St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival (SJIWFF) is one of the longest-running women’s film festivals globally, established in 1989 with a bold vision of supporting and promoting women filmmakers worldwide.

The 33rd annual SJIWFF takes place from October 19-23, 2022 and will present a robust program of international short and feature-length films, all written and/or directed by women.

Due to COVID-19 realities and uncertainties, this year’s Festival will be presented in a hybrid model consisting of online film screenings as well as limited, socially-distanced in-person events, should we be permitted. We continue to work closely with provincial health and government officials to ensure our work prioritizes safety for everyone. We communicate updates regularly through our website and social media channels.

SJIWFF is a non-competitive, filmmaker-focused Festival. We are known for our commitment to presenting high-quality, professional film screenings and stellar industry events. Fairly paying artists is a core value of ours. We strive to offer the best experience for both filmmakers and audiences alike.


We look forward to watching your films! Please read the following carefully. Any questions about the Terms below should be directed to the Festival via email at

The following terms and conditions govern the submission of a film to St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival (“SJIWFF”), through FilmFreeway for consideration for their 33rd annual edition. To the extent that this document is inconsistent with any other document prepared by the SJIWFF or anyone else, this document will take precedence.


By submitting a Film to SJIWFF for Festival consideration, the submitter/applicant represents that they have obtained consent from any and all owners, creators, writers, producers and/or other authorized representatives of the Film whose consent is required to submit the Film to SJIWFF and has read, understood and agreed to the Terms.

SJIWFF may disqualify or reject, but is not required to do so, any submission that it determines in its sole discretion, is not in compliance, in whole or in part, with these Terms, and may do so without refunding any or all submission fees paid by the Applicant.


All films submissions MUST have been directed and/or written by a woman filmmaker to qualify. Co-gender productions will be considered.

Priority will be given to film submissions with a completion date on or after June 1, 2021.

Each submitted film must include an English language track or English language subtitles.

All Films must be submitted online as a high-resolution .MOV or another digital form screener (as described below), by the final submissions deadline.

Accepted Genres: Drama (including Comedy), Documentary, Animation, Experimental. Short and feature-length films accepted.

Short films must be less than 30 minutes long (including credits).

Feature-length dramas and documentaries must be 75+ minutes. All features will be selected by curation only, but feature filmmakers may forward expressions of interest to us via FilmFreeway.


To submit a film for Festival consideration, an Applicant must:
Complete the registration process at FilmFreeway

Submit a viewing copy of your film, either as a secure screener through FilmFreeway, or by directing us to a secure, password protected Vimeo (or equivalent) link in your application. Hard copies will not be accepted.

Pay the Submission Fee as outlined below online via FilmFreeway, OR clearly indicate that payment is following your submission by mail or direct courier, as:
a) a personal or company cheque (Filmmakers within Canada only)
b) an international money order (Filmmakers outside of Canada)

Make cheques or international money orders payable to: St. John's International Women's Film Festival, noting your film title. Cheques must be postmarked by the submission deadline. Please note: We cannot process non-Canadian personal cheques, credit card payments or e-transfers.

By entering a film in the St. John's International Women's Film Festival, the entrant agrees to adhere to all SJIWFF rules and regulations.


Submissions Open - January 24, 2022
Early Bird Deadline - March 21, 2022
Regular Deadline - April 25, 2022
Late Deadline - May 23, 2022
Extended Shorts Deadline - June 6, 2022
Extended Features Only Deadline - June 20, 2022

Submission fees are on a sliding scale based on deadlines. Visit FilmFreeway for details. There is a flat processing fee of $35 (USD) for all Feature Film submissions. Please note that all fees are in US Dollars.

There are no submission fee refunds.

Submission deadlines are at 11:59 PM Newfoundland Standard Time of the posted date.


Film entries will be viewed by the SJIWFF33 Programming Committee and submission contacts will be notified of the decision regarding their film at the end of August 2022.

SJIWFF will contact Applicants using the contact information provided in the FilmFreeway registration form.

All selection decisions are at the sole and absolute discretion of SJIWFF and are final and not reviewable.

Once programmed, no film can be withdrawn.

Each official selection will be sent Technical Information and Film Marketing Materials forms and are required to complete them by the requested date.

Exhibition copies of selected films will be required by the SJIWFF by the first week of September 2022.

We can screen the following exhibition formats, please read to ensure compatibility before submitting:

Please note that only our Opening and Closing Night films can be screened in DCP format, due to venue restrictions.

All shipping and related costs for exhibition films/videos sent to the Festival must be borne by the owner.

Exhibition copies of selected films/videos will be returned after the Festival by regular mail (unless specified otherwise and paid by the entrant).

The date(s), time(s) and location(s) of exhibitions of our programmed films shall be at the discretion of the Festival, which includes online film screenings.

Upon selection, the entrant grants St. John's International Women's Film Festival the right to utilize an excerpt from any film submitted and accepted for exhibition at the Festival for promotional and screening purposes in all mediums, including broadcast, print, and internet.

SJIWFF has the power to decide on any matters not specifically dealt with in these regulations. Notice of participation implies acceptance of these regulations. In any dispute, the decision of the Festival Committee will be final.


By submitting the film to SJIWFF, the Applicant and Film Owners hereby warrant and represent that:

The film is wholly original and is not copied from and does not include any other work that is the subject of copyright or other protection unless such work is in the public domain or the Submitting Parties have obtained any and all consents, releases, licenses, and other authorizations or waivers of any kind necessary for the inclusion or reproduction of any person, character, location, thing, trade-mark, sound recording, musical composition or other work in the film;

The Submitting Parties have the full right, power and authority to submit the film to SJIWFF for Festival consideration, and to grant all of the rights granted hereunder and in the FilmFreeway registration form.

The individual or corporation submitting the film hereby understands and accepts all SJIWFF requirements and regulations.

By submitting to the festival, the undersigned agrees to accept a screening fee in CND$ as determined by and equivalent to the 2022 CARFAC schedule.

The Submitting Parties agree to indemnify and hold harmless the St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival, its licensees, successors and assigns, and its and their members, officers, directors, employees, agents, representatives, associates and affiliates (each, a “Releasee”), from any and all claims, suits, actions or other proceeding brought against a Releasee and from any losses, costs, or damages (including but not limited to Releasee’s full attorney’s fees, and costs of court) directly or indirectly based on, in connection with, or arising from the use and exhibition of the Film submitted by the Applicant or the breach or alleged breach of any representation, warranty or other agreement made by the Applicant in these Terms, or in the Applicant’s FilmFreeway registration form.

Overall Rating
  • Oya Media Group

    A wonderful festival that makes the world of cinema better by empowering female filmmakers.

    October 2021
  • Gillian Dawe

    Such a fantastic festival! As a long time viewer, I couldn't have been more excited and proud to have my own film featured this year! Highly recommend!

    October 2021
  • shelley thompson

    A great festival, lovely energy and commitment to supporting female filmmakers - especially in their own region. Very sad that once again in 2021 no in-person component was allowed, but fingers crossed for next year!

    October 2021
  • Isabelle Giroux

    Eventhough I couldn't attend this year's program because of Covid, watching the films lined up in my living room made me forget about 2020. The films were very diverse in perspective and I loved discovering women and indegenous voices I didn't know about. Thank you SJIWFF for having me!!!

    November 2020

    My favorite festival! Another excellent year- and we’ll done adjusting to an online festival this year. Looking forward to 2021!

    October 2020