Watch 90 minutes of brand new adventure films from our 2019 International Film Competition presented by Pertex.

‘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.

These two sessions showcase such ‘Outside Thinkers’, and we hope they will inspire our audience to look to the future with energy and hope.

We have two strands; 

Outside Thinkers 1 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.

Outside Thinkers 2 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.




DOMINIC GILL / Environment

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

KALYANEE MAM / Environment

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.


DOM BUSH / Culture / Environment

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?protagonists, Sami and Mohammad, teach the creative practices of parkour and photography, to their communities as a means to overcome personal and political obstacles.


KRISTA SCHLYER / Environment

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.

Film Tickets

For 2019, due to popular demand, we’ve swapped our day film passes to individual film session tickets. This gives you full flexibility of our programme, so you can choose the exact sessions you’d like to see. More info on this decision here.



We're working hard to make our Festival fully accessible, and there are dedicated spaces reserved for wheelchair users in our venues with the exception of the Fleece Inn. Unfortunately within the Fleece Inn the cinema space is situated on an upper floor with no lift access. To ensure nobody misses out on the action, all film screenings held at the Fleece Inn, will also be held at other venues. For more information head to Festival Accessibility.



If you're wearing a lightweight, high-performance windproof or waterproof mountain garment, there's a good chance it'll be constructed using Pertex fabrics. Founded in 1979 near Burnley, the company has steadily grown from humble beginnings into an iconic fabric technology brand, creating technical fabrics mainly used in garments and sleeping bags.  Being so close to its outdoor users, Pertex has increasingly chosen to communicate stories through the medium of film. Its six-part series Elemental Journeys explores stories from people whose lives are defined by wild spaces and mountain adventures. At Kendal, we're proud that Pertex is the presenting sponsor of our International Film Competition.

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