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 short film. 

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Latonia Hartery is the 2018 RBC Michelle Jackson Emerging Filmmaker Award winner with her script The Death of Winter, which will premiere at the Closing Night Gala of the 30th annual St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival in 2019!

Latonia Hartery is a St. John’s based filmmaker. She has worked in the industry since 2010, when she began production managing, directing and line producing documentaries for the CBC. In recent years, she has directed or produced, several award-winning shorts such as Escape Routes, Sadie and Crocuses. Her short films have been compared to the works of Hitchcock and Tarkovsky, and have been shown in over 30 countries. Her first narrative feature film, Black Water Deep, is in development with Halifax based Northeast Films. She is currently co-producing the Labrador Doc Project with the National Film Board of Canada.

Thank You

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, 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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Award Alumni

2018 - Latonia Hartery, The Death of Winter
2017 - Kerry Gamberg, Crush
2016 - Emily Bridger, Waste It
2015 - Wanda Nolan, Crocuses
2014 - Jenina MacGillivray, The Tour
2013 - Tamara Segura, Before the War
2012 - Jacqueline Hynes, The Passenger
2011 - Ruth Lawrence, Two Square Feet
2010 - Allison White, Decolored