kiss winners


The Kamloops Independent Short Shorts Film Festival is a celebration of the short film format and local filmmakers.

As part of its mission to support and encourage local filmmaking, the Kamloops Film Society stages the annual KISS competition, which is open to film entries from all independent filmmakers living in Kamloops and the Thompson Nicola Regional District.

We accept films of any genre under 5 minutes in length. We try to keep the screening of films a family friendly event, so please keep that in mind when submitting films (no Hostel The Awakening).

Please have all permissions for copyright secured before you submit.  That means, did you use a Nirvana song? Did you ask them if it was ok? If not ask the person who’s artwork you are using if you can use it in your film and have proof that they said “Ok”.

Films may be dropped off at Moviemart downtown. You may submit them in DVD format but preferably a .mov or a quicktime file on DVD. Feel free to contact us regarding any format questions.

All entries must include an entry form (available at MovieMart or KISS Fest Entry Form and a $10 entry fee.

Several cash prizes are awarded, including 1st, 2nd, 3rd and a Youth Prize selected by jury; as well as an Audience Favorite award. The TNRD Film Commission also supports local filmmakers by sponsoring two cash prizes. Hey, do you need help with making the film (pizza is expensive) apply to the TNRD Film Commission Bursary!

Competition policy: Kamloops Film Society Board Members, KISS committee members and/or their immediate family members are excluded from the KISS Film Festival juried competition. However, these same persons may submit a film for screening at the KISS event and may have their film considered for the Audience awards.

Any filmmaker who submits a film to the KISS Film Festival must not have been paid to produce their film; in other words, any films submitted must be independently produced rather than commercial, paid-for productions.

Filmmakers must have full copyright compliance for all material used in their films.

By submitting their film, filmmakers allow KISS Festival to use the films to promote the festival on our social media.

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KISS 2016Get your films ready.  Deadline to submit is February 26th, 2016.  Submit your films to MovieMart on a DVD, or .mov/.mp4 file on a thumb drive.
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Previous Winners


1st Place – Neil Manuel, Graham Ronayne and Calvin Kuntz – LIKE REAL LIFE
2nd Place – Loyd Bishop – ALL IN A DAYS WORK
3rd Place – Kora Vanderlip – MORE THAN WINGS
Special Jury Prize (Best Music Video) – Sean Luciw – WALK RIGHT IN
Special Jury Prize (Best Plot Twist) Corey Rajala – ATTIC WINDOW
Special Jury Price (Best Script) – Kaisha Bicknell – FORGET (ME) Not
TNRD Award – Kora Vanderlip – MORE THAN WINGS


1st place – Kaisha Bicknell – THREE

2nd place – Loyd Bishop – TINY MIRACLES

3rd place – Stephen Casson – SEE YOU SOON

Youth prize – Kora Vanderlip – LAST FALL

Audience Choice Award – Tim Unaegbu – CALLING STEPHEN HARPER

TNRD Award – Loyd Bishop – TINY MIRACLES


1st Place and Audience Choice Award – Dusan Magdolen – BAR-INTENDER

2nd Place – Igor Kostin – STAIRS

3rd Place – Leon Racicot – THIS SIDE OF THE FENCE

1st Place Youth – Kora Vanderlip – COUCH POTATO

Special Jury Award and TNRD Award – Kelly Aulin – SPIRIT OF THE GONG


1st Prize and Audience Choice Award – Dusan Magdolen for SUPERVILLIAN

2nd Prize – Jodi Tippett for SO LONG HOLLY

3rd Prize – Kelly Aulin for COMMITTEE

Editing Prize – Igor Kostin for UNBREAKABLE

Youth Prize and Special Award for Mise En Scene – Kora Vanderlip for THE LETTER

TNRD Special Prizes – Bruno Mazzotta for MAMANIA & THE TRILOBYTES, Archie and Chayla Wilcox for UNDER PRESSURE

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