38th Annual

Banff Mountain Film Competition

October 26, 2013 to November 03, 2013

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Film and Media, The Banff Centre
107 Tunnel Mountain Drive. PO Box 1020
Banff AB T1L 1H5
Phone: 403-762-6441
Fax: 403-762-6277

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Any mountain or adventure themed film over 70 minutes will automatically be entered into the Feature category initially, but may be moved into an alternate category during the pre-screening and/or judging process.

Any film on the subject of climbing. Climbing can include mountaineering, big wall climbing, traditional climbing, sport climbing, ice climbing, bouldering and any combination thereof.
Mountain Culture
Any film on mountain culture or ethnology. Films should focus on human culture as in social structure, language, religion, etc in mountain regions.
Mountain Environment and Natural History
Any film that features or pertains to the mountain environment, specifically related to flora or geology. These films must have an overriding theme of environment, although they may also be issue related and could contain cultural aspects.
Mountain Sports
Films featuring any mountain sports except climbing. Sports include mountain biking, kayaking, skiing (downhill or cross-country), snowboarding, BASE jumping, paragliding, etc.
Exploration & Adventure
Films that depict adventure or exploration and portray the ‘spirit of adventure’. Films can feature any outdoor pursuit and could be less ‘mountain’ than other categories such as cycling across North America, kayaking across an ocean, etc.
Mountain Wildlife
Any film that features or pertains to mountain fauna.


The Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival, flagship program of Film and Media at The Banff Centre, promotes an understanding and appreciation of the world's mountain places by creating opportunities for people to share, and find inspiration in, mountain experiences, exploration, ideas and challenges.


The Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival is one of the most prestigious mountain festivals in the world. The Festival is the flagship program of Film and Media at The Banff Centre, a post-secondary institution known for 'inspiring creativity' in arts and leadership development. For over 37 years, the Festival has showcased a selection of mountain culture, adventure, outdoor and wilderness films, speakers and photographs from around the world -- and for 19 years has featured the celebrated Mountain Book component. The Festival takes place each fall over nine days in Banff, Alberta, Canada -- the heart of the Canadian Rockies.

The Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival is a program-driven, competitive event bringing the best films and books on mountains and the spirit of adventure from around the world to the mountain town of Banff. The Festival provides an opportunity for filmmakers and writers to meet and exchange ideas in a relaxed environment through the provision of screenings, readings, seminars, on-demand screening facilities and social gatherings.

The Banff Mountain Film Competition showcases a selection of films from around the world during a nine-day event that takes place annually in Banff, Alberta, Canada. A pre-selection committee narrows down the entries to70+ film finalists from over 350 submissions. The selected films are then viewed by our international film jury and screened for public audiences of over 10,000. Winners in each category are announced during the Festival which will be held from October 26 to November 3, 2013. For more information on the festival, please visit www.banffmountainfestival.ca


Deb Smythe (Film Festival Manager); Karin Stubenvoll (Film Coordinator)



Grand Prize CAD $4,000 cash prize

CAD $2,000 cash prize for each of the following:
Best Film on Climbing
Best Film on Mountain Sports
Best Film on Mountain Environment and Natural History
Best Film on Mountain Culture
Best Film on Exploration and Adventure
Best Film on Mountain Wildlife
Best Feature-length Mountain Film (70 minutes or more)
Best Short Mountain Film (20 minutes or less)
The Creative Excellence Award
People's Choice Award

Non-cash: Dolby Audio Award
Inaugurated in 2004, this scholarship is sponsored by the Audio program in Film and Media at The Banff Centre and is exclusively available to filmmakers entering the 2012 Banff Mountain Film Competition.

>The purpose of the scholarship is to help filmmakers produce a quality soundtrack for their project while helping The Banff Centre further its goals in audio education. The scholarship is given in the form of time allotted for studio services and staff expertise in The Banff Centre's facilities, and is valued at approximately CAD $10,000.

