2016 Festival

The 2016 Festival ran from May 26th – May 29th in Yorkton. Thank you to all that joined us this year. Please note all dates and times are past and for reference purposes only.


Our registration rate of $195 per day is available now until May 8, 2016. Student registration is $45, but does not include tickets to either Lobsterfest or the Awards Gala (tickets can be purchased separately). All registered delegates have access to all our festival panels and lunch. Entry into screenings is free of charge.

High School Student Day requires a separate registration and is $20 for students and free for teachers and chaperons.

Note: Schools that are paying for their students can contact the festival office to get a link that does not require payment with the submission.

Festival Registration HS Registration (Student) HS Registration (Teacher)

Event Highlights

Opening Night Screening

The Sabbatical

Painted Hand Casino, Parkland Room
Doors: 6:30PM Show Starts: 7:00PM

James Pittman is a burnt-out photography professor who goes on sabbatical and straight into a mid-life crisis. A young artist named Lucy comes into his life and he tries desperately to recapture the lost spirit of his youth.

Directed by Brian Stockton, starring James Whittingham, Laura Abramsen, and Bernadette Mullen. The Sabbatical was shot entirely in Regina, Saskatchewan. The YFF is thrilled to be bringing this film to our audience this year.

Thursday, May 26

High School Student Day

High school students can take part in this all day intensive workshop. Work with some of Canada’s top talent as you take a project from start to finish and learn the ins and outs of the filmmaking process.

Friday, May 27 - 6:00PM

Yorkton Lion's Lobsterfest

Shuttles start leaving the Gallagher Centre at 5:30PM

A festival favourite, offers an east coast lobster dinner with a side order of skeet shooting. Enjoy fine dining in a relaxed and unique atmosphere that promises to be an unforgettable experience.

A single ticket is included with each non-student registration. Extra tickets are available to purchase from the festival office and the Yorkton Lion’s Club. Steak and vegetarian tickets are also available.

Friday, May 27 - 9:00PM

SMPIA's YFF After Party Networking Event!

SMPIA is happy to celebrate its 30th anniversary with a networking event as part of the Yorkton Film Festival. Taking place after the famous lobster supper, this event will be a chance for industry professionals to mix in a casual and fun environment.

When: 9:00pm, May 27, 2016
Where: Rayzors Pub, 14 2nd Ave North, Yorkton

Learn more about this event, and let us know we’ll see you there, by visiting the event’s facebook page here.

Saturday, May 28 - 6:00PM

Award's Gala

Cocktails – 6:00PM; Supper – 7:00PM; Awards 8:30PM

Join us for a gourmet dinner and our annual award show as we celebrate the winners of this year’s Golden Sheaf Awards competition. Hosted by Alvin Law.

A single ticket is included in all non-student registrations. Extra tickets are available online and from the festival office.

Friday, May 27 - Sunday, May 29

Festival Screenings

See some of the best short film this country has to offer. See selected films from this year’s Golden Sheaf Awards competition. See films from all our categories; including, animation, comedy, documentary, drama, experimental, and student productions.

All screenings are free of charge and open to the public.

Screening Schedule

Friday, May 27 - Saturday, May 28

Festival Panels

We’ve brought together some of the best in the industry this year to bring you talks on a range of topics from getting your doc series off the ground to producing great drama on a small budget. All sessions are available to registered attendees.

Panels Speaker Bios

Friday, May 27 - Saturday, May 28

Mini Cinema

Friday and Saturday – 9:00AM – 5:00PM

Miss a screening? Looking for something that isn’t on the programmed schedule? Our mini-cinema has all of the festival entries from this year available to view on demand. Admission is free and open to the public.

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