2013-14 Backcountry Film Festival Line Up 

Best of Festival: Valhalla from Sweetgrass Productions is the tale of one man’s search to rediscover the freedom of his youth. 

Best Conservation Film: Bolton Valley from Red Reel Production is the story of how a small community fought to save their beloved ski area.  

Best Short:  Bigger, Braver. Filmmaker Luc Mehl turns the camera on a young female athlete who shares her insight into the courage and strength involved in seeking big mountain adventure.  

Other films include:

  • Trail Break from Powderwhore is a beautiful black and white portrait of deep powder skiing.
  • Morning Rituals, a day in the life of an undercover ski bum.  Presented by Chris Dickey of Orange and Purple.
  • Youth, from filmmaker Corey Rich, inspires us to pack up the kids and proves that backcountry skiing is a family affair.
  • Nokhoi Zeekh: In search of the Wolverine, from filmmaker Forrest McCarthy.  Five Americans set off on a month-long ski expedition through northern Mongolia to document one of the world's most iconic but least-known winter species 
  • Strong from filmmaker and storyteller Fitz Cahall at Duct Tape then Beer captures Roger Strong’s reflections about moving forward after a tragic avalanche.  
  • Poor Man’s Heli, skier Antoine Boisselier thinks outside the skin track and comes up with a new and unique way to the top of the mountain.  From Mike Douglas at Switchback Entertainment.
  • Take the Ride, from filmmakers Jason Thompson and Drew Stoecklein, asks,, “When you have a dream will you buy the ticket, will you Take the Ride?”

Enter Your Film

Who can enter a film?
You don’t need a degree from a film school. You don’t need footage shot while dangling precariously, camera in hand, from an ice wall in the Rockies. All you need is a compelling story, some quality footage and a keen eye for a fun, educational or juicy topic.

Your film should be short – from 3 minutes to 30 minutes max – and tell a thought-provoking, interesting story of backcountry, non-motorized recreation, environmental preservation or conservation. Your film should take place during or otherwise relate to winter. We’re open minded about what kind of films we’ll show: documentaries, fiction, animation and experimental films are welcomed.

Three awards will be given:

  • Best of Festival
  • Best Short (under 5 minutes)
  • Best Environmental Message

Who will see my film?
The Backcountry Film Festival premieres in Boise, Idaho and travels during the winter months in more than 100 towns worldwide and is seen by more than 20,000 outdoor enthusiasts.

What does it cost to submit your film?  Submitting is FREE!

What do I need to submit?
Submissions  can be in either digital or DVD format.  You can send me your film via Vimeo or YouTube with a download option. Via Dropbox works as well.  All submissions must be received by September 15.  If sending a DVD please mail package to: Winter Wildlands Alliance, Attn: Shelley Pursell, 910 Main Street, Suite 235, Boise ID 83702. Contact Shelley Pursell at for more details.


Tour Sites

2013-2014 Film Tour Schedule


Don’t see your town? Tour dates are added daily so please check back often.  If you are interested in hosting in your town please contact Shelley Pursell for details,


Gridwood- January 15th hosted by Backcountry Babes at the Sitzmark Bar.  For more INFO

Fairbanks - January 25th hosted by Fairbanks Nordic Center. For more INFO

Talkeetna- January 18th and March 14th.  hosted by Alaska Quiet Rights Coalition. For more INFO

Juneau - January 27th and 28th Hosted by Discovery Southeast at Gold Town Nickelodeon Theater. For more INFO

Homer- February 20th hosted by Alaska Quiet Rights Coalition.

Skagway- March 14th at the AB Hall hosted by Packers Expeditions

Anchorage- February 12th at the Grant Theater. hosted by Alaska Avalanche Center

Palmer- March 7th at Rock On Climbing Gym for more INFO


Bear Valley - November 30th at Bear Valley Ski Resort.  For more INFO

Nevada City- December 17th at the Nevada Theater.  Hosted by Snowlands

Shasta - January 10th hosted by Mt Shasta Nordic and the Fifth Season for more INFO

Quincy- January 23rd hosted by Feather River College Outdoor Education Program

Berkeley - February 26th Hosted by WWA and ClifBar.  For more INFO

North Lake Tahoe- February 27th Hosted by Alpenglow Sports. For more INFO


Evergreen - November 13th hosted by Mountain Area Land Trust.  For more INFO 

Vail- December 5th hosted by Paragon Sports

Golden - December 6th hosted by Colorado Mountain Club. For more INFO

Boulder - December 12th hosted by Colorado Mountain Club at Neptune's. For more INFO

Crested Butte- December 13th hosted by High Country Citizens Alliance

Breckenridge- January 12th hosted by Backcountry Babes at Colorado Mountain College.  For more INFO

Denver - January 23rd at the Oriental Theater hosted by Friends of Berthoud Pass.  For more INFO

Steamboat Springs- February 28th at the Chief Theater.  Hosted by Yampatika for more INFO

Colorado Springs- March 7th hosted by the Colorado Mountain Club

Durango- March 7th at Durango Arts Center hosted by Durango Nature Studies

Aspen- February 12th hosted by the Colorado Mountain Club

Lyons-March 22nd at Oskar Blues for more INFO

Grand Junction April 2nd for more INFO


Boise - November 1st at the Egyptian Theatre for tickets please BUY here

Sandpoint - November 23rd at the Panida Theater.  Hosted by SOLE for more INFO

Boise - December 6th at Boise State University hosted by BSU Outdoor Education Program

