YIKES! Film Festival is a two day celebration of everything horror, sci-fi, fantasy, thriller, mystery, experimental, b-movie, and more! Above all our festival is focused on FUN for the attendees. Think less of a red carpet and more watching movies with your friends, or having drinks at your favourite pub.

Each evening will include screenings of both short and feature films. Breaks will be provided throughout the program to allow for mingling, drinks, bathroom breaks, giveaways and announcements.

After the film portion of the program, we will cap off each night with live music from some incredible local artists and bands! We have curated an experience for film fans to connect and celebrate the wonderful medium that is film, all while having a good time. Food and drinks also available!


We encourage all levels of filmmakers to submit their films. Whether it’s a big production or student film, we would love to feature it!

YFF is seeking unique, creative and hopefully spooky SHORT and FEATURE films in the categories of horror, sci-fi, thriller, mystery, experimental, or b-movie. We do specifically have a strong appetite for horror!

We want to provide a platform for independent filmmakers to showcase their projects to an audience that will truly appreciate it. Submissions are open to worldwide creators, with local filmmakers being strongly encouraged to submit.

YIKES! Film Festival will take place at The Foundry Room (Oliver Exchange Building) in Edmonton, Alberta. The event will include film screenings, vendors, live music, food and drinks, photo opportunities, panels, giveaways, and more!

What you can expect:
1) Watch your film, and other films on the big screen!
2) Opportunity for networking within the industry.
3) A fun supportive atmosphere, and a team that appreciates your work.
4) A chance to win some awards and prizes!
5) An event packed with more than just films.

YFF is excited to announce grand prizes of $100.00 CAD to each category winner, as well as the most prestigious trophies out there… the highly sought after HANDS OF HORROR!


*The Hands of Horror trophies are custom made one of a kind trophies provided to winners (shipping provided if unable to attend).

- The film has been completed past January 1st, 2019, and is not older than 4 years of that date.

- We welcome international submissions, however any non English films must have English subtitles.

- A digital copy of the film must be submitted through FilmFreeway. We do not accept physical copies.

- A poster or high resolution graphic for each film will be requested once accepted into the festival.

- Once a submission payment has been processed. We cannot provide refunds.

-By submitting my film to YIKES! Film Festival in no way implies any ownership rights by YIKES! Film Festival to the submitted film. I retain ownership of my film.

- By submitting my film, I give permission to YIKES! Film Festival to screen my film at their event, and to further promote the film as they see fit in regards to the festival both online and in person.

- I confirm that I have full legal rights to submit my film and that all necessary consents, licensing, and approvals have been obtained in order to do so.

- I hold YIKES! Film Festival, its owners, management, juries, subsidiaries, agents, sponsors, affiliates, etc., harmless from all claims of liability resulting from my entry.