FemFest 2018 Call for Submissions

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

We are seeking scripts and proposals for FEMFEST 2018: Staging Resistance – Celebrating Winnipeg’s 16th Annual Festival of Plays by Women for Everyone.

Sarasvàti Productions is accepting submissions for its 16th annual FemFest, which will take place in September 2018. We are currently seeking submissions of scripts for production, short performance pieces for our Cabaret evening and applications from storytellers interested in participating. Our focus this year is work that falls under the theme of Resistance. All submissions must be from Canadian self-identified woman artists. Technical and set requirements must be minimal due to the festival setting. A reading committee will assess submissions in order to program a balanced festival.

Please include:

1. A cover letter
-with full contact information (mailing address, phone # and e-mail)
-expressing why you feel your project should be a part of FemFest 2018
-detailing any production history for the submitted piece

2. A 100 word synopsis of the play or performance piece.

3. A 100 word bio of the playwright or main artists.

4. One copy of the script formatted according to acceptable Canadian play script format or a one-page proposal.

Please note our Cabarets are interdisciplinary so we welcome submissions to this component from musical groups, comedy troupes, dancers, visual artists, film-makers and multi-media artists.

All submissions must be received in the office by October 31, 2017. Submissions should be mailed to:

FemFest 2018
Sarasvàti Productions
242 Cathedral Avenue
Winnipeg, MB R2W 0X3

E-mail submissions will not be accepted. For more information please contact us at (204) 586-2236 or To view details on past FemFests check out our website

Please note that the ability to proceed with the festival is dependent on funding.

2017-18 Season

Monday, August 7, 2017

On August 4th Sarasvàti Productions held its annual season launch aptly titled Envision… Over 60 members of the community attended the event in order to get an exclusive sneak-peek at the exciting and ambitious 2017/18 theatre season. Full details will be available on our website in the coming days.

We are excited to share these highlights :

FemFest 2017: Coming of Age – FemFest celebrates 15 years and continues to be Canada’s primary festival for female playwrights. FemFest takes place from September 16-23, 2017. The launch highlighted the Winnipeg premiere of Two Indians by Falen Johnson. The festival will also include the return of award-winning playwright Judith Thompson and a first-time partnership with the West End Cultural Centre to host Tomboy Survival Guide by Ivan Coyote. Full details at .
– International Women’s Week Cabaret of Monologues will run from March 4-10, 2018 with the theme I Am Unstoppable. Pieces will explore stories of meeting challenges, overcoming obstacles or simply living life to the fullest. A national call has gone out for monologues and performance pieces, which will be performed in various community venues.
New Beginnings –The world premiere of the full-production of New Beginnings will run May 22 to May 27, 2018. We began work on this play over a year ago by working with the newcomer community to tell their stories in a multi-media experience.
– Workshop Series – We will continue to offer on-going skill-development workshops to emerging artists and youth. This year, our popular informal mentorship meet-ups Coffee with a Pro will continue as well as sessions on technical elements, monologues and making a living as a theatre artist in Winnipeg. After a very successful pilot project in the North End, we will continue to offer workshops and mentorship opportunities to serve youth in our North End neighbourhood.
– Plus two fundraising events! After our inaugural Women’s Comedy Night sold out last year we will be offering an early and a late show this year on November 15, 2017 once again hosted by Daina Smith at the King’s Head Pub. Stay tuned for details on a gourmet perogie night in June 2018.

This season we are envisioning a future full of inspiration and possibility!

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