The YFF Mentorship program supported by RBC Foundation is participant-driven program that connects emerging filmmakers with established industry professionals who can provide expert level advice and networking opportunities to help emerging talents in Canada’s creative industries.
The Yorkton Film Festival offers access to the best Canadian short films, allowing schools to provide films that will inspire, educate, and captivate their students.
The festival has curated five films and lesson plans which are ready to be used in Canadian classrooms. Each film, with its lesson plan, details Canadian cultures, society, and everchanging landscapes.
Choose from the lesson plans, each with themes and resources designed for various levels of student ability and interests.
To access the lesson plans, click the links below. On the last page of the lesson plan is a questionnaire that we ask you to email to us when you have used a lesson plan.
Please note that the films are unavailable for download and may be linked to a third-party website, such as the National Film Board of Canada.
Lesson themes are:
The links below include recommended grades and subjects, but educators are free to use them as they see fit for their students.
The Flying Sailor, an animated film inspired by the real life event about merchant mariner Charles John Mayers, who miraculously survived the December morning explosion at a harbour in Halifax when two ships collided, won the Best of Festival Golden Sheaf award at the Yorkton Film Festival May 27.
A bold blend of comedy, suspense and philosophy, The Flying Sailor is an exhilarating contemplation of the wonder and fragility of existence. It was directed by Wendy Tilby and Amanda Forbis.
The film also won in the Animation and Best Director-Fiction categories, taking a total of three of the prestigious Golden Sheaf Awards.
The Ruth Shaw Best of Saskatchewan award was presented to Fable Deaf, a short subject fiction starring four Saskatchewan actors between the ages of 12 and 74, all identify as culturally deaf and communicate using American Sign Language, and who have contributed to the film’s narrative.
With lush visual effects and an all-deaf cast, it examines the threat of cultural devastation and offers an invitation for its preservation. It was directed by Chrystene Ells, a visual artist and animator, who grew up on an Alberta cattle ranch before moving to San Francisco in 1986 and relocating to Saskatchewan in 2006.
The awards gala Saturday night marked the conclusion of the 76th edition of the Yorkton Film Festival, the longest continuously running film festival in North America. In total, 27 Golden Sheaf awards were presented.
The Festival began in 1947 as the Yorkton Film Council. Its mandate was to act as a volunteer distribution agency for the National Film Board (NFB). Jim Lysyshyn, field man for the NFB, suggested a film festival. When the Council rejected his proposal, he came forward with a more audacious proposal – an international festival.
The Council accepted the new idea and organized the first festival in the fall of 1950. Throughout the 1950s, the festival was a huge success with as many as 4,000 people at the screenings, this at a time when the population of Yorkton was only 8,000.
The festival has undergone many changes in its history, but can still claim to be the longest continuous film festival in North America. In its current form the festival continues to be dedicated to the promotion of the best screen-based media content through our annual film festival and Golden Sheaf Awards competition.
In addition to the annual event, the festival is dedicated to the promotion of short video content through our year-round screening and tour outreach programs.
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