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 - November 2023:

Submissions will open July 17th 2023 for our next festival event - the 2023 VIMFF Fall Series. Submission's close August 25th 2023.

VIMFF 2023 will run from November 13th - 18th 2023. 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 2024
(Films selected for both our Fall Series and February events will compete for awards)

Festival Grand Prize: $2,000
Best Mountain Culture Film: $1,000
Best Climbing Film: $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
  • Alexi Liotti

    VIMFF 2023 was an incredible experience all around! We were STOKED to receive the "Best Environmental Film" award. This festival is so epic, and has opened up so many opportunities for our film and for myself as a director. The events, staff, branding, mission, sponsors, films... Everything was so good. Thank you VIMFF!

    May 2023
  • An incredible festival with a diverse film roster, and a series of media classes to help budding creatives take the career leap. The organizers were incredibly helpful and the festival itself was a full of energy.

    May 2023
  • Mark Pedri

    This is a great festival. The films were powerful, entertaining, and inspiring. The workshops provided some good networking opportunities. The festival is superbly run. As a filmmaker, I felt well taken care of and welcome.

    March 2023
  • Alex Eggermont

    Very glad my first movie could be part of this great festival which has been around me for so many years. The bar keeps raising and it’s awesome to see so much good work being showcased. Thanks !

    March 2023
  • Mike McKay

    2023 was my second time having a film in VIMFF. Every time the communication has been incredible from the film festival, organizers, and team. They were run a quality film festival. Very proud to be a part of this great community.

    March 2023