> Film finalists in the 2013 Banff Mountain Film Competition will be adjudicated to find a project that meets the scholarship criteria. For a detailed list of these criteria, visit www.banffcentre.ca/audioscholarship

> Awards may be presented to the director or the producer of the film.
> Entries are not limited to one award.
> The Banff Mountain Film Competition reserves the right to make the final decision on the category of any film entered.
> All entries will be viewed prior to the Festival by a pre-selection committee chaired by the Programming Director.
Finalists chosen by this committee will be screened by an international jury and viewed by the public at the Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival.
> Winners will be announced during the award ceremonies on Sunday, November 3, 2013. The jury reserves the right to not announce an award, and its decisions will be final.

> The dispatching of any entry to the Festival implies acceptance of these procedures and regulations by the Entrant.
> Films produced prior to 2010 will not be eligible for competition.
> The same film may only be entered once into the Festival.
> Entries can be of any duration - in narrative, story, animated or experimental-art form - and can be submitted by professional or amateur filmmakers.
> Filmmakers from any country may enter the Festival, and are encouraged to attend the Festival.
> Entries with soundtracks in any language other than English MUST have English subtitles, be dubbed in English, or be accompanied by an English translation of the dialogue and/or narration. We recommend a sans-serif font with maximum readability against both light and dark backgrounds.
> Screening fees will not be paid. The Festival retains the option to screen award-winning films following the Festival.
> All submissions will be retained by the Festival for adjudication, on-demand and archival purposes, and will not be returned.
> All entries will be catalogued and made available for viewing to filmmakers, buyers, distributors, festival directors, and the media in the On-demand Screening Room and Banff Mountain Festival archive.
> The Entrant grants the Festival and its successors, licensees and assigns the right to copy and version the entry in its entirety to facilitate technical operations of the Festival, in and through any and all media formats now known or hereafter devised.
> The Entrant grants the Festival and its successors, licensees and assigns the right to use up to three minutes from the entry submitted to the Festival as well as any accompanying photos for promotional purposes of the Festival and its activities in or through any and all media formats now known or hereafter devised, including, but not limited to, the Internet throughout the universe.
> An admission charge will be made to the public in order to defray the costs of the Festival.
> Receipt of entries will NOT be acknowledged.
> Finalists will be notified in mid-October. Award winners will be notified in November. All results will be posted on our website at www.banffmountainfestival.ca.
> The Entrant acknowledges and agrees that all matters will be decided by Festival organizers or the Festival jury at their sole discretion.


We only accept digital files for submission. We have created a series of
tutorials to help filmmakers with their digital file submissions. Click on
the link to view them: http://vimeopro.com/bmffworldtour/tutorials

Please submit an H.264 file (.mov or mp4 format) for pre-screening purposes.
Use the frame rate your project was edited in. The target data rate should be about 4Mbps and the size of the image should be 960x540.
Audio should be encoded as AAC at about 160kbps if possible.

For the purpose of judging and public screening, finalists will be required to provide a digital master copy of the production.

We accept either Avid DNxHD or Apple ProRes 422 at 1920x1080i/p or 1280x720p.
Please use the frame rate that your film was edited in. Audio should be uncompressed .wav or .aif at 24bit, 48kHz.

Avid DNxHD settings:
DNxHD 145 for 1080i/59.94, 1080p/29.97
DNxHD 120 for 1080i/50, 1080p/25
DNxHD 115 for 1080p/23.976
DNxHD 100 for 720p/59.94
DNxHD 80 for 720p/50
DNxHD 75 for 720p/29.97
DNxHD 60 for 720p/23.976 or 720p/25

The Festival reserves the right to refuse films without English voice-over or subtitles as finalists. The Festival Producer will have the option to conform the content to broadcast-quality standardization or, alternatively, to charge a fee (in consultation with the entrant) for Banff Centre in-house corrections in the event of substandard submission.

We are using Signiant's Media shuttle for uploads, which is an accelerated ftp file transfer software. Once we have received yoru online film submission, we will contact you with a link and instructions to upload your film.
We will be using Media Shuttle to upload pre-screeners as well as finalist content. If you are not able to upload your film via Media Shuttle, please contact us.

