2014 Entry Rules

We are currently preparing for the 2015 Call for Submissions. Please note these rules are for reference use only. Any and all conditions are subject to change prior to the 2015 Call for Submissions launch.


Canadian filmmakers, producers and distributors are invited to submit their original work to the 2014 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, 2013 and January 31, 2014 and not have been entered in a previous Golden Sheaf Awards competition.

A production cannot compete in multiple main categories. It is eligible to be entered in one main category only. Series and multi-episode projects may only submit a single episode for consideration. Exception: If your production is part of a documentary series, you may enter it in both the Documentary Series category and one of the other main categories (for which a separate entry form and fee are required).

The final decision regarding interpretation of the rules and regulations including the eligibility of any production for admission into the competition will be the responsibility of the festival.


  1. $80.00 per entry for all main categories. $95.00 after December 17, 2013.
  2. The entry fee for Student Production is $40.00.
  3. 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. All cheques must be included with the film submission shipment.

How to submit

  1. Read the complete festival rules and regulations and fill out the festival entry form.
  2. Payment of the entry fee may be made by credit card online or by cheque made payable to Yorkton Film Festival.
  3. Entries are accepted online only.
  4. Email or fax your completed Image and Time Code Requirement form immediately after completing your entry.
  5. DVDs must be clearly marked with your tracking number and mailed to:

Yorkton Film Festival
49 Smith Street East
Yorkton SK S3N 0H4

Entry packages must be postmarked no later than midnight January 31, 2014. Entries postmarked after this date will not be accepted. Once entry forms and fees are received, registration is considered final and no refund will be made (even if copies of the production have not yet been received by the festival office).

Entrants are responsible for the technical functioning of the DVDs. It is recommended to test-play the DVDs prior to sending them to the festival office. Entries which cannot be adequately assessed because of technical problems will be deemed ineligible.

Loss or Damage

The festival will make every effort to ensure the safe keeping of all productions submitted for competition. However, the entrant assumes all risk of loss or damage.


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.

In this event, the entry will be held over for adjudication in the next year’s festival and the entry fee will carry forward.

Entries will be judged in the category in which they are entered. Please consult with festival staff, ahead of submission, if you are uncertain about which category your production belongs in.


All entrants nominated for a Golden Sheaf Award will be notified immediately following the jury process. Please check website for nominations late March for main categories, and early April for craft categories, at www.goldensheafawards.com.

Award Categories

Entries will be judged and a Golden Sheaf Award will be presented in the categories and craft award categories listed on the Categories page.

Publicity and Promotion

The festival reserves the right to use excerpts from any entry to promote the festival.

Yorkton Film Festival Bursary

At the discretion of the festival and where there is a demonstrated need, festival registration costs may be covered for nominees to attend the festival.

Mini-Cinema Screening Centre

All productions submitted will be available for screening during the festival at Mini-Cinema, an on-demand screening centre during the film festival. Festival participants, distributors, specialty network representatives and buyers, as well as the general public, are invited to screen all festival entries.


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.

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