Film Submissions


general submission criteria


submissions are now closed.

If your film has been nominated for an award please read about attending the Coldsmoke Awards as  a nominated filmmaker.

The Coldsmoke Awards is the definitive celebration of winter film and the culture surrounding it. Any winter genre is welcome (ie: snowmobiling, kite skiing, ice climbing, expeditioning, alpine climbing, skiing, snowboarding, travel, winter community and lifestyle, etc.) Both amateur and professionally produced films are welcome – if its on snow or ice anything goes. Every year new and different award categories are recognized. Even if this isn’t  your first time submitting to the Coldsmoke Awards, please read the film submission FAQ page for more detailed info about the Coldsmoke Awards before submitting.  The submission process has changed from years past. Film entries may be of any length, and any language (with English subtitles).

For the extended submission period, Oct 16th-25th submission fee will be: $40 for shorts (30min or less) and $80 for Features.

new for coldsmoke awards 2014

Update 9/16/13: Coldsmoke is stoked to announce the cash purse awarded to filmmakers has been raised from  $2,500 to $10,000!  The People’s Choice Award cash prize has been upped from $1000 to $5000 cash!  In addition, viewers who register to vote for the People’s Choice Contest will have the chance to win $1000 Cash and a Cat skiing trip to Powder Mountain in Whistler. read more

New for 2014, we have created an online submission form, and strongly encourage submitting all materials, including your film, digitally. If you have already entered a film using this online submission form and you would like to enter another submission please login using the login dialogue box on the left side of this page.   The submission process is fairly simple, and takes about 15 min.   Please fill out the form as completely as possible, and include links to your film and any other material (photos, press, PR material, video extras) you think will help get your film selected.  The link to your film must be stream-able (preferably at the highest quality available to you) and should also be downloadable.  We recommend using a private and password-protected link from or with the original video file available for download.  If necessary, using other hosts and sending separate links for streaming video and downloadable video is acceptable. Make sure to send us the correct password and make sure your link remains live until October 15th.

If submitting a stream-able version of your film online is not possible, you must complete the submission form online and send 2 DVD’s or Blu-ray Discs to the following address:

  • Coldsmoke Film
  • 201 S. Wallace Ave.
  • Suite A2
  • Bozeman, MT 59715

submission options

There are two basic options to choose from when submitting your film.  To be included in all thee arms of the festival; People’s Choice Online Contest ($1000 Cash Prize), the Winter Film Tour, and the Coldsmoke Awards ($1000+ Cash Purse), or opt out of People’s Choice Online and be included only in Tour and Awards. Explanations and details of all three festival arms are included in the submission form.

multiple submissions

If you are planning on entering more than one film submission, the process will be slightly different for secondary submissions. Essentially the only difference is you will login with to the user account you create with your first submission.  Please make sure you are logged in before starting a second submission or you will end up with more than one user account. This account will be useful when your film(s) are selected or nominated.


required submission materials

  1. Completed online submission form
  2. Primary Entry Contact information
  3. Filmmaker(s) contact information
  4. Film Synopsis
  5. Social media info to help us connect and promote your film (Facebook, LinkedIn, Vimeo, Twitter or other)
  6. Online, streamable link to your film (using a private and password-protected link is strongly recommended)
  7. Submission Fee payable via Paypal.


Visit the Filmmaker FAQ Page for more detailed info and commonly asked questions

Screaners click here