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 .mp4 or a quicktime file on DVD or thumb drive. Feel free to contact us regarding any format questions.

All entries must include an entry form (available at MovieMart or here: KISSEntryForm 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 Favourite award. The TNRD Film Commission also supports local filmmakers by sponsoring two cash prizes.

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, and the Kamloops Film Society to use the films to promote the festival on our social media, and other broadcast means.