Yates’ films have won eight international awards and been nominated for twelve Genie Awards and six Director's Guild Awards. His feature film Seven Times Lucky premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and won Best Film and Best Screenplay at the Method Fest Film Festival in Los Angeles. His heist-comedy High Life premiered at the Berlin Film Festival. Johanna Schneller named High Life one of the 10 Best Films of 2010.
- Katherine Monk, "Film director Gary Yates no longer needs to bluff". Vancouver Sun, March 24, 2006.
- "Review of Gary Yates' drug induced heist comedy HIGH LIFE". Quiet Earth. Retrieved 28 September 2017.
- Bernard Pérusse, "Dark comedy mix of hard-luck tales". Montreal Gazette, April 21, 2006.
- "Johanna Schneller's 10 best films of 2010". The Globe and Mail. 31 December 2010. Retrieved 28 September 2017.