We cannot thank our filmmaker friends enough for their work. Films for the Backcountry Film Festival are donated by folks who are passionate about the power of storytelling and the human-powered journey.

The Weight of Winter Ben Sturgulewski

I Love Splitboarding Right on Brother

Shifting Ice Kt Miller

The Forecaster Spindle Productionsblog

55 Hours in Mexico Joey Schusler

Always Above Us Sherpa Cinema

Connections Thomas Woodson

Shared Lines T-bar Films

Japan by Van Sweetgrass Productions

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 adventure, human-powered 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 of Grassroots
  • 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 us your film via Vimeo or YouTube with a download option. Via Dropbox works as well.  All submissions must be received by September 1, 2016.  If sending a DVD please mail package to: Winter Wildlands Alliance, Attn: Keili Bell, 910 Main Street, Suite 235, Boise ID 83702. Contact Keili Bell at for more details.


Tour Sites

2015-2016 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 Keili Bell for details,



Kenai - TBA

Valdez- TBA

Girdwood- TBA

Fairbanks- TBA

Soldotna- TBA

Talkeetna- TBA

Talkeetna- TBA

Juneau- TBA

Homer- TBA

Anchorage- TBA

Seward- TBA


Lone Pine- TBA

Nevada City- TBA

Shasta - TBA

Big Bear- TBA

San Luis Obispo- TBA

Quincy- TBA

Berkeley - TBA

North Lake Tahoe- TBA

Nevada City - TBA

Bear Valley- TBA


Gunnison- TBA


Golden - TBA

Boulder- TBA

Colorado Springs - TBA

Crested Butte- TBA

Breckenridge- TBA

Denver- TBA

Steamboat Springs- TBA

Telluride- TBA

Durango- TBA

Grand Junction-TBA

Salida- TBA

Fort Collins - TBA


Boise - Hosted by Winter Wildlands Alliance at The Egyptian Theatre, November 18th 2016

Sandpoint - TBA

Salmon- TBA

Hailey - TBA

Victor - TBA

Coeur d Alene -TBA

McCall- TBA

Moscow- TBA


Fort Kent-TBA


Cambridge: TBA





Livingston- TBA

West Yellowstone - TBA


Great Falls- TBA

Missoula- TBA

Bozeman- TBA

Red Lodge- TBA

Seeley Lake - TBA


Reno- TBA

New Mexico: 

Los Alamos- TBA

Chama- TBA

New York:

Keene Valley - TBA

Ellicottville- TBA

New York- TBA


Hood River- TBA

Portland- TBA

Bend- TBA

Sisters- TBA

Eugene- TBA

La Grande- TBA


Salt Lake City - TBA

Salt Lake City- TBA

Logan- TBA

Park City- TBA

Alta- TBA


Poultney- TBA

Burlington- TBA





Bellingham- TBA

Port Townsend-TBA

Port Angeles- TBA

Bellevue- TBA

Wenatchee - TBA

Seattle- TBA

Spokane- TBA

Tacoma- TBA

Walla-Walla- TBA

Washington DC TBA

West Virginia 

Thomas- TBA


Seeley - TBA

Ashland - TBA


Jackson Hole- TBA

Cody- TBA

Sheridan- TBA

Lander- TBA

Laramie- TBA



Boat- Ice Axe Expeditions


Smithers BC- TBA


Melbourne- TBA

Sydney - TBA

New Zealand
Termas de Chillán - TBA

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 $75.00.   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 Keili Bell at or by phone at 208-336-4203 ext 3.