In 2020 the Festival program was cancelled, and only the Golden Sheaf Awards ceremonies were held virtually, hosted by Joanne McDonald and George Evans. They will be back this May, along with an extensive program of panel sessions, screenings and more. Alas, no Lobsterfest and skeet shooting, though.
For 74 years the Yorkton Film Festival has been bringing filmmakers and Canadian audiences together, but due to the ongoing COVID-19 restrictions, the YFF 2021 festival scheduled for May 27 to 30 will be virtual.
To continue honouring Canadian short film and those who make them, the Golden Sheaf Awards will be live-streamed on Thursday May 27 at 7:00 pm Saskatchewan time.
The ceremony will be broadcast on AccessNowTV, channel 7 (standard definition) and channel 507 (high definition), and online on the Access website at www.myaccess.ca/live/yff.
“I’m pleased to thank our partners Java Post Production and Access Communications Co-operative for the support and assistance with the virtual Golden Sheaf Awards. The tradition continues,” YFF Executive Director Randy Goulden noted. The broadcast will showcase the best in Canadian short film and those who make them.
“We are proud to broadcast the Yorkton Film Festival, showcasing the very best Canadian film makers and content producers on our AccessNowTV community channel across Saskatchewan,” added Tracey Mucha, Community Programming Manager with Access Communications.
Randy Shumay, Partner/Supervising Producer with Java Post Production stated, “This year will again be a different festival experience, but there was no question the YFF team would find a way to make it happen. The festival has a place in the hearts across Canada and the world. It will go on.”
The Festival board and staff thanks everyone for their patience, encouragement and support as the Festival continues to bring film and audiences together. Stay tuned. Stay safe. Stay well.
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