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 unique indie movies with your friends.

Each evening will include screenings of selected 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 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.

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 the category winners of BEST FILM and AUDIENCE CHOICE, as well as the most prestigious trophies out there… the highly sought after HANDS OF HORROR!

With honourable mention winners of BEST PERFORMANCE and MOST SHOCKING.

Prize Winners:

Honourable Mentions:

*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, 2020, 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.

Overall Rating
  • Alicia Krawchuk

    Thanks YIKES! for a great event and a packed house. Loved seeing the other films and the whimsical atmosphere, it was a pleasure screening IRENE here and getting to take part in such a cool festival in my hometown.

    December 2023
  • Justin MacGregor

    REALLY wish we could have been there in person! The pics and videos looked like it was a rousing success and great fun had by all. Communication was great. The festival's socials were lively and engaging. We were beyond thrilled that our film THE FOUNDER EFFECT took home Best Feature Film. Thanks YIKES! team and audiences! So glad our film made an impression. Best of luck with future editions of the festival! Looking forward to submitting another project in the future—and hopefully joining you all in Edmonton!

    November 2023
  • Juan Carlos Huerta

    It was an awesome first experience. Great communication by the staff, always friendly and clear. Thanks again for considering my short film.

    November 2023