Forward is a rousing tribute to the fighters for First Nations rights, a soul-resounding historical experience, and a visceral call to action.



Following a stellar first year for the Aabiziingwashi (Wide Awake) tour, which featured more than 500 screenings of films from the NFB’s unique collection of 250+ Indigenous-made works, the NFB is pleased to extend the tour into 2018 and 2019! 

The tour presents films that share the stories of our land, told by First Nations, Métis and Inuit filmmakers from every region of the country. Powerful, political, and profound, the films initiate and inspire conversations on identity, family, community, and nationhood. 

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In Conversation with Alanis Obomsawin & Marie Clements + Our People Will Be Healed
Jun
27
7:00 PM19:00

In Conversation with Alanis Obomsawin & Marie Clements + Our People Will Be Healed

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We are thrilled to have two incredible filmmakers coming to St. John's with their films to engage with our communities! Alanis Obomsawin with her film Our People will be Healed, and Marie Clements with her film The Road Forward

All film screenings and events are FREE! Tickets available at the ACC Box Office.

 

In Conversation with Alanis Obomsawin and Marie Clements
Wednesday, June 27
7pm, Arts & Culture Centre

Moderated by local filmmaker Latonia Hartery, join us for a conversation with the incredible filmmakers Alanis Obomsawin and Marie Clements in the Pinafore Room on the main floor of the Arts & Culture Centre.

 

Our People Will Be Healed, a film by Alanis Obomsawin
Wednesday, June 27
8pm, Arts & Culture Centre

Following the conversation, stay for this special film screening.

ABOUT THE FILM

Our People Will Be Healed,  Alanis Obomsawin’s 50th film, reveals how a Cree community in Manitoba has been enriched through the power of education. The Helen Betty Osborne Ininiw Education Resource Centre in Norway House, north of Winnipeg, receives a level of funding that few other Indigenous institutions enjoy. Its teachers help their students to develop their abilities and their sense of pride. In addition to teaching academic subjects, the school reconnects students with their ancestral culture. 

The fifth film in a cycle that began with The People of the Kattawapiskak River,  Our People Will Be Healed adopts an optimistic tone without denying a dark past. It bears witness to the tragedies that have befallen the Plains Cree, such as being confined to reserves, forbidden to practice any cultural ceremonies, including the Sun Dance, and sent off to residential schools. But first and foremost, the film conveys a message of hope: that in an appropriate school environment, one that incorporates their people’s history, language and culture, Indigenous youth can realize their dreams.


Following a stellar first year for the Aabiziingwashi (Wide Awake) tour, which featured more than 500 screenings of films from the NFB’s unique collection of 250+ Indigenous-made works, the NFB is pleased to extend the tour into 2018 and 2019! 

The tour presents films that share the stories of our land, told by First Nations, Métis and Inuit filmmakers from every region of the country. Powerful, political, and profound, the films initiate and inspire conversations on identity, family, community, and nationhood. 
 

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Final Deadline to submit your Feature Film
Jun
11
12:00 AM00:00

Final Deadline to submit your Feature Film

Submit your feature to SJIWFF29!

Today is the last day to submit your Feature to SJIWFF29! All short film submissions are now closed. This is an extended feature deadline. We are unable to accept feature films for consideration after today.

From October 17-21, 2018 we will be celebrating our 29th year of films made by women, for everyone. We program short and feature-length films directed and/or written by women filmmakers from around the world. 

Please visit our Submissions page for more details.

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Final day - Submit your Short Film!
Jun
1
12:00 AM00:00

Final day - Submit your Short Film!

Submit your film to SJIWFF29!

Extended WOB Film Submission ($65) deadline ends today! All short film submissions are closed after today, so be sure to get your film to us!

Feature filmmakers have an extension until June 11th to submit their new feature.

From October 17-21, 2018 we will be celebrating our 29th year of films made by women, for everyone. We program short and feature-length films directed and/or written by women filmmakers from around the world. 

Please visit our Submissions page for more details.

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Late Submissions Deadline
May
25
12:00 AM00:00

Late Submissions Deadline

Take advantage of discounted fees by submitting your film to SJIWFF29 early!

Our Late Film Submissions ($45) ends today!

The Extended WOB Deadline ($65) starts tomorrow and is open until June 1, 2018. We close for short film submissions as of June 1.

From October 17-21, 2018 we will be celebrating our 29th year of films made by women, for everyone. We program short and feature-length films directed and/or written by women filmmakers from around the world. 

Please visit our Submissions page for more details.

