SJIWFF28 • October 18-22, 2017


Submissions to our 28th annual Festival
are now closed.


Entries will be viewed by a programming committee and entrants will be notified of the decision regarding their film/video in September 2017. Submission copies will not be returned unless accompanied by a self-addressed, prepaid envelope or a courier account number.


Early Bird Deadline -- March 10, 2017 ($10 CAD)

Regular Deadline -- April 7, 2017 ($20 CAD)

Late Deadline -- May 12, 2017 ($35 CAD)

Withoutabox Extended Deadline -- May 19, 2017 ($50 CAD)


Short Films

  • Have been directed and/or written by a woman filmmaker. Co-gender productions will be considered.
  • Be 30 minutes or under in length, including credits.
  • Have been completed after June 2016.
  • Include an English language track or English language subtitles. 

Feature Films

Feature-length dramas and documentaries (30+ minutes) will be selected by curation only at this time. We are most grateful, however, to receive expressions of interest from female feature filmmakers. Please contact us with the following information:

  • Your feature film’s title
  • Name of Director(s), Writer(s) and Producer(s)
  • A brief synopsis
  • Country of production
  • Date of completion
  • Runtime, including credits
  • Status of release
  • Screener
  • Trailer link (if available)

We will direct your email to our Programming Committee. If we are able consider your feature film for SJIWFF28 we will contact you to request a screener.


Sending Films


Sending by Mail or Courier

SJIWFF Programming Committee
28 Cochrane Street
St. John's, NL, A1C 3L3

*Please ensure that your package is marked "no commercial value." Any package incurring brokerage fees will be returned unopened.


Submitting Online

You can submit films online through Withoutabox.


Exhibition  Formats

If your film is accepted to the Festival, our accepted exhibition copy formats are as follows.


Tape Formats

In order of preference:

  • HDCAM-SR 23.98 or 59.94
  • HDCAM 23.98 or 59.94
  • XDCAM-HD 23.98 or 59.94
  • DVCProHD (59.94 Preferred)
  • HDV (59.94, a.k.a. 60i, Preferred)

The frame rate, aspect ratio/letterboxing and audio layout must be specified on the tape label.

File Formats

Quicktime MOV, using the following codecs in order of preference:

  • AVID DNxHD 145
  • Apple ProRes 422
    (regular, not HQ or LT)
  • H.264

Frame rate, aspect ratio/letterboxing and audio layout should be specified in the file name or in an accompanying text file.

All audio in the .MOV files should be uncompressed Linear PCM.

MKV files are not acceptable, due to the difficulty in dealing with them.


Other questions?