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Rab and Kendal Mountain Festival announce “The Mountain People Film Grant” Worth £10,000.

The grant is based on a long-standing partnership between Rab, Lowe Alpine and Kendal Mountain Festival
To celebrate their 40th anniversary, Rab (owned by Equip Outdoor Technologies Ltd.) will be awarding “The Mountain People Film Grant” at this year’s Kendal Mountain Festival, which will run from the 18th to 21st November. Equip brands Rab and Lowe Alpine have been long-standing partners of Kendal Mountain Festival, and the grant (open to British based filmmakers) is part of their support as key sponsors of the 2021 event.

The Kendal Mountain Festival has been the highlight of many mountain-goers’ calendar for the last 40 years. The annual, four-day long festival is dedicated to sharing awe-inspiring, life-affirming stories from the world of outdoor adventure. The festival will return to a live, in-person event with digital elements for its 41st edition after resorting to a highly successful virtual event during the pandemic in 2020.

Jim Evans, Marketing Director at Rab and Lowe Alpine, explains: “We have been proud partners of Kendal Mountain Festival for many years and are delighted to support filmmakers pushing their creative and professional boundaries at the 2021 event. Not only are we excited to hear the applicants’ own take on our ‘The Mountain People’ claim, we look forward to seeing the next adventure film blaze new trails across our spectacular British landscape.”

The grant will be awarded to the winning film pitch at this year’s Kendal Mountain Festival. It will complement Rab’s and Lowe Alpine’s support as key sponsors of the 2021 event.

Worth £10,000, the grant was conceived to shine a spotlight on the British wilderness whilst achieving the following main goals: To enable filmmakers who are, as yet, unable to access funds to bring their creativity to life and provide a platform for their future endeavors; To broaden the number of storytellers and film makers who use Britain’s mountains as a creative and physical resource; To support and grow diversity and inclusion in the outdoors; To inspire both new and seasoned mountain adventurers to explore the UK’s wilderness. British based filmmakers can make their submissions for the grant from 17th September to the 17th October. The winning applicant will be chosen by Rab, the Kendal Mountain team, and two independent film industry consultants, and announced at the festival, which will take place at the Brewery Arts Centre in Kendal, the Southern gateway to UK’s Lake District. More information on how to apply for the grant can be found HERE.

Featuring the Rab Cinema with approx. 45 separate film screenings from film makers around the globe, lectures from world renowned speakers including pro athletes and grass roots activists, and lively debates, interactive sessions, and interviews with some of the outdoor world’s literary idols, this year’s festival promises to be an exciting long weekend. After the success of the 2020 digital festival, there will once again be recorded key events to share with audiences around the world through the new Kendal Mountain Player.

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