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Adventure Filmmakers Masterclass

Mountain Culture

Program Information

Filmmaker rock climbing with filming equipment


Join award winning, industry leading faculty Michael Brown and Keith Partridge for this hands-on, technical skill- and- theory-based masterclass. The program builds upon the foundational knowledge delivered in our Adventure Filmmakers Workshop (AFW) to provide AFW alumni as well as experienced adventure filmmakers with an advanced course. 

Participants will attend this masterclass with a project in mind, with intent to share it for peer review and critique. Participant projects will also benefit from one on one consultation with faculty and guest speakers during the residency. The project in mind may be at the story idea stage, have raw footage, or be in post-production. During the masterclass, participants will also shoot and edit new projects centred around outdoor and adventure exercises in order to dive deeply into sound, camera techniques, editing, and more. Throughout the week participants will gain the tools required to navigate the complexities of producing quality films – from an idea to a final screening master.

The residency will centre around outdoor and adventure shooting exercises in order to dive deeply into sound, camera techniques, editing, and more. Participants will gain the tools required to navigate the complexities of producing quality films – from an idea to a final screening master.

Individualized interaction with our accomplished faculty, Michael Brown and Keith Partridge, and group collaboration with colleagues will allow participants to thoroughly explore the creative, editorial, and technical aspects of the filmmaking process and hone their current projects.

What does this program offer?

The Adventure Filmmakers Masterclass builds on the ideas presented in the Adventure Filmmakers Workshop. The program will help participants build confidence in their skills, re-energize their creative drive, and answer the inevitable questions that arise as we sink our teeth into the real work of making a film.

This masterclass provides an opportunity to cross-pollinate with peers and get inspired by world leading creatives who will provide invaluable top-end insight. With on-location adventure sports elements; we will examine the worlds of the vertical camera, environmental landscape and adventure wilderness, and help develop the necessary skills to operate within these environments with high-grade equipment. 

Who should apply?

The Adventure Filmmakers Masterclass is an ideal fit for those who need a creative boost or are in the thick of dealing with the filmmaker’s equivalent of ‘writer’s block’. 

Applicants demonstrating an advanced level of proficiency via their show reel and previous finished films, and who have a project that would benefit from story and character development and peer critique in this immersive masterclass, are encouraged to apply. AFW alumni status is a desirable pre-requisite, although not compulsory. Past participants of other equivalent film schools/programs are also welcome.

Participants should expect to carry a pack of up to 15 kilos over forest terrain and to access a local sport-climbing area.

Please note: successful applicants will be required to bring their personal computer to Banff Centre for this masterclass, with editing software installed (preferably Premiere Pro). 

Program generously supported by:


What's Included

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Your program fee includes a single bedroom on the Banff Centre campus for the duration of your program.

Get connected with other artists on campus and focus on your projects in a creative environment while we take care of the day-to-day essentials.

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Using a credit-based system to dine on campus, our flexible meal plans allow you to select meals according to your own needs during your stay.

The Regular Flex meal plan includes $30 credit per day, equivalent to lunch and dinner in Vistas Dining Room.

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This program offers opportunities to showcase your work-in-progress in one of our performance venues.

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Your program fee includes free access to the swimming pool, climbing gym, and fitness suite as well as discounted rates for classes at the Sally Borden Fitness and Recreation Centre.

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Enjoy special artist rates for ticketed performances or complimentary access to events.

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Access a wide range of publications, books, music, and films in the Paul D. Fleck Library and Archives, open six days a week.

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Enrich your experience and get to know other artists on campus by taking advantage of the activities and support provided by our Participant Resources team.

Fees & Financial Assistance

Program Fee (Single Room)
$3 995.00
Program Fee with Financial Aid (Single Room)
$2 760.00

Application fee: $65 for each individual

Thanks to the generous support of our sponsors, financial aid up to 30% is available to cover tuition (meal plans and accommodations are not eligible).

If you would like to be considered, please complete the Financial Aid section in SlideRoom when uploading your supporting materials.  No discount is available if participants are unable to stay for the full course. 

Help fund your experience at Banff Centre. View a compiled list of national and international opportunities here.

How to Apply

Learn more about the steps to Complete Your Application.


Please supply a one-page resume or CV in Microsoft Word document format describing professional education and achievements, including your most recent projects and your role in them, as well as where your films have been shown, and relevant academic, personal, and professional experience.

Cover Letter

In 500 words or less, explain both your background and your long-term goals as a filmmaker.

Project Proposal

Please provide:

  • A pitch or summary for the project you'd like to share for peer critique during the program. Include the basic storyline, what stage of development / production you are in, and how this project would benefit from the program.
  • A list of the assets you have for your production.


Please provide a URL link to a showreel of a maximum of three minutes in length that showcases your work, and explain your role in the shots or sequences. 

  • The clip should be a private link and labelled with Banff_AFM_Your_Name.
  • Provide a short description of the clip, explain your role in the shots or sequences, and the reason you chose the material shown.
  • Note: You will also be sharing this clip with the other workshop participants during the session.


Please outline your skill level in the following areas in one paragraph with a score of 1-5 for each area, where 1 might be “beginner”, and 5 would be “capable peer advisor/expert”.

  • Production and production management
  • Storytelling and editorial content
  • Cinematography: what systems are you familiar with using?
  • Sound - both in the field and in post-production
  • Editing: what edit software are you familiar with?

Learning Objectives

Provide a summary of your learning goals for the program and how you hope to contribute to the workshop.

Financial Assistance

Be sure to complete the Financial Aid section to be eligible for financial assistance.


Participants are selected by a preselection committee of impartial adjudicators on the basis of their submitted material. In addition to artistic merit, consideration will be given to the likelihood that the artist's work will benefit from the program. 

Applicants will be notified of their status as soon as adjudication is complete.

All programs, faculty, dates, fees, and offers of financial assistance are subject to change. Program fee is 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. The application deadline is 11:59 p.m. Mountain Standard Time.

Contact the Registrar

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