The Fort William Mountain Festival is a five day celebration of mountains and the spirit of adventure, packed with inspirational films, speakers, workshops and exhibitions.

The Film Competition is sponsored by The John Muir Trust.

Films entered into the competition will be eligible for any of the following five category prizes:
- PEOPLE'S CHOICE - voted for by the festival audience from all films screened.
- BEST SHORT FILM - any film less than 15 minutes long
- BEST MOUNTAIN SPORTS FILM - Films featuring any mountain sport including climbing; snow sports; kayaking; mountain biking; base jumping; paragliding etc.
- BEST EXPLORATION AND ADVENTURE FILM - Films that depict adventure or exploration and can feature any outdoor pursuit such as cycling the length of a country or kayaking across an ocean.
- JOHN MUIR TRUST WILD PLACES FILM PRIZE - Any film that pertains to our wild places and shows the meaningful impact that spending time in wild places can have on individuals or groups of people.

Submission of any film or photograph to the Fort William Mountain Festival (FWMF) film and photography competition via FilmFreeway agrees compliance, by the entrant, of the following terms and conditions.


All entrants to the FWMF film and photography competition must UPLOAD their entry to FilmFreeway. We will not accept entries that are links to YouTube or Vimeo.

When entering, please upload:
- the screening version of the film,
- a poster image, and
- a trailer (optional).

Entry fee for film submissions is £15
Entry for photo submissions is FREE


Films should be encoded as “.mp4” or ”.mov” using the h264 codec.

Files should be less than 10GB in order to upload them to FilmFreeway.


The awarding of prizes will be decided by the FWMF film and photography competition judges.

Finalists chosen by the FWMF film and photography competition judges will be shown to the public at the FWMF on 18th February 2021.


Submissions to the film competition are not guaranteed to be shown at the Fort William Mountain Festival, but all entrants give the right to FWMF to show the film and/or photograph at the festival.

By submitting images and films to the FWMF film competition via FilmFreeway, the copyright holder is giving permission to FWMF to use the content for promotional purposes.

By submitting a film or photograph to the FWMF film competition, you are confirming that:
- all necessary permissions have been sought from contributors to the film,
- all royalties have been paid,
- all music licences for the public performance of the media has been obtained.

Overall Rating
  • Leigh Anne Sides

    We felt very fortunate to be part of the Fort William Mountain Festival. It was very well organized and run and the audiences were interested and engaged. Hope to return with other films in the future! Only wish I could have spent more time interacting with the other filmmakers (and that the weather had been better for the scheduled opening night festivities!).

    March 2020
  • David Arnaud

    Great festival hosted and supported by a warm, friendly community and inspiring guests on stage. Good communication all the way. I really enjoyed the selection of films, all carefully chosen for that extra bit of soul that ultimately makes the difference regardless of budget or fame. Would definitely love to come back!

    March 2020
  • Summit Fever Media E & M Green

    A brilliant festival! Very friendly, professional with incredible hospitality. Highly recommend his film festival.

    March 2019
  • Howard Wimshurst

    The event organizers were so nice and helpful. Unfortunately I couldn't make it to the event, so I can't comment on how it turned out. I won best short film and they promptly sent out a really nice prize (A picture of a mountain which is now hanging on my wall) and £100 cash. Was definitely worth entering! Thank you so much!

    March 2019
  • Katrina Brown

    Super friendly and great films with perfect balance of international hard-hitters and home-grown talent

    March 2018