International Women’s Day is March 8th and we know there’s a lack of diversity in the film industry, from leadership positions to writing rooms to crew. There’s even less representation of BIPOC and 2SLGBTQ+ folks behind the camera, and that’s why it’s so important that festivals introduce audiences to incredible storytelling and foster communities for underrepresented filmmakers. Follow #IWDFestivalsToWatch to learn about film festivals across Canada that work toward creating gender equality in the industry.
St. John's International Women's Film Festival is a non-competitive, filmmaker-focused Festival, known for its commitment to presenting high-quality, professional film screenings and stellar industry events. Fairly paying artists is a core value of the fest which strives to offer the best experience for both filmmakers and audiences alike and the fest looks forward to welcoming everyone back to St. John's this Fall for the next edition of the festival.
St. John's International Women's Film Festival (SJIWFF) was Established in 1989 with a bold vision of supporting and promoting women's creative work in local and international screen-based industries, SJIWFF has grown in submissions and accolades for over three decades as an important film festival dedicated to women directors and artists.
The festival is a respected leader in the Canadian film circuit and movement for gender equity in the sector, SJIWFF brings critical artist development and creative vitality to Newfoundland and Labrador.
The mission of the festival is to create an equitable screen-based industry by increasing awareness of women's contributions to the sector and providing platforms for them to expand their craft through exhibition, opportunity, creation, and education. By fostering women and gender diverse filmmakers' development and advancement, we can achieve balanced representation in front of and behind the camera.
Women (trans and cisgender) and gender-diverse people are welcome to screen their films at our Festival. Please read our Rules & Terms below for full details on submission requirements.