Festival History

The Dundee Mountain Film Festival is the UK’s longest continuous running mountain film festival. It showcases an international programme of speakers, as well as award winning films and exhibitions, mainly held in the Bonar Hall, Dundee. We will also have a full supporting exhibition of art, photography, trade and voluntary organisations stands and displays.

Organisation is through the Dundee Mountain Film Festival Society, a Scottish Charitable body (SC029267).
The organising committee consists of volunteers from local climbing clubs. The Patron of the Festival is Chris Tiso, Chief Executive of Tiso. Lord Wilson of Tillyorn was a previous Patron.

The Festival is non-competitive and all films and presenters appear by invitation, recognising the quality and the content of their work. The Festival has established close links with the Banff Mountain Film Festival and is a member of the International Alliance for Mountain Film.

The first Dundee Mountain Film Festival was staged in 1983 to raise funds for building the replacement bridge at Bachnagairn in memory of our friend Roy Tait, a member of the Grampian Club and Tayside Mountain Rescue Team.

We have a copy of most of our previous years programmes as downloadable pdf files and will add to these as we scour our archives!

Irvine Butterfield Memorial Lecture

The Dundee Mountain Film Festival is honoured to incorporate the annual Munro Society Irvine Butterfield Memorial Lecture in its programme. You can read more about Irvine’s amazing contribution to mountaineering organisations, including the Dundee Mountain Film festival here.

Festival Mission Statement

The Film Festival Mission Statement can be downloaded here


We invite potential sponsors to discuss participation in our exciting film festival. You can download a sponsorship pack here.

Film Submission

Dundee Mountain Film Festival proudly accepts entries via FilmFreeway.com, the world’s best online submission platform. FilmFreeway offers free HD online screeners, unlimited video storage, digital press kits, and more. Submissions for 2019 are now closed.

Alternatively, over the next few weeks,  you can still email entries, or details of your film, to allan@dmff.org.uk


Andy Kirkpatrick

We usually have five speakers at each festival. We can also assist with book or other promotions you may be involved with. If you are interested in giving a presentation at our festival please contact allan@dmff.org.uk



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