2017 Festival

The 2017 Yorkton Film Festival will run from Thursday May 25th, 2017 to Sunday May 28th, 2017 in Yorkton, Saskatchewan.



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

Pre-Festival Screening

Dirty Work

Land Titles Building
Wednesday, May 24 — 7:00PM

Around the world millions of children are forced to do dangerous, illegal work for unscrupulous employers. It’s ‘dirty work’ and so is the task of getting those kids out, but in India, one movement is committed to fighting corruption and complacency to save some of India’s children. A CBC news team joins a group of activists on a child labour raid.

Yorkton’s own Tracey Seeley, producer of the film, will be in attendance for a Q & A after the screening.

Opening Night Screening

I Am The Blues

Painted Hand Casino, Parkland Room
Thursday, May 25
Doors: 6:30PM Show Starts: 7:00PM

From juke joints to church halls, up the mountain and down to the bayou, I AM THE BLUES travels the back roads with the last of the blues legends.

I AM THE BLUES takes the audience on a musical journey through the swamps of the Louisiana Bayou, the juke joints of the Mississippi Delta and Moonshine soaked BBQs in the North Mississippi Hill Country. Visiting the last original blues devils, many in their 80’s, still living in the deep south, working without management and touring the Chitlin’ Circuit. Let Bobby Rush, Barbara Lynn, Henry Gray, Carol Fran, Lazy Lester, Bilbo Walker, RL Boyce, Little Freddie King, Jimmy ’Duck’ Holmes, Lil Buck Sinegal, LC Ulmer and their friends awaken the blues in all of us.

Artwork, special scenes and more information can be found at: www.iamthebluesmovie.com

Thursday, May 25

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 26 - 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.

Saturday, May 27 - 6:00PM

Award's Gala

Cocktails – 5:45PM – 6:15PM; Supper – 6:30PM; Awards 8:00PM

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

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

Friday, May 26 - Sunday, May 28

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.


Friday, May 26 - Saturday, May 27

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 26 - Saturday, May 27

Mini Cinema

Friday: 9:00AM – 9:00PM
Saturday: 9:00AM – 5:00PM
Sunday: 9:00AM – 12:00PM

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.

Friday, May 26 - Saturday, May 27

NFB Digital Showcase

Friday: 10:00AM – 5:00PM
Saturday: 9:00AM – 5:00PM

The YFF will have a number of digital video projects (Friday, Saturday) and virtual reality projects (Saturday) on display produced by or in partnership with the National Film Board. Come and check out these innovative projects at the Gallagher Centre free of charge.




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