Emily Bridger, 2016 RBC Michelle Jackson Emerging Filmmaker Award winner


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.

Emily's film will screen at the Closing Night Gala of the 28th annual St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival in October 2017.

Emily Bridger
Emily’s 2016 RBC MJAward winning script, Waste It, is the poignant story of a woman attempting to grapple with the fleeting nature of romance through filmmaking, only to run into conflict with her surrounding cast and crew. Waste It will premiere at the 28th annual St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival’s Closing Night Gala.


The 2016 Prizes

Along with mentorship, the winner will also receive:

  • Cash prize of $6000 from the RBC Foundation
  • Cash prize of $4000 from CBC Newfoundland & Labrador
  • Cash prize of $2000 from the Newfoundland & Labrador Film Development Corporation
  • Cash prize of $1000 from the St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival
  • Cash prize of $1000 from the Michelle Jackson Emerging Filmmakers’ Fund
  • Cash prize of $1000 from MO Enterprises
  • In­-kind post­-production services from Newfoundland Independent Filmmakers Cooperative
  • Insurance support from Optimized Risk and Insurance
  • In-kind mentoring from Anita Reilly McGee
  • In-­kind script consultation with Page to Screen’s Ruth Atkinson
  • In­-kind consultation and assistance with casting from Casting by Maggie
  • In-­kind camera equipment rental from Clairmont Camera
  • In-kind equipment rental from Atlantic Studios Cooperative
  • Participation in the Women in the Director’s Chair Career Advancement Module


Application information for the RBC MJAward will be announced Spring 2017.



Thank You to our generous Sponsors

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


Award Recipients must agree to the following terms and conditions:

  • Be assigned a mentor for the project;

  • Report project progress to the RBC MJAward mentor at intervals and in a manner specified in the Award contract;

  • Acknowledge RBC, the Michelle Jackson Emerging Filmmaker Fund, the St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival and Award Partners by name and with corporate logo in the project, and to do so according to the terms of the Award contract;

  • Complete the project;

  • Screen the film at the St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival during the Closing Night Gala; and

  • Agree to have her name and image appear in any or all publications, announcements, promotions for the Award.


RBC MJ Award Alumni

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