Adventure Filmmakers’ Workshop

Program dates: November 2, 2015 - November 9, 2015

Application deadline: Extended to August 28, 2015

Please also see the Banff Wilderness Photography Workshop.

Program Information

Faculty: Keith Partridge - , Michael Brown - ,

"I walked away from this experience inspired, excited, and with a new eye and mind for storytelling and filmmaking. I walked in with a project and by the time I left the workshop, my 'project' had rapidly developed into a creation that I know will be successful."
—Debora De Napoli, program alumna

The Adventure Filmmakers’ Workshop is an exceptional chance for independent and emerging filmmakers to turn their project into reality, under the guidance of two of the world’s premier adventure filmmakers. During a jam-packed eight days in fall, you’ll build relationships, network with fellow artists, and mingle with industry insiders and decision-makers, all within the core of the Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival. You’ll also have full access to Festival events — motivation galore!

The workshop can include on-campus lodging and all meals provided — all you’ll have to do is focus on your craft and soak up the inspiration.

Sessions will help you hone your vision, organize your workflow plan, develop audio, narrative, and editing techniques, and perfect your pitch. Our faculty promotes an open, interactive, and creative atmosphere. Days are packed with hands-on practice, lively discussion, and brainstorming — and evenings include film screenings, guest speakers, and social events.

The workshop is designed for filmmakers, directors, and producers. To get the most from the workshop, applicants should have enough experience in film production to have thought about and recognize the need for distribution and financing.

Some of the past participants include elite athletes interested in transitioning to filmmaking, expeditionists wanting to expand to different media platforms, and filmmakers wanting to break into the adventure genre.

To read more about the Adventure Filmmakers' Workshop, visit The Banff Centre Blog

Please note:

  • Enrollment is limited to 24 participants.
  • Partial scholarships are available.

Detailed program outline to be announced.

Arrival and Departure Dates

Participants should plan to arrive in Banff on Sunday, November 1, 2015 and depart on Tuesday, November 10, 2015.


The Adventure Filmmakers’ Workshop sponsors Big Rock Brewery, Helly Hansen, Goal Zero and Osprey have provided generous support for scholarships.



How to Apply


Above photo: courtesy of Brian Hall

All programs, faculty, dates, fees, and offers of financial assistance are subject to change. Program fee subject to applicable taxes. Non-refundable fees and deposits will be retained upon cancellation. Any other fees are refunded at the discretion of The Banff Centre.