Lineup announced for women’s film festival

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500 submissions were received from around the world

Local audiences will soon have the opportunity to take in two long-awaited St. John’s screenings of Newfoundland-based film with national appeal.

Noreen Golfman, chairwoman of the St. John’s International Film Festival, is interviewed following a news conference giving details about this year’s event. The festival is being held Oct. 22-26. — Photo by Keith Gosse/The Telegram

The St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival announced this year’s screening schedule Friday morning, and it will open with “The Grand Seduction” and close with “Hold Fast.”

“The Grand Seduction,” directed by Don McKellar, co-produced  by Barbara Doran and filmed last year in Trinity Bight, debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival and has screened at the Atlantic Film Festival and Calgary Film Festival.

As part of a program by Telefilm Canada and the Canadian Media Fund to bring more attention to Canadian films, Gordon Pinsent, Mary Walsh and Mark Critch, three of the stars of “The Grand Seduction,” will attend the viewing.

“Our festival has always been well-respected as one of the oldest women’s film festivals in the world, but this partnership with the Eye on Canada program has vaulted us onto the world stage and affords us the opportunity to showcase leading Canadian films to our audiences,” said Kelly Davis, executive director of the festival.

“Hold Fast,” written and produced by Rosemary House and directed by Justin Simms, is a film adaptation of Kevin Major’s award-winning novel of the same name.

It was filmed last year around St. John’s, Mount Pearl and Tors Cove.

The St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival, running Oct. 22-26, will screen 72 films, after receiving a record 500 submissions from around the world.

A slate of industry workshops, panel discussions, pitching sessions and networking events will also take place.

More information is available online at

Organizations: Canadian Media Fund, Rosemary House

Geographic location: Canada, Trinity Bight, Toronto Mount Pearl

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