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Play Your Gender
May
23
6:30 PM18:30

Play Your Gender

The St. John's International Women's Film Festival is excited to partner again this year with Lawnya Vawnya, with support from Rocket Bakery, to present a special film screening of the feature-documentary Play Your Gender, directed by Stephanie Clattenburg.

5% of music producers are women even though many of the most bankable pop stars are female. Only 6 women have ever been nominated for the ‘Producer of the Year’ Grammy, and no woman has ever won. In Play Your Gender, Juno award-winning producer Kinnie Starr is on a quest to find out why this disparity exists by speaking to music industry stars and veterans about the realities of being a woman in the recording studio.

Play Your Gender features interviews with Sara Quinn of Tegan & Sara, Melissa Auf der Maur of the Smashing Pumpkins, Patty Schemel of Hole, Chantal Kreviazuk, and many more of the music industry’s most talented women.

PLAY YOUR GENDER
Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Rocket Room (3rd floor, Rocket Bakery)
Doors open 6:30pm
Screening starts 7pm sharp

Buy advance tickets now at the button below!
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ABOUT THE DIRECTOR

Stephanie Clattenburg is a writer-director with over a decade's experience in the film and television industry. Her first feature length film, a documentary about the gender bias in the music industry titled PLAY YOUR GENDER, premiered at the Canberra International Film Festival. The film was recently awarded the ‘Edith Lando Peace Prize, which goes to the film to best utilizes the power of cinema to further the goal of social justice and peace’. Aside from her directing work she is also a camera operator and editor for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

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.

Her latest short film, PLAY REWIND PLAY, is a time travel love story, which premiered at the Roswell Film Festival in April 2017.

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Regular Film Submission Deadline
Apr
20
12:00 AM00:00

Regular Film Submission Deadline

Take advantage of discounted fees by submitting your film to SJIWFF29 early!

Our Regular Film Submission ($30) ends today!

Our Late Deadline fee ($45) is available as of tomorrow until May 25, 2018.

From October 17-21, 2018 we will be celebrating our 29th year of films made by women, for everyone. We program short and feature-length films directed and/or written by women filmmakers from around the world. 

Please visit our Submissions page for more details.

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National Canadian Film Day - Meditation Park
Apr
18
7:00 PM19:00

National Canadian Film Day - Meditation Park

In celebration of National Canadian Film Day, we are partnering with REEL Canada to present a FREE screening of Meditation Park at The Rocket Room (3rd Floor, Rocket Bakery), followed by a skype Q&A with writer/director Mina Shum.

Admission is first come/first serve. Cash donations will be accepted for the CAPE Fund. Limited seats available. There is no designated parking so please account for travel time as we will be starting the film on time in order to accommodate the Q&A. Film is rated PG.

MEDITATION PARK is a bittersweet comedy about a devoted Chinese-Canadian wife and mother in East Vancouver whose life and family are forever altered after she discovers an orange thong in her husband's pocket, forcing her on a journey of self-discovery, truth and liberation. 

Starring Sandra Oh (Grey’s Anatomy), Cheng Pei Pei (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) and Tzi Mah (Arrival), Don McKellar (The Grand Seduction).

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MINA SHUM has written and directed five award-winning feature films that have successfully touched international and domestic audiences. Her films have premiered in Sundance, Toronto and Berlin. The New York Times calls her work “wry and winning”. As well as her feature films, Shum’s work includes art installations, essays, lectures and short films. Film titles include Double Happiness, Drive, She Said, Long Life Happiness and Prosperity, Ninth Floor and Meditation Park. Shum has also directed episodic television in all lengths for a variety of networks including CTV, CBC, Nickleodeon, Oxygen, W and MTV/Logo.

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Deadline to apply - Talent To Watch Program
Apr
3
12:00 AM00:00

Deadline to apply - Talent To Watch Program

The St. John's International Women's Film Festival (SJIWFF) is excited to become a new intake partner for Telefilm Canada's Talent To Watch Program.

Previously called the Telefilm Canada Micro-Budget ProgramTalent to Watch finances emerging content creators wanting to make their first feature film or web project. 


WHAT WE CAN RECOMMEND

The SJIWFF are able to recommend TWO Feature Film Projects and ONE Narrative-based Web Series in each of the Main and Indigenous Components for 2018-2019.

FOR FULL DETAILS, VISIT: https://www.womensfilmfestival.com/talent-to-watch/

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Cinematography Masterclass
Mar
24
to Mar 25

Cinematography Masterclass

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Cinematography Masterclass with Maya Bankovic

March 24-25, 9am-5pm at NIFCO
$100 for both days, lunch included.

