Submissions to our 29th annual Festival open January 2018.
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 non-competitive, filmmaker-focused festival. All programmed films will receive one complimentary SJIWFF29 Delegate Pass, which includes access to our film Forum and networking events, along with additional free tickets to their film screening. We pay artists screening fees based on CARFAC rates, and offer a limited amount of filmmaker travel bursaries, when we are able.
Rules & Regulations
Submissions Open - January 29, 2018
Early Bird Deadline - March 23, 2018
Regular Deadline - April 20, 2018
Late Deadline - May 25, 2018
Withoutabox Extended Deadline - June 1, 2018
WithoutaboxExtended Feature Film Deadline - June 11, 2018
Once you have read our Rules and Regulations, you may submit your film Online or by Mail/Courier. Please be sure to read our Exhibition Formats information below.
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.
If your film is accepted to the Festival, our accepted exhibition copy formats are as follows:
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.
Quicktime MOV, using the following codecs in order of preference:
- AVID DNxHD 145
- Apple ProRes 422
(regular, not HQ or LT)
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.