Kendal Mountain Festival and Kailas present 'The KAILAS Mountain Film Development Project'

We are delighted to invite filmmakers across the globe to apply for up to £20,000 for a new film commissioning project in partnership with Kailas.

Grant Outline

- The grant is for a documentary film of up to 30 minutes to be made anywhere in the world during the period of February 2023 to September 2023 exploring the theme, ‘Human Spirit’.

- We are looking for adventure, exploration and imagination.

- Projects can be worldwide but Kailas invites filmmakers to consider the Chinese mountains.

- Each pitch submitted must work to a production schedule and budgeting plan that would enable a finished film to be submitted to the 2023 Kendal Mountain Festival.

- Kendal Mountain Festival and Kailas will support the winning filmmakers with monthly development meetings of the film’s progression up until the final cut.

- The final film will premiere at Kendal Mountain Festival 2023 and be supported to enter world-wide Festivals.

- 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.


The team at Kalias are looking for applications which encompass accounts of outdoor endeavour and stories exploring the theme Human Spirit with tales of joy, humour and heart.

Please consider applying if you have an idea for film that is based in the outdoors, undertaking activities such as climbing, mountaineering, hiking, running, biking, but at its core - a desire to inspire audiences with empathy and courage.

The grant application closing date is the 28th February 2023, but applicants may be awarded sooner, so please apply at the earliest opportunity.

The team at Kailas have been inspired by films as broad as My Big White Thighs and Me, The Frozen Road, Dirtbag, the Legend of Fred Becky and Danny MacAskill's The Ridge - so be brave!

There is £20,000 available - Kailas hope to award more than one filmmaker and therefore we would encourage you to make an application with a budget based on being successful for a £10,000 grant.

Good luck! We look forward to seeing your applications.

Please email Claire for more details via


How to apply

Applications will be taken between November to 28th February 2023.

We will ask for:

  • 300 words outlining the proposed story
  • 200 words on the intended audience of the film
  • 200 words on any key challenges you will face
  • A PDF containing the bios of your production team, a production and location schedule and a completed budget.

If you're struggling to produce these elements but have a strong idea, please apply and we will work with you to produce the above.


Your application will be assessed against the following criteria;

  • The strengths of the proposal
  • The strengths of the project team
  • The logistical preparation of the project
  • The potential of the narrative to express ‘Human Spirit’

Successful Applications

If your application is successful you will be made an offer of funding.

We will request a final budget, production schedule and shooting dates, along with 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.

Any questions please contact Claire on

Founded in 2003, KAILAS is now one of the leaders in the world of climbing that offer a full-line of climbing apparel and equipment. The brand name is derived from Mt.Kailash in Tibet, China. KAILAS is committed to the promotion and development of climbing and adventure sports around the world. We focus on creating technical materials for mountaineering, rock & ice climbing, hiking, trail running, and other outdoor activities.

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