The Yellowknife International FIlm Festival (YKIFF) continues to grow strong as a hyper local Yellowknife event that considers its place within the circumpolar world. The festival is a 5 day event hosted Virtually and, if possible this year at the Capitol Theatre in Yellowknife, NT. The festival is the most prestigious event for NWT filmmakers and media artists to premiere their works to a supportive and enthusiastic audience. The festival features short and feature length Documentaries, Dramas, video game, music and Digital-media performances.

The festival has a strong professional development component where many different workshops and masterclasses are offered for a wide range of experience levels. These opportunities are a means for the public to engage with professionals and emerging artists. In addition to workshops and classes the festival provides space and events for networking with and celebrating the works of media artists. The screening events enrich the lives of audience members, volunteers and the community at large by showcasing important and engaging topics on-screen and having meaningful discussions off-screen.

The Yellowknife International Film Festival is in its 15th 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 Western Arctic Moving Pictures’ biggest annual event.

YKIFF is looking for documentaries, and scripted content from the global polar regions. This includes content from (produced in or by) or about the global polar regions including Canada, Russia, Scandinavia, Greenland, Iceland, and the United States (Northern States and Alaska). Special consideration will be given to content from the Canadian Territories; the Northwest Territories, Yukon and Nunavut. We are also seeking a strong selection of Aboriginal content. Films can be either of short or feature length. Successful submissions will appear at YKIFF 2021, happening approximately November 6-10th.

The Yellowknife International Film Festival is dedicated to showcasing the work of new and emerging talents, as well as the work of established filmmakers. The festival intends to continue providing a launching pad for new films and filmmakers from the north, all across Canada and beyond. The festival features screenings, workshops and discussions with both leading professionals and amateur filmmakers on a wide range of topics and themes.

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.

*The festival will adjust as needed based on the covid19 situation at that time ( November) this may entail online screenings, Drive-in Movies and VOD.

Submissions must be postmarked by deadline date. Check, money order for appropriate fee (CAN) enclosed.

PLEASE NOTE: YKIFF DOES accept Checks or Money Orders in CANADIAN DOLLARS ONLY. If you prefer to pay by Check or Money Order, please submit payment to Western Arctic Moving Pictures at P.O. Box 2487, Yellowknife, NT, Canada, X1A 2P8

DISC / FILE RETURN: We strongly encourage you to only send materials you DO NOT wish to have returned, it's cheaper and easier for all involved. Do not send us masters, originals, your only copy, etc.

Screening fees will be negotiated with the festival organizers using IMAA recommended fee schedules as a basis. This can be found here:

Overall Rating
  • 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

    We are happy to have been a part of the festival.

    November 2018
  • Nika Belianina

    I had a Canadian premiere of my short doc there. Although sadly I could not attend in person, it was wonderful dealing with the festival. Their correspondence, enthusiasms and attentiveness were wonderful! They even found me separately on social media and provided more links and info about the screenings so that I could promote it there. It felt like my film was a perfect fit for the festival. Happy to be a part of it!

    October 2018

  • Thank you, 12th Yellowknife International Film Festival for the selection of my film FROM SEED TO SEED and to Kristen & Jeremy for wonderful festival experience.
    I thoroughly enjoyed my stay in Yellowknife
    A special THANK YOU to Terry Woolf & Aggie Brockman for their generous hosting
    loved getting to know a bit of Yellowknife with its colourful Old Town and beautiful Canadian Shield landscape
    met great people
    Fantastic programming featuring amazing films including the super delightful “Elijah and the Rock Creature”

    With much appreciation,
    Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

    October 2018