28th Annual

St. John's International Women's Film Festival

October 17, 2017 to October 21, 2017

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28 Cochrane Street
P.O. Box 984, Station C
St. John's NL A1C 5M3
Phone: 709-754-3141
Fax: 709-754-0049

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Drama (including Comedy)
This category is for short narrative fiction dramatic films (which may include comedy), 30 minutes or under.
This category is for short documentary films, 30 minutes and under.
This category is for short animated films, 30 minutes or under.
This category is for short experimental films, 30 minutes and under.


The mission of the SJIWFF is to:

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 (FRAMED);
Offer outreach programs (Films on the Go, special screenings);

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; and

Support the development of the local film community through promotion, exhibition, market access, professional development and training opportunities and grants (RBC MJEFA, [Interactive] Incubator Project)


The St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival (SJIWFF) is one of the longest running women’s film festivals in the world, and is a not-for-profit organization with charitable status.

Established in 1989 to support and promote women filmmakers, 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.

These dynamic events attract over 4,500 participants. Every year we receive over 400 film submissions and from those they present a powerful program of international documentaries, short films and feature works.

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. The 28th annual Festival runs October 17-21, 2017.


Candice Walsh (Communications & Submissions); Chantal Lovell; Jenn Brown (Executive Director)


SJIWFF28 takes place from October 17 - 21, 2017. From January through May, we will accept submissions of short films 30 minutes and under for consideration.

Please note that in keeping with the last few years our team will be curating all of our feature-length dramas and documentaries. We do welcome all submissions of short films directed and/or written by women.

Films/videos must be less than 30 minutes long and directed and/or written by a woman. Co-gender productions are accepted. Production must be completed after June 2016.

SJIWFF is a non-competitive festival.

Submission copies must be NTSC format DVD or submitted online through Withoutabox or a password-protected Vimeo link. PAL format DVDs 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.

Entries will be viewed by a programming committee and entrants will be notified of the decision regarding their film/video in September 2016. Submission copies will not be returned unless accompanied by a self -addressed, prepaid envelope or a courier account number.

Exhibition copies of selected films/videos must be received by the Festival by September 16, 2016. 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.

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)

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.

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.


By entering a film in the St. John's International Women's Film Festival, the entrant agrees to adhere to all SJIWFF28 rules and regulations. No selected film may be withdrawn from the Festival. Your signature indicates that you have the right to enter into this agreement. The SJIWFF will ultimately decide upon all matters no covered by these conditions.

We look forward to the opportunity to experience your work.