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.

Festivals around the globe have had to adapt and evolve to the new world in 2020 and the VIMFF is embracing these changes with a fresh vision for our events.

Since the pandemic lockdown of Spring 2020, the VIMFF has expanded to offer online film streaming events to a global audience of mountain film lovers.

The VIMFF is still committed to serving our local outdoor community with engaging live events, film screenings, workshops and seminars. We believe that theatres are a sacred space, and the best medium in which to experience film. We can’t wait to return to the cinemas and begin supporting our local independent theatres again.

However, with the uncertainty surrounding the return of public gatherings, the VIMFF has decided to plan future festival events combining both live theatre shows and online streaming options. We hope to connect with our local community in person but if this is not possible, we want to be able to provide our viewers with programs in the comfort of their home and expand our reach to include our friends around the world.

2021 FESTIVAL - FEBRUARY 19-28 2021
Submissions for our main annual festival are open from October 1st - November 15th 2020.
Our 2021 festival will include our biggest program of the year and a varied selection of films ranging from mountain sports, mountain culture, conservation and the environment.
We will be offering online/virtual programming that can be enjoyed from home, and if the situation allows, some smaller in person events to bring our community together (TBD).

Selected films will compete for our Annual Film Awards, Audience Awards for each program and also receive a share of the revenue from online ticket sales.

Annual Film Awards - February 2021

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
Prize funds listed in Canadian Dollars.

Selected films also receive a share of revenue from online ticket sales.

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.

Non-English speaking films must be accompanied by English subtitles.

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
  • 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
  • Heather Mosher

    I love the VIMFF! They've always been supportive of the local community while attracting world-class filmmakers and speakers to a huge (and expanding) range of live shows. In 2020 they've done an incredible job of pivoting onto digital platforms and make a concerted effort to elevate and support filmmakers along the way.

    January 2021
  • Cristóbal Ruiz

    The team at VIMFF were incredible. Really supportive from beginning to end and their filmmaker revenue program is a really good initiative and support to motivate emerging filmmakers. Really happy to have had our film at VIMFF Fall Series. Thanks guys, you all rock.

    January 2021
  • What a Feastival! VIMFF was amazing!!!
    Very professional, thanks a lot for everything to Tom, Brenda, Connor and all staff there. Fall Series is my favourite event from now.
    Thanks for taking care of filmmakers. You are several steps ahead of other Festivals.

    December 2020
  • Benjamin Jordan

    I love VIMFF. The organizers have developed a fantastic festival, set in one of the most beautiful places in the world. They represent top-shelf films and are willing to stand behind films that other Mountain/Outdoor festivals may consider to be too edgy or avant garde for the general audience.

    Bravo VIMFF and everyone behind the incredible events that you do. I'll be back with my next project before long!


    March 2020