The [Interactive] Incubator Project (IIP) was designed to help women kickstart their interactive, web-based or multi-platform projects.

Launched in 2014, the IIP focuses on storytelling and connects creators with the expertise to help develop, focus and network their projects, ranging from webdocs, interactive documentaries to video games. 

In 2016, the SJIWFF extended the the call for applications to include Quebec in addition to Atlantic Canada. Our chosen participants are given full access to Festival screenings, VIP Galas, networking parties, and [Interactive] Film Industry Forum events including a reserved seat at our Face 2 Face pitch session. IIP participants are also matched with leading industry experts from across Canada for group and one-on-one consultations to further strengthen their projects.


[Interactive] Incubator Project -
Montreal Residency

In partnership with CBC Newfoundland & Labrador and Les Rendez-vous du cinéma québécois, four IIP alumni will receive follow up consultations before they travel to Montreal in February 2017 to attend Rendez-vous Pro, a three-day gathering of professionals from Canada and Europe to discuss, network, and plan future interactive projects. 


Congratulations to our Montreal Residency Winners!

Claire Blanchet (QC), Latonia Hartery (NL), Michelle Rex Bailey (NL), and Jenna MacMillan (PEI).


Applications for the [Interactive] Incubator Project will open spring 2017.

Congratulations to our 2016 IIP Winners!

Claire Blanchett (QC), Elise Trinh (QC), Heather MacAulay (NL/NS), Monica Walsh (NL) and Sophie Roch (NL).


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Claire Blanchet, Participant
“The chance to participate was an enormous vote of confidence from this incredible community. I advanced my game a lot from the application, from my preparation to attend through to the amazing exchanges with our insightful group and the brilliant workshops.”


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Heather MacAulay, Participant
“Over the years I've attended other film festivals and many conferences and industry events for other industry sectors. None were as enjoyable and as productive as the SJIWFF/IIP experience. The incubator project is a great model for accelerating the participation of women in this industry.”



Annie McEwen, Participant
“My IIP experience was unlike anything I'd ever participated in before. My background is mostly audio work and it was so inspiring and eye-opening to meet people who are involved in the film and multimedia industries in Canada. Listening to how a filmmaker goes about crafting a narrative with visual elements has been so informative to my own understanding of storyline and structure.”



Heather Rumancik, Participant
“I feel very fortunate to have been a part of the first SJIWFF Interactive Incubator Project. I was able to make connections to people and resources in the St. John's community, and across Canada. I enjoyed working in a group of 5 people from a variety of backgrounds, not limited to film.”


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Patricia Bergeron, Producer (Leitmotiv, RVCQ)
“The Interactive Incubator project is a great initiative for projects to be shared, discussed, brainstormed, renewed and put on another level. The participants were ready  and very generous about the ideas.”



IIP Alumni