The Yorkton Film Festival began in 1947 as the Yorkton Film Council. Thus, making it North America’s longest running film festival.

From its inception the festival has gone through many evolutions, however, it continues to be dedicated to the promotion of the best Canadian screen based media content, through our annual film festival and Golden Sheaf Awards competition. In addition to the annual event, the festival is dedicated to the promotion of short film content through our year round screening and tour outreach programs.

The Yorkton Film Festival is a qualifying festival to the Canada Screen Awards.

• All main category, accompanying category, craft category, and special awards come with a Golden Sheaf Awards statuette.
• The Kathleen Shannon Award comes with a cheque for $1000 CDN
• The Ruth Shaw Award comes with a cheque for $750 CDN

Fees and Entry Deadlines

• Super Early bird until end-of-day on Nov. 11th, 2022
• Early bird until end-of-day Dec. 16th, 2022
• Regular until end-of-day January 31st, 2023
• Early bird -Student Production until end-of-day Nov, 11th, 2022
• Regular – Student Production until end-of-day Dec. 16th, 2022
• All main category submissions will be automatically considered for craft category nominations (no additional fee is required).
• All entry fees are non-refundable. Entry fees must be submitted with the production at time of entry.

Rules & Terms

• Only Canadian filmmakers, producers and distributors are eligible and are invited to submit their original work to the 2023 Yorkton Film Festival competition for the Golden Sheaf Awards.
• Canadian productions 60 minutes and under will be accepted. A Canadian production is defined as any production which would qualify as a certified production under current regulations applied by CAVCO. International co-productions are eligible only if the director is Canadian.
• All entries must have been completed in the period between February 1, 2021 and January 31, 2023 and not have been entered in a previous Golden Sheaf Awards competition. Films that premiered at other festivals prior to February 1st, 2021, or were broadcast prior to that date, are not eligible to enter.
• A single production cannot compete in multiple categories. It is eligible to be entered in one main category only.

Exception: If your production is part of an anthology series where episodes are produced by different production companies, then each production company may submit their work as a standalone entry. A separate entry form and fee are required for each entry.

How to submit

• All festival submissions are handled through FilmFreeway. If you are unable to submit your final copy in digital form and would like to submit your film via an alternative method, please contact the festival office.
• Entrants are responsible for the technical quality of their submissions. Entries which cannot be adequately judged because of technical problems prior to upload/submission will be deemed ineligible
• Recommended video specs for export:
Bit rate: 8Mbit.
Codec: H.264
Resolution: 1920x1080p, or 1280x720p
Frame rate: 23.98, or 29.97 fps
Audio: 48khz 2 channel, stereo audio

Entries & Nominations

All entrants will be notified of selection status via FilmFreeway. Nominations in the main and accompanying categories will be available in late March while nominations in the craft categories will be available in early April via our website,
Screening and Yorkton Film Festival Bursary.

Nominees who are attending the festival are given priority for screenings. To help cover costs, filmmakers can apply for a bursary to cover registration to the festival. Note, this is will be at the discretion of the festival. We also happily provide letters of reference to help with travel grant applications.


Qualified jurors, selected by the festival, will judge the entries. Awards may not be given in categories where, in the opinion of the jurors, the entries do not merit distinction. In the case of entries of three or less in any category, the festival reserves the right to collapse that category.

On Demand Screening Centre

All productions submitted will be available for screening during the festival , at the on-demand screening centre during the film festival.

DVD Tour and Festival Library

• A program of Golden Sheaf award productions may be taken on tour to other Canadian centres, following the festival. If your production is selected, it may be included in these special festival-run screenings.
• All productions submitted will be archived in the festival library for viewing by the general public (no rental fee will be charged).

Rights and clearances

The entrant warrants that all necessary rights and clearances to the material contained in their production have been secured. The entrant agrees to grant the festival use of their production for the purposes and in the manner indicated above.

Overall Rating
  • Karin Lee

    The best and longest film festival in North America, it was an honour to have my film Incorrigible shown and receive a Golden Sheaf Award! It was so warm and hospitable, and the caliber of films and other filmmakers who came were incredible and everyone was so friendly! Thank you Yorkton!

    September 2022
  • C. Hudson Hwang

    A must do film festival for Canadian filmmakers. Long-standing, Intimate, and truly outrageous :)

    August 2022
  • Jeanette Kong

    This is a gem of a festival! Attendees had a huge dose of Saskatchewan hospitality. The organizers were incredibly warm and welcoming. They went out of their way to plan activities that made the festival special. Not only did we mingle with film industry professionals, organizers and volunteers, but we also met many people in the community. I'm so honoured that my film was nominated and I had the opportunity to experience the festival. I loved every minute of it.

    July 2022
  • Evan George

    Delighted to be nominated for our short film 'Breathless' at the Yorkton Film Festival! Great communication, friendly and helpful staff, we'll be looking to enter again next year!

    June 2022
  • A wonderful festival that goes above and beyond to present events and activities that allow for networking, friendships, and information exchange. Really fun, informative, extremely well-run. It was an honour to be nominated and included in the 2022 edition.

    June 2022