Salmon- Jan 1st hosted by Salmon Whitewater Park at The Odd Fellows Bakery

Hailey - January 3rd at The Liberty Theater for tickets please BUY here

Sun Valley - January 4th at The NexStage Theater for tickets please BUY here

Driggs- January 16th hosted by Teton Valley Trails and Pathways at the Wildwood Room.  For more INFO

Coeur d Alene- January 17th at the Eagles Club hosted by Idaho Conservation League

McCall-March 15th at Brundage Ski Resort. for more INFO

Moscow- January 29th at the Kenworthy Theater

Cascade-February 8th at the Roxy Theater


Livingston -  November 21st at Timber Trails for more INFO

West Yellowstone MT, November 26th hosted by Freeheel and Wheel

Butte- December 13th hosted by Butte Public Library.  For more INFO

Great Falls- February 7th hosted by Island Range Chapter of Montana Wilderness

Missoula- February 13th hosted by Montana Backcountry Alliance

Bozeman- February 12th hosted by Montana Backcountry Alliance

Red Lodge- February 28th at the Roman Theater.  hosted by Beartooth Recreational Trails


Reno- January 22nd at Patagonia.  Hosted by Snowlands

New Mexico: 

Los Alamos- January 30th hosted by Pajaritos Environmental Center. For more INFO

New York:

Keene Valley - December 7th at The Mountaineer Shop. For morINFO


Hood River- January 8th Hosted by WWA at the Pint Shack.  For more INFO

Portland- January 9th.  Hosted by WWA at KEEN.  Raffle to benefit Education Recreation Adventures.  BUY tickets here

Bend- January 1oth.  Hosted by WWA at Volcanic Theater Pub.  BUY tickets here.

Eugene- January 19th at Oakshire Brewery.  Hosted by Education Recreation Adventures.  For more INFO

La Grande-February 14th at Ferguson Ridge hosted by Eastern Oregon Outdoor Education Program

Joseph- February 6th at the OK Theater


Salt Lake City - January 23rd at Brewvies Cinema Pub for tickets please BUY here

Logan-January 31st at Logan River Golf Course Clubhouse hosted by Nordic United, for more INFO

Park City-March 6th at Santy Auditorium.  Hosted by Wasatch Backcountry Alliance


Poultney - November 30th at Green Mountain College.  

Burlington- December 12th hosted by The Outdoor Gear Exchange.  For more INFO

Montpiler- TBA

Manchester-February 22nd at Riley Center at Burr & Burton Academy hosted by Unplugged.  For more INFO


Port Angeles- November 16th at Vern Burton hosted by Hurricane Ridge.

Bellevue - November 25th at the Highlands Community Center hosted by Seattle Mountaineers.  For more INFO

Wenatchee - December 5th hosted by El Sendero.  For more INFO

Seattle - January 10th at The Mountaineers for more INFO

Spokane- January 31st hosted by Inland NW Backcountry Alliance at Lair Auditorium, Spokane Community College.   For more INFO

Walla-Walla- January 29th hosted by Whitman Outdoor Education Program

Washington DC  January 16th at Solly's  U Street Tavern.  For more INFO

West Virginia February 13th at the Byrd Center for Legislative Studies in Shepardstown

Thomas-February 15th at the Tip Top Cafe.  For more INFO


Landers- January 29th at Coalters Loft Hosted by Wyoming Wilderness Association, for more  INFO

Jackson Hole-January 11th at the Pink Garter hosted by Wyoming Wilderness Association.  For more INFO

Buffalo- February 7th at Cooley Images Studio hosted by Wyoming Wilderness Association.  

Gillette- February 6th at Gillette Brewing Company hosted by Wyoming Wilderness Association.

Laramie- January 22nd at Berry Center Auditorium  hosted by Wyoming Wilderness Association.


Nelson, BC - January 24th hosted by SOLE for more INFO

Smithers BC- January 25th at Dusk2Dawn Outfitters for more INFO

Melbourne Australia- May 14th at Melbourne Uni.  For more INFO

Hosting Information

The Backcountry Film Festival is a tool to help our member groups and nonprofit partners raise money for their efforts in protecting opportunities for human-powered winter recreation. It also helps to spread the word about the pleasures of backcountry skiing and snowshoeing—and build excitement for the new season.

Hosting fee is $150 for WWA Grassroots Member Groups, Snowschool sites and student run clubs.  Non-member groups can show the festival for $300. Each additional showing is $50.00.   The hosting non-profit keeps all proceeds.

Winter Wildlands Alliance provides the films on DVD and Vimeo. The 90 minute program is produced for showing to your audience. We also provide graphics and press materials that you can customize for your event, print locally and submit to your local paper. You will also receive quality raffle prizes for fundraising.

Once you secure your venue and a date, you’ll want to come up with a DVD player, projector and sound system for the venue, and some raffle tickets. The films will be available after November 1st. Please pick a date that works for your organization and community then contact Shelley Pursell and we will get your event published.  

For additional details, contact Shelley Pursell at or by phone at 208-336-4203 ext 3.