The RBC Michelle Jackson Emerging Filmmaker Award (RBC MJAward) was founded in honour of St. John’s filmmaker and student mentor Michelle Jackson, who passed away suddenly in 2008. This annual peer-juried award is open to emerging female directors who reside in Newfoundland and Labrador and who have not yet directed a feature film. Only directors may apply. The award provides services and cash towards the creation of a six-minute film.


Thank You to our generous supporters

RBC Foundation (who donate to the RBC MJ Fund as well as administration of the award), CBC Newfoundland and Labrador, St. John's International Women's Film Festival, Newfoundland and Labrador Film Development Corporation, Community Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador, MO Entertainment, Newfoundland Independent Filmmakers Co-Operative, Atlantic Studios Co-Operative, Page to Screen’s Ruth Atkinson, Casting by Maggie, Sim International, and Women in the Director’s Chair.


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Kerry Gamberg is the winner of the 2017 RBC Michelle Jackson Emerging Filmmaker Award. Kerry’s winning script, Crush, will premiere at the 29th annual St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival’s Closing Night Gala (October 21, 2018).

Kerry Gamberg is a writer, director, producer and creator based in St. John’s, NL. She has spent the last six years working in film and television, including CBC’s Republic Of Doyle and two seasons of the Netflix original Frontier. Kerry was the Producer of Yarns (CBC Comedy Coup) and Waste It (RBC Michelle Jackson Award), and Field Producer & Fixer for Spike Jonze/VICELAND’s television series Abandoned. She is currently writing a pilot for her comedy series The Hallidays, and has been published both locally and internationally.


Award Alumni

Kerry Gamberg, Crush

Emily Bridger, Waste It
Wanda Nolan, Crocuses
Jenina MacGillivray, The Tour
Tamara Segura, Before the War
Jacqueline Hynes, The Passenger
Ruth Lawrence, Two Square Feet
Allison White, Decolored