The Dawson City International Short Film Festival's (DCISFF) mandate is to promote, exhibit, and disseminate contemporary independent film and media works by regional, national and international emerging and professional artists. We accept films of all genres. We welcome films by Indigenous, BIPOC and LGBTQIA2S+ creators.

Lode Star Award
Audience Favourite
Made in the Yukon Awards (MITY)


All films (including Yukon made) must be 30 minutes or less in length.
Films completed after January 1, 2021 are eligible.
Film must not have not been previously submitted to DCISFF.
Films in any language other than English must be subtitled in English (burned in).
Industrial films, music videos and public service announcements are not eligible.
Films submitted in the wrong category will be disqualified from entry.
All submissions must be accompanied by the following items:

a completed entry form,
Quicktime file for projection. (Wetransfer, dropbox, etc.) Vimeo Links also accepted.
a short description of the film (50 words)
a 300 DPI jpg from the film
submission fee. (No fees for filmmakers from Yukon, Northwest Territories or Nunavut. Contact us for waiver codes)
submissions will not be returned unless accompanied by a self-addressed pre-paid return mailer

Incomplete entries will not be accepted.

Early Bird: December 1, 2022. (postmarked) $15 Fee
Final Deadline:January 6, 2023 (postmarked) $25 Fee
Yukon Youth Deadline: February 1, 2023 (Free)

Fees, shipping, and the usual disclaimer:
Entry fees are $15.00[CDN] (before December 1). Late entry fee is $25.00[Cdn]. There are no entry fees for films from the Yukon, Northwest Territories or Nunavut (please contact us for a fee waiver).

Dawson City International Short Film Festival
PO Box 8000 Dawson City, Yukon
Canada, Y0B 1G0

Ph. (867) 993-5005
Fax: (867) 993-5838

By submitting to the Dawson City International Short Film Festival (DCISFF), the filmmaker (or their representative) agrees that:

DCISFF is permitted to use the submitted works and any and all press materials of all selected entries for publicity and promotional purposes;
Contact info for filmmakers and/or distributors may be published in the festival program and website.
DCISFF is permitted to retain the submitted video for inclusion in our non-circulating library (archives);
DCISFF is not responsible for any damage or loss to materials submitted in any way;
The person signing the entry form must be legally authorized to enter this film in the 2023 Dawson City International Short Film Festival. Any copyrighted materials included in the work must have been legally cleared for use.

Dawson City International Short Film Festival is a competitive festival. All entries are reviewed by a selection committee for possible inclusion in the festival.

Overall Rating
  • Adrian Patterson

    An amazing artist-run festival. I'm grateful to Dan and the Dawson City team for selecting my comedy "We Need To Talk About #TheVaccine" for the festival. I hope to screen here again.

    May 2022
  • Morgan Tams

    One of the best small festivals in Canada. A welcoming creative community in one of the most weird and wonderful towns in the world. While Dawson City may be 'the end of the road' this festival certainly is not. Dan and his crew programmed an amazing selection of short films and workshops all weekend long, and they even named a drink after my film! If you've ever wanted an excuse to visit the Yukon, this is it. Not to be missed!

    April 2022
  • I loved this super charming festival in Dawson City, not far from the Arctic Circle. The hospitality was fabulous and I highly recommend it. I am delighted they showed Jung & Restless.

    April 2022
  • lily gontard

    I'm grateful that my short film "Whalefall" was chosen for the festival. Great communication with Dan. I wasn't able to make it this year, but hope to another time.

    April 2022
  • Dianne Ouellette

    Fantastic festival, with great communications! It's an honour to have been screened. I wish I could have been in attendance!

    April 2021