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2016 FESTIVAL March 24-27

Submissions Are OPEN!

Early Bird Deadline: November 20, 2015
Final Deadline (higher fee): December 18, 2015

Entry Form (PDF)

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Other DCISFF filmmaking challenges to watch for.

YUKON 48 Film Challenge
November 13-15, 2015... click here

CBC North/DCISFF PSA Challenge

Filmmakers can also apply to be a
2017 KIAC Artist in Residence.

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The Dawson City International Short Film Festival's (DCISFF) mandate is to promote, exhibit, and disseminate contemporary independent film and media works by regional, national and international emerging and professional artists.

All films (including Yukon made) must be 30 minutes or less in length.
Films completed after April 1, 2014 are eligible.
Film must not have not been previously submitted to DCISFF.
Films in any language other than English must be subtitled in English (burned in).
Industrial films, music videos and public service announcements are not eligible.
All submissions must be accompanied by the fololwing items:

  1. a completed entry form
  2. a NTSC DVD (Region 1) for pre-screening or a vimeo link. We also accept online screeners through withoutabox.com and filmfreeway.com (see links above). If selected we will require a Quicktime file for projection (Apple Pro Res or H.264)
  3. a short description of the film (50 words)
  4. a 300 DPI jpg from the film (4” x 3”)
  5. submission fee. (No fees for filmmakers from Yukon, Northwest Territorries or Nunavut)
  6. submissions will not be returned unless accompanied by a self-addressed pre-paid return mailer

Incomplete entries will not be accepted.

Early Bird: November 20, 2015. (postmarked) $15 Fee
Final Deadline: December 18, 2015 (postmarked) $25 Fee
Yukon Youth Deadline: February 1, 2016 (free)

Fees, shipping, and the usual disclaimer:
Entry fees are $15.00[CDN] (before November 20th). Late entry fee is $25.00[Cdn]. There are no entry fees for films from the Yukon, Northwest Territories or Nunavut. All insurance and shipping costs are the responsibility of the entrant. All international entries must have “For Cultural Purposes Only No Commercial Value" clearly written on the outside of the shipping package. Due care will be taken in the handling of submissions, but the festival does not accept responsibility for damage or loss of materials submitted.

Do not send your submissions in a fibre filled envelope, the dust can damage viewing equipment. Do not submit DVDs with adhesive labels.

Dawson City International Short Film Festival
PO Box 8000 Dawson City, Yukon
Canada, Y0B 1G0

Ph. (867) 993-5005
Fax: (867) 993-5838
Email: filmfest@kiac.ca


By submitting to the Dawson City International Short Film Festival (DCISFF), the filmmaker (or their representative) agrees that:

  1. DCISFF is permitted to use the submitted works and any and all press materials of all selected entries for publicity and promotional purposes;
  2. Contact info for filmmakers and/or distributors may be published in the festival program and website.
  3. DCISFF is permitted to retain the submitted video for inclusion in our non-circulating library (archives);
  4. DCISFF is not responsible for any damage or loss to materials submitted in any way;
  5. The person signing the entry form must be legally authorized to enter this film in the 2016 Dawson City International Short Film Festival. Any copyrighted materials included in the work must have been legally cleared for use.

Dawson City International Short Film Festival is a competitive festival. All entries are reviewed by a selection committee for possible inclusion in the festival.


Industrial films, music videos and public service announcements are NOT eligible.

MITY Award (Made in the Yukon)
Open to Yukon filmmakers who are established in the profession of filmmaking.

MITY Emerging Artist Award
Open to Yukon filmmakers in their early stage of development. (3 films or less). Previous winners of this award must enter into the MITY Award category.
Note: Films made in schools and workshops must be submitted by the individual filmmaker and not as a group project.

MITY Youth Award
Open to Yukon filmmakers 18 years of age or under.

Lodestar Award
The Lodestar is awarded to the best Canadian or international film.
(Not open to films entered in the MITY awards)

Audience Choice
Voted on by the attending audience at the festival.
(All films eligible).




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November 21, 2015
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