Are you a film-maker with a short film about the mountain adventures of an exciting woman or women? You've got until Monday 9th January to submit your film for this years competition!
If you've ever visited an adventure film festival you'll know that adventure films come in all shapes and sizes. From mini adventures and dramas to epic big-wall climbs, only imagination limits the possibilities of filmmaking. However, in 2014 just a fifth of the films screened at ShAFF featured female protagonists, or were made by women. We want to change that.
THIS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED.
The competition is for amateur or professional film-makers to make a short film about the adventures of outdoor women, and we'd especially welcome films where women are behind the camera as well as in front of it. We want to be inspired by films of women enjoying the outdoor and mountain environment.
The entries will be streamed on BMC TV in early 2017, and shared on the BMC's social channels.
The panel of three judges consisting of top film maker Rich Heap, Kendal Mountain Festival film officer Claire Carter, and WomenClimb’s own Emily Pitts will pick their three top films from the entries.
We’ve made some changes to the prize structure of the competition this year in response to feedback, and to try and open up the competition to more film makers:
The overall winner of the competition will still receive £500, have their film screened at the Sheffield Adventure Film Festival 2017, and also receive a complimentary entry into The Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival competition.
In addition to the best film we’ll also be awarding prizes for the best micro-adventure (£300), best student film (£300), and the people’s choice (£150).
Best overall film: £500
Best micro-adventure: £300
Best student film: £300
People’s choice: £150
For more information on category eligibilty please download and read the submission guidelines below.
THIS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED. KEEP AN EYE OUT FOR THE ENTRIES ON BMC TV
The winner will be announced at ShAFF on Saturday 18th March.
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Join in on social media
We’ll also be bringing the competition to Facebook, Instagram and Twitter by awarding a £150 prize for our favourite ShortShort film clip uploaded to social media. To enter a film clip just upload your film, making sure to tag us (Facebook: @BMC / Twitter: @team_BMC / Instagram: @teamBMC) and include the hashtag #WAF17
Best ShortShort: £150
Join in in real life
Join us at LLAMFF 2017 (Llanberis, 3-5 March 2017) at a special event where we’ll reveal the judges top 4 films, or at ShAFF 2017 (Sheffield, 17-19 March 2017) where we’ll reveal the winners of each of our categories at the BMC Women in Adventure networking event.
And the winner is.....
WATCH: 2017's winning film Three Women and the Three Old Men on BMC TV:
Watch all the 2017 bentries here
WATCH: 2016's winning film Kosmos on BMC TV:
Heather Swift, winner of last year’s competition said: "In a world which is still dominated by men on almost every level, this competition gives women in adventure sports a chance to shine through and be heard. On a personal level it was a massive confidence boost for me to push forward my own work and get stuck in."
Watch all the 2016 entries here
WATCH: 2015's winning film Blue Hue on BMC TV:
Natasha Brooks, winner of 2015’s competition said: "I didn't expect my film to win so I was over the moon when I found out. To then go on and see my film alongside other really inspirational films on the big screen at SHAFF was incredible. I came away feeling truly inspired, and with a deep hunger to make more.
The BMC competition is a great step towards addressing the huge gender imbalance in the male dominated film industry, encouraging women from professional to complete novice to enter. With modern technology so widely available, anyone who wants to can make a film, and the BMC competition provides the perfect platform for getting it out there to an audience. I'd really encourage anyone to enter."
Watch all the 2015 entries here
Why was this competition created?
In the UK just 5% of sports coverage is of women. The BMC has demonstrated its commitment to getting more people into climbing, mountaineering and walking, and so this competition is a chance to support and encourage women to share their adventures. We all know the importance of providing positive role models for young women and girls, so we would be really interested to see films which would be suitable for showing during ShAFF’s family-friendly programme.
Director of ShAFF, Matt Heason, said “ShaFF is behind this competition because we think that it's really important to see the gender imbalance of outdoor and adventure films balanced, and ultimately to see the number of participants also balanced. We have seen over the years that there is an imbalance, and that it is slowly moving in the right direction. Three years ago we decided to do something concrete about it and introduced the Women In Adventure panel at ShAFF.”
Joanna Croston, Programming Director of the Banff Mountain Film & Book Festival said “By supporting this competition, along with the BMC, The Banff Mountain Film & Book Festival hopes to encourage more women to participate in adventure filmmaking and dispel the current gender imbalance in the industry.”
Womenclimb Founder and Editor in Chief Emily Pitts, said “We know that women are doing very adventurous things in the UK and round the world, but this isn’t always reflected on screen. Anyone can make a film – there is more access now than ever before to the equipment you need to create a compelling short film. Showing the world the power of adventure through the eyes of women and showcasing women’s achievements are what this competition is about.”
If you have questions about the competition or would like help to find a protagonist, email email@example.com. For technical enquiries email Suzanne@thebmc.co.uk.
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