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.

The festival gratefully takes place on the lands of the Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in.

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, 2023 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 6, 2024. (postmarked) $15 Fee
Final Deadline:January 13, 2025 (postmarked) $25 Fee
Yukon Youth Deadline: February 1, 2025 (Free)

Fees, shipping, and the usual disclaimer:
Entry fees are $15.00[CDN] (before December 6). 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 2024 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
  • Nicole Blundell

    Je suis vraiment reconnaissante que mon œuvre ait été sélectionnée pour participer à votre beau festival. Merci.

    April 2024
  • So honoured to be a part of this lovely festival.

    April 2024
  • Caroline Cox

    Dawson City Short Film Festival is so great! Really interesting people from across the North and and extremely welcoming and hospital crew of staff and volunteers. It was a lot of fun!

    April 2023
  • Joel Penner

    It was great to be back in Dawson for the 2023 edition with my film Wrought. The festival is in a beautiful location and presents lots of opportunities to meet inspiring filmmakers and artists. It's also put on by KIAC, which is a fantastic organization. If you attend, make sure to spend a few days there apart from the festival to experience Dawson more, it's such an eclectic community!

    April 2023
  • Lillian Nakamura Maguire

    Thanks to Dan and all the volunteers and staff for a great festival and for showing our film "Kyosyu" (Longing for Home. The films viewed, panel discussions and workshop that I attended sparked some new ideas and gave inspiration! I only wish I could have been at all of the activities.

    April 2023