Kendal Mountain Festival is one of the world's premier mountain film festivals. A winner of 'Visit England's Tourism Event of the Year'; we are proud to say we believe it's the most diverse event of its type in the world.

Our vision is to inspire more people to explore, enjoy and represent mountains, wilderness and their cultures.

We host a highly respected international film competition, a packed lecture programme of guest speakers, filmmakers (including an invitational Film Summit) plus athletes, artists, authors and adventurers from around the globe.

Crucially 'Kendal' is the main social gathering for outdoor enthusiasts in Europe. We have over 15,000 visitors each year, with hundreds of film screenings including high-profile premières plus plenty of special guests making this a must-do long weekend in the stunning Lake District National Park.

Oh and the parties are legendary! A warm welcome awaits you!

Awards & Prizes

The Kendal International Film Competition - the coveted awards (Kendals) are the most beautiful sculptures created by artist and legendary Mountaineer – Andy Parkin!

With prizes worth over £3000, 12+ film categories for 2017, a heap of adulation at the awards ceremony and potential inclusion on the KENDAL World Film Tour, various partner overseas events and new digital platforms with high calibre partners .

Rules & Terms


There is a £25.00 administration fee for all film entries. This is payable via PayPal or credit/debit card as part of the entry process on FilmFreeway. Film entries can not be accepted until payment has been received.


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) that it was shot and edited in.
If your film is not in English, subtitles should be embedded within the video, not as a separate film.

For playback purposes we would request that all films have 5 seconds of silent black video at the beginning and end.
Films submitted that do not meet these requirements will be re-encoded for screening, you may be charged for this service.

Please make sure that you read all the Terms and Conditions below:

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 2016 will not be eligible for the competition.
c. Films maybe of any length and submitted by both professional and amateur filmmakers. Shorter festival edits of feature length film will usually be preferred. Films can be submitted by both professional and amateur filmmakers, and can include brand representation, although the submission of ‘adverts’ is discouraged. Films can have been previously been broadcast or released online.
d. Submission of films does not guarantee their showing at the Festival.
e. Films in any language other than English, MUST have English subtitles.
f. Screening fees will not be paid.
g. All entries give the right to Kendal Mountain Festival to show the film at the Festival up to eight times. We use many different venues over the four days of the Festival. We aim to ensure wide recognition and opportunities for the audience to vote for the ‘People’s Choice Award’ at all screenings.
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. 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.
k. Finalists chosen by the committee will be judged by an international jury and viewed by the public at Kendal Mountain Festival.
l. Winners will be announced during the award ceremony on Saturday 18th November 2017.
m. All films entered in the Festival will also be considered for inclusion in the Film 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.


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) To the extent that the Film Producer may now or in the future be entitled to any so-called moral, author’s or similar rights in the film pursuant to the Copyright Act (United Kingdom) or otherwise, the Producer hereby irrevocably waives and relinquishes all such rights in favour of Kendal Mountain Events Limited and its assignees and licensees to the fullest extent permitted by law.
6. f ) 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 Film and Book 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.


As part of your entry, the following must be submitted. Please note that due to production schedules, footage may appear in the KMF Trailer Movie from films that subsequently do not achieve selection at the Film Festival.

a. A minimum of 3 high-resolution promotional still photographs at 300dpi must be submitted for each film. All images MUST include film title and any photographer credit. IMAGE FILE NAMES MUST INCLUDE FILM TITLE.

b. Images must include rights to be used for film promotional purposes.

c. Please identify key segments (between 30-60 seconds) that 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.

d. If you have created one, please upload a trailer (720p or 1080p) at time of submission to promote your film.

e. The Festival reserves the right to use submitted material from the above for KMF promotional purposes across all media.

3 Reviews

Overall Rating
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    Dave Kwant

    Great festival! As good as it gets ++

    February 2017
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    Ian Evans

    We had a great time in Kendal. We were overwhelmed by both the response for our film LUNATIC and also the number and quality of films being screened. With so much going on, it was difficult not to miss excellent films or speakers.

    November 2016
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    Tommaso Di paola

    Overall amazing experience. From the films to the organisation to the talks. Would recommend anyone passing through Kendal to check it out!

    November 2016