TMO Student Contest

The 2018 Student Video Contest is now open!

Submission Deadline: September 15, 2018

The winning student entry will be screened in front of a sold out audience on the opening weekend of this Festival – very cool. And not only does the student film get shown, but the winner gets to be there! This is thanks to MEC and the Banff Centre for their support in this project. It truly is a remarkable Grand Prize to have the winner visit Canada’s oldest National Park! We also want to thank Caribou Properties and Banff Airporter for providing food and transportation to the winning student while in Banff. This community has truly supported this contest and is committed to engaging youth in exploring Canada’s amazing backyard.


Do you go to school in Canada? Are you a student in grades K-12?

Do you like exploring outside and finding adventures, whether they be in your backyard or visiting other great places in Canada?

Prove it! Create a short video to let us know how you are exploring and finding adventures outside in Canada’s backyard. Then submit your video for a chance to win an all-expense paid trip to Banff as well as some some great prizes from Mountain Equipment Co-op – tents, sleeping bags, and packs! If your video is chosen as a finalist, you could have it screened at the 2016 Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival, alongside some of the best mountain, adventure and exploration films in the world!

So what do you need to know?

Grades K-6 Category

Students in this category can submit one video either per individual or as a group (no bigger than 4). Videos can be submitted by a teacher or parent, and can provide help with editing (provided they are amateurs and not professional videoographers!). But the essence of the video must reflect the student’s creativity and vision for making the video.

Grades 7-12 Category

Students in this category can submit one video per individual or as a group (no bigger than 4). Videos must be submitted by the student involved and all aspects of the video – creation, fiming, editing – must be the sole work of the students.


4 minutes or less.


Videos can be created in any language. English subtitles must be used in all non-English videos.


We are storytelling creatures. We want to hear yours! Get creative. Tell us, and better yet, show us how you are finding adventures and exploring beyond Canada’s amazing backyard. Does your class go on field trips? What do you do when you’re not in school? What adventures are used as learning opportunities while exploring Canada’s backyard?

2017 Winners

Grade 1-6 Category:

Grand Prize Winner and 1st Place Winner
David Peatfield from Whistler, BC

2nd Place Winner
Claire Brillant from Saint John, NB

3rd Place Winner
Isabella, Abby and Ava Quinn from Fredericton, NB

Grade 7-12 Category:

1st Place Winner
Max Yang from Richmond, BC

2nd Place Winner
Jaiden Gibbons from Baldonnel, BC

3rd Place Winner
Lara Mylde from Calgary, AB


Our rules of entry can be viewed here