Our roster of awards continue to expand, find out more below...

Film Competition

The 'Oscars' of mountain film!

Each year we host an international film competition with hundreds of entries from across the globe, our team carefully curate these into the film collections shown at the Festival and from here our panel of expert judges select the winners who receive a prestigious 'Kendal' award.

Nature Chronicles

Introducing the Nature Chronicles Prize, a new £10,000 nature writing award!

We are proud to be working alongside the The Nature Chronicles Prize, a brand new nature writing award, a global biennial competition.

Created in memory of Prudence Scott, a lifelong nature diarist who died in 2019, the award aims to find engaging and unique essay length works which share a commitment to truth telling and respond to the time we are in and the world as it is.

We'll be hosting the award-ceremony in November 2022 when one writer will win £10,000! And a further 5 shortlisted writers will receive £1000. Shortlisted entries will be published in an anthology and it is hoped that the result will be a book of surprising works that vary in style but share a commitment to truth and fellow feeling.

Kendal Mountain and Rab® Film Commissioning Grant

Adventure storytelling is at the heart of Kendal Mountain Festival therefore we are excited to be partnering with Rab® to support upcoming British based filmmakers.

The Kendal Mountain and Rab® Film Commissioning Grant will contribute £10,000 and project support to a winning film application, awarded at the 2022 Festival.

The grant is for a documentary film of up to 30 minutes to be made in the United Kingdom during the period of November 2022 to September 2023 exploring the theme, ‘The Mountain People’.

Boardman Tasker Award for Mountain Literature

Every year we have the honour of hosting the famous award at Kendal.

Established in 1983 to commemorate the lives of Peter Boardman and Joe Tasker, the Boardman Tasker Charitable Trust celebrates their legacy by awarding the annual Award for Mountain Literature and the Lifetime Achievement Award.

(Photo: 2019 Boardman Tasker winner - Kate Harris, author of Lands of Lost Borders)

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