We’re Kendal Mountain Festival.

With almost 40 years of heritage, every November, we bring thousands of outdoor enthusiasts from across the globe together to share and celebrate the best stories from the world of adventure.

Our four-day Festival is a wonderful amalgamation of content: a breathtaking film programme, a jam-packed speaker lineup and heart-warming community gatherings.

At the heart of our Festival is an incredible film programme, which we curate from entries to our year long international film competition. If you'd like to see your adventure film on the big screen, enter today.

Successful filmmakers we will be invited to join us over the Festival weekend, an amazing opportunity to network with over 200 industry professionals from around the globe.

Kendal is more than our November Festival and successful films will be considered to feature on our national and international 30+ date tour.

Films are judged against twelve competitive categories by a panel of film and outdoor experts, and in the case of the People’s Choice, the audience itself.
A trophy sculpted by Chamonix-based artist Andy Parkin and cash prizes will be awarded for the best film in each category.
Grand Prize
Best Short Film
Best Mountaineering Film
Best Culture
Best Adventure & Exploration Film
Best Climbing Film
Best Adventure Sport Film
Best Environment Film
Best Sound
Best Visual
Judge’s Special
People’s Choice

Entry fee
There is a £25 administration fee for all film entries. This is payable as part of the entry process on FilmFreeway.
All non-English films will require subtitles:
- subtitles must stay within text safe area
- text should be centred
- there should be a maximum of two lines of text per subtitle and a maximum of 38 characters per line
- subtitles should not appear at the same time as captions
- please allow two seconds per line of text for reading speed
- expletives can be translated as such.

File formats
Films should be encoded as a .mp4 file using the H.264 format, with a bitrate of up to 30Mbps maximum.
Please use the AAC Audio Codec with a sample rate of 48,000Hz and a bitrate of 320kbps.
Please export your film at the same frame rate, aspect ratio and resolution (up to 1080p) it was shot and edited in.
If your film is selected we will request screening files from you. We are unable to accept 4K, DCP or ProRes files, as our technical infrastructure does not support these formats.
For playback purposes we request all films have five seconds of silent black video at the beginning and end.
Films submitted not meeting these requirements will be re-encoded for screening, you may be charged for this service.
Entry terms and conditions
a. The submission of any entry to the film competition implies acceptance of all procedures and regulations by the Entrant.
b. Films produced prior to the year 2017 will not be eligible for the competition.
c. Films may be of any length and submitted by both professional and amateur filmmakers. Shorter festival edits of feature length film are usually preferred. Films can include brand representation, although the submission of ‘adverts’ is discouraged. Films can have been previously broadcast or released online.
d. Submitting a film does not guarantee it will be shown at the Festival.
e. Films in any language other than English must have English subtitles.
f. All entries give the right to Kendal Mountain Festival to show the film as many times as required during the Festival event, the Festival is held over many different venues over four days.
g. Screening fees will not be paid.
h. All submissions will be retained by the Festival for adjudication, on demand and archival purposes.
i. By submitting a film to the Festival (and agreeing to these terms and conditions) you are confirming that all necessary permissions have been sought from contributors to the film, and royalties paid, including ‘release’ from those appearing in the film, and creators of any soundtrack/music..
i. The Entrant grants the Festival and its licensees the right to copy the entry in its entirety to facilitate technical operations of the Festival.
j. Finalists chosen by the committee will be judged by an international jury and viewed by the public at Kendal Mountain Festival.
k. The Entrant acknowledges and agrees that all matters related to the awarding of prizes will be decided by the Festival organisers or the Festival judges at their sole discretion.
l. Winners will be announced during the award ceremony on Saturday 16th November 2019.
m. All films entered into the Festival competition will also be considered for inclusion in the Festival Tour and/or multi platform, broadcast programs. If your film is selected we will contact you to arrange a separate rights/licence agreements.
n. By submitting images and films and signing this form, the copyright holder is giving permission to Kendal Mountain Festival to use images and films for Festival promotion and documentary purposes. The copyright of these images will always remain with the copyright holder.
Submission details
As part of your entry, the following must be submitted:
A minimum of three high-resolution still photographs at 300dpi. Images must include film title.
Images must include rights to be used for film promotional purposes.
Please identify key segments, between 30-60 seconds you feel best represent your film. We may use footage from these segments for promotional purposes leading up to the Festival and for promotion of subsequent Festival related events in the following 12 months. Please identify segments with time points.
Please note that due to production schedules, footage may appear in the Kendal Mountain Festival Trailer Film from films that subsequently do not achieve selection at the Film Festival.
If you have created one, please upload a trailer (720p or 1080p) at time of submission to promote your film.
The Festival reserves the right to use all submitted material for Festival promotional purposes across all media.
Grant of rights of waiver
By entering the film competition, the Entrant represents and warrants that:
1. a) The Entrant hereby grants Kendal Mountain Events Limited the rights to use the film as outlined in this entry form.
2. b) It owns all right, title and interest, including the copyright and all intellectual property rights, in and to the film being submitted to the Festival and has the right to distribute, exhibit and promote the film in or through all media formats now known or hereafter devised, including, but not limited to, the Internet throughout the universe.
3. c) All music licences (including, without limitation, all synchronisation, mechanical and master-use licences, as applicable) have been obtained and all payments have been made that are required for the public performance of the music incorporated in the film; and
4. d) No material in the film being submitted by the Entrant to the Festival is libellous or is slanderous or defamatory or violates any right of privacy or publicity of any person, and the full use of the rights in such film will not violate any rights, including copyright or moral rights, of any person, film or corporation.
5. e ) By entering the Kendal Mountain Film Competition, the entrant acknowledges and agrees to all entry rules and regulations of the Festival.

The Entrant agrees to indemnify Kendal Mountain Events Limited and the Kendal Mountain Festival, their respective successors, assigns, licensees, and their respective officers, directors, members, agents and employees and hold them harmless from and against any and all claims, liability, losses, damages, costs, expenses (including reasonable legal fees) and penalties arising out of, resulting from, based upon or incurred because of a breach by the Entrant of any statement, representation or warranty made by the Entrant in this entry form.
GDPR statement
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We will put in place appropriate safeguards (both in terms of our procedures and the technology we use) to keep your personal information as secure as possible.
You have a right to request a copy of the personal information we hold about you and to have any inaccuracies in this data corrected. You also have the right to object to any processing of your personal information, which we carry out for our legitimate organisational interests. Please contact us if you would like to exercise this right.
Our full Privacy Policy is available to view at www.mountainfest.co.uk/privacypolicy.

Overall Rating
  • Nathan Young

    Absolutely brilliant mountain festival. Moving, stunning and inspirational!

    January 2019
  • Great festival!!! One of the UK's best !!

    December 2018
  • Howard Wimshurst

    Everything was done to a spectacular standard. As a film maker they took excellent care of me and I felt extremely welcome. The venue was incredible. I can't fault it. Thank you so much!

    November 2018
  • Nick Carter

    Can't praise Kendal enough. Everything about it was fantastic. A really great festival run by really great people. I would highly recommend it as both a filmmaker and an adventure film lover.

    January 2018
  • Menna Pritchard

    Thank you Kendal Mountain Festival for running such an incredible weekend. This has to be one of the best mountain film festivals out there. Great networking opportunities over the weekend, wonderful hospitality from Zoe and the team, Communication excellent from Steve, Claire et al.

    December 2017