About Western Arctic Moving Pictures (WAMP)

Settled in Canada's boreal arctic region, just south of the tundra, Yellowknife is a truly unique world for filmmakers. From summer's 24 hours of daylight to the cold and beautiful winter, you've never experienced anything like it.

Western Arctic Moving Pictures is a membership-based non-profit Canadian arts organization based in the city of Yellowknife. Our mission is to produce, support, and promote independent film, video, and digital media arts made in the Northwest Territories, and to showcase it to audiences at home, across Canada, and internationally.

The Yellowknife International Film Festival is in its 18th year, and is celebrating continued success and growth. Since its initial run in 2006, the festival has received an increasing amount of community support and has become WAMP's biggest annual event.

About The Yellowknife International Film Festival (YKIFF)

The Yellowknife International Film Festival (YKIFF) is a vibrant five-day celebration of cinema held annually in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada. Showcasing a diverse selection of films from around the globe, YKIFF offers a platform for both established and emerging filmmakers to share their stories and perspectives. We are dedicated to showcasing the work of new and emerging talents, as well as the work of established filmmakers.

Our programming includes a rich tapestry of Indigenous, Canadian, circumpolar, and Northern content, reflecting the cultural and geographical diversity of the region. The festival features screenings, discussions, workshops, and networking opportunities, fostering cultural exchange and artistic collaboration. From compelling narratives to groundbreaking documentaries, YKIFF highlights the richness and diversity of contemporary cinema while promoting the unique northern experience. With its inclusive atmosphere and engaging programming, YKIFF continues to captivate audiences and contribute to the thriving film community of Yellowknife.

YKIFF is looking for a wide range of content including documentaries, and scripted content of various lengths. Successful submissions will appear at the 18th annual Yellowknife International Film Festival from November 6-10, 2024.

The following awards and prizes will be awarded at the 2024 Festival. This list includes awards and prizes granted or determined by independent organizations and/or juries. Awards and prizes are subject to change:

YKIFF Audience Choice Awards:
- Short Narrative
- Short Documentary
- Feature Narrative
- Feature Documentary

YKIFF Filmmaker Awards sponsored by Warner Bros. Discovery Access Canada for excellence in cinematography by Indigenous & Women-Identifying filmmakers:
- Short Narrative
- Short Documentary
- Feature Narrative
- Feature Documentary

All films must be fully completed in order to screen at the 2024 festival. Works in progress can be submitted, but they will not be selected if they are not complete by the program release date (promotions begin).

Screening fees will be negotiated with the festival organizers using IMAA recommended fee schedules as a basis.

Overall Rating
  • Evan Pitt-Payne

    Great festival with a very dedicated staff.

    November 2022
  • Was part of an online segment of the festival. Not much promotion and communication for that matter but the festival looks great. Was very happy and honored to be selected.

    November 2022
  • Rita Leistner

    I was really honoured to be part of this inredible festival and community. I can hardly wait to go to Yellowknife in person and meet some of the wonderful people involved. Even though the festival was virtual, I felt part of something special in this strange time of life for all of us.

    November 2021
  • Simon Longmore

    Great little festival. Enjoyed being a part of it.

    November 2020
  • Teresa Earle

    A warm northern thank you to YKIFF for your hospitality and generosity! This festival is very supportive of creators in the north - mahsi cho!

    November 2019