Question: How do I enter my destination in the Epic Short Film contest?

Answer: You may enter your destination if you are a Destination Marketing Organization, Tourism Organization, or Agency by submitting an email on this page: or by calling this number: 1-613-582-7154 from 9 am to 5 pm EST.

Question: What happens after I fill out the entry form that I receive by email?

Answer: After you complete the entry form you will receive a confirmation email. A Heliconia representative will then contact you by phone or email within one business day.

Question: What expenses are covered by Heliconia?

Answer: The 2022 prize will include story-writing, film production and editing, airfare for the film crew, exposure through film festival entries and a digital campaign in support of the video’s launch.

Destination partners will be asked to cover on-ground logistics and expenses.

Question: What is Epic Trails? Who is Eric Hanson?

Answer: Epic Trails is an adventure travel series that follows host, Eric Hanson, as he discovers the people, places and adventures surrounding the world’s top trail and hiking destinations. It airs to over 120M US TV households throughout the US on Outside TV and numerous sports networks, and reaches an additional 100K hiking and outdoor enthusiasts through its social network. Eric Hanson, the host of Epic Trails, is a journalist, photographer, filmmaker and social media influencer specializing in outdoor adventure and travel.

Question: I am not part of a DMO or Tourism Board, but I live in a region with incredible trails! Can I nominate my regional trails?

Answer: If you’re not a member of a Tourism Board or DMO but live in a region that has epic hiking and a story to tell, we encourage you to nominate them! Let us know through social media using the hashtag #EpicShortFilm to nominate the destination and tell us what makes it epic.

Question: How will Heliconia select the successful region for the Epic Short Film?

Answer: Heliconia will select the location of the Epic Short Film based on a number of qualifying factors that include, but are not exclusive to, the interest on social media (locations in the running will be promoted on social media), quality of the trail’s story, interesting features about the region, production schedule and travel restrictions.

Question: What is the deadline to submit my destination in the Epic Trails Short Video contest?

Answer: We will be considering locations throughout Winter 2021 and Spring 2022.

Question: When will the Short Film be filmed and produced?

Answer: Heliconia will work with the successful destination to come up with a filming date that works best for both parties. As a general guideline, Heliconia aims to have filming wrapped up by summer 2022.

Question: How do I get featured on Epic Trails TV show?

Answer: If you are interested in featuring your destination, send an email to schedule a call with Heliconia’s Tourism Partnership Manager, Stefanie at She will provide you with detailed information on what your involvement would be as a destination partner, the broadcast exposure, social and digital exposure, the deliverables related to the project as well as associated fees.