Entries MUST be accompanied by three (3) images from the film to be reproduced, published and/or exhibited for promotional purposes as they pertain to the Banff Mountain Film Competition at The Banff Centre.
Preferred Format:
Digital; 300 dpi, jpeg or Tiff format;
Preferred size is 4" x 6"
Please include a press kit and director's CV if available.

All images must be accompanied with the film title, location and photographer credit (or provided in a separate Word document) and will be retained by the Banff Mountain Festival archive.

October 28 - November 4, 2013
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 & Book Festival is mandatory!
Special rates are offered to filmmakers who submit eligible entries to the 2013 Banff Mountain Film Competition.
Sing up at www.banffcentre.ca/adventurefilm/

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

Each year, we find that short films are very popular because of the programming flexibility they provide. No film is too short – some of our most popular films from the World Tour are less than five minutes long!
If you are submitting a longer film, we encourage you to 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 over330,000 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 our well-established World Tour program, we also present a high-adrenaline, sport-oriented Radical Reels Tour based on our very successful Radical Reels screenings during the Festival.
Check the World Tour website (www.banffmountainfestival.ca/tour) for more details on tour locations.

Outreach - Your film can be seen by thousands of outdoor enthusiasts around the world.
Connections - Many filmmakers have made valuable links for future projects from our screenings.
Money - We pay an annual royalty for screening your film.
Flexibility - Our agreement is non-exclusive and for theatrical exhibition only.



> The Entrant agrees to indemnify The Banff Centre and the Banff Mountain Film & Book Festival, their respective successors, assigns, licensees and their respective officers, directors, members, agents and employees and hold them harmless from and against any and all claims, liability, losses, damages, costs, expenses (including reasonable legal fees) and penalties arising out of, resulting from, based upon or incurred because of a breach by the Entrant of any statement, representation or warranty made by the Entrant in this entry form.


a) The Entrant hereby grants The Banff Centre the rights to use the film as outlined in this entry form.
b) The Entrant owns all right, title and interest, including the copyright and all intellectual property rights, in and to the film being submitted to the Festival and has the right to distribute, exhibit and promote the film, in or through all media formats now known or hereafter devised, including, but not limited to, the Internet throughout the universe.
c)All music licenses (including, without limitation, all synchronization, mechanical and master-use licenses, as applicable) have been obtained and all payments have been made that are required for the public performance of the music incorporated in the film; and
d) No material in the film being submitted by the Entrant to the Festival is libelous or is slanderous or defamatory or violates any rights of privacy or publicity of any person, and the full use of the rights in such film will not violate any rights, including copyright or moral rights, of any person, firm or corporation.
e) To the extent that the Film Producer may now or in the future be entitled to any so-called moral, author's or similar rights in the film pursuant to the Copyright Act (Canada) or otherwise, the Producer hereby irrevocably waives and relinquishes all such rights in favour of The Banff Centre and its assignees and licensees to the fullest extent permitted by law
f) By entering the Banff Mountain Film Competition, the entrant acknowledges and agrees to all entry rules and regulations of the Festival.


By submitting this entry form, I, the Entrant, confirm that I have read both the Entry Form and the Festival General Rules in their entirety. I acknowledge that I understand, accept and am bound by the terms and conditions, procedures and regulations set out on these forms. I represent and warrant that the information contained in these forms is true and correct and that I have the full power and authority to execute and submit this form and this film and to grant The Banff Centre the rights to use the film as outlined in this entry form.
The 2013 Festival General Rules form part of the Entry Form and embody the entire understanding between the parties with respect to the matters dealt within it.
Personal information on this form will be used to process your entry and to mail you information on our programs. It is collected under the authority of the Post Secondary Learning Act, Chapter P-19.5. Questions about the collection and use of this information? Contact the Banff Mountain Festival Film Coordinator at 1-800-298-1229