 

As a part of our Scene and Heard Film Industry Conference, join us as Canadian Screen Award-nominated cinematographer Maya Bankovic (Workin’ Moms, Wexford Plaza) leads an in-depth, two-day cinematography masterclass. Focusing on the role of a cinematographer with hands-on tech training, this masterclass will be aimed at emerging, mid-level and established cinematographers, directors or independent producers. 

While this masterclass is open to everyone, SJIWFF is committed to the advancement of women and other marginalized individuals in the film industry. Priority will be given to individuals who self-identify as such. Class will be limited to ten participants and is by application only. 

There are limited filmmaker travel bursaries for women living in Atlantic Canada. To apply for a bursary, please note it in your application and state where you will be travelling from.

Applications are due via email by 11:59pm (NDT) on March 12th, 2018. Please forward completed applications or inquiries to industry@womensfilmfestival.com. Successful applicants will be notified via email. 
 

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Maya Bankovic is a cinematographer based in Toronto, Canada. Her work has been screened at TIFF, VIFF, Sundance, True/False, Torino and over one hundred more film festivals around the world. Her work on the CBC series Workin' Moms has recently been nominated for Best Photography at the Canadian Screen Awards, and while she spends most of her time these days lighting and shooting dramatic fiction, she continues to devote much of her heart to documentary filmmaking, frequently shooting projects with the National Film Board of Canada.

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Wexford Plaza Film Screening
Mar
23
7:00 PM19:00

Wexford Plaza Film Screening

Wexford Plaza Film Screening

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March 23, 7pm at The Rooms
 

Advance tickets available at The Rooms. Tickets are $10, $9 for Rooms members. 

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Presented as a part of our Scene and Heard Film Industry Conference in partnership with The Rooms. Since its Canadian premiere here in St. John’s at SJIWFF28, Wexford Plaza has gone on to be nominated for a number of awards, including the 2018 John Dunning Discovery Award at the Canadian Screen Awards. Against the backdrop of a deteriorating strip mall (brilliantly shot by cinematographer Maya Bankovic), Wexford Plaza tells the story of an unexpected sexual encounter between an isolated female security guard and a make-up salesman, and the miscommunication that ensues. Equal parts humourous and heartbreaking, writer and director Joyce Wong provides a glimpse into the lives and minds of two well-meaning characters as they navigate their loneliness. 

Join us for a special Q&A with cinematographer Maya Bankovic following the screening.   

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Joyce Wong, Director

Joyce Wong is an award-winning director and writer. She is an alumna of the 2008 Berlinale Talent Campus, the 2016 TIFF Talent Lab and was named one of CBC’s “17 for 17 Great Canadian Filmmakers of the Future.” Her debut narrative feature, Wexford Plaza screened in competition at Slamdance in 2017, was awarded the Comcast Best Narrative Feature Award by the Center for Asian American Media in San Francisco and nominated for the Toronto Film Critics Association's Best Canadian Film Award. Her previous films include: The Power of Love, a short documentary about Celine Dion fans in Kenya (Hot Docs, 2011); the interactive installation Gentrification Guilt Meter (Brooklyn’s Uniondocs Centre for Documentary Arts); Embodying Toronto (winner of WIFT-T’s Most Innovative Film by a Female Director Award, 2009); and Souvenirs from Asia (winner Reelworld Film Festival’s Outstanding Canadian Short Award, 2008).

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Maya Bankovic, Director of Photography

Maya Bankovic is a cinematographer based in Toronto, Canada. Her work has been screened at TIFF, VIFF, Sundance, True/False, Torino and over one hundred more film festivals around the world. Her work on the CBC series Workin' Moms has recently been nominated for Best Photography at the Canadian Screen Awards, and while she spends most of her time these days lighting and shooting dramatic fiction, she continues to devote much of her heart to documentary filmmaking, frequently shooting projects with the National Film Board of Canada.

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Early Bird Film Submission Deadline
Mar
23
12:00 AM00:00

Early Bird Film Submission Deadline

Take advantage of discounted fees by submitting your film to SJIWFF29 early!

Our Early Bird Film Submission ($20) deadline is today!

Regular Deadline fee ($30) is available as of tomorrow until April 20, 2018.

From October 17-21, 2018 we will be celebrating our 29th year of films made by women, for everyone. We program short and feature-length films directed and/or written by women filmmakers from around the world. 

Please visit our Submissions page for more details.

