Based in the Eastern Sierra of Mammoth Lakes the Eastern Sierra Mountain Film Festival focuses on films that represent Mountain Culture, the environment and the lifestyle of Mountain living. We screen shorts and features documentaries that educate and enlighten the world around us on issues surrounding conservation, human rights, indigenous culture, climate change, endangered species, outdoor sports and more.

Started during the pandemic our inaugural event in April 2021 was held virtually. We now are a live 4 day event in October of 2023.

We are partnered with the Eastern Sierra Interpretive Association and have a supportive community for the ESMFF as most locals are action adventure enthusiasts and environmentalists and simply care about the worlds conservation and its future.

Thursday and Friday screenings are held in Mammoth Lakes and Saturday and Sunday screenings are held in Bishop.

Jury Award for Best Documentary Feature - $500 USD
Jury Award for Best Documentary Short - $500 USD
Audience Award for Best Documentary Feature - $500 USD

Films must have been completed after Jan. 1, 2022.

Films may have screened in other festivals but we do not accept films with past theatrical distribution or that have been broadcast (televised) anywhere in the U.S. including streaming platforms (youtube, vimeo, etc.) before Oct 5th, 2023.

Films must be submitted via FilmFreeway online screener.

No Fee Waivers are available.

Entry fees are non refundable.

No commercials.

We do consider works in progress but your film needs to be close to completion and if selected it must be completed before October 1, 2022.

Do not send a press kit until your film has been selected.

All non-English language films must have legible English subtitles.

All multiple submissions must have separate forms and appropriate fees.

The selection committee's decisions are final.

If your film is selected, your screening print and one backup must arrive by October 10, 2022.

If your film is selected, you must provide a minimum of two high-resolution screen shots, a secure online link for press by October 10, 2022. You will also be asked to provide press materials and a trailer for the website.

All filmmakers under the age of 18 must have a legal guardian submit on their behalf.
Filmmakers must be authorized to submit their films to the 2022 Eastern Sierra Mountain Film Festival (ESMFF) and are responsible for the accuracy of all information provided on the application form.

The ESMFF may use images, sounds and excerpts from the films for promotional purposes in all media including the ESMFF website and may present accepted films at the 2022 ESMFF.

You indicate that you have read and understand the ESMFF entry guidelines and rules and regulations and that you agree to the ESMFF Terms and Conditions. Furthermore, you indicate that you shall indemnify and hold harmless the ESMFF or any of its affiliates from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos entered.

Overall Rating
  • Rob McAllister

    Great festival to showcase your work! Highly recommend.

    December 2022