2025 Festival, April 17-20


Submissions open August 1, 2024


Dawson City International Short Film Festival proudly accepts entries on FilmFreeway, the world's #1 way to enter film festivals and creative contests.
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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.

We accept films of all genres.
We welcome films by Indigenous, BIPOC and LGBTQIA2S+ creators.

All films (including Yukon made) must be 30 minutes or less in length.
Films completed after January 1, 2023 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. We accept online screeners through filmfreeway.com (see links above) or vimeo with passwords. If selected we will require a Quicktime or mp4 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
  5. submission fee. (No fees for filmmakers from Yukon, Northwest Territorries or Nunavut. Contact us for a waiver code)

Incomplete entries will not be accepted.

Early Bird: December 6, 2024. (postmarked) $15 Fee
Final Deadline: January 13, 2025. (postmarked) $25 Fee
Yukon Youth Deadline: February 1, 2025 (free)

There are no entry fees for films from the Yukon, Northwest Territories or Nunavut. (Please contact us for a waiver code).

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 2025 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.




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).