International Film Competition 2019
At the heart of the Festival is the International Film Competition, awarding 12 sought-after film prizes through an independent jury, plus Film Active prizes awarded to young filmmakers.
In 2018 we received a record-breaking number of film entries. Over 90 made it through pre-selection, which were screened in 9 venues across Kendal!
We made some changes to the way that films were screened, not something we undertake lightly. Our individual film programmes were shortened from three hours to two, although the actual quantity of screening time remains the same over the Festival. We have also programmed them into 18 themes to allow you to experience what we believe is the most thrilling, evocative, uplifting, flowing and above all enjoyable cinema adventure at Kendal.
We believe that the best films shout way beyond their genre, and grab the hearts of anyone from any tribe. Watching films just about rocks, or just about the sky, misses the way different adventures share the same values, challenges and emotions.
In 2018 we were also proud that we attracted many film premières (World, European or UK). The Festival is acknowledged by filmmakers as the foremost opportunity to showcase their latest films and we are delighted that over 55 filmmakers joined us from across the world.
For 2018, our Film Jury included Brian Hall - Filmmaker and founder of Kendal Mountain Festival, Ian Durkin - Senior Curator at Vimeo, Maria Coffey - award winning adventure journalist, Hannah Maia - award winning filmmaker and was chaired by Keme Nzerem.
Here is the list of winners from the 2018 International Film Competition.