The award for emerging filmmakers established as a tribute to local filmmaker Michelle Jackson has been added to and supplemented, raising its value to more than $30,000 in 2010, according to a notice from the St. John's International Women's Film Festival.
The deadline for applications for the inaugural award is Friday.
The RBC Michelle Jackson Emerging Filmmaker Award pays tribute to Jackson, who is known in provincial film for having worked on the productions of "Random Passage" and "The Divine Ryans," as well her own documentary "Mary Power, A Life in Stories," that had its debut at the festival. Jackson passed away suddenly in 2008, at the age of 34.
The award is open to female directors living in the province. The award winner is selected by a committee of a few of Jackson's friends.
The winner will receive:
$5,000 cash award courtesy of the RBC Foundation
$4,000 cash award courtesy of CBC St. John's
$10,000 in-kind equipment from PS Atlantic
$5,000 in-kind post production services from the Newfoundland Independent Filmmakers Co-operative
Buy one get two free, either 16mm or 35mm film stock from Kodak Canada Inc.
Production and post services for a six-minute film from Deluxe Toronto (no limit)
Short Shoot Insurance coverage from Fraser & Hoyt Insurance
Script consultation with Gail Collins
$1,250 cash, $500 legal services and congratulatory luncheon courtesy of Stewart McKelvey
$1,500 cash from the Newfoundland Labrador Film Development Corp.
$1,000 cash from Power Post Ltd.
$500 cash from the Michelle Jackson Emerging Filmmaker Fund
$500 cash from the St. John's International Women's Film Festival
Two festival passes from the Atlantic Film Festival.
The prize winner will be asked to complete a six-minute film with the prize. The film will be screened at the St. John's International Women's Film Festival, scheduled for Oct. 26 to Oct. 30 in 2010.
Award applications are available at the festival's website (
The award winner will be announced May 31.