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 or environmental preservation. 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 and experimental films are welcome.
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 do I need to submit?
Submissions must be in DVD format, received in our Boise office by September 15 and include three copies of your film. Mail package to: Winter Wildlands Alliance, Attn: Shelley Pursell, 910 Main Street, Suite 235, Boise ID 83702. Contact Shelley Pursell at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
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, email@example.com
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 25th 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.
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
San Francisco- TBA
Mammoth Mountain- TBA
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
Ft Collins- TBA
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
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
Red Lodge- TBA
Reno- January 22nd at Patagonia. Hosted by Snowlands
Los Alamos- January 30th hosted by Pajaritos Environmental Center. For more INFO
Keene Valley - December 7th at The Mountaineer Shop. For more INFO
Hood River- TBA
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
Salt Lake City - January 23rd at Brewvies Cinema Pub for tickets please BUY here
Park City TBA
Poultney - November 30th at Green Mountain College.
Burlington- December 12th hosted by The Outdoor Gear Exchange. 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.
Jackson Hole- TBA
Nelson, BC - January 24th hosted by SOLE for more INFO
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 208-336-4203 ext 3.