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!

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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.

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Submissions Open
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Early Bird Deadline
Nov 30
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Deadline
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Notification Date
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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 45 mins in duration.

Categories

  • Environmental Spotlight Award - bringing to light a significant environmental issue or challenge.
  • Social Spotlight Award - shining a spotlight on a significant social issue or challenge.
  • Impact Award - awarded to the film with particularly high impact in terms of accelerating potential political/social/environmental change.
  • Adventure Uncovered Award - sharing a new or less known social or environmental issue.
  • Summer Short - best new super short film (must be 5 minutes or less) shot over the summer of 2019.
  • New Talent - most promising new talent (Producer/Director); entrants must have <3 years professional experience and not previously won a film festival award.
  • People's Choice - Awarded at the end of the evening voted through an online poll

Entries closed

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The judges

Ellie Mackay
Director, Ellipsis Environment

Ellie Mackay

Ellie oversees the whole judging process and will judge the Adventure Uncovered Award in conjunction with the Adventure Uncovered Team. Ellie is an extreme environment specialist, biologeek, educator, explorer, and recently been involved in filming and researching with National Geographic in India and California.

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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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Ingrid Kvale
Producer/Director, BBC

Ingrid Kvale

Ingrid returns to adjudicate the Environmental Spotlight Award. She's an award-winning filmmaker specialising in documentaries about wildlife, people, popular science and adventure. After completing her degree in Zoology and Masters in documentary television, she worked for Television Trust for the Environment, The Environmental Film Festival and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). She's forged a career over two decades making films for the BBC, ITV, Disneynature, Discovery, Animal Planet and National Geographic and her current film project is about last remaining wildernesses for the BBC Natural History Unit.

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Reza Pakravan
Professional Explorer and Producer

Reza Pakravan

Reza will judge this year's Social Spotlight Award and recently returned from exploring Africa’s forgotten frontier - The Sahel. He's is an explorer, filmmaker and writer, and fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and a recipient of the 2019 Neville Shulman Explorer Award from the Scientific Exploration Society (SES).

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Claire Carter
Artistic Director, Kendal Mountain Festival and Engagement Officer, Outdoor Industry Association UK

Claire Carter

Claire is a writer, performance and filmmaker and will help adjudicate our social and environmental categories. She works on diversity and future leadership, and has juried and collaborated with Banff Mountain Festival, Telluride Mountain Festival, Kathmandu Mountain Festival among others, working on Cultural Democracy and developing audiences. Interlinked with the outdoor world, Claire works on emergent and embodied artistic practices; currently consulting on 'Queer Dance Narratives' with Gothernberg Dance Company Spinn for New Writing North. She is based in North Wales.

Kim Slade
Founder, UnlostCo. and Touch Video Academy

Kim Slade

Kim will help judge 'New Talent' and 'Summer Short'. He's an 'Adventurpreneur' and founder of UnlostCo. He helps teams and leaders at large organisations to create a steady flow of impactful and authentic video content without, the large outsourcing costs or complicated technology. Kim has recently worked with Apple Store, The National Trust, TATE Galeries.

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Kate Sandle
Director, B Lab UK

Kate Sandle

Kate is one of the judges for the Impact Award. She 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 will help judge the Social Spotlight Award. He's driven by human stories and a connection and passion to the natural world. He has a deep 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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Asim Janjua
Social Innovator and Design Thinker

Asim Janjua

Asim is one of the judges for the Impact Award. He is a founder, entrepreneur and tech startup and social innovation advisor, previously working as an Acumen Fund fellow on a microfinance project that focused on poverty alleviation for rural low-income farmers in remote Pakistan.

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What's it about?

Adventure Uncovered Film Festival celebrates adventures that matter through the power of film. Join us in 2020 for a full programme of films, workshops, talks and exhibitions as we explore the changing narrative around adventure and outdoor recreation.