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VIMFF Adventure Film Grant Presented by Arc’teryx

The Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival (VIMFF) and Arc’teryx have partnered to present this filmmaker development grant to further our shared commitment to supporting Canadian adventure film.

The grant award’s $5,000 to the selected recipient filmmaker to produce their proposed project which will premiere at VIMFF the following calendar year.

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This grant is intended to support emerging filmmakers specializing in mountain film. We hope it will help them kick start a successful career and enable them to produce a film they have been dreaming of. The recipient will also get the opportunity to be mentored throughout the process by the Arc’teryx professional and in house media team.

Our aim is to support the development of Canadian adventure filmmakers, promote self-propelled wilderness adventures and bring the resulting story to the VIMFF screen for our community to enjoy.

Details of the Grant:

  • Applications will be accepted from Nov. 7 2017 until Dec. 31 2017.
  • Recipients of the filmmaker grant will be awarded at the VIMFF festival in February 2018.
  • The supported film project will be produced between February 2018 and January 2019.
  • The winning filmmaker will be awarded $5000 CAN from VIMFF & Arc’teryx to be used towards the production of their film project. They will also get the opportunity to be mentored throughout the process by the AArc’teryx professional and in house media team.
  • The final film will premiere at the 22st annual VIMFF in February 2019.


  • Individuals must be Canadian residents and be residing within Canada.
  • The proposed film topic must be in line with the activities that VIMFF and Arc’teryx support and encourage. Therefore the film topic must profile self-propelled wilderness oriented adventures.
  • The proposed film must be no longer than 20 minutes.
  • Film participants must be extensively prepared, through both physical training and gear preparation.
  • Recipients must be self-reliant and carry appropriate safety gear and communication devices relevant for the location and activity.
  • Participants must minimize environmental impacts and practice safe, responsible use of the outdoors.

How to Apply:

  • Applications should be emailed to films@vimff.org by December 31st 2017 with the subject title: “Application to Adventure Film Grant.”

Applications should include the following:

  • Full bio and professional resume of the main filmmaker(s) – including links to previous films, show reels and any other applicable projects.
  • Full breakdown on the rest of the film crew, including name, position, relevant experience.
  • Proposed film basics – name, projected length, synopsis.
  • Location, timing and logistics – when? where? how?
  • Detailed story line – why do you think this story needs to be told? Why does this narrative appeal to you as a filmmaker?
  • Detailed budget breakdown of all costs involved
  • Any other sponsorships or funding support you may have in place.

Please direct any enquiries to films@vimff.org

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