Winterland Impact Festival is based in Whitefish, Montana, a hotspot ski and boating town in the foothills of iconic Glacier National Park.

We seek narrative Features and Shorts, Documentary features and shorts, Student Films, and Indigenous and Environmental Film Categories.

We have an expert panel of judges from multiple regions of the country and an internal team that screens all films. We don't skim films and appreciate all entries.

We look for storytellers with unique perspectives that have the power to change hearts and minds. We place special significance around narrative themes of resilience, community, collective, future, redemption, hope, shift/change, awakening, against odds, civility reimagined, social justice, climate and other pressing issues of our time, Special points for optimistic takes.


The festival will feature multiple blocks of independent film programming, and moderated panels featuring filmmakers, thought leaders and subject matter experts in Climate, Regeneration, Energy, Food, Health, Technology, Impact Investing, Film, TV, and Music. Attendee passes include film screenings, live music, workshops, panel discussions, Ignite Talks, Networking Events and an Immersive Regenerative Living Village and Expo.

Primary venues are O'Shaughnessy's Cultural Arts Center and Whitefish Performing Arts Center and others in Whitefish, Montana, a ski town at the base of Whitefish Mountain Ski Resort and in the foothills of Glacier National Park.

Laurels for Official Selections, Best Film, and Audience Choice Awards.

1. All entries should be submitted through FilmFreeway. Please do not send any downloadable files to Winterland Film Festival.

2. Official Selections will be announced on a rolling bases until September 1 and published to our website

3. Winterland Film Festival has a multi-phase elimination system, where our panel of judges have access to all films and vote without publicly sharing your work. Please be sure to have proper English on the full movie and the trailer of the work submitted.

4. Once a film has been accepted and chosen by the panel, creator's consent will be required prior to posting the work.

5. Winterland Film Festival obtains the right to change the category of the selected film which is submitted given different sections can have more opportunity for a piece.

6. The festival has the right to download portions and pieces of the submitted material to be used as snippets, sequences and still images for the purpose of sharing on print, social media, the Winterland Film Festival website, and all other associated forms of festival marketing. No film may be withdrawn from the festival program after its participation has been publicized, and none will be participating in screenings outside of the festival prior to its official presentation at Winterland Film Festival.

7. Winterland Film Festival will not offer any refunds through withdrawl of festival submissions or lack of their film to be selected.

8. Any filmmakers whom have submitted material and become unresponsive must cover screening sessions, fees, and all other associated submission charges. Failure to respond, will resort in the withdrawl of their submission from the panel of judges.