Welcome to the 2019 Peebles Outdoor Film Festival!

January is not an easy month … the festivities are over, you’re back to work, it’s cold, dark and a wee bit miserable. But we have the PERFECT remedy! Come and be re-energised by a dazzling mix of adventure films, inspiring speakers and outdoor sessions at the fifth Peebles Outdoor Film Festival!

From a ‘best of’ selection of adventure films from around the word to big names and local heroes from the worlds of ocean conservation, mountain biking, adventure filmmaking, wildlife photography, bikepacking, climbing, wild swimming and more, there’s so much to enjoy at this year’s festival.

This year we also step out of the theatre building with special bikepacking and sports injury sessions together with local partners, plus of course the chance to ride, walk and explore the Tweed Valley with expert local guides.

And don’t forget the great food, special offers and outdoor gear courtesy of festival sponsors, all available in the Eastgate café.

For the full programme, please click on the banner above. Tickets can be booked online using the INDIVIDUAL EVENTS LISTING on the theatre’s home page (head to dates 25-27 Jan, or search using POFF), or just call Box Office on 01721 725777.  

Our short film programme

Each year, we screen a carefully-curated programme of around 30 short and feature-length films covering a wide range of interests, from adventure sports and travel to more quirky celebrations of outdoor and mountain culture. The result is a bespoke selection of films that will make you laugh, cry, gasp, or inspire you to plan adventures of your own.

Our short films are packaged together in themed sessions that tie in with each headline speaker – expect selections that cover everything from adventures in the world’s oceans to exploring wild places, and quite a bit in between. The full film schedule will be published here a little nearer the time.

Outdoor Shorts competition

As well as our professional film programme, we also invite entries to our annual Outdoor Shorts competition – a chance for amateur filmmakers to showcase their creative skills to a wider audience.

The brief is simple! We invite amateur and new filmmakers (particularly young people) to submit outdoor-themed films, either documentary or fictional work, of no more than five minutes duration that demonstrate creativity, originality and story-telling panache. Films can detail an outdoor adventure, a journey, specific outdoor sport, personal experience, or be a portrait of a particular person or place.

Shortlisted films will be made available online in the build up to the festival, with a public vote for best film and an overall special Judges’ Prize – with the winning film shown on the big screen alongside our professional programme as part of our final session on Sunday 27 January.

Guidelines for Outdoor Shorts 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

Films must be submitted by noon on Monday 7 January 2019. For Outdoor Shorts competition submissions, or further information, please email Rich Rowe, press@eastgatearts.com or call 01721 725777.

Thank you and good luck!

A huge thank you to all of this year’s sponsors, supporters and partners – all local to Peebles and the surrounding area.

Click on the logo to go to the sponsor’s website.