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Arc’teryx Adventure Film Grant

VIMFF Adventure Film Grant presented by ARC'TERYX

Applications Now Open – Deadline December 31st, 2017

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. The recipient will also get the opportunity to be mentored throughout the process by the ARC’TERYX professional and in house media team.

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 will be accepted from November 7th 2017 until December 31st 2017.
  • Recipients of the filmmaker grant will be awarded at the VIMFF festival in February 2018.
  • The supported film project will be produced between February 2018 and January 2019.
  • The winning filmmaker will be awarded $5000 CAN from VIMFF & ARC’TERYX to be used towards the production of their film project. They will also get the opportunity to be mentored throughout the process by the ARC’TERYX professional and in house media team.
  • The final film will premiere at the 22st annual VIMFF in February 2019.


  • Individuals must be Canadian residents and be residing within Canada.
  • The proposed film topic must be in line with the activities that VIMFF and ARC’TERYX support and encourage. Therefore the film topic must profile self-propelled wilderness oriented adventures.
  • The proposed film must be no longer than 20 minutes.
  • Film participants must be extensively prepared, through both physical training and gear preparation.
  • Recipients must be self-reliant and carry appropriate safety gear and communication devices relevant for the location and activity.
  • Participants must minimize environmental impacts and practice safe, responsible use of the outdoors.

How to Apply:

  • Applications should be emailed to by December 31st 2017 with the subject title: “Application to Adventure Film Grant”.

Applications should include the following:

  • Full bio and professional resume of the main filmmaker(s) – including links to previous films, show reels and any other applicable projects.
  • Full breakdown on the rest of the film crew, including name, position, relevant experience.
  • Proposed film basics – name, projected length, synopsis.
  • Location, timing and logistics – when? where? how?
  • Detailed story line – why do you think this story needs to be told? Why does this narrative appeal to you as a filmmaker?
  • Detailed budget breakdown of all costs involved
  • Any other sponsorships or funding support you may have in place.

Please direct any enquiries to

2017 recipient

Dave Mai – DM Productions, Penticton BC

Dave Mai is a film and music producer, audio engineer, photographer and multimedia designer, and he owns a modest production company in Penticton BC. In 2016 DM Productions received the ‘Home Based Business Excellence’ award from the Penticton Chamber of Commerce. In 2015, Dave produced an independant rock climbing short, ‘The Skaha Bluffs,’ and it won both Fan Favourite and the Okanagan Experience award at the Reel Peach Film Festival in Penticton, BC. In November of the same year, he attended the Adventure Film Makers Workshop at the Banff Centre for the Arts. This added significant fuel to his burgeoning passion for making adventure films. and in 2014 Dave received the Media Arts award from the Penticton Arts Council, and was nominated for the same category for the Central Okanagan Awards in both 2013 and 2014.

Dave was awarded the ARC’TERYX Adventure Film Grant for his film – EPHEMERA:

When you think of ice climbing, the sunny Okanagan Valley is probably one of the last places you would consider. Ephemera is a short film about ice climbing in the Okanagan Valley of British Columbia Canada. Though the ice climbing is unreliable, scarce, and fleeting due to the mild winters, it does exist. The core of the film is about the ephemerality of adventure. Although adventure is momentary, we find ways to gain lasting value after the experience melts away.

Make sure to attend VIMFF 2018 to see the World Premiere of Ephemera.

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