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Film Competition Opens Spring 2020!

The Banff Centre Mountain Film and Book Festival is a programming-driven, competitive event bringing the best films and books on mountains and the spirit of adventure from around the world to the mountain town of Banff, Alberta.  The Festival provides an opportunity for filmmakers and writers to meet and exchange ideas through the provision of seminars, on-demand screening facilities and social gatherings.  The 2020 Festival will take place October 31- November 8. 

View 2019 Winners

Read the 2019 Film Competition Information

Call the Banff Mountain Film Competition at 403.762.6441 or email

View all 2018 Winners 

How to Enter Your Film

For entry to the Film Competition, filmmakers are required to submit their film via FilmFreeway

Entry deadline - now closed 

Enter your film via Film Freeway

Be sure to check out our Adventure Filmmakers Workshop opportunity!

Why Enter Banff?

A World-Class Reputation

After 43 years, the Banff Centre Mountain Film and Book Festival has a proven track record as one of the most prestigious and largest mountain culture festivals in the world. Located in the stunning Canadian Rocky Mountains, the Festival is a programming-driven, competitive event bringing together the best films and books on mountains and the spirit of adventure from around the world.

An Opportunity to Network 

The Festival offers you the chance to meet other filmmakers and industry professionals to exchange ideas and collaborate in a highly creative and inspiring atmosphere. It’s also a great opportunity to connect with leaders in the outdoor adventure field, including climbers, mountaineers, gear manufacturers, potential sponsors, and journalists. 
Film finalists are invited to join us at the Festival and as special guests, you will receive: 
•an opportunity to introduce your film on stage and represent your film 
•select tickets to films and speakers 
•access to special invitation-only events 
•one hotel room for three nights during the festival

World Tour 

Films entered in the competition will also be considered for inclusion in our World Tour programs that reach a global audience of over half a million people through more than 1,100 screenings in about 45 countries. Short films are particularly popular for the programming flexibility they provide. If you are submitting a longer film into competition, you may wish to also enter a shorter version for both Festival and World Tour consideration (special edit or excerpt, 5 to 20 minutes long is typically best). If your film is selected for the World Tour, our team will contact you to arrange a separate licensing agreement. 

Awards & Prizes

Grand Prize: $4,000 CAD 

Category Prizes: $2,000 CAD for Best Film in each category. 
Categories include Climbing, Mountain Sports, Mountain Culture, Mountain Environment & Natural History, Snow Sports, and Exploration & Adventure.

Additional Prizes: $2,000 CAD awarded to films already entered into any category: 

Best Short Mountain Film (20 minutes or less)

Any film of 20 minutes or less entered into any of the Festival categories will automatically be considered for the Best Short Mountain Film Award.

Best Feature-length Mountain Film (70 minutes or more)

Any film of 70 minutes or more entered into any of the Festival categories will automatically be considered for the Best Feature-length Mountain Film Award.

Award for Creative Excellence

This award will be presented to a film already entered into any of the Festival categories which the jury believes best illustrates creativity and the arts in exploring the spirit of adventure.

People's Choice Award

This award will be chosen by the audience through our voting system during the Festival.

• Films must be entered into one category only. 
• The Mountain Film Competition reserves the right to make the final decision on the category of any film entered. 
• Entries are not limited to one award. 
• Awards may be presented to the director or the producer of the film. 
• All entries will be viewed prior to the Festival by a pre-selection committee chaired by the Festival Director. Finalists chosen by this committee will be screened by an international jury and viewed by the public at the Banff Centre Mountain Film and Book Festival. 
Winners will be announced during the award ceremonies on Sunday, November 3, 2019.
The jury reserves the right to not present an award, and its decisions will be final. 

Technical Requirements

Read the 2019 Film Competition Information

Filmmakers are required to submit their film via FilmFreeway prior to midnight, 1st August 2019 (Pacific time). Please submit a H.264 in either a .mov or .mp4 format using whatever frame rate your project was edited in. The target data rate should be about 4Mbps and the size of the image should be 960x540. Audio should be encoded as AAC at about 160kbps.

Finalist Masters:
If your film is selected as a finalist, you will be required to provide a high resolution master via Signiant Media Shuttle and you will be contacted by the Festival with instructions on how to upload your film. We accept either Avid DNxHD or Apple ProRes 422 codecs at 1920x1080i/p in a .mov or .mxf wrapper. Our preference is to use the 10bit codecs (example: ProRes 422 (HQ) or Avid DNxHD 175X, 185X or 220X – depending on frame-rate). Please submit your film with the frame rate that it was edited in, to a maximum of 30 frames per second. Audio should be uncompressed PCM, .wav or .aif at 24bit, 48kHz.

• The Festival reserves the right to refuse films without English voiceover or subtitles as Finalists. Subtitles must be part of the video image. 
• The Festival Producer will have the option to conform the content to broadcast-quality standardization or, alternatively, to charge a fee (in consultation with entrant) for Banff Centre in-house corrections in the event of substandard submission. 
• For any DCP content wishing to be submitted, please contact the 
Film Coordinator at

Promotional Materials:
If your film is selected as a finalist, you will be asked to provide at least three (3) high resolution images from the film to be reproduced, published and/or exhibited for promotional purposes as they pertain to the Mountain Film Competition at Banff Centre. In addition, we will require urls to 2 trailers for public viewing; 1 short version 15-60 seconds and 1 longer (over 60 seconds) that will be used on our various marketing platforms.

Film Competition Sponsors:

Logo for Mountain Equipment Coop. Helly hansen logoLogo for Park Distillery

Alpine club of canada logo.  Devold Logo Kupilka Logo

Logo for The North Face Logo for Sherpa adventure gear. Logo for rumble supershake.

Logo for Trangia