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Introduction to Film Editing
Mar
21
9:00 AM09:00

Introduction to Film Editing

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Introduction to Film Editing with Victoria Wells

March 21, 9am-5pm at NIFCO
$50

 

As a part of our Scene and Heard Film Industry Conference, local technical director, videographer and editor Victoria Wells instructs this day-long workshop that will help you learn the basics of film editing and visual storytelling using Final Cut X. From setting up your project, mastering the timeline, transitions, syncing and more, this hands-on masterclass is open to all skill levels. 

Steve Cook, NIFCO’s Facility Director and in-house colourist will join the morning session. Steve is responsible for post-production services as well as facility bookings at NIFCO, and will also be giving a tour of NIFCO to all participants.

This workshop is open to everyone. Class size is limited to ten participants. No previous experience required. Bring-your-own-laptop (mac with full or free trial version of Final Cut X). Limited laptops available for those who need it, if confirmed in advance. Please contact us. 

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Victoria Wells is an independent media creator based out of St. John’s, NL. Over the past ten years she has worked with with many local and national arts organizations including the St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival as Technical Director, Artistic Fraud of Newfoundland, the Newfoundland Independent Filmmakers Co-Op (NIFCO) and the National Film Board of Canada. Victoria works as a video editor, filmmaking mentor, photographer, illustrator and videographer. You can find out more about Victoria and see samples of her work  victoriawells.ca or follow her on instagram @toriatimes

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Respectful Workplace Training with Natasha Tony
Mar
14
9:00 AM09:00

Respectful Workplace Training with Natasha Tony

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Respectful Workplace Training with Natasha Tony

March 14, 9am-5pm at NIFCO
$40 early bird/$50 regular

 

As a part of our Scene and Heard Film Industry Conference, this full-day course, aimed at individuals working in the arts sector, examines acceptable and unacceptable workplace behaviours, including those that are considered bullying and harassment. Using the Occupational Health & Safety lens, this course identifies the responsibilities of employers, supervisors, and workers with regard to prevention and response, and provides practical strategies to improve communication and create a positive workplace environment.

Early Bird $40 ticket available until March 5th, online only. Regular price $50. There will be a lunch break. This workshop is open to everyone. We encourage local businesses, artists and arts organizations to send staff to this important training session.

This training will:

  • Increase participants’ understanding of discrimination, bullying and harassment in the workplace.

  • Explore Cultural Sensitivity.

  • Explore relevant laws, policies and employer’s policies to prevent and deal with discrimination, bullying and harassment.

  • Provide tools and examples of best practices for responding to bullying and harassment.

  • Understand our legal duties under the Workers Compensation Act.

  • Recognize the potential for workplace bullying and harassment.

  • Explore the legal duties of employers, workers, and supervisors for preventing and responding to workplace bullying and harassment.

  • Discuss reporting procedures.

  • Discuss how to deal with incidents or complaints, including investigations.

  • Understand what co-workers can do to stop bullying and harassment.

  • Understand how you & others deal with conflict in the workplace.

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Natasha Tony works in Vancouver, BC as an Assistant Steward for the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees Local 891. Natasha specializes in conflict resolution and labour relations. Building on the skills she has learned studying mediation, negotiation and coaching at the Justice Institute of British Columbia, Natasha has developed and presented workshops and masterclasses throughout North America.

In addition to designing and facilitating workshops Natasha also enjoys guest speaking in Canada and the US on activism, equity and inclusion. A committee member on the BC Federation of Labour’s, Women’s Rights and Human Rights committees she is also the Chair of IATSE Local 891’s Women’s Committee.

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Maudie Film Screening
Mar
9
7:00 PM19:00

Maudie Film Screening

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Maudie Film Screening

March 9, 7pm at The Rooms
 

Advance tickets available at The Rooms. Tickets are $10, $9 for Rooms members.https://www.events.therooms.ca/Events/details/id/00001193

 
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As a part of our Scene and Heard Film Industry Conference, we are excited to screen Maudie in partnership with The Rooms. Filmed in Newfoundland, this beloved film was directed by Aisling Walsh, written by local Sherry White and produced by Mary Sexton. Maudie is currently nominated for seven Canadian Screen Awards: Best Motion Picture, Best Achievement in Directing, Best Original Screenplay, Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role, Achievement in Costume Design and Achievement in Editing.

Academy Award® nominees Sally Hawkins (Happy-Go-Lucky, Blue Jasmine) and Ethan Hawke (Boyhood) star in the true story of Maud Lewis, who overcame the physical challenge of juvenile rheumatoid arthritis to become one of Canada’s premier folk artists.

