2020 Festival takes PLace OCTOBER 8-11

Submissions are now closed and programming has begun for the 2020 edition of the Dawson City International Short Film Festival. Watch this space for complete informatrion about screenings, workshops, and other festival-related events!

2019 Film fest breaks ... and so does the river!

Studio 20/20 Dance PartyStudio 20/20 Dance Party

The 20th film fest finished with a bang hosting “Studio 20/20”, a Studio 54 remake in the ballroom. Two days later, the Yukon River “broke” with a whimper, sending a small pan of ice ¼ mile downriver, announcing that spring had finally arrived.

The rest of the weekend was filled with excitement, good times, wonderful films and great atmosphere at workshops, meet and greets and between screening gatherings!

It all started with the world premiere of Chris and James Healey’s The Winter Folk, a finely crafted documentary on the people that inhabit the Klondike and specifically how winter affects them.

Yukon Minister of Tourism and Culture, Jeanie Dendys addreeses the crowd on opening night of the 2019 Dawson City International Short Film Festival Yukon Minister of Tourism and Culture, Jeanie Dendys addreeses the crowd on opening night of the 2019 Dawson City International Short Film Festival. Over 1300 people attended various festival events through out the weekend. Photo: Devon Berquist

Yukon films were strewn throughout the festival in screenings on every day of the festival, culminating with a special retro screening of some of the festival favourites from the past years. 45 of the 95 films shown were created in the Yukon.

The festival was more than just films. With workshops on Editing, creating iPhone movies, Haptic Visuality, The World of Short Film according the Danny Lennon, Run and Gun Gear, there were also video installations by Jillian McDonald and Marten Berkman, a live street concert complete with plates of home made perogies, a burlesque performance by Chevonne of the Yukon, and the finishing Studio 20/20 dance party!

We look forward to our 3rd decade of bringing media arts to the Klondike on the beautiful traditional territory of the Tr'ondëk Hwëch'in.


2019 DCISFF Award Winners

The MITY (Made in the Yukon) film awards highlighted the final Sunday night screening.

  • The MITY professional award went to Grey Mountain by Naomi Mark and Marty O-Brien. Honourable mention went to Aubyn O’Grady and Evan Rensch’s Bridge.
  • The MITY Emerging Artist Award went to Wrestle Maniac by Andy Pelletier and Robin Sharp.
  • The MITY Youth Award went to Clement Potoroka for his film Sea Shells by the Sea.
  • The Yukon Brewing Audience Favourite Award went to Homecoming Song by Daniel Janke.
  • The Lodestar Award for best overall film was claimed by the mockumentary, The Last Days of the Man of Tomorrow by Niklas Hlawatsch of Germany.

2019 Dawson City International Short Film Festival MITY Youth Award Winner Clement Potoroka2019 MITY Youth Award winner Clement Potoroka (left) flashes his prize.

Thanks to Our 2019 Funders and Sponsors

Presenting sponsor Yukon Energy. Canada Council for the Arts, Yukon Tourism and Culture, Yukon Media Development, Klondike Visitors Association, Canadian Heritage, SPYA, Yukon Brewing, Parks Canada, Air North, Gold Rush, Schmidt Mining, Goldcorp, Hottalinqua Films, Yukon School of Visual Arts, Bombay Peggy’s, The City of Dawson, Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in, Dänojà Zho Cultural Centre, Yukon Film Society, Dawson City Music Festival, Trans North Helicopters, What’s Up Yukon, Northwestel Community TV, Bonanza Market, KlondikeRush.com, Lodestar Productions, Hootalinqua Productions, Arctic Star Printing, Yukon Birch Syrup, Red Snapper Films