Presented by Climbing Magazine, the Vertical Life Film Festival, takes place live in Southern California, highlighting the athletes, filmmakers, advocates, enthusiasts, and brands who play in our vertical world. Get your heart pumping, your palms sweating, and your mind blown as you enjoy films showing this year's best rock climbing, alpine climbing, ice climbing, and mountaineering! Engage further with athlete panels, gear talks, health and wellness seminars, award-winning films, music, partying, socializing, camping and fun!

2019 Vertical Life Film Festival: September 27th – 29th in Big Bear, CA, USA
Vertical Life Film Festival film finalists will be screened on September 27th.
Shady Cove Group Campgrounds on Keller Peak

Extending the reach of the festival to audiences who cannot attend, and providing the ability to screen all of the amazing films we wish to share, audiences can watch official festival selections through the Vertical Life Film Festival streaming channel on Film Festival Flix. Climbing Magazine is curating a monthly selection of finalists who's films showcase the best of our vertical world. Official selectees will be notified directly of selection for showcase on the Festival Channel. You can visit the channel at

To further engage the outdoor community, select films will be presented as a part of the Vertical Life Film Festival Winner's Showcase tour which is available for booking by stores, gyms, non-profits, and community groups across the country.

For faster consideration, and submission throughout the year, please complete the submission form at If you have paid the submission fee on FilmFreeway, please e-mail for a fee waiver code to use when completing the submission form on Film Festival Flix.


Filmmaker invitation to attend and present at the festival.

Distribution Offer from MouseTrap Films, LLC - a Los Angeles based, boutique movie distribution company.

Editorial Coverage in Climbing Magazine (in print, online, and social)

Prize package from our participating sponsors.


Festival Channel Monthly Revenue Sharing:
The top 5 Pictures, ranked by viewer votes and rating, will earn a percentage (as defined below) of the Adjusted Gross Festival Revenue for the given Festival Period and remain on the Festival Platform for the following Festival Period (one month). Pictures may remain on the Festival Platform for as many months as they remain ranked in the top 5 Pictures. i.e.
1st place - 15%;
2nd place - 10%;
3rd place - 7%;
4th place - 5%;
5th place - 3%.

Audience Voting System:
Films will be ranked by multiplying the number of votes received within the Festival Period and the average viewer rating, based upon a 5 star scale.

The top voted film each month will be awarded the title of "Best Film" and promoted for booking on the Winners Showcase Tour. 50% of the Gross Proceeds will be paid to the Film Licensor for any booked screenings.

The top film monthly will receive coverage by Climbing Magazine (print, online, and social)
MouseTrap Films, LLC, may elect to offer the Licensor a distribution agreement.

Prize package from our participating sponsors.

Please see the complete rules, terms, and conditions at