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Submissions to our 30th annual Festival opens January 2019

From October 16-20, 2019 we will be celebrating our 30th year of films made by women, for everyone. We program short and feature-length films directed and/or written by women filmmakers from around the world. 

The SJIWFF is a not-for-profit, non-competitive and filmmaker-focused festival. All programmed films will receive one complimentary SJIWFF30 Delegate Pass which includes access to our Film Industry Forum, additional free tickets to their film screening and many other perks! We pay Canadian artists screening fees based on CARFAC rates, and offer a limited amount of filmmaker travel bursaries when we are able.

We love showcasing filmmakers and connecting them with our local community. Join an exciting group of visiting delegates and industry leaders from around the world. We work hard to ensure that your time with us will be a valuable experience. Oh, and fun!

Rules & Regulations

2019 Rules and Regulations Coming Soon

Submission Open - January 28, 2019
Early Bird Deadline - March 22, 2019
Regular Deadline - April 19, 2019
Late Deadline - May 24, 2019
Extended Shorts Deadline - May 31, 2019

Extended Feature Deadline - June 14, 2019

Submission fees are an important revenue stream for non-profit Festivals. We try to make our fees accessible and affordable for filmmakers and offer them on a sliding scale based on the deadlines noted above. Please submit early to save. If you are an alumni of the Festival, we are able to offer you a deadline waiver. When requesting, it’s helpful to indicate the title and year of your last selected film. 


Submitting Films

Once you have read our Rules and Regulations, you may submit your film online through FilmFreeway. Please be sure to read our important Exhibition Formats information below.


Exhibition  Formats

If your film is accepted to the Festival, our only 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?