Snowvana Amateur Film Competition


Snowvana Amateur Film Competition Presented by Level 1 and Unofficial Networks

Now open for submissions! The second annual Snowvana Amateur Film Competition seeks to discover the best unknown snowsports athletes (skiers and/or snowboarders) in the world.

Three winners will be crowned including, Best Overall Athlete(s) Film, Best Runner-Up Athlete(s) Film, and Best Trick. The winners will receive recognition from one of the industry’s top film companies, Level 1, cash prizes, airfare and lodging to attend Snowvana’s Mt. Hood Film Festival, and immense exposure from Snowvana, Level 1, and media partner, Unofficial Networks.

Please note: Flights and lodging to the Mt Hood Film Festival will only be provided to the Best Overall Athlete(s) Film

Snowvana’s Mt Hood Film Festival

Portland, OR – Portland Expo Center

November 3 – 5, 2023

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2023 Prizes

Best Overall Athlete(s) Film

$3,000 Cash

Flight(s) and lodging for one representative from film to Portland, OR.

Representative must be at least 18 years of age

(Note: Entrant must fly from an airport that offers Alaska Airlines within the continental United States + Alaska)

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Best Runner-Up Athlete(s) Film

$1,500 Cash

Best Trick Award

$500 Cash

An award will be presented to the Best Overall Athlete(s) Film representative at Snowvana, and all winners’ films will be showcased at the event.

Eligibility and Rules

The Snowvana Amateur Film Competition is open to all amateur athletes and filmmakers worldwide. Athletes & Filmmakers must be ages 13 and up. 

Footage must be from the 2022/2023 season and may include urban, powder, park, and all other terrains. 

Films will be judged on the exact same criteria, and there are no age tiers. 

The winners are to be determined by Snowvana & Level 1. Selections are final and non-disputable. 

All filmmakers, riders, and skiers entering the contest must be amateurs.  If an individual has received cash compensation (more than just gear and travel) for their work in the ski industry in either category, they must disclose it in the entry form notes.  Snowvana reserves the right to disqualify individuals at our discretion if we feel this rule is being bent or broken. 

Upon entry, the contestant grants Snowvana & Level 1 the rights to use submitted material as they see fit, in any and all mediums of distribution. Entry materials will not be returned.

Winners must attend Snowvana to receive an award. If the winner is not available to participate in Snowvana, Snowvana and Level 1 hold the right to pick another contestant. 


Level 1 athletes and staff will overview all submitted films.  There are no time constraints on the length of films – but keep in mind that longer is not always better. Videos should showcase skiers/riders’ style, vibe, skills, creativity, and film production & cinematography.  Snowvana & Level 1 selections are considered final and reserve the right to disqualify anybody who’s not following the rules and has the ability to make changes throughout the contest. 

How are we scoring films this year? There’s no official scoring sheet, but here’s the breakdown of how we’re looking at entries:

    10% Overall Vibe

    25% Technical Ability and Creativity in the Skiing

    25% Production Value and Cinematography

    40% Overall Impression

Videos should showcase creative cinematography and an eye for showcasing skiing well. It won’t earn you points if your video is the highest quality production value but you end your clips before riders land.  

All submissions will be reviewed by one of the industry’s most elite film companies, Level 1. The winners will be selected by a panel of Level 1 athletes, staff, and filmmakers. The winner(s) will be announced on October 16th, 2023. 


Submissions must be made with the below form with a URL link to your film. Entries must be submitted between August 25th and October 5th, 2023 by 11:59 pm. No Exceptions.


About Snowvana

Snowvana, presented by Toyota is the Pacific Northwest’s premier get-stoked kick-off festival.

Now in its 7th season, Snowvana is home to the Mt. Hood Film Festival which features the latest films from the world’s top snow sports film creators. Snowvana also features live music, reps and the latest gear from over 50 top manufacturers and retailers, the most popular resorts in the Pacific Northwest, family activities like sled dog rides for kids, 1000 free kids skis from Next Adventure, the High Cascade half pipe presented by Sierra Nevada, the Northwest’s largest ski swap, and much more.

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2022 Winners

We’d like to give a HUGE thank you to everyone who entered the first annual Snowvana Amateur Film Competition in 2022! Here were the winners who took the podium and showcased their films in-person at last year’s event:

Best Film

Winner of “Best Film” ($3,500 prize): @vexed.complete – “Flat Rate”.

Runner Up, “Best Film” ($1,500 prize) @vv.xtreme – “Vertical Vision”.

Honorable Mentions, “Best Film”: @oscrew – “Electric”, Josh Rane – “Life Hack”, Hank Stowers – “Maritime Air”.

Best Cinematography

Winner of “Best Cinematography”: @dasha_gangsta_russia – “Turmoil”.

Honorable Mentions, “Best Cinematography”: Lassix – “Broked and Stoked”, @factotum_project – “Factotum”