Every year, The Moonrise Film Festival finds today’s great and emerging filmmakers, and showcases their work in the historic Sunset Theatre in Wells, BC. We pride ourselves on screening freshly independent animation, documentary, experimental, and fiction film from across Canada and around the world. Since our inception, we've screened over 210 short and feature films, with over 40 filmmakers attending our festival and participating in intimate Q&A sessions!

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We make a point of honoring our selected filmmakers by having our audiences vote on their favourite films in each of our 7 short film categories: Drama, Comedy, Documentary, Animation, Experimental, Canadian, and International. All award winning filmmakers are posted on our website, and given lifetime free submissions to our festival, along with a full pass to our next season!

See Award Winners here:

- We welcome all short film submissions in the form of Narrative, Documentary, Experimental, and Animation.

- If selected, a downloadable copy of the film must be provided for exhibition.

- English subtitles must be provided for non-English speaking films.

- All selected films must consent to having their film's imagery/video used for Moonrise promotional material.

Overall Rating
  • Gloria Mercer

    This is a wonderful film festival and it takes place in an awesome little town.
    The festival team is great and it was an all around really rewarding experience.

    September 2017
  • Geneviève Delouche

    Great festival with a nice team and excellent communication ! :)

    September 2017
  • O. Corbin Saleken

    I LOVE The Moonrise Film Festival. The town of Wells is beautiful and the organizer could not be more hospitable.

    February 2017
  • Sarah Gampel

    Even if I myself couldn't attend the festival it looked lie a lovely event!

    September 2016
  • Robert David Duncan

    I love everything about this festival! The organizers are very welcoming and encouraging, the classic venue is really cool, and the festival shows some of the most interesting and offbeat films that you really won't see anywhere else. I have taken part in this fest several times now, and it is really great to see what an interesting community is taking shape around The Moonrise Film Festival!

    September 2016