Adventure Uncovered Film Festival celebrates purpose-driven adventure stories that matter.

If you are a filmmaker, who looks beyond the usual adventure film narrative, then we want to hear from you.

Taking place outdoors (and indoors in the colder months) across the UK from April-November, our Official Selection of films will showcase a diverse array of critical yet often neglected issues facing humanity and the environment.

Submissions are open until December 31st 2023 - get involved and be part of the only adventure film festival dedicated to stories with social and environmental narratives!

Submit your film

Enter via Adventure Uncovered Film Festival's page on FilmFreeway.

'What I love about Adventure Uncovered Film Festival is that it covers and explores the technical side of filmmaking, which I find so helpful as a filmmaker.'

Dan Satchell, Filmmaker

Six Awards

Your entry could win one of six awards celebrating the power of film to tell adventure stories that matter.

  1. Super Short
    Often 5 minutes (or less) is all you need to tell a great story. ‘Super shorts’ can cover anything within the theme of ‘adventure with purpose’, as long as they’re under 5 minutes long. We’re not looking for polished pieces! This award aims to get everyone outside and filming with whatever equipment you have. Got a smartphone anyone?

  2. Impact Award
    Awarded to the film with a significant ‘real world’ difference. Does your film change hearts and minds by showing a particularly impactful campaign, topic, project, person or place?

  3. New Talent
    This award aims to draw out the filmmaker within us all. ‘New talent’ includes new writers, editors, directors, producers… as long as a ‘significant member’ of your team is ‘new’ then you classify! So get creative and submit.

  4. Social Spotlight
    Gender, migration, disability, poverty, mental health are just some of the topics tackled by previous Official Selections for this award. Does your film shine a spotlight on a significant and worthy social issue?

  5. Environmental Spotlight
    This award recognises the films that take on a global or local environmental issue, reveal the beauty of particular places or document the good, the bad and the ugly at the interface of our human and natural worlds...

  6. Adventure Uncovered
    This award recognises the power of film to communicate emerging or unheard voices. Does your film ‘uncover’ something new? A lesser-known place, a hidden project, a forgotten person or an inspiring perspective? The more niche the better!


Official Selections

All 'official selections' are included in the festival programmes and screened at least once across any of several UK locations, or online. 

If your project is selected, we invite you to share it on your social networks and tag our Twitter, Facebook and/or Instagram accounts.

Honorable Mentions

Note 'honorable mentions' do not mean that your film is selected, but rather it is a way of thanking you for submitting your film and acknowledging and recognising your great work.

In the case of honorable mentions, they do not become part of the festival program as Official Selections do.

'I highly recommend Adventure Uncovered Film Festival as a filmmaker and as a film enthusiast!'

Anne-Flore Marxer, Film Director and Professional Freeride Snowboarder

2022-23 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 multiple locations across the UK from Brighton to Wales and everywhere in between.

Apr 1
Submissions Open
Oct 31
Early Bird Deadline
Dec 31
Standard Deadline
Aug 1
Notification Date


How do I enter?

Simply enter your film and we'll do the rest along with the help from our judges. However, if you're new to filmmaking we suggest you enter 'New Talent' and if you submit a film under 5mins long then enter 'Super Short'.

What happens after I submit my film?

Once you submit, your film will be passed onto our Judges for review and scoring during Jan/Feb 2022. We will notify you if your film has (or has not) made the 'Official Selections' on 1 April 2022.

What happens if my film makes it as an 'official selection'

You will be notified on 1 April 2021 through FilmFreeway and your film will be added as a trailer on our website. Your film will be also be screened at 1 of our 5 UK tour locations. 'Honourable mentions' will also be announced.

What will happen if my film wins an award?

You will be notified on 1 April 2022 through FilmFreeway, and your film will be screened during the tour.

Who owns my film rights after I've submitted a film?

You own your rights and you always retain 100% of all rights to your intellectual property.
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How does the judging process work?

Judges will privately score each film submission in FilmFreeway in early 2022.

All judges will be looking for films with an adventurous, outdoor narrative combined with a social or environmental message. Ie. underpinned by purpose. If your film is a typical, old adventure narrative and with no social or environmental message then it's highly unlikely to be scored favourably by the judges, and therefore this is not the right festival for you. 

The judges will also score films favourably based on diversity, budget and production circumstances, as well as the film's commitment to motivation, inspiration and action. We explicitly encourage submissions from all backgrounds and contexts.

Submit your film

Enter via Adventure Uncovered Film Festival's page on FilmFreeway.