St. John's International Women's Film Festival


Years running: 35 (since 1990)

St. John's International Women's Film Festival

International Women’s Film Festival.


The St. John's International Women's Film Festival is a not-for-profit organization established in 1989 to support and promote women filmmakers. Throughout the year, SJIWFF produces film screenings, workshops and other events, culminating in a five day film festival held in October in St. John’s, Newfoundland. This dynamic event attracts thousands of film industry players and enthusiasts from around the province, the country, and the world.

SJIWFF also organizes a five-day Film Forum (a series of workshops, panel discussions, special presentations, networking events, Q&A sessions and more) that takes place in conjunction with the Festival; a cross-provincial screening tour and educational outreach program called Films on the Go; a series of filmmaking workshops for youth (FRAMED, 2D in 2 Days and the 24 Hour Film Challenge); and its newest initiative, a summit on digital media/technology called Digital Dames.


The Festival 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. The award was established in memory of friend, filmmaker, and youth mentor, Michelle Jackson.


  • 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 2023. SJIWFF is a non-competitive festival.
  • Subtitles language: English

Premiere Requirements

No premiere requirement

Jury and Organizers

Jenn Brown (Executive Director); Chantal Lovell (Assistant Festival Director)



St. John

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28 Cochrane Street
P.O. Box 984, Station C
St. John's NL A1C 5M3

Mailing address:

SJIWFF Programming Committee
28 Cochrane St.
St. John's, NL, Canada, A1C 3L3

Phone: 709-754-3141


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Dates & Deadlines
  • Opening Date
    January 22, 2024
  • Earlybird Deadline
    March 18, 2024
  • Regular Deadline
    April 22, 2024
  • Late Deadline
    May 20, 2024
  • Extended Deadline
    June 03, 2024
  • Notifications
    August 31, 2024
  • Event Dates
    22 — 26 October 2024
Categories & Fees

Any genre, minimum 75 minutes.

  • Earlybird Deadline — $26
  • Regular Deadline — $26
  • Late Deadline — $26
  • Extended Deadline — $26

Short animated, drama, comedy, documentary, experimental films, 30 minutes or under.

  • Earlybird Deadline — $19
  • Regular Deadline — $26
  • Late Deadline — $42
  • Extended Deadline — $57
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