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35 short films from The Cariboo
​& around the world!

Including the acclaimed feature documentary, Aim For The Roses,
with Q&A by director John Bolton!​

August 25th-27th, 2017​


From August 25th-27th 2017, we will be screening 35 independent short and feature films by Canadian and International filmmakers, including the VFCC "Best BC Film" nominated documentary feature film Aim For The Roses, (Official Selection: Hot Docs '16, DOXA '16 RIDM '16) with filmmaker John Bolton in attendance for an after screening Q&A! Additionally, we have a full hour of local short film programming from The Cariboo, featuring productions from Wells, Quesnel, and Barkerville. Filmmakers Richard Wright and Amy Newman among others will be in attendance!

Click here for our complete 2017 Schedule.
And click here for our colorful 2017 Program!

The Moonrise Film Festival seeks to find today’s great and emerging filmmakers, and engage audiences with their work in the heart of the Cariboo, under the historic roof of The Sunset Theatre in Wells, BC. Each year, we pride ourselves on screening freshly independent animation, documentary, experimental, and fiction films from across Canada and around the world. Last year we had 5 Canadian filmmakers attend our festival, giving audiences a chance to interact first-hand with them in intimate Q&A sessions! 


Tickets are $10 per screening or $25 for a full festival pass.

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Individual Tickets & Passes can be purchased:
- Via PayPal
- By phone: (250) 994-3400
- In person at The Sunset Theatre box office


We make a point of honoring our selected filmmakers by having our audience vote on their favourite films in each of our 7 short film categories: Drama, Comedy, Documentary, Animation, Experimental, Canadian, and International. All winning filmmakers are then presented our "Audience Choice Award", and are given lifetime free submissions to our festival, along with a complimentary full pass to our next Moonrise season!

Check out our complete list of Award Winners!


Since 2013, The Moonrise Film Festival has screened over 180 short and feature films, with over 35 filmmakers coming to attend. For a look at our 2016 programming, click here.

​We are now closed for our 2017 submissions!
​Please check back in September when we will be open for our 2018 season:


Aim For The Roses  with director John Bolton Sunday, August 27 at 7pm

Get your tickets here!