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Celebrate our 29th annual Festival with us from October 17-21, 2018.

The St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival (SJIWFF) is one of the longest running women’s film festivals in the world.

Established in 1989 to support and promote women filmmakers, the SJIWFF produces several screenings, workshops and other events throughout the year, culminating in a five-day annual film festival held in October in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. 

Every year the Festival receives over 400 film submissions and from those we present a powerful program of international documentaries, short films and feature works. These dynamic events attract over 4,500 participants, establishing the St. John's International Women's Film Festival as the province's flagship industry event.

Festival week also features the [Interactive] Film Industry Forum. Consisting of accessible and intimate panels, workshops, pitch sessions and face-to-face meetings for filmmakers, producers, and interactive creators, the Forum brings the top industry leaders and funders from across Canada and beyond to St. John's. 

Although we celebrate and showcase films made by women, our industry events and screenings are open to anyone. Our programming is diverse, our events and parties are filmmaker-focused, and our city is very welcoming!

The SJIWFF is one of Canada's most celebrated film festivals and is respected for it's advocacy work toward gender parity. Filmmakers and film-lovers alike return year after year to enjoy the Festival and explore the beauty of St. John's and the rest of Newfoundland & Labrador.