Dutch Mountain Film Festival (DMFF) is an independent film festival with a diverse programme revolving around the theme of mountainfilm. The festival is intended for film buffs, mountaineers and lovers of the outdoors. It also caters for those who like arthouse film or extreme sports .In addition to new and established mountain films, the festival also puts on a varied programme of side events featuring music, art, food and sports.
The 13th edition in 2023 was attended by visitors from all over the Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, France, Italy and as far as Nepal. Initiators: Thijs Horbach, Toon Hezemans
The Dutch Mountain Film Festival has been a member of the International Alliance for Mountain Film (IAMF) since 2014.

The 14th edition of the Dutch Mountain Film Festival will take place from 5th to 10th of November 2024 in Heerlen, the Netherlands and in Aachen, Germany; where the mountains begin!

The mountain film is one of the oldest genres and uses its own imagery. We are all familiar with its clichéd images: death-defying panoramas of mountain ridges, glaciers and rock faces, alternating with heart-stopping shots of fingers clawing for hand-holds, boots losing their footing and rocks breaking free. But the harsh mountain world is also portrayed for its symbolic and mythical significance. In this vertical wilderness, human resolve is confronted with all its deepest fears and vulnerabilities. The mountain film tells the story of humankind’s struggle with nature and records the stunning beauty of the untamed mountain world. The mountain film uses this world as its backdrop or metaphor for narrating the story of the human confrontation with the unadulterated wilds.

• DMFF Award is the major prize (Grand Prix : €1500) and is for the most artistic and original mountain film screened at the festival.
• Best Newcomer Award (mountain film debut : €1000) aims to stimulate new and upcoming talent and is awarded for a debut production of a mountain film.
• Jury Award (€500) is a special prize awarded by the jury for a film which deserves special commendation.
• Best Mountaineering Film Award (€1000) for the best climbing film.
• DAV Climate Award (€1000) The award-winning film must throw a critical light on climate change and/or the effects of environmental pollution in the mountains. The film will also present possible ways in which individuals or society might counteract these changes.
Entries compete for prizes in all categories.


Dutch Mountain Film Festival competition
The 14th edition of the Dutch Mountain Film Festival will take place in Heerlen (NL) and Aachen (D) from 5 - 10 November 2023. You are welcome to submit your films now through FilmFreeway

ENTRY DEADLINE: July 7th, 2024

- The dispatching of any entry to the Festival implies acceptance of these procedures and regulations by the Entrant.
- All films must be either in Dutch, German or English language or have Dutch, German or English subtitles or dubbed in Dutch, German or English, or the film has no dialogue.
-The DMFF only accepts mountainfilms


- The Dutch MountainFilm Festival proudly accepts complete entries via https://filmfreeway.com/festival/DMFF. Provide with your submission at least 3 stills, a high quality poster (preferably a version with and without any laurels) and a trailer. When there is no poster available, please provide a high quality still. Poster or still preferably have a density of at least 180 ppi (pixels per inch). A trailer has a minimal resolution of 1920 by 1080 pixels.
When your film is selected to be part of our official program, you will be notified by mail, no later than 2th of September 2024. You will then be required to provide the following:
A high quality version of your film
- Minimal resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels
- .MOV, .MP4, .MXF, .MKV- file formats are allowed
- Audio mixed to stereo
- A Digital Cinema Package (DCP) of your film
- Resolutions from HD (1920 x 1080 pixels) up to 4K are allowed
- Format in FLAT or SCOPE
- Subtitles within title safe area (either burned in or provided as a sidecar file)
- Audio mixed to stereo, 5.1 or 7.1
Instructions for delivery will be provided to you by mail. If you are not able to provide a DCP of your film, our team will help you!

The winners will be chosen by a jury. The prizes will be awarded during the Dutch Mountain Film Festival from the 5th to the 10th of November in Heerlen. 
All winners will receive a specially made award and prize money. If you are not able to attend the award-show, the award will be send to you after the festival. 
The DMFF has the right to screen submitted films during the festival and follow-up travelling and online events without paying any screening fees.

The finalists are invited to enjoy and share the festival, as well as to make the most of the special chance of meeting other first-rate agents and filmmakers.
As special guests, the finalists will be provided with:
Two passes for the official programme.
The invitation to personally present their film in the public screening that will take place in our theatres.


Read the full Terms and Conditions here: https://www.dmff.eu/en/about-dmff/terms-and-conditions/

Overall Rating
  • Andrew Bone

    This was a brilliant festival. The communication throughout was helpful and generous. The films on show that I was able to see were of the highest quality and revealed a great range of subjects, approaches and styles of filming. All budgets were on display too!
    It was in a great location and attended by some really open and friendly people. What more could you ask for? Great home-made food too!

    November 2018
  • Manuel Lobmaier

    Great Festival in a beautiful location.

    November 2018
  • Lloyd Belcher

    A growing festival with a healthy DNA. Enjoyed the time spent there & would recommend to others

    May 2017
  • Festival event was good !! People are also nice and hope to come with new project in 2018.

    March 2017