2019 Festival

The 2019 Yorkton Film Festival will run from Thursday May 23th, 2019 to Sunday May 26th, 2019 in Yorkton, Saskatchewan.

Registration

Our registration rate of $175 per day is available now until May 8, 2019. Student registration is $50, 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

Almost Almost Famous

Painted Hand Casino, Parkland Room
Thursday, May 23
Doors: 6:30PM Show Starts: 7:00PM

Fifty years after trailblazers like Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis and Jackie Wilson defined music as we know it today, three world-class tribute artists carry on their legacy – but what happens when borrowed fame begins to lose its charm? Can they ever find stardom on their own terms?

Almost Almost Famous takes us on a musical ride and follows the stories of Texas rockabilly musician Lance Lipinsky as Jerry Lee Lewis, Las Vegas-based R & B singer Bobby Brooks as Jackie Wilson and the “Elvis from Orlando”, Ted Torres on their “Class of ’59” cross country road tour.

From the beer joints of Texas to the Karaoke bars of Honolulu, the film explores how three incredibly talented singers wound up paying the bills as tribute artists. Ted would be happy to play the young Elvis forever but he’s getting older. Lance dreams that his own band, The Lovers, will make it big one day. And Bobby Brooks finds his aspirations turned on their head with a startling revelation.

Who will break out and who will be forced to settle for less? Their intrepid road manager, Marty Kramer, has his work cut out for him as he struggles to keep their feet on the ground, the music centre stage, and the crowds clamouring for more.

Pre-Festival Screening

Rigger

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 23 – 9:00am – 3:00pm

Student Day

Sacred Heart High School

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 24 - 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 25 - 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 24 - Sunday, May 26

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.

Our schedule will be announced closer to the festival.

Friday, May 24 - Saturday, May 25

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.

Friday, May 24 - Saturday, May 25

Mini Cinema

Friday: 9:00AM – 5:00PM
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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