The festival has been handing out the DMFF Awards every year since 2014. There are three prizes awarded for the best entries. These films undergo rigorous adjudication by an experienced jury.
The main prize is the Crossborder DMFF Award for the most artistic mountain film: this is rewarded with a cash sum of €1,500. The Best Newcomer Award is prise presented to the best debut mountain film and is worth €1,000. Finally, there is the Parkstad Limburg jury prize, worth €500, which is handed out to the production which the jury feels, for a variety of reasons, should be brought to the attention of a wider public. Each of the winners receives a trophy: the Steinman, created by artist Leo Horbach.
The jury for the film awards is made up of professionals working in the film industry, (arts) education, (alpine) journalism and/or mountaineering, each of whom has an affinity with mountains and cinematography. The jury consists of three persons who, one month prior to the festival, are tasked with making a selection from all the submissions. The films which are presented to the jury for appraisal are also screened during the festival.
A new award has been created for the 2019 festival. This is for the best mountaineering film and comes with a cash prize of €1,000. The Best Mountaineering Film Award will be selected and awarded by klimwandspecialist.nl, which specialises in the supply of artificial climbing structures, inspections and approval.