It is really important to support Mountain Festivals. If you enjoy climbing, skiing, boarding, mountain biking, kayaking, trekking or any other adventure sports and there is a festival near you then please make an effort go to it.

This weekend ( 6th to 11th July 12 ) I am going to the New Zealand Mountain Film Festival in Wanaka and Queenstown. If you live in New Zealand I hope to see you there! It is an enjoyable and long weekend crammed full of films and events.

Also soon but in the UK is Cliffhanger which is held in Sheffield over the weekend ( 7th and 8th July ).

The bigger Mountain Festivals have formed a group called the International Alliance for Mountain Film. See the chart below with web links. There are many more who are not in the Alliance (such as Telluride and the New Zealand Mountain Film Festival). Get the dates of the nearest festival in your diary

Name Since City Country When Website
Festival International du Film de Montagne 1984 Autrans France first week in December [1]
Banff Mountain Film Festival 1976 Banff Canada beginning of November [2]
International Film Festival for Mountains 1998 Bansko Bulgaria November [3]
International Mountain Film Festival Domžale 2007 Domžale Slovenia April [4]
Dundee Mountain Film Festival 1983 Dundee Scotland last weekend of November [5]
Internationales Berg und Abenteuer Filmfestival 1986 Graz Austria second weekend of November [6]
Kathmandu International Mountain Film Festival 2000 Kathmandu Nepal beginning of December [7]
Kendal Mountain Film Festival 1980 Kendal Great Britain third weekend in November [8]
Festival International du Film Alpin Les Diablerets 1969 Les Diablerets Switzerland last week of September [9]
Festival dei Festival 1993 Lugano Switzerland beginning of June [10]
Moscow International Festival of Mountaineering and Adventure Films “Vertical” 1996 Moscow Russia April [11]
Medzinárodný Festival Horských Filmov Poprad 1993 Poprad Slovakia second week of October [12]
Taos Mountain Film Festival 2001 Taos USA second week in October [13]
Internationalen Bergfilm-Festival Tegernsee 2003 Tegernsee Germany third weekend in October [14]
Mezinárodni Horolezecký Filmový Festival 1980 Teplice nad Metují Czech Republic last weekend in August [15]
Festival de Cinema de Muntanya i Aventura de Torelló 1983 Torelló Spain third week in November [16]
Festival internazionale film della montagna di Trento 1952 Trento Italy last week of April and the first week of May [17]
Festival Internacional De Cine De Montaña Ushuaia Shh… 2007 Ushuaia Argentina second half of August [18]
Spotkania z Filmem Górskim 2007 Zakopane Poland first half of September [19]

These Festivals are like tribal gatherings where top outdoor sports athletes mix with amateurs, experts, armchair fanatics, press and trade. Lectures, films, seminars, exhibitions and trade shows combine with meeting long time mates, alcohol and a fair share of bullshit.

They also provide film makers a chance to show their new films. And not a low quality, internet interrupted small screen version, instead you will be treated to a big screen HD version as it is meant to be seen. Choose your favourites and when you get home download them from SteepEdge or the film makers sites.

Mountain and adventure sports film makers have a hard time distributing their films. That is why the worldwide network of Mountain Film Festivals is so important. Niche films including shorts are screened and the best get awards, accolades and publicity which is a launchpad to distributing the film successfully.

Most often filmmakers do not get a commission for TV and only a minute percent get a budget to make and release a feature film. So films are usually made on a shoestring often with an uncertain return on the long hours of work. Video then DVD used to be the output that would enable the films to be sold. Download and streaming are now the norm.

Support Mountain Film

Brian Hall – SteepEdge and ex director of Kendal Mountain Festival


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