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We utilize the FilmFreeway platform to make it easier on our filmmakers.

1. Submit film and information via FilmFreeway.
2. Make sure to enable enable download option via FilmFreeway for internal DCAFF screening purposes.
3. Pay handling fees via FilmFreeway.

If you have any questions, please email us at

We look forward to screening your entries!

Link to DC Adventure Film Festival FilmFreeway page:

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Every day is a new adventure! The annual DC Adventure Film Festival (DCAFF) brings the world’s best adventure and action sports films, athletes, and speakers to the East Coast and our Nation’s Capital. For two days, the Festival aims to inspire adventure across all generations and cultures. Through our events and the power of film, we encourage people to take part in outdoor activity and celebrate the outdoor experience.

The DC Adventure Film Festival serves as a gathering for the adventure and action sports tribe. Whether you’re a filmmaker, film buff, armchair adventurer, weekend warrior, or pro athlete, the Festival provides something for everyone.
We accept and showcase feature length and short films from all genres of adventure and actions sports. This is what makes us unique. From the mountains to the sea, and through the urban landscapes in between, our films highlight people experiencing the natural and man-made landscapes of our planet. We focus on films that leave our audiences with an itch to get outside and push their own limits!
The Festival also celebrates the adventurous landscapes, people, and films from the Nation’s Capital and surrounding area. Our regional award category (250 Mile Club) showcases films that feature the Mid-Atlantic. The category offers amateur- and pro-filmmakers the chance to screen their films to local crowds while highlighting the area’s adventure and action sports.
Join us for the 2nd annual DC Adventure Film Festival!


The DC Adventure Film Festival accepts film submissions across ALL adventure and action sports related disciplines. DCAFF defines “adventure” as: to engage in an unusual exciting activity, especially the exploration of a new feat or unknown territory.

Adventure is everywhere and is what you make of it! DCAFF views adventure in a very broad scale from minute micro-adventures like attempting new tricks at the skateboard park or running a new trail in a familiar forest all the way up to lifetime adventures summiting peaks around the world.

If you are unsure if your film is the right fit for the Festival, please contact us as and we can view and discuss.


Nailed It! “Best of Festival” Cash Prize $500

Best Cinematography Cash Prize $200

Inspiring Adventure Cash Prize $200
The film that best portrays the adventurous spirit and inspires the viewer to get out there and seize more adventure from each day.

250 Mile Club Cash Prize $250
The film that best highlights the adventurous spirit of our Nation’s Capital and surrounding Mid-Atlantic area. To be eligible, the film MUST feature the Mid-Atlantic area (within a 250 mile circle from Washington, DC’s center).

Audience Choice Award Cash Prize $200
The favorite film chosen by the DC Adventure Film Festival audience.

Adventurer of the Festival Cash Prize: $200
Best actor, athlete, or person who embodies the spirit of adventure.


• Entries are not limited to one award.
• Awards may be presented to the director, producer, or assigned representative of the film.
• The DC Adventure Film Festival reserves the right to make the final decision on the category of any film entered.
• All entries will be viewed prior to the Festival by a pre-selection committee. Finalists chosen by this committee will be screened by a jury to determine award winner and viewed by the public at the DC Adventure Film Festival and subsequent screenings.
• The Audience Choice Award will be determined by online voting and/or ballot.
• The jury determines the award winners. In the event of a tie, the award and money will be split evenly between the tied films.


a. For pre-screening, please submit an H.264 in either an .mov or .mp4 format. Use whatever frame rate your project was edited in. The target data rate should be about 4Mbps.
b. The size of the image should be at least 960×540, the larger the better.
c. Audio should be encoded as AAC at about 160kbps.


Entries MUST be accompanied by the following to be used to reproduce, publish and/or exhibit for promotional purposes as they pertain to the DC Adventure Film Festival:

a. One sheet, film poster, or film graphic
b. At least three (3) digital images from the film in 300 dpi jpeg, Tiff, and/or eps format. All images must be accompanied by title (if named), location and photographer credit.
c. Film trailer (if available)
d. Video clips (if available)
e. Press kit (if available)
f. Director’s CV (if available).

2016 DC Adventure Film Festival Rules and Guidelines and Terms and Conditions.

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