UK’s best mountain film festivals

Over the past twenty years or so we have been to many of Scotland, England, Wales and Northern Irelands, i.e. the UK’s best mountain film festivals. These events are usually held over a weekend and are a great way to support up-and-coming as well as established athletes, film-makers and brands as they put it all on the line to showcase and inspire adventure on film. The UK’s mountain films are relatively small in comparison to the big players like the Banff Mountain Film Festival, and Telluride Mountain Film Festival, well apart from Kendal. Kendal Mountain Film Festival is the largest and best in Europe and probably no2 in the world. The UK as a whole has some of the best and most inspiring mountain film makers and each festival will have unique films as well as a number that are doing the circuit that year. However, you have more chance of seeing local, original content if you go to a smaller mountain festival than you will if you go to Kendal. And if you are a small filmmaker, filming and shooting on a shoestring, festivals like Dundee, SHAFF etc are brilliant places to submit your film too. 

So clear some dates in your calendar for 2024 and get down to your local mounts film event, sit back, look up at the screen and let the inspiration in. 

Mountain film festivals and adventure festivals generally have films and speakers, as well as stalls and some even have workshops. Films cover everything from kayaking, mountaineering, climbing, snowboarding, cliff jumping, sky diving,  rafting, extreme ironing, mountain biking, and more. 

Banff mountain Film Festival

BANFF Mountain Film Festival UK Tour

Since 1976, the Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival in Canada has been making waves and is widely recognized as one of the top festivals globally. The event occurs in Oct/Nov in Canada and then BANFF hosts a world tour, making film collections available in various UK venues throughout the year. The 2024 dates have already been scheduled and can be easily accessed by region on the website (Scotland, England, Wales, Ireland, Northern Ireland). Don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity to be part of the adventure! 

Dates: Various throughout 2024 – see link for full details

https://www.banff-uk.com/tickets

Edinburgh mountain Film Festival

Edinburgh Mountain Film Festival

The EMFF has decided to take a break and cancel their 2024 dates as they consider the future of the festival. With the last event was held in 2020, the team (via their website and Twitter) say they are taking time off to plan for an even better festival in the future. Stay tuned to their website for updates on when they plan to return, as they hope to bring the festival back to life in the coming years. Hopefully, they will bring this one back to life as it was Scotland’s largest mountain film festival!

Dates: Last time this festival ran was in 2020

https://emff.co.uk/

Fort William Mountain Festival

2024 is Fort Willaim’s 20th anniversary and in celebration of this they are offering a 20% discount on any orders for 5 tickets or more*.  They hope this will enable you to enjoy even more of the fantastic events on offer across the festival.

Fort William Mountain Festival also has a fabulous line-up of guided outdoor events and adventure inspired workshops. 

Dates: 15th to 18th February 2024

https://www.mountainfestival.co.uk/

Braemar Mountain Festival

Braemar is taking a break for 2024 but has already announced their 2025 dates. The next Braemar Mountain Festival will be in 2025 (6th to 9th March 2005). They will be back with an exciting programme bursting with mountains of events including hill and skill workshops, talks, speakers, films and ceilidh

Dates: Not running in 2024

http://www.braemarmountainfestival.com/

london mountain film festival

London Mountain Film Festival

LMFF IS PROUD to be able to bridge the gap between the adventure filmmaking world and communities who could not otherwise attend a festival of this kind, spreading creativity and inspiration around the world.

Various venues throughout the UK

Dates: 23rd Feb – 10th Mar 2024

https://www.londonmountainfestival.com/community-events 

Sheffield Adventure Film Festival (ShAFF)

ShAFF 2024 will take place at Showroom Cinema, Sheffield from 1-3 March 2024!  Love adventure? Love films? Love the outdoors? Then get along.

ShAFF currently has some of the 2023 films showing online. 

Dates: 1st to 3rd March 2024

https://shaff.co.uk/

Keswick Mountain Festival

Keswick Mountain Festival claims to be the No. 1 mountain festival in the UK. It includes outdoor sports, activities, live music, inspirational speakers, and outdoor brands. However, sadly no dedicated mountain or adventure film or theatre.

Dates: 17th to 19th May 2024

http://www.keswickmountainfestival.co.uk/

Alpkit Big Shakeout (Peak District)

The Alpkit Big Shakeout is packed with on and off-site activities. Similar to the Keswick festival but with the inclusion of film, so if you like and active weekend this could be the one for you.

Dates: 27th to 29th September 2024

https://www.alpkit.com/bigshakeout

Kendal Mountain Festival

Founded in 1980, Kendal Mountain Festival takes place every November. This is arguably the biggest and best Mountain film festival in the UK, Europe and maybe even the world! Some of the best adventure film-makers from around the world premiere their films at Kendal. They claim to be THE UK’S BIGGEST ADVENTURE FESTIVAL, great location (Lake District), a great event.

Dates: 21st to 24th November 2024

http://www.mountainfest.co.uk/

Dundee Mountain Film Festival

Dundee Mountain Film Festival takes place in November and has been Inspiring outdoor adventure since 1983. A real gem of a festival, that showcases films that a rarely seen in other larger festivals. A must!

Dates: 28th – 30th November 2024

http://dmff.co.uk

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