2018 St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival

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Posted: September 20, 2018

The St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival announces lineup for the 29th annual Festival this October.

As the second longest-running women’s film festival in the world, the St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival will be celebrating its 29th annual Festival October 17-21, 2018 in St. John’s, NL.

The St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival has been leading the movement toward gender parity for nearly three decades, and is thrilled to be screening a diverse line-up of new shorts, documentaries and feature-length works written and/or directed by women from around the world.

The ExxonMobil Opening Night Gala launches with a local masterpiece by St. John’s native Deanne Foley. Shot in beautiful Tors Cove, NL, An Audience of Chairs is certainly an achievement in Newfoundland film. Adapted from the award-winning novel of the same name by Joan Clark, this moving drama will surely pave the way for female-centric films in the province. Lead actress Carolina Bartczak joins the team on the red carpet and will also be featured on the Lunch with the Filmmakers panel the next day.

The Emera NL Closing Night Gala will be screening Hopeless Romantic. Fitting right at home in the Festival, this film blends the voices of six female directors from Atlantic Canada, four of whom live in Newfoundland & Labrador. With a talented writing team behind them, Deanne Foley, Latonia Hartery, Martine Blue, Megan Wennberg, Ruth Lawrence and Stephanie Clattenburg each directed a segment in this anthology of bad romance stories. The entire directing team will also be featured at a Hopeless Romantic Brunch event earlier that day.

Other exciting features include Falls Around Her, a new feature fresh from TIFF from acclaimed Obijway director-writer Darlene Naponse, German director-writer Susan Gordanshekan’s A Dysfunctional Cat which premiered at this year’s Berlinale, and Ordinary Days by east-coast co-directors Jordan Canning, Kris Booth and Renuka Jeyapalan. Feature documentary highlights include What Walaa Wants directed by Christy Garland, The Heat: A Kitchen (R)Evolution directed by Maya Gallus, and the moving Love Scott by Laura Marie Wayne.

The high number of local shorts is a testament that film is alive and well in Newfoundland and Labrador, as well as the talent that supports it. Kay Burns shares the experimental Inquiry Into the Shape of the Earth, Hot Docs Audience Favourite Prince’s Tale by St. John’s native Jamie Miller and Emily Bridger moves from writer (Hopeless Romantic) to director with Lamenting Pluto and the 2017 RBC Michelle Jackson Emerging Filmmaker Award winner Kerry Gamberg premieres her film Crush as well as her local premiere of Askin’ For It.

Festival week also features an internationally recognized Industry Forum, welcoming luminaries to St. John’s for a series of panels, workshops and pitch sessions. The Festival will welcome the 2018 [Interactive] Incubator Project winning teams who will be developing their first web series with us: Atong Ater with Jordan Steinhauer, Ireme Duma with Stacy Gardner, Sarah Gignac with Andrea Levesque, Kerry Gamberg, and Shelley Thompson.

Special guests include: Anna Serner (Swedish Film Institute), Aisling Chin-Yee (Co-creator #AfterMeToo), Merhernez Lentin (CBC Films), Jordan Canning (Baroness Von Sketch), Susan Kent (22 Minutes), Carolina Bartczak (An Audience of Chairs), Andra Sheffer (Independent Production Fund), Juno Rinaldi ( Workin’ Moms) Asinnajaq (Three Thousand), Christy Garland (What Walaa Wants), Robin Mirsky (Rogers Group of Funds), Jenna Dufton (InsideOut), Sonia Bonspille Boileau (Skindigenous), Carol Whiteman (Women in the Director’s Chair), Aisha Jamal (Hot Docs, Sierra Film Festival), Christy Garland (What Walaa Wants) Wiebke von Carolsfeld (Marion Bridge), Christa Dickenson (Telefilm Canada’s new Executive Director), and many more.

The 29th St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival is proudly sponsored by Canada Council for the Arts, Canadian Heritage, CBC Newfoundland and Labrador, Telefilm Canada, Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, ArtsNL, City of St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador Film Development Corporation, ExxonMobil, Rogers Group of Funds, Women in the Director’s Chair, Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television, NIFCO, Emera NL, Canadian Media Producers Association, Alt Hotel, Bell Fund, Super Channel, Sim International, Independent Production Fund, Canada Media Fund, AFBS, Stewart McKelvey, Quidi Vidi Brewery, Coast 101.1, Rocket Bakery and more.

Tickets are on sale NOW the LSPU Hall Box Office

For more information, please visit www.womensfilmfestival.com

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