We screened 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!​
Check out the trailer!

August 24th-26th, 2018​  (COMING SOON!)

​We are now open for our 2018 submissions!
​Submit your films today via our FilmFreeway page:

Every year, The Moonrise Film Festival finds today’s great and emerging filmmakers, and showcases their work in the historic Sunset Theatre in Wells, BC. We pride ourselves on screening freshly independent animation, documentary, experimental, and fiction films from across Canada and around the world. Since our inception in 2013, we've screened over 210 short and feature films, and had over 40 filmmakers attend our festival, giving audiences first-hand interaction with them in intimate Q&A sessions!

Our 2018 schedule is in development, but will take place on August 24th, 25th, and 26th, 2018. Stay tuned!


From August 25th-27th 2017, we screened 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 programmed a full hour of local short films from The Cariboo, showcasing Wells, Quesnel, and Barkerville.

- Click here for our complete 2017 Schedule! And here for our 2017 Program.
- For a look at our 2016 Schedule click here.


We make a point of honoring our selected filmmakers by having our audience vote on their favourite films in each of our 8 short film categories: Drama, Comedy, Documentary, Animation, Experimental, Canadian, International, and Cariboo. All winning filmmakers are then posted on our website and social media, and given lifetime free submissions to our festival, along with a full pass to the next Moonrise season!

Check out our complete list of Award Winners!