2018 Festival

The 2018 Yorkton Film Festival will run from Thursday May 24th, 2018 to Sunday May 27th, 2018 in Yorkton, Saskatchewan. Early bird pricing is in effect until May 9th, 2018. Day prices will increase to $195 per day afterward.



Our registration rate of $175 per day is available now until May 11, 2018. 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.

Festival Registration

Event Highlights

Opening Night Screening


Painted Hand Casino, Parkland Room
Thursday, May 24
Doors: 6:30PM Show Starts: 7:00PM

Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked The World tells the story of a profound, essential, and, until now, missing chapter in the history of American music: the Indigenous influence. Featuring music icons Charley Patton, Mildred Bailey, Link Wray, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Jimi Hendrix, Jesse Ed Davis, Robbie Robertson, Redbone, Randy Castillo, Taboo Rumble shows how these talented Native Musicians helped shape the soundtracks of our lives.

The showing will be preceded with the screening of the NFB Doc Lab Saskatchewan films.

Talking At Night – The tiny office of Saskatoon’s Mobile Crisis Unit provides 24-hour crisis resolution to people in distress. Sound and observational documentary collide in this portrait of a critically needed, but often overlooked, service in the city’s centre.

To Wake Up the Nakota Language – There are only a handful of Nakota speakers left in Saskatchewan. Armand McArthur is the last fluent Nakota speaker in Pheasant Rump First Nation, and is working to teach Nakota to the community and preserve it for generations to come.

Ride – Like most teenagers, Liam Marshall goes to school, plays sports, updates his social media. On the weekends, he steps into another world, competing in high school and amateur rodeo circuits as a bareback rider.

Pre-Festival Screening


Wednesday, May 23 — 7:00PM
Pattison Agriculture
580 York Road West, Hwy 16 East

Guy Ouellette fell to his death in a service rig accident ten days before Christmas. A filmmaker’s journey through grief as she remembers her brother through his family and friends.

Thursday, May 24 – 9:00am – 3:00pm

Student Day

Sacred Heart High School

Shayne Metcalfe of the Recording Arts Institute of Saskatoon leads a day of hands-on instructive learning for Yorkton high school students; who will spend the day shooting, editing, and learning the finer points of what it takes to make a film go from storyboard to screen.

Friday, May 25 - 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 26 - 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 25 - Sunday, May 27

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 25 - Saturday, May 26

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.

Panel schedule to be announced.

Panels Panelists

Friday, May 25 - Saturday, May 26

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.

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