Kendal Mountain Festival and Rab® present 'The Mountain People Film Commissioning Grant'

We are excited to be partnering with Rab® to support the grassroots of adventure storytelling in a core area of British Mountain Culture through a £10,000 ‘The Mountain People Film Commissioning Grant'.

Our mission is to share the adventure

"We are delighted to support filmmakers to push their creative and professional boundaries. Not only are we excited to hear applicants' innovative ideas on our theme; 'In Your Element' we look forward to seeing the next trailblazing film based in our spectacular British landscape."Jim Evans, Rab®

Our core objectives are:

  • To encourage filmmaking in the British Mountains
  • To enable applications from filmmakers who are, as yet, unable to access funds for their ideas
  • To broaden the number of storytellers who use the British Mountains as a creative and physical resource
  • To support and grow diversity and inclusion in the outdoors
  • To inspire people to enjoy and experience the mountainous areas within Britain
  • To bring new stories to the Kendal Mountain Community, and on to the wider festival circuit to share with new outdoor audiences.

Grant Outline

The Mountain People Commissioning Grant will contribute £10,000 to a winning film pitch,awarded at the 2022 Festival.

The decision will be made jointly by the Kendal Mountain Festival team, Rab®, and two film industry consultants.

The grant is for a documentary film of up to 30 minutes to be made in the United Kingdom during the period of November 2022 to September 2023 exploring the theme, ‘In Your Element’.

We are looking for diverse, creative responses that surprise us.

Each pitch submitted to the Festival must detail a production schedule that would enable afinished film to be submitted to the 2023 Festival.

Kendal Mountain Festival and Rab will support the winning filmmakers with monthlydevelopment meetings of the film’s progression up until the final cut.

We welcome applications from independent filmmakers who are based in the UK.

All teams must consider the environmental impact of the project and we suggest you use the We Are Albert Carbon Calculator to assess your decision making.We ask all applicants to read and consider the BFI Diversity Standards when making their application.

ApplicationsApplications will be taken between the 18th August 2022 and 8th October 2022.

We will ask for;300 words outlining the proposed story200 words on the intended audience of the film200 words on any key challenges you will faceA PDF containing the bios of your production team, a production and location schedule and a completed budget.

You can download our budget template here (you will need to go to ‘File’ > ‘Download’ and download the xls file to complete it).

There is further information as you scroll down this page.


Your application will be assessed against the following criteria;

The creative strengths of the proposalThe strengths of the project teamThe likely career progression for the individuals involvedThe ability of the story to connect with audiencesThe value of the story to mountain cultureThe logistical preparation of the project

Successful Applications

If your application is successful you will be made an offer of funding as set out below.

You will need to provide a final budget, production schedule and shooting dates, and a confirmed specification for your film, prior to us sending you the offer of funding. This will constitute the agreed criteria against which the project will be delivered.

A member of the Kendal Team, and a Rab representative will provide support and oversight of your project.

This award will take the form of a non recoupable grant.

The Agreement

You will be required to enter into an agreement with the two partners that sets out the following terms and conditions of our funding;

  • The filmmakers retain all rights over the film and any resulting proceeds.
  • The filmmakers must submit the film to Kendal Mountain Festival as a premier and give permission to both Kendal Mountain Festival and Rab to screen the film and cuts digitally and in venues without further compensation.
  • You will be required to included specified credits for Rab and Kendal Mountain festival.
  • The filmmakers agree to the right of consultation for Rab and Kendal Mountain Festival for the final cut of the film.
  • A delivery date by which you agree to finish work on your short film and submit the required delivery materials to us.
  • A cash flow that breaks down the award total into instalments, with the final payment being subject to submission to us of the delivery materials. Any underspend on the award will be retained by or reimbursed to the partners.
  • Delivery materials must include a 1 H264 .mov or .mp4 file, and a caption file.
  • Publicity materials must include a selection of approved stills, a trailer, and a written pack to include a synopsis and biographies with relevant imagery.
  • The team must be available to contribute in person and digitally to events pertaining to the film at the 2023 festival without extra compensation.
  • Standard terminations provisions apply.
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