St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival (SJIWFF) is Canada’s longest-running women’s film festival. 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. 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.
Our mission 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.