‘Kendal' began with a group with a community of people who pushed against the physical and imaginative boundaries of their time in their chosen playground; the mountains. Nearly 40 years later we embrace those who uphold that spirit of adventure; who think outside the box, can open their minds and bodies to the upmost of what's possible, and use sport, adventure and exploration to break down boundaries, find common ground and protect the lands they value.

We are delighted to screen two different film sessions this year showcasing such ‘Outside Thinkers’, and we hope they will inspire our audience to look to the future with energy and hope.

Outside Thinkers 2, this collection, showcases the innovative ways people across the world are caring for their lands, and the challenges they attempt to overcome in their stewardship of Cumbrian fields, Amazon jungle, Cambodian mangrove forests, Mississippi ducks and the most beautiful species of butterflies.

Outside Thinkers 1 is a collection that brings together stories of young people using their bodies and their environment to express their freedom, reconnect to their roots and most of all, play.

The Duck Queen of Plaquemines Parish

A short film highlighting Albertine Kimble, a local duck hunter and coastal plan manager that lives in the heart of Louisiana's disappearing wetlands.

Lost World

As Singapore dredges sand out from beneath Cambodia’s mangrove forests, an ecosystem, a communal way of life, and one woman’s relationship to her beloved home are faced with the threat of erasure.

Nowt But a Fleeting Thing

A window into the lives of those who create the food we eat. The film will follow two young conservation trained farmers, Adam Crowe and Helen Rawlinson as they establish their business over the course of a year here in the Lake District. Adam grew up on a small tenant dairy farm in the Rusland valley where his dad Raymond still farms at the age of 72.

Voices on the Road

Deep in the remote Peruvian Amazon, a road is quietly destroying a protected rainforest, causing conflict and fear. But for some indigenous communities, desperate for change, it is also bringing hope. The road is cutting through a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Manu Biosphere Reserve, and opening it up to the outside world. Many indigenous communities are struggling to live in this 'paradise' and the road brings the promise of a better life. But at what cost?

Ay Mariposa (Oh Butterfly)

Ay Mariposa tells a story of three characters in the Lower Rio Grande Valley of Texas whose lives are upended by plans to build a US-Mexico border wall.