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 events throughout the year, culminating in a five-day film festival held in St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada in October.
This dynamic event attracts close to 4,000 participants. Every year SJIWFF receives about 500 film submissions and from those, a powerful program of international documentaries, short films and feature works is presented.
Festival week also features a Forum of keynote addresses, seminars, workshops and face-to-face meetings for filmmakers and producers. The Forum focuses 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 workshops (FRAMED FILM CAMP, FRAMED DOC, 2D in 2 Days and the 24 Hour Film Challenge). SJIWFF is proud to sponsor 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).
Through funding from Telefilm Canada the WIDC Career Advancement Module (CAM) is offered to up to four women filmmakers during the SJIWFF.