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The VIMFF Film Grant


Presented by Arc’teryx

The VIMFF Film Grant presented by Arc'teryx is now closed for applications.

The 2024 grant recipient will be announced at VIMFF 2024 and we will open again for the 2025 application later this year.

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 $10000 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 15, 2023 until January 31, 2024.
  • Recipients of the filmmaker grant will be announced at the VIMFF in February 2024.
  • The supported film project will be produced between March and December 2024.
  • The winning filmmaker will be awarded $10,000 CAN from the VIMFF & Arc’teryx to be used towards the production of their film project.
  • The final film will premiere at the 28th annual VIMFF in February 2025.
  • 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.

2023 Recipient

Find Me Outside by Ching Yu

“Find Me Outside” is a heartwarming film that takes us on a journey through the stunning Canadian outdoors, and the children who call it their playground. Divided into 4 segments, the film follows children from diverse backgrounds and regions as they explore the natural beauty of their backyard and engage in a variety of outdoor activities.

From skiing to climbing, each segment showcases the unique ways in which Canadian children interact with nature and find joy in the great outdoors. We witness how children from different cultures and backgrounds can come together and connect over their shared love of nature, breaking down barriers of race and gender in the process.

“Find Me Outside” is a film not just for kids, but also for families and communities across the country. So, come along on this captivating journey and experience the wonders of Canada’s natural world through the eyes of its adventurous young explorers.

vimff arcteryx film grant Find Me Outside by Ching Yu

Qingping (Ching) Yu is an emerging filmmaker with a passion for telling stories that are deeply connected with diverse cultures, human rights, social and environmental justice. Ching was born in China and spent her young adulthood studying geophysics in Alaska, where she discovered her love for listening to indigenous tales and connecting with the land through a subsistence lifestyle.

Ching is an avid cross-cultural communicator, having previously managed international public relations for the 2022 Winter Olympics freestyle skiing and snowboarding. Her love for skiing led her to fall in love with Canada, where she now lives with her partner Su and their children, raising them to roam wild in the Canadian Rockies.

When not working on her films, Ching can be found pursuing her interests in avalanche and blowing snow research at Coldwater Laboratory, volunteering with Girls on Ice Canada and skiing with her children. Ching’s diverse experiences and background have fueled her commitment to telling impactful stories that showcase diverse perspectives and address issues of social and environmental justice.

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The VIMFF Initiatives

VIMFF supports the local outdoor community with the following initiatives:
vimff tim jones award x no CTAvimff arcteryx film grant xvimff coast mountain adventure grant arcteryx xvimff womens climbing program winter xvimff new voices grant xvimff photo comp x
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