The Adventure Filmmakers Workshop is an exceptional chance for independent and emerging filmmakers to advance their skills under the guidance of two of the world’s premier and proven adventure filmmakers. During a jam-packed 10 days in the fall, participants will hone their craft, strengthen their skills, and network and mingle with fellow filmmakers, industry insiders, and decision-makers.
This all takes place within the core of the Banff Centre Mountain Film and Book Festival, where epic stories are told through the eyes of adventurers, authors, photographers, and filmmakers from around the globe.
What does the program offer?
Workshop sessions will help participants sharpen their narrative, vision, organize their workflow, develop audio and editing techniques, and perfect their pitches. Our faculty promote an open, interactive, and creative atmosphere.
We pack the days with hands-on practice, lively discussion, and brainstorming. We’ll welcome industry insiders as guest speakers, offering rare access to potential mentors, collaborators, sponsors, and backers. The workshop includes on-campus lodging and meals — all that participants have to do is focus on their craft and soak up the inspiration.
Who should apply?
This workshop was designed for filmmakers. To get the most from the program, applicants should have a strong desire to take the next step in all aspects of their filmmaking, including pre-production, pitching, location skills, the handling of the edit, and distribution. Past participants have included elite athletes transitioning to filmmaking, adventurers wanting to expand to different media platforms, and established filmmakers wanting to break into the adventure genre.
This program is not aimed at those who only want to explore what it is like to be an adventure filmmaker – the Adventure Filmmakers Workshop is for those who are committed to filmmaking as a life choice.
A strong knowledge base of technical sound, camera, and editing skills is essential. Applicants are encouraged to focus on one specific film project that they have in mind and to be prepared to share it with the group.
Enrolment is limited to 24 participants.
Please note: As we re-open campus and welcome artists back to programming in a safe and mindful way, we have made the difficult decision to restrict recruitment for on-campus programs to those currently residing in Canada. We continue to monitor the situation closely and look forward to the future relaxation of travel measures that will allow us to welcome international artists once again.
Program generously supported by:
Arrival - Friday Oct 29
Day 1 – Saturday Oct 30
● Welcome, orientation
● Intros, group allocations, group and individual feedback
● Film viewings and discussion: the good, the bad, and the ugly …
Day 2 – Sunday Oct 31
● Anatomy of success: What makes a successful film
● Production development and planning before the camera rolls
● Budgeting and funding options; distribution
Day 3 – Monday Nov 1
● The art of storytelling and narration
● Storytelling resources
● Making the perfect pitch workshop
● Technology, sound on location, and appreciating the mix
● Post production sound and music
● Evening: participants attend Radical Reels film screenings
Day 4 – Tuesday Nov 2
● Pitching Workshop
● Interviewing and edit workflow
● Secrets for staying organized for small and large projects
● The black art of lighting
Day 5 – Wednesday Nov 3
● Legal - releases, talent, music, post production
● Social Media
Day 6 – Thursday Nov 4
● Shoot day. Get out there and get your film in the 'can'.
Days 7 – Friday Nov 5
● Editing and post-production day. Turn your 'rushes' into a finished film.
● Evening: participants have access to the VIP screening room to view simulcast presentation from the Jenny Belzberg Theatre
Days 8 – Saturday Nov 6
● Filmmakers will have access to the VIP screening room to view films or attend workshops at the Festival Stakeholder Symposium
Days 9 – Sunday Nov 7
● Filmmakers will have access to the VIP screening room to view films
Day 10 – Monday Nov 8
● Full day of recap, review short films, and presentations from guest lecturers (to be announced)
Day 11 – Tuesday Nov 9: Departure Day
This schedule is subject to change and additions will be guided by the needs of participants.
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.
The full meal plan includes $54 credit per day, equivalent to breakdfast, lunch and dinner in Vistas Dining Room.
Participants have access to the VIP screening room to view films or attend workshops at the Festival Stakeholder Symposium
Group seminars and workshops.
This program offers opportunities to showcase your work-in-progress.
Fees & Financial Assistance
Application fee: $65 ($35 for applicants who identify as Indigenous)
Please note that as of September 1, our application fee reverted to the pre-pandemic level of $65. All applications received on or before August 31 will be charged at $25.
*Financial Aid of $821.77 is available for this program.
If you would like to be considered, please complete the Financial Aid section when uploading your supporting materials to SlideRoom.
Please note: Banff Centre will issue official tax receipts for eligible tuition fees and financial assistance and awards as required by the Income Tax Act. You will receive a T2202 (Tuition and Enrolment Certificate) for eligible tuition fees paid and a T4A (Statement of Pension, Retirement, Annuity, and Other Income) for applicable financial assistance and awards.
How to Apply
Participants are selected by 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.
As we re-open campus and welcome artists back to programming in a safe and mindful way, we have made the difficult decision to restrict recruitment for on-campus programs to those currently residing in Canada. We continue to monitor the situation closely and look forward to the future relaxation of travel measures that will allow us to welcome international artists once again.
Please note as of September 20th in response to the Province of Alberta new COVID-19 regulations Banff Centre has opted into the Restriction Exemption Program so we are able to remain fully open.
We wish to advise you that if you are accepted to attend the program you will be asked for print or digital proof of vaccination, or a negative COVID-19 rapid test (within 72 hours prior to your arrival on campus), or medical exemption, in order to check-in and access services.
For full details please visit our website: Visiting the Banff Centre Campus during COVID-19 for the most up to date information.
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.