Banff Film FestivalFor over 37 years, the Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival has showcased a selection of films from around the world during a nine day Festival that takes place annually in Banff, Canada. A pre-selection committee narrows down over 350 entries to approximately 70 finalists. The selected films are then viewed by international film juries and shown to the public during the Festival. Entries for the 2013 Banff Mountain Film Competition are now being accepted. Entry deadline: August 6, 2013.  Enter your film into the Banff Mountain Film Competition and bring the magic of mountain places and cultures, and the adrenaline of exploration and adventure to an appreciative, international audience.

Why you should enter your film into the Banff Competition?

Interested in reaching a global audience in 40 countries all over the world? Looking for better recognition, more revenue, and a chance to collaborate with the best in the adventure film industry? Consider entering your film into the 2013 Banff Mountain Film Competition.

A world-class reputation

After 37 years, the Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival has a proven track record as the world’s largest and one of the most prestigious mountain festivals in the world. The Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival, presented by National Geographic and The North Face, is the flagship program of Film and Media at The Banff Centre.

Outreach and prizes

Be part of the largest mountain festival and film tour in the world. Reach broadcasters, distributors, tour hosts and acquisitions agents via online listings and on-demand screening room at the Festival. Over $40,000 in cash and prizes will be awarded at the 2013 Festival.

An opportunity to network

The Festival offers the chance to meet other filmmakers and exchange ideas and collaborate in a relaxed atmosphere. It’s also a great opportunity to connect with leaders in the outdoor adventure world including climbers, mountaineers, gear manufacturers, and journalists. Festival finalists are invited to Banff during Festival week. They receive:

  •    two film program passes
  •     admission to special invitation-only events during the Festival
  •     one hotel room for up to three nights during the Festival
  •     an invitation to introduce your film in person at our public theatre screenings

An opportunity to learn

Banff Adventure Filmmakers’ Workshop: Take your next adventure film project to a new level. This workshop focuses on topics essential to every independent filmmaker. The faculty are award-winning, entrepreneurial filmmakers and influential decision-makers. The format is lively and interactive with lots of opportunity for one-on-one feedback. And best of all, attendance at the world-renowned Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival is mandatory! Special rates are offered to filmmakers who submit eligible entries to the 2013 Banff Mountain Film Competition.

A worldwide audience: Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour

All films entered in the Festival will also be considered for inclusion in the World Tour programs. If your film is selected, you will be contacted to arrange a separate licensing agreement (including royalties).

Short films are very popular because of the programming flexibility they provide. No film is too short — some of the most popular films from the World Tour are less than five minutes long! If you are submitting a longer film, consider providing a shorter version (special edit or excerpt, 5 to 15 minutes long) for both Festival and World Tour consideration.

The World Tour programs span the globe, reaching over 330,000 audience members through more than 740 screenings in 400 locations in 40 countries. From armchair adventurers to world-class climbers, from business leaders to schoolchildren, from Argentina to Iceland, and from South Africa to Japan – the World Tour is where you want your film to be. In addition to the well-established World Tour program, there’s also the  high-adrenaline, sport-oriented Radical Reels Tour based on the successful Radical Reels screenings during the Festival.

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