Join us for a special Q&A with director Aisling Walsh following the screening, moderated by Andrea Levesque of the Director's Guild of Canada- Atlantic Region.

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Directing Masterclass with Aisling Walsh
Mar
8
to Mar 9

Directing Masterclass with Aisling Walsh

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Directing Masterclass with Aisling Walsh

March 8-9, 9am-5pm at NIFCO
$100 for both days, lunch included.

 

As a part of our Scene and Heard Film Industry Conference, we invite you to join us for a special two-day masterclass with Canadian Screen Award-nominated director Aisling Walsh. In this masterclass, Aisling will cover the filmmaking process from the very first stages of development to finally releasing your film into the world and everything in between. Aisling will touch on visualizing the film in your head, script, casting and working with actors, choosing and working with crew members, locations, working with executives, pre-production and post-production.

This workshop is aimed at mid-career/established directors who are female (self-identified). Class will be limited to ten participants and is by application only. 

There are limited filmmaker travel bursaries for women living in Atlantic Canada. To apply for a bursary, please note it in your application and state where you will be travelling from.

Applications are due via email by 11:59pm (NDT) on February 21, 2018. Please forward completed applications or inquiries to: industry@womensfilmfestival.com. Successful applicants will be notified via email.

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Aisling Walsh is an Irish writer and director. She has made 4 award winning feature films as well as well as over 20 award winning films and mini-series for television. Born in Dublin Aisling studied Fine Art at The Dun Laoghaire School of Art from 1975 to 1979. Although specializing in Painting and Printmaking it was there she started to make films. She attended The National Film School in Beaconsfield. England from 1980 to 1984 to study filmmaking. She wrote and directed her first feature film Joyriders in 1988. Her second film, the highly acclaimed Song a Raggy Boy was made in 2002. The film premiered at The Sundance Film Festival and has won over 30 awards internationally. Between films Aisling has worked extensively in television in the UK directing television films and mini-series for the BBC. She has won 3 British Academy Awards and a Royal Television Society Award for her work in Television.

Her recent film Maudie, which was shot in Newfoundland, has been a huge success around the world taking over 6 million at the box office. It has screened at over 20 film festivals including Telluride, Toronto and Berlin. It has recently garnered 7 Canadian Screen Award nominations as well as 6 Irish Academy Award Nominations. Aisling has worked with a wide range of well-known actors including Sally Hawkins, Ethan Hawke, Tom Hiddleston, Kenneth Branagh, Aidan Quinn, David Thewlis, Janet McTeer and Samantha Morton.

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SJIWFF at Women Making Waves
Mar
3
3:00 PM15:00

SJIWFF at Women Making Waves

  • 5689 Spring Garden Rd Halifax, NS, B3J Canada (map)
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Assistant Festival Director Chantal Lovell and Programs Coordinator Nicole Boggan will be representing the St. John's International Women's Film Festival at this year's Women Making Waves conference in Halifax, NS. 

To arrange a meeting, say hi or share your work, please contact them at: chantal@womensfilmfestival.com or industry@womensfilmfestival.com

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Oscar-Nominated Live Action Shorts
Feb
23
7:00 PM19:00

Oscar-Nominated Live Action Shorts

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The St. John's International Women's Film Festival is excited to present their annual Oscar-Nominated Live-Action Short Films screening in collaboration with The Rooms. Here’s your chance to see incredible short films from around the world and have an Oscar pool edge!

Featuring:
DeKalb Elementary – Reed Van Dyk
The Silent Child – Chris Overton & Rachel Shenton
My Nephew Emmett – Kevin Wilson Jr.
The Eleven O’Clock – Derin Seale & Josh Lawson
Watu Wote/All of Us – Katja Benrath and Tobias Rosen

Total Runtime: 97 minutes.

Display Time: 7:00pm
Display Date: Friday, February 23
Where: The Rooms Theatre
Cost: Included with the cost of regular admission

Please see event listing at The Rooms here.

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SJIWFF29 Open for Film Submissions
Jan
29
12:00 AM00:00

SJIWFF29 Open for Film Submissions

SJIWFF29 is open for film submissions as of January 29th, 2018.

Take advantage of discounted fees by submitting early! Our Early Bird ($20) submission fee is available today until March 23, 2018.

From October 17-21, 2018 we will be celebrating our 29th year of films made by women, for everyone. We program short and feature-length films directed and/or written by women filmmakers from around the world. 

Please visit our Submissions page for more details.

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