Made by Women, For Everyone. The St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival is one of the longest running women’s film festivals in the world.
Established in 1989 to support and promote women filmmakers, the St. John's International Women's Film Festival (SJIWFF) celebrates, showcases and supports women filmmakers while providing a platform to showcase Newfoundland and Labrador’s flourishing film industry both nationally and internationally.
-Increase the exposure of new works written and/or directed by women.
-Showcase the province to the Canadian and international film industry.
-Increase the national and international profile of St. John’s and the province as a vibrant cultural site and place to do business.
-Deliver programs to help develop the next generation of filmmakers.
-Offer outreach programs.
-Facilitate interaction among filmmakers and between filmmakers and their audiences.
-Provide local communities access to outstanding yet unfamiliar and limited-release works.
-Produce a unique cultural event that highlights our filmmakers, our province and our industry.
-Support the development of the local film community through promotion, exhibition, market access, professional development and training opportunities and grants.
The St. John's International Women's Film Festival screens films written or directed by women and programs several screenings, workshops and other events throughout the year, culminating in a five-day annual film festival held each October in St. John’s, Newfoundland & Labrador, Canada.
Festival week also features the [Interactive] Film Industry Forum, consisting of panels, workshops and face-to-face meetings for filmmakers, producers, and interactive creators. The Forum focuses on the business of filmmaking while the Festival celebrates international works by women.
In addition to the annual Festival and Forum, throughout the year we organize a series of projects aimed at supporting local emerging filmmakers and growing local film audiences:
RBC Michelle Jackson Emerging Filmmaker Award: an annual peer-juried award for the production of a six-minute film by a new, promising female director. This award was established in memory of friend, filmmaker, and youth mentor, Michelle Jackson (1972-2008).
Feminist Youth Ambassador serves to make our work accessible to young people who do not live in the greater St. John’s region and both inspire and support the next generation of feminists. Our FRAMED film education series puts the camera in young people’s hands to help them develop, shoot, and edit a short film through five-day film camps.
Films On The Go is a provincial film screening tour. [Interactive] Incubator Project is a unique initiative to help women develop as interactive storytellers. Scene and Heard is our film industry conference, offering in-depth masterclasses and workshops each spring.