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MISSION & OBJECTIVE
PLEASE NOTE: In celebration of our 25th anniversary, our team will be curating the feature-length dramas and docs, but we do welcome all submissions of short films (30 minutes and under) directed and/or written by women filmmakers from around the world. Our shorts program will be selected from those submissions by our programming committee.
The mandate of the St. John's International Women's Film Festival is to:
- Facilitate interaction between women filmmakers; and women filmmakers and their audiences;
- Support and encourage women involved in film production;
- Increase the exposure of new works written and/or directed by women
- Showcase the Province to the Canadian and International film industry for future ventures;
- Provide opportunities for professional development;
- Provide a marketplace for industry. In essence, a reverse trade mission providing local filmmakers and producers access to the national and international film industry;
- Build on the Festival's growing reputation as a lively, robust, intimate, efficiently run and highly enjoyable film festival;
- Continue to develop outreach to rural communities via an annual film tour;
- Continue to develop and offer youth programs to develop the next generation of filmmakers;
- Maintain a unique cultural and entertainment event in St. John's.
ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
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, SJIWFF produces several screenings, workshops and other events throughout the year, culminating in a five day film festival held in October in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. These dynamic events attract over 4,000 participants. Every year we receive about 500 film submissions and from those, we present a powerful program of international documentaries, short films and feature works. The 25th Annual Festival runs October 14-18, 2014.
Festival week also features an International Film Forum of keynote addresses, seminars, workshops and face-to-face meetings for filmmakers and producers. The Forum focusses on the business of filmmaking while the Festival celebrates international works by women. Throughout the year, SJIWFF organizes a provincial screening tour called Films On The Go, and a series of youth filmmaking workshops called FRAMED. SJIWFF is also proud to offer the RBC Michelle Jackson Emerging Filmmaker Award, an annual peer-juried award for the production of a six-minute film by a promising female director. This award was established in memory of friend, filmmaker, and youth mentor, Michelle Jackson (1972-2008).
Jessie Greenwood (Assistant Director)
; Kelly Davis (Executive Director)
REMINDER: In celebration of our 25th anniversary, our team will be curating the feature-length dramas and docs, but we do welcome all submissions of short films (30 minutes and under) directed and/or written by women filmmakers from around the world. Our shorts program will be selected from those submissions by our programming committee.
Production must be completed after June 2013.
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
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 2014. 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 19, 2014. 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 an d 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.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
By entering a film in the St. John's International Women's Film Festival, the entrant agrees to adhere to all Festival regulations. No selected film may be withdrawn from the Festival. Your signature indicates that you have the right to enter into this agreement. All matters not covered by these conditions will be decided upon by the Festival organizers.