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The VIMFF Adventure Film Grant Presented by Arc’teryx

VIMFF Adventure Film Grant presented by ARC'TERYX


VIMFF and ARC’TERYX have partnered to present this filmmaker development grant to further our shared commitment to supporting Canadian adventure film.

The grant award’s $5000 to the selected recipient filmmaker to produce their proposed project which will premiere at VIMFF the following calendar year.

This grant is intended to support emerging filmmakers specializing in mountain film. We hope it will help them kick start a successful career and enable them to produce a film they have been dreaming of.

Our aim is to support the development of Canadian adventure filmmakers, promote self-propelled wilderness adventures and bring the resulting story to the VIMFF screen for our community to enjoy.

Details of the Grant:

  • Applications for the 2021 grant are now closed.
  • Please check back in Fall/Winter 2021 when we’ll open again for our 2022 grant program.
  • If you have questions about our film grants, please email tom@vimff.org

2021 Recipient

Eman Salem

Eman (she/her) is an outdoor adventure enthusiast with a vision.

Eman started a business called IronSelf – empowering her community to step into the unknown, to use radical vulnerability and compassion to make the impossible, possible. Working with individuals, organizations, and businesses to create the change we wish to see in the world. She focuses on diversity, equity, inclusion – calling for the radical transformation of how we work together, how we play, how we thrive, in everything we do.

When she is not working to dismantle systems that are not serving us, she’s working on her dream – learning to get to the top of the mountains and experience the great thrill of multi-day hiking! After a traumatic and epic first experience hiking in the backcountry – Eman is determined to enjoy the natural beauty of her backyard mountains.

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Iron Self

After a near death overnight hiking experience, Eman – a Queer Egyptian woman, shares her healing journey of re-exploring the magnificent outdoors. Through the power of vulnerability, compassion and community, Eman ventures to the same overnight hike 4 years later – nothing is impossible. As a BIPOC LGBTQ2S community member, she advocates for diversity, equity and inclusion through storytelling.

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