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St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival to present “Midnight’s Children”

15 Oct 2012 by Guest Blogger in Festivals & Events and Entertainment
Region: Avalon

One of world’s longest-running women’s film fests to present 45 films

By Meredith Pillon
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St. John’s by Gabriel Vaz

The St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival is celebrating its 23-year anniversary by focusing on long-form feature length films.

And it’s got one of the year’s most talked-about films to kick off the party. Opening the festival is Deepa Mehta’s much-anticipated film, “Midnight’s Children,” adapted from Salman Rushdie’s book of the same title. Rushdie wrote the screenplay which, like the book, follows the lives of two young boys born at midnight on the night India gained independence from Britain.

 Photo with Shriya Saran, Satya Bhabha

Mehta’s last film, “Water,” was nominated for an Oscar and the director will attend the opening night screening. She will also be the featured guest at the SJIWFF Industry Film Forum’s Meet the Filmmaker luncheon on Wednesday, October 17.

Deepa Mehta (by Greg Russell Photography)

Of nearly 500 submissions to the Festival this year, the 23rd St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival will screen 45 films. Of those, 12 are local, 6 are features, and 14 are long-form documentaries.

The line-up includes Justin Simms’ “Hard Light,” an exploration of Newfoundland and its people through the lens of Michael Crummey’s collection of poems and short stories of the same title; “Indie Game: The Movie,” an award-winning documentary about the world of indie gaming and how the characters developing the games shape the characters within the games; Shandi Mitchell’s incredible drama, “The Disappeared,” about six men stranded in the North Atlantic who must work together to paddle themselves to safety; and new films by Jordan Canning, Stephen Dunn, and Sherry White

The St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival is proudly sponsored by the CBC, Telefilm Canada, the Canada Council for the Arts, the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, the Department of Canadian Heritage, the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council, Memorial University, the Newfoundland and Labrador Film development Corporation, the Newfoundland Independent Filmmakers Co-Operative, and the city of St. John’s and other corporate sponsors.

For information and tickets, call 1-709-754-3141 or go to buffs can take a flight on Continental (there are daily nonstops from Newark) and be in St. John’s in two hours.