The International Film Competition

Our 'Oscars' of mountain film. Hosted by Jury Chairman Keme Nzerem and our panel of judges, we will reveal the winners of Kendal’s prestigious film prizes.

For the first time, our Awards will take place entirely online, which means everyone can be there – join us, be part of the buzz, and meet the winning athletes and filmmakers at this free event!

Kendal Film Awards, proudly presented by Danner.

Watch the awards live

Sunday 29 November at 8pm

The Jury

Keme Nzerem

Keme is a keen outdoorsman, British Journalist and is best known from his work as a news anchor and reporter at Channel 4 News. He’s been the Chair of the Jury for the last five years and we’re delighted he’s back again!

Jonathan Hourigan

Jonathan Hourigan was educated at University College Oxford and the National Film and Television School. He has directed a feature film and short films, has written a number of screenplays, is a script consultant and film educator. He is currently Course Leader MA Screenwriting and Head of Screenwriting at London Film School.

Mary-Ann Ochota

Mary-Ann is a broadcaster and writer who specialises in anthropology and archaeology. Her work in TV and radio has taken her to the high plateaus of Tibet, the deserts of Australia and the slums of Dhaka. She’s a strong supporter of equitable access to the outdoors and knows the importance of outdoor experiences on wellbeing.

Charlie Dark

Charlie Dark is a DJ, creative influencer and poet from East London. He founded Run Dem Crew in 2007, an alternative running club made up of creative minds that meet to exchange ideas, explore the urban landscape and move. Run Dem Crew works closely with young people across London providing mentoring and advice.

Joe Plenderleith

A Cumbrian local, Joe is 18, and in his second year of curating with Kendal as part of the British Film Institute funded Young Programmers initiative. Born in Tasmania, Joe thrives when spending time outdoors. Being part of the Youth Programmers allowed him to delve deeper into his interest of film and gave him the opportunity of meeting & interviewing some world-renowned videographers.

People choice: Your vote

For filmmakers, the People’s Choice film prize is a big deal. It is direct confirmation, from the people who matter – you, the audience – that their film is your favourite.

To vote, first watch one of our many film collections or feature films available on-demand throughout the Festival, then hit the "vote" button under the player. Fill out the online form rating the films you saw from 1 to 5.

Votes close Thursday 31st December 2020. Votes are checked against accounts, any incomplete, invalid or duplicate votes will not be counted.

The winner will be announced in the new year across our media channels, so watch this space.

  1. Pick your favourite films of the 2020 Festival
  2. Hit the "vote" button at the bottom of the screen
  3. Complete your online form rating the films from 1-5 (5 is the best!)
  4. Submit your form

Boardman Tasker Award

Saturday 21 November at 7pm

This is awarded annually to the author or authors of the best literary work, whether fiction, non-fiction, drama or poetry the central theme is mountain environment.

Established in 1983 to commemorate the lives of Peter Boardman and Joe Tasker, the Boardman Tasker Charitable Trust celebrates their legacy by presenting the annual Award for Mountain Literature, presented to the author of an original work, which has made an outstanding contribution to mountain literature.

The Judging Panel for the 2020 Boardman Tasker Award is: Katie Ives (Chair of Judges), David Canning & Mike Kosterlitz.

View the 2020 shortlisted authors here

The 37th Boardman Tasker Award prize winner for Mountain Literature will be announced on Saturday 21 November at 7pm.

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