Film still from 2020 Grand Prize Film winner Then Comes the Evening

The 2020 Banff Mountain Film Competition Winners Announced! 

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The competition deadline was August 5, 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.


Read the 2020 Film Competition Information (For Reference Only)


Call the Banff Mountain Film Competition at 403.762.6441 or email


How to Enter Your Film

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

Entry deadline - was August 5, 2020.  

Be sure to check out our Adventure Filmmakers Workshop opportunity!

Why Enter Banff?

A World-Class Reputation

After 44 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.

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.

Audience 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 8th November 2020. The jury reserves the right to not present an award, and its decisions will be final. 

Technical Requirements

Read the 2020 Film Competition Information

Filmmakers are required to submit their film for pre-screening at the time of entry via FilmFreeway. If you are using a secured link, please keep us updated of any changes to passwords.  The competition closes at 11:59pm (Pacific time) on 5th August 2020.

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 finalist masters as 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). We will also request finalists to submit their master 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.

• If English is not the original language of your film the Festival reserves the right to refuse films without English voiceover or English 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, please e-mail

Promotional Materials:
If your film is selected as a finalist, you will be asked to provide a minimum of 5 (and up to 10) images from the film to be reproduced, published and/or exhibited for promotional purposes as they pertain to the Banff Centre Mountain Film and Book Festival, World Tour, and the associated Mountain Film Competition at the Banff Centre.  In addition, we will require 2 trailers for public viewing if available: the file for one short (15-60 second) version and the URL to one longer (over 60 second) version that will be used on our various marketing platforms.

Film Competition Sponsors:

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