Banff Mountain Film Competition

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The 2023 Banff Mountain Film Competition will open April 4. 

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. 

Read the 2022 Film Competition Information (for reference only)



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How to Enter Your Film

The 2023 Banff Mountain Film Competition will open on April 4, 2023. 


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

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Why Enter Banff?

A World-Class Reputation

After 46 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. The 2022 festival will be a combination of virtual online screenings and in-person theatre events.

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 (where applicable) and represent your film
  • access to our guest-only screening theatre 
  • invitations to networking and social events 
  • one hotel room for three nights during the festival


World Tour 

Films entered into competition will also be considered for inclusion in our World Tour programs that reach a global audience of over half a million people through theatrical and online screenings in about 45 countries. Short films are particularly popular for the programming flexibility they provide so if you are submitting a longer film, you may wish to also enter a shorter version in competition for both Festival and World Tour consideration (World Tour programs are typically 2 hours long and contain 5-9 mixed films). If your film is selected for the World Tour, our team will contact you to arrange a separate licensing agreement.  

Awards & Prizes

Grand Prize: $5,000 CAD 

Category Prizes: $2,500 CAD for best film in each category. 

Additional Prizes: $2,500 CAD awarded to films already entered into any category
- Best Short Film (20 minutes or less) 
- Best Feature Film (70 minutes or more) 
- Creative Excellence – showcasing creativity and the arts in exploring the spirit of adventure. 
- Audience Choice Award - chosen by the audience through our on-site voting system during the Festival.

• Entries are not limited to one award. 
• Awards may be presented to the director or the producer of the film. 
• In the spirit of being a true Audience Choice award, votes are cast by virtual and in person festival ticket holders only. If person(s) in connection to your film are found to be sharing information on how to vote (via social media or otherwise), your film will be disqualified from receiving this award. 

Winners will be announced during the film awards ceremony on Sunday, November 6th 2022. The jury reserves the right to not present an award, and its decisions will be final. 


Technical Requirements

Filmmakers are required to submit their completed film for pre-screening at the time of entry via FilmFreeway. If you are using a secured link, keep your submission updated with any changes to passwords.  If English is not the original language of the film, it MUST be entered into competition with burned-in English subtitles as part of the video image, or be dubbed in English. We recommend a sans-serif font with maximum readability against both light and dark backgrounds. Your FilmFreeway entry must remain active for viewing until November 7, 2022.   

Finalist Masters:
If your film is selected as a finalist, you will be required to provide a high resolution master via Signiant Media Shuttle. We accept finalist masters as either Avid DNxHD or Apple ProRes 422 codecs at 1920x1080i/p in a .mov or .mxf wrapper and our preference is to use the 10bit codecs (example: ProRes 422 (HQ) or Avid DNxHD HQX). We 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. Finalists will be contacted by the festival with instructions on how to upload.

Note: 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. 

Promotional Materials:
If your film is selected as a finalist, you will be asked to provide a variety of formats and sizes of 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.  Details of images, thumbnails, trailers and video film intro will be sent to film finalists.

Film Competition Sponsors:

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