Peebles Outdoor Festival 2018

Peebles Outdoor Film Festival, 26-28 January 2018

A dazzling weekend of adventure films, inspiring speakers, and outdoor sessions in the beautiful Tweed Valley. As well as fantastic films, our 2018 festival features local heroes and big names from the worlds of mountain biking, ultra-running, ocean adventuring, remote exploration, mountaineering, adventure filmmaking and climbing.

Use this link to download the Peebles Outdoor Festival 2018 Brochure

 Peebles Outdoor Film Festival  26-28 January 2018


Held annually at the Eastgate Theatre in the beautiful Borders town of Peebles, the festival screens a carefully curated programme of around 30 short and feature films each year. Films cover a wide range of outdoor interests, from adventure sports and travel to more quirky celebrations of outdoor and mountain culture in all its forms. Most are sourced direct from professional film-makers around the world, although we also welcome ad hoc submissions, particularly those with a Scottish or UK theme. The deadline for submissions is 30 November 2017.

For more information on submitting a film for consideration, please email Rich Rowe,

This year’s festival will see ‘Best of’ films selected from each session, plus an overall Best of the Fest prize judged by the festival team.

Since it’s launch in 2015 Peebles Outdoor Film Festival has screened a variety of breath-taking short films, many of which have scooped awards at some of the world’s most prestigious outdoor and adventure film festivals. From skiing to surfing, slack-lining, ice diving, mountain biking and more, here’s a handful of our favourites to date:



Blue Hue


Through Clouds and Water

Johanna Under the Ice

King of the Mountain

Tom Seipp – A Mountain Journal

Reflections of an Underwater Cameraman


For amateur submissions, please see details of our 2018 Outdoor Shorts Film Competition opposite.

Outdoor Shorts competition


The 2018 Peebles Outdoor Film Festival is once again running a competition for short films that capture the adventure, magic and natural beauty of being outdoors.

Amateur and new film-makers of all ages are invited to submit outdoor-themed films, either documentary or fictional work, of no more than five minutes duration that demonstrate creativity, originality and story-telling skill. Films can detail an adventure, journey, specific outdoor sport, personal experience, or be a portrait of a particular person or place.

The winners of the 2018 Outdoor Shorts Film Competition will be chosen by a panel of festival judges and by public vote during the festival (with prizes for each).   During the festival, a viewing facility will be set up in the Eastgate Theatre café from 5pm on Friday 26 January until 2pm on Sunday 28 January, during which time festival-goers will be able to view all short-listed films.

All short-listed entrants in the Outdoor Shorts competition will be invited to attend the final short film session of the festival on the evening of 28 January, when the prize winners will be announced and their films shown on the big screen at the Eastgate Theatre, Peebles.

Guidelines for entrants

Entries must be no longer than 5 minutes, including credits and titles

  • The film must have been created within the last two years
  • Entrants must have directed or produced the film being entered
  • All content must be the entrant’s own (ie with no third-party images, photos, graphics or video)
  • The entrant must have permission for the use of any music, and must be able to provide proof if required
  • Films must be submitted via Vimeo, either password protected or public, and available for download by the festival team
  • All files must be submitted at 1080p (1920 x 1080, 25fps)
  • Entrants should also provide three stills from the film, for publicity use
  • Entry fee: £10.00 per film (payable to Eastgate Theatre by bank transfer, sort code 83-26-09, account no 00117675, or by cheque sent to Eastgate Theatre, Eastgate, Peebles, EH45 8AD)
  • Completed entry forms, including Vimeo link, must be returned by noon on Monday 8 January 2018

For an entry form, please contact Rich Rowe,

 Good luck!