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 2022 - February 25th - March 5th

Submissions are now open until November 30st 2021 for our next festival event - the 2022 VIMFF Festival.

VIMFF 2022 will run from February 25th –March 5th 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 2022

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
*New for 2022* - 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
  • 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
  • Michael Fox

    Very pleased with this festival. Fantastic work by all involved. Particuarly during a pandemic!

    March 2021
  • Sophie Dia Pegrum

    VIMFF has been amazing. Tom and the whole team has been open, communicative, and innovative in transitioning this diverse and compelling festival into a successful digital streaming platform that considers carefully the contributions of filmmakers. Thank you for premiering "My Horse, My Destiny" - it was a pleasure to be able to share the film with such a diverse and engaged audience.

    January 2021