Every year a film jury confers the DMFF Awards for the best films in the competition. The main award is the Heerlen / Aachen DMFF Award. The Spiegel Best Newcomer Award is for a filmmaker who has ventured to produce a mountain film for the very first time, and the Parkstad Limburg Jury Award for a production which the jury deems to have excelled in a diversity of different ways. For the 2020 festival the jury was made up of Katja Staartjes, the first Dutch woman to climb Mount Everest; Keith Partridge, cameraman on Touching the Void and Shared Vision; and Daniel van Hauten, artistic film maker. The Best Mountaineering Film Award is selected and presented by klimwandspecialist.nl and is for the best climbing film in the competition.