Posted on: Friday, October 17th, 2014

Hey all,

Very excited to share with you that the screening for Fed Up will be starting at 4:00pm today at the LSPU Hall! Real soon!

This documentary takes on the effects of the sugar industry on obesity levels across the United States. I, personally, am pumped! Find out more here, and hurry!

Eat, Drink & Be Scene: Meet & Greet at the Christina Parker Gallery –

    Posted on: Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

Hey, everyone!

Just wanted to send along a quick reminder to make sure you head down early for a meet and greet at the Christina Parker Gallery, located at 50 Water Street, from 5:00pm-7:00pm.

Come rub elbows with some of the festival’s organizers and contributors at one of the most vibrant and prestigious galleries in this fine city. Come ‘Be Scene’ and say hello!

Day Two Preview

    Posted on: Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

It’s Day 2! Oh, the fun is just beginning.

I highly encourage everyone to check out the full schedule of events as early as possible to secure your seats for some of these incredible screenings and panels.

Today there will be screenings of a collection of short films at the LSPU Hall at both noon and 7:00pm, as well as screenings at the Johnson Geocentre at 9:30pm.

There will also be two feature-length screenings tonight that you won’t want to miss!

The first film is E-Team, an American documentary that premiered earlier this year at the Sundance Film Festival to glowing reviews. Co-directors Katy Chevigny & Ross Kauffman teamed up to present a harrowing and honest look into the lives of emergency responders to human rights violations. It’s a powerful film that gives viewers a front row seat to the glimpses of humanity conveyed in some of the most afflicted locales on Earth. This documentary will be screening at The Rooms this evening from 7:00pm-9:00pm.

The second film screening this evening is Cast No Shadow, the highly anticipated film written by local jack-of-all-trades Joel Thomas Hynes and directed by Christian Sparked in his debut feature length. This movie swept the Atlantic Film Festival Awards, with nods to both of the aforementioned gentlemen. Hynes’ work needs no introduction, defining our province’s darkest tones with some of the most genuine dialog you’ll find in any local work. The screening will be a late one, starting at 9:30pm at The LSPU Hall.

Again, I can’t stress the importance of catching these fine filmmakers honing their craft in some of the most remarkable selections you’ll see this year.

Stay tuned! More to come.

And We’re Off!

    Posted on: Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

Ladies and gentlemen,

My name is Bradley Mercer and I have been given the honor of being the Blogger for the 25th Annual St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival. Having spent the better part of my life considering myself a bit of a film connesieur, it gives me great pleasure to share this spectacular festival and its astounding variety of events or screenings with all you gracious folks on the World Wide Web.

Newfoundland has grown into a hub for film and television production in the past two decades, and I would be willing to bet that many of the returning volunteers and attendees have seen a sharp growth in the local support and international recognition since the festival’s inaugural year. I’m hoping we will get to talk to some of our veteran organizers or volunteers to find out what has evolved in the last 25 years, and perhaps get some perspective on the future of film in this province.

Again, I want to thank the lovely team behind the festival for having me onboard. Film has truly been an interest in which I have found a perpetual fountain of passion and I am so pleased to be sharing the excitement for the coming week.

Stay tuned & check back for some previews on the screenings and workshops!