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St. John’s, Thursday, August 18, 2011— It is with great pleasure that the St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival announces Ruth Lawrence as the winner of the second annual RBC Michelle Jackson Emerging Filmmaker Award.

Ruth is an actor/writer/director native of St. Jacques, Fortune Bay who has worked on over 100 original theatre, film and television productions. Her short film and video projects have screened at festivals across Canada, including Sweet Pickle, a short she wrote and performed in, which was chosen for NSI’s Online Film Festival and won two honourable mentions at the Baltimore Women’s Film Festival. Ruth, who was the Executive Director of the Nickel Film Festival and an Artistic Associate at RCA Theatre, is now co-Artistic Director of White Rooster Theatre and she is currently producing and performing in the critically acclaimed show, MonaRita.

“As a friend and colleague of Michelle’s I am sincerely grateful to the St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival for bestowing this vital award in her honour,” says Ruth. “With it, I look forward to completing my short film, Two Square Feet.”

The annual RBC Michelle Jackson Emerging Filmmaker Award has been established to support emerging female directors living in Newfoundland and Labrador. It provides services and cash to create a six-minute short film. Ruth’s final film will be premiered at the 23rd Annual St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival to be held in October 2012. The Award’s first recipient, Allison White, will screen her film Decolored on Saturday, October 22, 2011 during this year’s Women’s Film Festival.

Dealing with the loss of local filmmaker Michelle Jackson in early 2008, Noreen Golfman, Chair of the St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival, along with the encouragement of the Panting and Jackson families, initiated the Michelle Jackson Emerging Filmmaker Fund. Since its formation, the fund has raised several thousand dollars for the trust and has amassed a number of sponsors for the annual award. The RBC Michelle Jackson Emerging Filmmaker Award commemorates Ms. Jackson’s contribution to young filmmakers and pays tribute to her as an emerging artist.

The Women’s Film Festival sincerely thanks the Award’s generous industry partners who provide over $40,000 in cash and services.  They are: RBC Foundation, CBC Newfoundland and Labrador, PS Atlantic, NIFCO, KODAK Canada Inc., Deluxe Toronto, Don Sinclair and Travellers Canada, Stewart McKelvey, the Newfoundland and Labrador Film Development Corporation, the Michelle Jackson Emerging Filmmaker Fund and The Atlantic Film Festival. For more information, please visit ww.womensfilmfestival.com.

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CONTACT:
Kelly Davis, Executive Director, St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival
Phone: 709-754-3141, Fax: 709-754-0049
Email: kelly@womensfilmfestival.com

@CBCNL @RepublicofDoyle: DECOLORED (RBC MJ Award) is set to roll, but we need a 90min HDSR. Anyone? or HDCAM @DecoloredFilm @bestboyca

we’re workin from home this am. S’nast

we’re workin from home this am. S’nasty outside. #womensfilmfest

Thanks Martha M for posting this article

Thanks Martha M for posting this article. http://articles.latimes.com/print/2008/apr/13/opinion/op-solnit13

check out Allison’s inspiration for her

check out Allison’s inspiration for her MJ Award script http://www.signalblog.ca/?p=10630

It’s exciting.

Eying the monitor on the set of A River in the Woods with director Christian Sparkes.

Hallo there, world! Well, six months have passed since I was fortunate enough to win this fabulous award. After a very busy year in production – producing another short film and working full time in television – I’ve finally launched myself full speed ahead into pre-production for Decoloured.

It’s exciting. To say the least. It’ll be my first time directing a film solo, and I’ve had this story in my head for a couple of years now, so I’m eager to get rolling.

Right now I’m in the process of hiring cast & crew, rewriting the script, and raising the last of the funds. I’m hoping to blog most of this process – to share it with filmmakers and friends alike, and to document the experience.

A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to chat with Melissa Silva of Lifestyle Magazine who featured an article on the St. John’s Women’s Film Festival. Check it out here: http://www.lifestylemagazine.ca/her_camera

Stay tuned for more updates very soon.

Ciao.

Last week to get your ad in the festival

Last week to get your ad in the festival program. email mary@womensfilmfestival.com #SJIWFF10

fab opportunity to be part of our team!

fab opportunity to be part of our team! Still looking for a Volunteers Coordinator #SJIWFF10 see WFF FB fan pg Discussion Board

Last year’s festival short goes viral #

Last year’s festival short goes viral #SJIWFF10 http://blog.nfb.ca/2010/08/05/andrea-dorfman-on-how-to-be-alone/

5 positions available at #SJIWFF10 http://www.facebook.com/board.php?uid=99741101772