The Film Programme

At the heart of our Festival is an incredible film programme, which we curate from entries to our year long international film competition. Everything from international film premieres with the world’s greatest athletes to new voices entering the outdoor sphere.

The International Film Competition closes in September and tickets to our Film Programme will be released in the Autumn, after a period of judging.

Film Collections

Each film collection features a carefully curated selection of short outdoor films that will take your breath away and boost your sense of adventure! 

Feature Films and Premieres

Each year we gain exclusive access to the world's greatest outdoor feature films. We have become renowned as a launchpad and international showcase for mountain and outdoor film, premiering or screening such classics as The Bat and the Wicked, Five Days One Summer, Hard Grit, Touching The Void, Free Solo and 14 Peaks: Nothing is Impossible.

INTERNATIONAL Film Competition

Each year we hold a world-renowned film competition with hundreds of entrants from across the globe.

Our team carefully watch every entry and whittle these down to a varied programme of 200 films, which we screen in an insightfully curated and jam-packed programme at various Festival venues each November.

The films are then viewed by our panel of judges who select the award winners, and we present our prestigious 'Kendal' awards at a lively ceremony on Saturday night in the Basecamp. Our Festival audience are also invited to nominate their favourite film to win the 'People's Choice Award'.

We're proud to have platformed thousands of films to new audiences over the years.

Accessibility - Shifting the Culture in Sports and Adventure Filmmaking

Sports and adventure filmmaking is a thriving and creative culture with many film festivals and a large online audience; however, this vibrant culture is rarely accessible for disabledaudiences. This open-source document created by Danielle Sellwood (Find It Film) and Coldhouse Collective aims to provide all the tools you need to start making your films and content accessible. This is an ever-changing area, and this document will be updated as required. This project has been kindly supported by Berghaus.

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