The VIMFF provides outdoor communities around the world with international mountain film screenings, live multimedia presentations, photo exhibitions, workshops, seminars and other special events. We offer in person shows as well as virtual streaming events, and our World Tour travelling shows featuring award winning films. Driven by a passion for film, culture and the outdoors, we seek to advance the appreciation of films and film-making while inspiring, informing and educating the public in these areas.

The VIMFF runs two separate film submission drives for our main events - our Fall Series (November) and our Main Festival (February).

VIMFF Fall Series 2022 - November 15-19

Submissions will open July 4th 2022 for our next festival event - the 2022 VIMFF Fall Series Festival.

VIMFF Fall Series 2022 will run from November 15th - 19th 2022. It will be a hybrid festival of in person events at theatres across Vancouver and virtual programs offered online for streaming.

All films selected will compete for our Annual Film Awards and will also enjoy a share of the revenues from our virtual programming.

Preference will be given to those films not already available online for free.

Annual Film Awards - February 2023
(Films selected for both our Fall Series and February events will compete for awards)

Festival Grand Prize: $2,000
Best Mountain Culture Film: (B.C.M.C. Award) : $1,000
Best Climbing Film: (The Alpine Club of Canada Award) : $1,000
Best Canadian Film: $1000
Best Adventure Film: $500
Best Mountain Sport Film: $500
Best Environmental Film: $500
Best Short Film: $500
Best of BC Award (Presented by B.C.M.C) : $500
Prize funds listed in Canadian Dollars.

Selected films also receive a share of revenue from our virtual programming.

Films that are not available online for free streaming are preferred.

Professional and amateur films from anywhere in the world are invited to participate. We welcome documentary, fiction, animated and experimental features dealing with mountain culture, environment, and mountain sports/adventures.

All films must provide English subtitles for closed captioning.

The Entrant grants the VIMFF the right to copy the film to facilitate festival operations. This generally includes but is not limited to providing the film to festival staff and jury members, loans to media reviewing the festival, creating backups, and changing the media format for technical purposes.

The Entrant grants the VIMFF the right to use short clips from the film for promotional purposes. These clips are generally less than 15 seconds and are used to compose the VIMFF trailer, which is screened at the start of each VIMFF event and is made available on the VIMFF channels.

The Entrant grants the VIMFF the right to use any images provided for the promotional use of events related to the submission and/or the VIMFF events.

Overall Rating
  • Michael Brown

    From the organization to the final presentation, VIMFF is a top notch festival at the top of my list for screening outdoors and adventure films!

    March 2022
  • Caroline Côté

    Thanks for the 2022 event. VIMFF is THE adventure festival you don't want to miss!

    March 2022
  • Niobe Thompson

    The team at VIMFF is very responsive and communicative, and in a pandemic year with an online festival, this was more important than ever. Terrific programming, a well-run platform, and a personal touch - we'll be back!

    April 2021
  • One of the best Mountain Film Festivals out there. Excelled during the pandemic with digital platform and great communication throughout. Also one of the few Mountain festivals that pays screening royalties to the filmmaker. Thanks Tom and crew, see you next year.

    April 2021
  • Thank you VIMFF for the opportunity to World Premiere our film 'Fly The Roof'! The calibre of films this year was impressive and humbling. See you next time!

    March 2021