10 reasons to attend the St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival


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In 1989, a group of women made a bold step for the future by choosing to highlight and honour great achievements by women in the male-dominated film industry. 30 years later this idea has grown from a single evening of screenings to the province’s flagship film festival.

To celebrate this proud achievement, St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival (SJWFF) are encouraging everyone to get involved. Whether you’re a movie buff, interested in the behind-the-scenes creative process, or just love a good party, this year’s festival will not disappoint. Check out the full schedule for all the events taking place from Oct 16-20.

Annnnd… Action! Here are 10 reasons you won’t want to miss out on the fun:

  1. Be a part of history! The second longest-running women’s film festival in the world only turns 30 once.
    This is a chance for us all to join hands and celebrate the SJWFF and all the wonderful people who have made it so special. And guess what? The parties are free!

  2. Learn a thing or two: Take part in workshops led by industry mavens.
    Take part in the film industry forum where you have a chance to meet the global talent behind your favourite films. Amanda Parris, from CBC’s Filmmakers roadshow, will be hosting, Visionaries, a special event streamed on CBC and CBC GEM, highlighting the featured talent behind some of the festival’s most anticipated films. For more information about this event and other forums events, click here

  3. FREE screenings, panels, parties and more.
    All 10 forum panels at the ALT Hotel are free. Come on down to listen in on candid conversation from the country’s leading film, television, and digital media creators. Stay tuned for additional pop-up events soon to be announced.

  4. Support local.
    This year the SJWFF has three local features and eleven local shorts. Participating will be a great way to champion Newfoundland and Labrador’s resident talent.

  5. Enjoy a refreshing pint of the SJWFF signature beer.
    Quidi Vidi and SJWFF have teamed up to create a mouth-watering, thirst-quenching blood orange sour beer called Director’s Cut. Labels for the craft beer have been designed by 30 local artists.

    The artwork of 30 local female artists from across the province. (Quidi Vidi Brewery )

  6. Check out films from all around the world.
    Learn about our world through the lens of a camera. Meet filmmakers from France, Mali and Germany through live film introductions and Q&As… you never know who might show up!

  7. Watch the rise of emerging talent.
    Whether its first-time filmmakers with debut shorts or mid-career artists sharing their first feature film, you’re bound to find rising talent from in front of and behind the camera. Be the first to capture the magic

  8. Join film industry leaders for lunch with an iconic view.
    Head on down to Rocket Bakery and Quidi Vidi Plantation for intimate panels where you can chat with film and TV talent to discover the process, stories and secrets behind their work.

  9. Did someone say happy hour?
    Join the festival Happy Hour every evening before screenings at the LSPU Hall for free snacks, discounted drinks and other fun surprises. Meet filmmakers and fans alike – everyone is encouraged to join.

  10. Well worth the trip! 
    Our beautiful province has much to offer. From our rugged hiking trails to our outstanding local food and famous music scene, St. John’s and it’s award-winning Women’s Film Festival is a bucket list item for any come from away.

Make sure to be SCENE, get out and celebrate!






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