Kamloops Independent Short Shorts (KISS) Film Fest

The KISS Film Fest is a celebration of the short film format and local filmmakers.

The Kamloops Film Society has been encouraging local filmmakers through the KISS Festival for a number of years. Talented local directors and the audience are annually treated to the excitement of seeing the 5 minute long (or shorter) films on the big screen at the Paramount Theatre (503 Victoria Street) as part of the Kamloops Film Festival held in March. Cash prizes for winners are awarded by the KISS Committee, the Thompson-Nicola Film Commission, and the Kamloops Arts Council.

This event is our way of celebrating the hard work and passion of our regional talent. Come support these films and filmmakers from our community by attending the FREE screenings. Plus, vote for the Audience Awards!!

Entries for KISS 2024 are now closed.


Award Categories


1st Place – Tea, Directed by Izzy Filyk
2nd Place – #iamfine Directed by Arnav Mittal 
3rd Place – 15 Out of Town, Directed by Axel Hansen
Kamloops Arts Council Youth Prize – Create, Directed by Ananya Bhamidipalli
Audience Award – PEKKA and the LEGO TAXI, Directed by Logan Gauley


1st Place – The Pond – The Peace of Things, Directed by Richard Wright
2nd Place – Missing, Directed by Hannah Craig
3rd Place – Pong, Directed by Christo Vutev
TNFC Award  The Pond – The Peace of Things, Directed by Richard Wright
TNFC Lottery Prize – Deadline, Directed by Marcus Flor
Audience Award – Pong, Directed by Christo Vutev

Special Jury Prize: Most Impressive Chicken – Alaskan Chicken, Directed by Patrick Fagan
Special Jury Prize: Best Lego Car Chase Scene – PEKKA and the LEGO TAXI, Directed by Logan Gauley

2024 Jurors

Terri Hadwin, Thompson-Nicola Film Commissioner
Tanya Nielsen, Executive Director, Kamloops Arts Council
Daniel E Akinshola, Founder/ Executive Director, Kamloops Afro Films
Emmanuel N Inyang, Co-Founder/Producer, Writer, Actor, Kamloops Afro Films
Jeff Poole – TFS Committee Member
Shay Paul – KFF Coordinator, Secwepemc multi-media artist
Sam Theriault – KFS Projectionist
Colette Abbott, KFS Executive Director


Previous Winners: HERE
Filmmaking Resources: HERE
Contact: HERE