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Submissions to our 29th annual Festival are now closed

From October 17-21, 2018 we will be celebrating our 29th year of films made by women, for everyone. We program short and feature-length films directed and/or written by women filmmakers from around the world. 

The SJIWFF is a not-for-profit, non-competitive and filmmaker-focused festival. All programmed films will receive one complimentary SJIWFF29 Delegate Pass, which includes access to our [Interactive] Film Industry Forum and all networking events and parties, along with additional free tickets to their film screening and other perks! We pay artists screening fees based on CARFAC rates, and offer a limited amount of filmmaker travel bursaries, when we are able.

We love showcasing artists and connecting them with our local community and an exciting group of visiting delegates and industry leaders from around the world. We work hard to ensure that your time with us will be a valuable experience. Oh, and fun!

Rules & Regulations

Our Full Rules and Regulations (PDF)

SJIWFF30 Submission Dates will be announced soon!

Submission Open - January 29, 2018
Early Bird Deadline - March 23, 2018
Regular Deadline - April 20, 2018
Late Deadline - May 25, 2018
WOB Extended Deadline - June 1, 2018

WOB Feature Film Deadline - June 11, 2018


Submission fees are an important revenue stream for non-profit Festivals. We try to make our fees accessible and affordable for filmmakers and offer them on a sliding scale based on the deadlines noted above. Please submit early to save. If you are an alumni of the Festival, we are able to offer you a deadline waiver. When requesting, it’s helpful to indicate the title and year of your last selected film. 


Submitting Films

Once you have read our Rules and Regulations, you may submit your film online or by mail/courier. Please be sure to read our important Exhibition Formats information below.


Submitting Online

We prefer all films be submitted online through Withoutabox. It's easy, and no need to pay for postage or worry about delays!

Sending by Mail or Courier

Can't submit online? Please complete our Submission Form and forward all material to:

SJIWFF Programming Committee
28 Cochrane St.
St. John's, NL, Canada, A1C 3L3

*Please ensure that your package is marked "no commercial value." Any package incurring brokerage fees will be returned unopened. Applications must be post-marked no later than the submission deadlines.


Exhibition  Formats

If your film is accepted to the Festival, our only accepted exhibition copy formats are as follows:


Tape Formats

In order of preference:

  • HDCAM-SR 23.98 or 59.94

  • HDCAM 23.98 or 59.94

  • XDCAM-HD 23.98 or 59.94

  • DVCProHD (59.94 Preferred)

  • HDV (59.94, a.k.a. 60i, Preferred)

The frame rate, aspect ratio/letterboxing and audio layout must be specified on the tape label.

File Formats

Quicktime MOV, using the following codecs in order of preference:

  • AVID DNxHD 145

  • Apple ProRes 422
    (regular, not HQ or LT)

  • H.264

Frame rate, aspect ratio/letterboxing and audio layout should be specified in the file name or in an accompanying text file.

All audio in the .MOV files should be uncompressed Linear PCM.

MKV files are not acceptable, due to the difficulty in dealing with them.


Other questions?