29th Annual

St. John's International Women's Film Festival

October 17, 2018 to October 21, 2018

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P.O. Box 984, Station C
St. John's NL A1C 5M3
Phone: 709-754-3141

SPECIAL SUBMISSIONS ONLY • Final deadlines have passed. If you have a deadline waiver or special instructions from the event, select a Category of Entry to continue.

Short Drama (including Comedy)
This category is for short narrative fiction dramatic films (which may include comedy), 30 minutes or under.
Short Documentary
This category is for short documentary films, 30 minutes and under.
Short Animation
This category is for short animated films, 30 minutes or under.
Short Experimental
This category is for short experimental films, 30 minutes and under.
Feature Film (any genre)
Feature-length dramas and documentaries (75+ minutes) will be selected by curation only. Women feature filmmakers may forward expressions of interest to us via Withoutabox only. The submission fee covers processing. Only successfully-programmed feature films will be notified.


The St. John's International Women's Film Festival's guiding objectives are to:

• Increase the awareness of women’s contributions to the film, television and interactive industries and to provide integral services to these local industries by training young and emerging filmmakers;
• Provide professional development opportunities to our more senior filmmakers, producers and creators;
• Entertain audiences with a wide variety of engaging, thought-provoking, multi-genre films from here and from around the world; and
• Showcase St. John’s and the province of Newfoundland and Labrador on an international stage.


• 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 including: [Interactive] Film Industry Forum, RBC Michelle Jackson Emerging Filmmaker Award, [Interactive] Incubator Project, Feminist Youth Ambassador and more.


The St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival (SJIWFF) is one of the longest running women’s film festivals in the world.

Established in 1989 to support and promote women filmmakers, the SJIWFF produces several screenings, workshops and other events throughout the year, culminating in a five-day annual film festival held in October in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada.

Every year the Festival receives over 400 film submissions and from those we present a powerful program of international documentaries, short films and feature works. These dynamic events attract over 4,500 participants, establishing the St. John's International Women's Film Festival as the province's flagship industry event.

Festival week also features the [Interactive] Film Industry Forum. Consisting of accessible and intimate panels, workshops, pitch sessions and face-to-face meetings for filmmakers, producers, and interactive creators, the Forum brings the top industry leaders and funders from across Canada and beyond to St. John's.

Although we celebrate and showcase films made by women, our industry events and screenings are open to anyone. Our programming is diverse, our events and parties are filmmaker-focused, and our city is very welcoming!

The SJIWFF is one of Canada's most celebrated film festivals and is respected for it's advocacy work toward gender parity. Filmmakers and film-lovers alike return year after year to enjoy the Festival and explore the beauty of St. John's and the rest of Newfoundland & Labrador.

Celebrate our 29th annual Festival with us from October 17-21, 2018.


Chantal Lovell; Jenn Brown (Executive Director)


SJIWFF29 takes place from October 17 - 21, 2018. From January through June, we will accept submissions of short films for consideration as well as expressions of interest for feature films.

Short films must be less than 30 minutes long and directed and/or written by a woman. Co-gender productions are accepted.

Please note that feature-length dramas and documentaries (75+ minutes) will be selected by curation only. Women feature filmmakers may forward expressions of interest to us via Withoutabox only. The submission fee covers processing. Only successfully-programmed feature films will be notified

All production must be completed after June 2017 for both short and feature-length films.

SJIWFF is a non-competitive festival.

The date(s), time(s) and location(s) of exhibitions of our programmed films shall be at the discretion of the Festival.


Submission copies must be NTSC format DVD or submitted online through Withoutabox or a password-protected Vimeo link. PAL format DVDs/Blu-rays cannot be accepted. An English language track or subtitled version is required.

Submissions will not be processed unless all of the following have been received:
• Completed Entry Form
• 3 copies of film/video in Region 0 or Region 1 NTSC DVD
• Entry Fee

NOTE TO NON-CANADIAN FILMMAKERS: the Festival cannot accept non-Canadian personal cheques; only international money orders. Please make money orders payable to the St. John's International Women's Film Festival.

To prevent delays and duty at customs for INTERNATIONAL SUBMISSIONS, please:
• Mark all packages with “Film/Video for Festival to be returned to owner – No Commercial Value”
• Include a list of contents containing title of film, format, and fair market value (cost of print only)

All fees are in Canadian Dollars. There are no submission fee refunds.

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.


Entries will be viewed by a programming committee and entrants will be notified of the decision regarding their film/video in September 2018. Submission copies will not be returned unless accompanied by a self -addressed, prepaid envelope or a courier account number.

No film, once programmed, can be withdrawn.

Due to time constraints, the Programming Committee may not be able to respond individually to filmmakers if your film is not accepted.

Exhibition copies of selected films/videos must be received by the Festival by September 3, 2018. All shipping and related costs for exhibition films/videos sent to the Festival must be borne by the owner. Each film/video sent to the Festival for exhibition is entered in Canada on a temporary duty free and GST exempt basis, which means that all films must leave Canada following the Festival.

Please note that only our Opening and Closing Night films can be screened in DCP format, due to venue restrictions.

Exhibition copies of selected films/videos will be returned after the Festival by regular mail (unless specified otherwise and paid by the entrant). For a complete list of accepted exhibition formats, visit our website’s Submissions page.

Each official selection will be required to complete a Technical Information Form and a Film Marketing Materials form, to be returned by the deadline noted.

The Festival is not responsible in case of accidental damage or loss of entries, except when in the Festival’s possession. In case of loss or damage to a print, the obligation of the Festival is limited to compensating the filmmakers for the cost of making a new print.

The Festival Committee has the power to decide on any matters not specifically dealt with in these regulations. Notice of participation implies acceptance of these regulations. In any dispute, the decision of the Festival Committee will be final.

Please direct questions to:
St. John's International Women's Film Festival
(709) 754-3141


By entering a film in the St. John's International Women's Film Festival (SJIWFF), the entrant agrees to adhere to all SJIWFF29 rules and regulations.

No selected film may be withdrawn from the Festival.

Upon selection, the entrant agrees to allow the St. John's International Women's Film Festival the right to use your film and publicity materials from your film for promotional purposes in all mediums, including broadcast, print and internet.

Your signature indicates that you have the right to enter into this agreement. The SJIWFF will ultimately decide upon all matters not covered by these conditions.

We look forward to the opportunity to experience your work!