Submit a Film

Submissions for the 2020 Festival will open November 1

If you have questions about the process, check out the Frequently Asked Questions or email us or give programming a call at 970-728-4123 ext. 12.


Features are defined as 40 minutes and above, shorts as less than 40 minutes.

Deadline Date Feature Short
Early Dec 13, 2019 $65 $45
Official Jan 10, 2020 $85 $55
Final Feb 3, 2020 $100 $65

*Mountainfilm is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and strongly believes in filmmaker support. Submission fees help fund our yearly Commitment Grants and Emerging Filmmaker Fellowship. Your submission fee is assisting filmmakers with production and post-production support!


We collect submissions through FilmFreeway, an easy-to-use platform servicing 400,000 active users and over 7,000 festivals. If you don’t already have an account, you will need to create one.

Please be prepared to complete the application in full. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Be prepared to provide the following:

  • Complete contact information
  • Film information including a short synopsis, specifications and hi-res production stills
  • Director headshot and bio
  • Entry fee
  • Link to an online screener (Vimeo strongly preferred)
  • Acceptance of Rights and Releases

Eligibility Requirements

  • Mountainfilm is a documentary film festival. If your film is not a documentary, please reconsider submitting.
  • Feature documentaries are 40 minutes and longer. Shorts are under 40 minutes, including credits.
  • Film entries may be of any length, from any country and on any subject in keeping with our mission. Subtitled films should either be in English or include English subtitles.
  • At this time, Mountainfilm does not accept VR projects.
  • With very few exceptions, Mountainfilm requires that films have not been screened or broadcast in Colorado prior to the festival. We take other previous screenings, broadcasts and online availability into consideration when making official selections.
  • Mountainfilm prefers newer films for inclusion. For the 2020 festival, we are seeking films making their premieres after June of 2019.
  • Mountainfilm will consider shorts that have had an online presence, though our preference is to highlight work that has not already reached a large audience.

Submission Guidelines

  • Only complete applications will be considered. This includes full contact information, film synopsis and specs, hi-res production stills, a trailer (features only), a Vimeo screener link and director headshot and bio.
  • Mountainfilm strongly prefers Vimeo links over FilmFreeway's video uploads.
  • Your screener link must remain active until June 1, 2020.
  • We are a DCP only festival. If accepted to screen at Mountainfilm, you will be required to provide a DCP through our partner Simple DCP.
  • Entry fees are non-refundable.
  • If you are from an LMIC or are a student, please contact us for a submission fee discount/waiver.

Due to the number of submissions received, Mountainfilm cannot provide feedback on entries.

Mountainfilm uses the power of film, art and ideas to inspire audiences to create a better world. Mountainfilm is a multi-dimensional festival that celebrates adventure, activism, social justice, culture, the environment and indomitable spirit. We accept and screen feature and short films on a broad range of subjects. We are always interested in work that focuses on mountains, mountain culture, and mountaineering, but we also showcase films about people who are dedicated to changing the world. Our 2020 Moving Mountains Symposium theme is Visionaries. We encourage you to submit films that discuss or address this topic, although the festival features films on a wide range of themes and subjects. See a complete list of films from the 2019 festival here.

Mountainfilm honors filmmakers and film subjects alike, awarding cash prizes that are announced at the Closing Picnic, Monday, May 25, 2020. View the 2019 award winners.

Call 970-728-4123, ext. 12 or email us.