Are you a filmmaker with a difference? Someone who looks beyond the usual adventure film narrative, to tell a new and unique story? We want to hear from you!

2019 Submissions timeline

Do you have a story to tell? Is it powerful, heartfelt, fun, enlightening or jaw-dropping? Does it champion the world around us? Does it challenge our perceptions? Will it inspire us to make a change? Is it adventurous in its own way? Submit your film and your movie could be shown at our annual film festival in London, plus be part of our yearly UK tour from Brighton to Edinburgh and everywhere in between. Oh, and you might win an award or two as well.

Mar 1
Submissions open
Sep 30
Early Bird deadline
Nov 30
Jan 10
Notification date
Feb 6
2020 Launch, London

Judging criteria

Judges will be looking for films with an adventurous, outdoor narrative combined with a social and/or environmental message.

The judges will select films based on taking into account diversity, budget and production circumstances, as well as the film’s commitment to education, motivation and inspiration. We explicitly encourage submissions from all backgrounds and contexts.

*All submissions must be less than 60 mins in duration.


  • Impact Award
  • Environmental Spotlight Award
  • Social Spotlight Award
  • Adventure Uncovered Award
  • New Talent
  • Summer Short
  • People's Choice

Entries are open!

Adventure Uncovered Film Festival proudly accepts entries on FilmFreeway, the world’s #1 way to enter film festivals and creative contests.

The judges

Fearghal O'Nuallain
Geography Teacher and Explorer

Fearghal O'Nuallain

Fearghal judges the environmental category for the 2nd year running. He's been on adventurous journeys great and small for over a decade, and driven by curiosity and uses adventurous travel as a tool for learning about himself and the world.

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Reza Pakravan
Professional Explorer and Producer

Reza Pakravan

Currently exploring Africa’s forgotten frontiers - The Sahel.

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Ellie Mackay
Director, Ellipsis Environment

Ellie Mackay

Extreme environment specialist, biologeek, educator, explorer, recently a filmmaker with National Geographic in India and California.

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Kim Slade
Founder, Unlost Co. and Touch Video Academy
Kate Sandle
Director, B Lab UK

Kate Sandle

Kate has a love for the outdoors and impact. Driven by the idea that we all have the ability to be the change, Kate spends her time encouraging others to do more. As a Director at B Lab UK, Kate works with businesses to measure, report and improve their environmental and social impact.

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Absar Khan
Co-Founder TacTack & Olive Ridley Project Pakistan

Absar Khan

Absar is driven by a connection and passion to the natural world; he has a love for exploration and adventure so much that he left his career practicing law in England and moved to back to his home country of Pakistan to pursue his lifelong dreams.

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Film Festival 2020

Our programmes use the power of film, workshops, talks and photography to change the narrative around adventure and outdoor recreation. Join us and our award-winning filmmakers as we explore the grit, diversity, challenges and triumphs of adventure's lesser-known tales. Expect to be amazed, inspired and empowered.