Submit A Film

The EMFF is now seeking film submissions for the 2023 festival. Please see the online entry form at the foot of this page.

Please note that we are NOT the Edinburgh International Film Festival so only accept mountain-related films. If you’re looking for the EIFF, click here

OK, back to the EMFF! We are delighted to announce that there will be a £250 prize for the Donald Tiso ‘Best Film’ Award, as judged by our panel of experts. There will also be a £150 prize for the Alien Rock Best Short Film (must be less than 15 mins) and a prize for the People’s Choice Award. There is no fee to enter your film.

The closing date for entries for the next EMFF is 31 October 2022 (although late entries may be considered so send them in!). Early entries are always appreciated! If you have a film that you’d like to submit, please see the online entry form at the foot of this page or if you have any questions, you can email us at films(at)

Films can focus on any aspect of mountain life and culture, wilderness and adventure, and can be documentary or fiction. We are especially interested in films showcasing incredible journeys or focusing on all forms of climbing, hiking, snowboarding, skiing, mountain biking, BASE jumping, kayaking, surfing, BMX-ing, sea kayaking, canoeing, SUP … the list goes on. We love quirky, funny films too, so long as they are linked to mountains or the great outdoors. Films do not need to be high budget action films! Any film depicting the adventure and spirit of the mountains or of nature will be considered. All films selected for screening are automatically entered into the competition for the ‘Best Film Award’. For an idea of what we are looking for, see our 2016 teaser:

Film Length and Format

Due to the format of the festival weekend, ideally films should be a maximum of 30 minutes long although exceptional longer films will be considered. We do not accept films longer than 60 minutes as it does not fit with the format of our event. There is no minimum length for films.

Films should be initially submitted on digital files, or via a link to private Vimeo or youtube page. Our preferred format for screening at the festival itself is a high resolution QT file or other digital file.

The EMFF attracts around 200 entries each year, with films coming from as far away as Alaska, Bhutan and South Africa, as well as Aviemore, East Lothian and Leith. Only 20-25 films are screened so competition is high but we are always glad to receive entries and are happy to offer feedback on request. We look forward to hearing from you and hope your film will make it to the big screen!

Entry Form For EMFF 2023:

Film Entry – Terms and Conditions for Submission

  1. Entry deadline for film submissions: 31 October 2022. Receipt of entries will not be acknowledged unless specifically requested.
  2. Films must be less than 60 minutes long. There is no minimum length for a film.
  3. Films should be submitted for initial viewing and consideration on digital files (QT etc), or made available to view online as a private video on a website such as Vimeo or youtube..
  4. The preferred format for screening at the festival is digital format – preferably a high resolution QT file.
  5. Submissions should ideally start with 30 seconds of black, followed by 30 seconds of colour bars and then a countdown clock. This is not required for films submitted for initial selection.
  6. Films may be submitted by both professional and amateur film makers. There is no entry fee.
  7. By submitting your film, you give the right to Edinburgh Mountain Film Festival to show that film at the Festival and use extracts from it in our promotional materials. However, submission of a film does not guarantee its showing at the Festival.
  8. Film-makers whose film is screened at the festival their £20 screening fee donated to one of the festival’s nominated charities – the Mountain Rescue Committee for Scotland or the John Muir Trust. In addition, two free weekend passes for the festival will be issued to successful entrants on request.
  9. The film which wins ‘Donald Tiso Best Film Award’, as selected by our panel of experts will receive a prize to the value of £250 and other benefits. The ‘Alien Rock Best Short Film, as voted for by the same panel, with receive a trophy plus £150. The winners will be announced at the festival.
  10. The festival also includes the ‘People’s Choice Award’, which is voted for by the festival attendees. The winner of this award is announced at the end of the festival and no correspondence will be entered into with regards to this. The prize for winning the ‘People’s Choice Award’ is a trophy.
  11. In cases where films have a break or breaks for commercials the festival requests that copies are submitted with the breaks removed for ease and convenience of projection at the festival.
  12. Films in any language other than English must feature subtitles in English unless express permission is agreed with the organizers (eg – where language is deemed not to be important).
  13. At least one promotional still photograph must be submitted with each film. This may be used for various promotional purposes e.g. brochures, posters, website etc. Photos should be sent by email in JPEG file. Please give the photo file the same name as the film title. Photos should be emailed to File size should be up to 5MB per photograph if possible, with 300dpi.
  14. Films submitted for screening must abide by all copyright laws and regulations. This includes all copyright laws and regulations relating to the soundtrack and any music featured in the film. By entering a film to the festival, the entrant acknowledges that the film may be screened in a public place and that the entrant retains all responsibility and liability for all copyright issues relating to the screening of that film in a public place.
  15. After the Festival there may be a “Best of the Festival Films Tour” touring a number of venues. You will be notified if your film has been chosen for this tour. A fee will be donated to our charities, based on the number of times the film is shown. If you do not want your film selected for any such event, please let us know in writing.
  16. The Festival reserves the right to use up to five minutes from each entry submitted for promotional purposes, which could include national TV or radio coverage.
  17. Whilst every care will be taken with the film material submitted no responsibility for loss or damage will be accepted by Edinburgh Mountain Film Festival. You should ensure films are suitably insured.
  18. No complementary accommodation or other expenses can be provided for film-makers.
  19. The submission of an entry form to the Festival implies acceptance of these terms and conditions by the entrant.
  20. Film makers with any enquires about film entry should contact the Films Committee at this email address:  films (at)

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