Canadian filmmakers, producers and distributors are invited to submit their original work to the 2019 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.
A single production cannot compete in multiple categories. It is eligible to be entered in one main category only.
Exception: If your production is part of an anthology documentary series and you are entering the series in the Documentary Series category (see definition of “Documentary Series” in Entry Categories) then a single, stand-alone episodes of the series may also be entered in one or more of the other main documentary categories. A separate entry form and fee are required for each entry.
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.
Please view the full rules and regulations at:
Any single production or series in any genre that is clearly intended for the entertainment and/or education of children or youth.
Any work in any genre intended primarily to elicit laughter or provide humour.
A production in any genre that is produced by and intended solely for broadcast by a community television company for which it owns the copyright.
An original production, in any genre, created for digital platforms such as mobile, virtual reality, web and other portable or interactive devices. Examples of such entries include but are not limited to: web series, non-linear web video projects, 360-degree videos, and virtual reality projects.
The project must be submitted to the festival in the form of a video walkthrough of the project and will be judged based on the project’s execution of their stated intentions. We suggest a walk through length of approx 7 - 14 minutes.
Programs that are comprised primarily of the dramatic portrayal of characters, settings, life situations and stories.
A filmmaker’s expression in any genre using unconventional and innovative production practices and techniques.
A continuing non-fiction series about daily living with topics such as design, home decoration, food, makeovers, sex, travel, and recreational interests etc. Programs may include elements shot in studio or in the field.
Programs which use music and/or performance to entertain or showcase artistic achievement. Such as, but not limited to, music videos, dance and movement pieces, and live performance recordings.
Fiction productions in any genre, on any subject, which are 15 minutes or less in length.
Non-fiction productions in any genre, on any subject, which are 15 minutes or less in length.
Documentaries relating to the world of art and culture.
Documentaries with predominantly historical themes or those which document the life of a person or persons.
Documentaries that explore topics and/or issues in the nature/environmental, science, medicine, or technology fields.
Documentaries about politics, social issues and current events.
A minimum of six documentaries would be considered a series. Two episodes must be submitted to represent the series.
A production in any genre that is produced and/or directed by a full-time student enrolled in a post-secondary institution. Entrants must not have been previously employed as a producer or director in the film or television industry.