2019 St.John’s International Women’s Film Festival

A Sweet Release...

Posted: September 24, 2019

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 milestone 30th annual Festival October 16-20, 2019 in St. John’s, NL.

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

The ExxonMobil Opening Night Gala launches with Toronto International Film Festival - Best Canadian Feature Film Nominee ​Black Conflux ​by ​Nicole Dorsey​. Locally shot on the Avalon peninsula, this feature had its world premiere during TIFF’s Discovery Program and is generating much-deserved critical acclaim across the industry for its sophisticated exploration of suspense, plot and character. Local producer Mark O’Neill along with a local team of supporting actors and crew will be celebrated.

The Closing Night Gala will screen ​Rustic Oracle ​written and directed by​ Sonia Bonspille Boileau ​fresh from its world premiere at the Vancouver International Film Festival. This second feature​ ​ by ​Women in the Director's Chair Feature Film Award winner is ​a ​touching family story and a powerful depiction of resilience and love in the wake of unimaginable tragedy. Other exciting features include local debut feature ​Body & Bones ​from local Melanie Oates, ​The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open ​ by two of Canada’s rising star co-directors Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers and Kathleen Hepburn, Rama Rau’s award-winning ​Honey Bee ​ and ​A First Farewell ​ by Wang Lina, the recipient of numerous awards worldwide including Berlinale 2019 Crystal Bear winner for Best Film.

Feature documentary highlights include Best Canadian Feature at Inside Out LGBT Film Festival ​Drag Kids ​directed by Megan Wennberg, local features ​Luben and Elena ​by Ellie Yonova and ​Becoming Labrador, ​co-directed by Tamara Segura, Justin Simms and Rohan Fernando.

This year the festival is delighted to offer a high number of local shorts, a true testament to the thriving film industry in Newfoundland and Labrador. ​Always Going Never Gone ​directed by Wanda Nolan​, ​Te Quiero ​by director ​Tamara Segura, ​River of Fire ​from director ​Andrea Cass, ​director​ Rhonda Buckley​’s ​Surrounded By Water, ​ Anna Wheeler ​brings us​ ​Melody, a story based on the written work of ​Lisa Moore​, ​One More Day ​directed by ​Brenda Grzetic, Nicola Hawkins​ shares ​On Hold ​and the 2018 ​RBC Michelle Jackson Emerging Filmmaker Award​ winner Latonia Hartery​ premieres her film ​The Death of Winter.

Festival week also features an internationally recognized ​Film Industry Forum​, welcoming luminaries to St. John’s for a series of panels, workshops and pitch sessions.

Special guests include: ​Nicole Dorsey​ (​Black Conflux ​), ​Sonia Boileau​ (​Rustic Oracle), Amanda Parris​ (​The Filmmakers), ​Rama Rau​ (​Honeybee), ​Lori Lozinski​ (​The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open), ​Melanie Oates​ (​Body and Bones), ​Ella Ballentine (​Black Conflux), ​Ryan McDonald​ (​Black Conflux), ​Alison Duke​ (​Akua Benjamin Legacy Project), ​Sherry White​ (​Little Dog), ​Tiffany Hsiung​ (​The Apology), ​Lauren Grant​ (​Wet Bum), Jordan Hall ​(​Carmilla), ​Jordan Canning​ (​Schitt’s Creek), ​Karen Lam ​(​Evangeline), ​Joyce Wong​ (​Wexford Plaza), ​Jennifer Robertson​ (​Schitt’s Creek), ​Dani Kind ​(Workin’ Moms), Teresa Pavlinek​ (​The Jane Show), ​Sherren Lee​ (​Murdoch Mysteries), ​Winnifred Jong (Coroner), ​Meg MacKay​ (Indigenous Screen Office), ​Marylou Mintram​ (7th Screen), ​Tamara Segura​ (Becoming Labrador), ​Ariel Smith​ (Native Women in the Arts), ​John Galway​ (Harold Greenberg Fund), and many more to be announced. Industry organizations from across the country will be attending to take pitches and meet local creators.

The 30th St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival is proudly sponsored by Telefilm Canada, Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, ArtsNL, CBC Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada Council for the Arts, Canadian Heritage, ExxonMobil, Women in the Director’s Chair, Newfoundland and Labrador Film Development Corporation, Alt Hotel, City of St. John’s, Rogers Group of Funds, Bell Fund, RBC, Canadian Media Producers Association, Canada Media Fund, Directors Guild of Canada, Coast 101.1, Super Channel, NIFCO, Quidi Vidi Brewery and more.

Tickets are on sale via the ​LSPU Hall Box Office​ as of September 23rd at 11am (NDT). For more information, please visit womensfilmfestival.com

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