2019 Trail Film Awards


We’re pleased to announce that entries for the second annual South African Trail Film Awards, in association with sponsors Saucony South Africa, First Ascent, and GoPro have opened.

How to enter

  • Email your film’s URL on Youtube, Vimeo, or another online platform to us. More entry details below. One entry per filmmaker per category.

This year, we’re broadening the scope.

The 2019 Trail Film Awards will showcase trail running films produced by anyone, anywhere.

However, only non-professional South African citizens resident in SA are eligible for the sponsor prizes.

International filmmakers and professional filmmakers (local and international) are encouraged to submit their works into the international category, but are only eligible for Honorary Mentions, and not prizes.

For some background, scroll down to explore the 2018 Awards, with Saucony shoe and Hi-Tec apparel prizes that were on offer.

TRAIL Film Awards 2018 t28 Saucony Hi-Tec sponsors



The Annapurna Circuit byFoot (8 min) by Ranger byFoot

Chasing the Prodigal (6 min) by Lost in South Africa

The sounds of 100 miles (3 min) by Rae Browne

Inspirational running video (3 min) by The Endangered Malpas

The Woodcutters Journey by Dane Sweet


Film Awards submissions under 120 seconds in duration.

International entry Running Solo 4000kms Across 4 African Countries – Namibian Desert (1:35) by Nautilus Studios

RUN Inspire & motivate (1:59) by The Endangered Malpas

Journey of Perception (1:38) by Normedia Productions

Robertson Run (1:59) by Juan Scholtz

Back to basics (0:45) by Maureen van den Bergh

Event Films

Pro entry
 Hundred Mile Horizon (36 min) by Amehlo Productions

Pro entry Ultra-Trail® Drakensberg 2018 (7 min) by Danegerous Pictures

Pro entry 36HOURS 100MILES (28 min) by 369 Communications

Trail Running | Chokka 62km 2018 (5 min) by Pierre Prins

SPCA Trail run 2017 (5 min) by Maureen van den Bergh

The Leopard Run (4 min) by Andre Hugo Media

Pushing my limits at the Otter African Trail Run! (15 min) by Roughing It With Ruth


The Hi-Tec hamper consists of

Hi-Tec Lady Orion jacket prize for Trail Film Awards 2018
Hi-Tec’s Lady Orion jacket is available in Moon Grey / Bright Pink configuration.

The Saucony prize is the brand-new Peregrine 8 trail shoe, which one winner will walk, er, run away in!

saucony peregrine 8 trail shoe mens model trail film awards 2018
This is the newly-released Saucony Peregrine 8 trail shoe in the men’s model.

Trail Film Awards categories

Your film can be from any of the following genres (and feel free to create your own new genre!):

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You don’t need fancy equipment, just a trail and a story. Oh, and a smartphone!

• Documentary

• Fiction (drama, comedy, etc.)

• Animation

• Shorts (under two minutes)

• Event films

• International* (not eligible for prizes, but submissions will get recognition)

Films will be showcased on this page, and promoted through our social media channels. Click here to view our current submissions!

A truly South African affair

We are fans of the Trails in Motion Film Festival (which mostly screens international films) and the Cape Union Mart Adventure Film Challenge during the Banff Film Festival. The SA Trail Film Awards are in no way a replication of their good work, as the focus is quite different.

There are currently no other official Awards for South African trail running films that we know of, and our goal is to develop a vehicle to do that.

We think this kind of exposure for South African filmmakers should be encouraged and developed because this will boost creativity and pride in South Africa’s vibrant trail running scene.

We value feedback from fellow creatives who want to make a meaningful difference to the future of South Africa.

Stay in the loop with new film awards submissions, follow TRAIL on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Rules and Dates


  • Films produced between 15 December 2017 and 21 December 2018 are eligible.
  • Submit two film entries maximum. (We previously allowed unlimited entries but realised this could lead to an inordinately large number of entries.)
  • You have to be the creator of each film submitted.
  • Only SA citizens resident in South Africa are eligible for prizes*.
  • The Readers’ Choice winner will be chosen by TRAIL readers, with the voting process starting on 21 December 2018 and ending on Friday 18 January 2019.
  • The Editors’ Choice winner will be chosen by a panel of South African trail running film experts. View the panel of judges below.
  • Judge and voting decisions are final.
  • Prizes will be delivered to the winners by the brands in January 2019.


  • Final submission date is midday on Friday 21 December 2018
  • Readers’ Choice winner voting ends Friday 18 January 2019.
  • Winners announced Friday 25 January 2019


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