Ladek Mountain Festival 2022

Film Competition 2022 General Info

Ladek Mountain Festival (Polish name: Festiwal Górski im. Andrzeja Zawady w Lądku-Zdroju) is the largest and the oldest event of its kind in Poland and one the most important in the world.

Among our speakers were the biggest names of the climbing and mountaineering community. We also hosted the Piolets d’Or Award Ceremonies for 3 years, 2018-2020.

Each year a couple of thousand enthusiasts of the mountain sports and outdoor adventures come in September to a little town of Ladek in the south of Poland (very close to Czech Republic and Germany) to participate in this gathering.

The Film Competition is one of the main axes of the festival, along with the Book Contest, key speakers’ presentations, lectures, outdoor workshops and music events.
This year’s edition as always will be full of films from all around the world, meetings with filmmakers and networking opportunities.

We warmly invite you to share your mountain film with the Polish audience.
Also, come and join us in person!

Awards & Prizes

2022 Film Competition Awards:

  • Grand Prize
  • Best Film About Climbing
  • Best Film About Mountaineering
  • Best Film About Man & Mountains
  • Best Film About Mountain Sports
  • Best Film About Adventure and Exploration
  • Best Polish Film
  • Best Short Film
  • People’s Choice Award

Last year winners, financial prizes and sponsors –

Last year Film Competition Jury http://Last year Film Competition Jury:

Rules & Terms

You’ll find the detailed rules on our website. In English: And in Polish:

Please read them carefully, as a submission to the Film Competition implies acceptance of all the rules by the entrant. If you have any doubts or questions, don’t hesitate to ask:

During the submission process, there’s a 20 USD administration fee.

This year we accept mountain films produced in 2020, 2021 or 2022 and “mountain” can refer to mountain environment, mountain culture or more generally, to mountain community values.

​File format recommendations: ​full HD​, ​mp4​, h​264​,​ ​bitrate ​around 20 Mbps​, ​AAC Audio Codec​, ​48,000Hz​.​

2022 Important dates and deadlines:

  • March 1st – opening of the submissions
  • May 31st – closing of the submissions
  • July 15th – notification for the filmmakers about the acceptance of the submitted titles to the Film Competition
  • August 1st – last day for the film representatives to let us know whether they will come to the festival
  • September 8th to 11th – screenings at the Ladek Mountain Festival in-person event
  • September 8th to 30th – online screenings
  • September 13th – announcement of the Film Competition winners at the festival’s website and FB page
  • September 23rd – starting of the Ladek Film Tour

In the selection process, the priority will be given to the films that are not available online for free before the end of September 2022.

The film representatives (one or two per film, can be filmmakers or protagonists) accepted to the Film Competition will be invited to attend the festival. You’ll have the opportunity to introduce the film on stage and to do the Q&A after the screening. We do not cover the flight / travel expenses, but we’ll be happy to provide you with a Festival VIP Pass, access to the VIP events and board & accommodation for the days of the event.

Unless decided otherwise by the entrant during the submission process, the titles selected for the Film Competition will also be part of the online festival, September 8th-30th, 2022: protected DRM streaming at our platform, with access granted exclusively to the festival’s audience with passes.

We don’t pay screening fees for the in-person nor online festival screenings but we do offer a license fee for Ladek Film Tour screenings – see here below.

We invite the films selected for the Film Competition to participate in Ladek Film Tour that starts after the festival. Every year our Tour visits many mountain, outdoor and travel events around the country. Parts of the LFT program are also screened in the cinema venues of big cities in Poland. The agreements concerning LFT will be discussed with the filmmakers and the agreed license fees will be paid.