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 Productions

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, 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 1.  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-Hosted by Backcountry Babes at the Valdez Civic Center, January 23rd

Girdwood- Hosted by Backcountry Babes, January 20th. Location TBA.

Fairbanks- Hosted by Nordic Ski Club Fairbanks at Birch Hill Recreation Area, January 30th

Soldotna- Hosted by Tsalteshi Trails Association, November 6th

Talkeetna- Alaska Quiet Rights Coalition at the Sheldon Community Arts Hangar, January 9th

Talkeetna-Alaska Quiet Rights Coalition at the Sheldon Community Arts Hangar, March 18th

Juneau- Hosted by SE Alaska Avalanche Center at The Rockwell, February 11th

Homer- Alaska Quiet Rights Coalition at the Homer Theater, February 11th

Anchorage- Hosted by Alaska Pacific University at Grant Hall Theater APU, March 10th


Seward- Hosted by Seward Nordic Ski Club on November 14th, venue TBD


Lone Pine- Hosted by Snowlands Network, March TBD

Nevada City- Hosted by Snowlands Network, March 3rd

Shasta - Hosted by Mt. Shasta Nordic Ski Organization at the Sisson Museum, January 9th

Big Bear- Hosted by Big Bear Discovery Center at Big Bear Discovery Center, January 9th

San Luis Obispo- Hosted by All Good Brand (Elemental Herbs) at SLO County Library Community Room, January 14th

Quincy- Hosted by Feather River Outdoor Recreation Program at Town Hall Theater, January 21st

Berkeley - Hosted by Winter Wildlands Alliance and CLIF Bar at CLIF BAR & COMPANY, February 18th. Tickets HERE

North Lake Tahoe- Hosted by Alpenglow Sports at Tahoe Art Haus and Cinema, February 23rd

Nevada City - Hosted by Snowlands Network at Seaman's Lodge, March 3rd

Bear Valley- Hosted by Bear Valley Mountain at Bear Valley Lodge, November 27th


Gunnison- Hosted by High Country Conservation Advocates at Western State Colorado University, January TBD


Golden - TBA

Boulder- Hosted by Colorado Mountain Club at Neptune Mountaineering, February 11th

Colorado Springs - Hosted by Colorado Mountain Club at The Ute and Yeti/CityROCK Climbing Center, February 12th

Crested Butte- Hosted by High Country Conservation Advocates at Crested Butte Center for the Arts, December 11th

Breckenridge- Hosted by Backcountry Babes. January 9th (7pm), and January 10th (6pm) at Mountain Outfitters


Steamboat Springs-Hosted by Yampatika and the Chief Theater, March 12th

Telluride- Hosted by High Camp Hut at Jagged Edge, February 3rd

Durango- Hosted by Durango Nature Studies at Durango Arts Center, February 21st

Grand Junction-TBA

Salida- Hosted by Colorado Mountain Club at Steamplant Theatre, January 16th

Fort Collins - Hosted by Colorado Mountain Club at Odell Brewing Co, February 23rd


Boise - Hosted by WWA, The Egyptian Theater, November 19th and 20th, Tickets

Sandpoint - Hosted by SOLE inc, Panida Theater, December 4th

Salmon- Hosted by Salmon Whitewater Park Association at Odd Fellows', December 31st

Hailey - Hosted by Winter Wildlands Alliance at Liberty Theater, March 11th. Tickets HERE

Victor - Hosted by Teton Valley Trails and Pathways at the Wildwood Room, January 22nd

Coeur d Alene -TBA

McCall- Hosted by McCall Winter Sports Club at McCall Golf Course, February 9th

Moscow- Hosted by U of I Outdoor Program at Kenworthy Performing Arts Centre, January 7th


Fort Kent-TBA


Cambridge: Hosted by MIT Outing Club at MIT Building 26-100, March 15th





Livingston- Hosted by Timber Trails at Elks Lodge, November 19th

West Yellowstone - Hosted by West Yellowstone Ski Education Foundation at the Yellowstone Ski Festival, November 24th


Great Falls- Hosted by Montana Wilderness Association at Heritage Hall MSU, February 17th

Missoula- Hosted by Montana Wilderness Association at The Roxy Theatre, February 3rd

Bozeman- Hosted by Montana Wilderness Association at Emerson Center for the Arts, February 23rd

Red Lodge- Hosted by BearTooth Recreational Trails Association at the Roman Theatre, March 4th

Whitefish - Hosted by Montana Wilderness Association at the O'Shaughnessy Center, February 12th

Seeley Lake - Hosted by Seeley Lake Elementary School Outdoor Program at TBA, February 27th


Reno- Hosted by Snowlands Network at Truckee Meadows Community Center, March 17th

New Mexico: 

Los Alamos- Hosted by Pajarito Environmental Education Center at Reel Deel Theater, January 21st

Chama- Hosted by Chama Valley Outdoor Club at Brew House, January 16th

New York:

Keene Valley - Hosted by The Mountaineer at Keen Arts, December 5th

Ellicottville- Hosted by Adventure Bound at Villaggio Italian Restaurant, December 12th from 12:30-2:30 pm

New York- Hosted by Patagonia at Patagonia Meatpacking Store, January TBA.


Hood River- TBA

Portland- Hosted by Patagonia Portland at Patagonia Shop, March 17th

Bend- Hosted by Winter Wildlands Alliance at Volcanic Theatre Pub, January 22nd. Tickets HERE

Sisters- Hosted by Discover Your Forest at The Belfry, January 30th. Tickets Here

Eugene- Hosted by Oakshire Brewing and Land Air Water Club Oregon State University at Oakshire Brewing, February 27th.

La Grande- Hosted by Eastern Oregon University Outdoor Adventure Program at Arts East, February 26th


Salt Lake City - Hosted by WWA at Brewvies, January 7th

Salt Lake City- Hosted by Wasatch Backcountry Alliance at Brewvies Cinema Pub, February 4th

Logan- Hosted by Nordic United and Utah State University Outdoor Recreation Program at USU Taggart Student Center Auditorium, January 11th

Park City- Hosted by Wasatch Backcountry Alliance at Santy Theater, February 18th




Burlington- Hosted by Outdoor Gear Exchange at Outdoor Gear Exchange, November 12th





Bellingham- TBA

Port Townsend-TBA

Port Angeles-Hosted by Hurricane Ridge Winter Access Coalition at Metta Room 132, December 12th.

Bellevue- Hosted by The Mountaineers Seattle at the Highland Community Center, January 9th

Wenatchee - Hosted by El Sendero Backcountry Ski and Snowshoe Club at Wenatchee Performing Arts, December 9th

Seattle- Hosted by the Seattle Mountaineers at the Seattle Mountaineers Program Center, February 4th

Spokane- Hosted by Inland Northwest Backcountry Alliance at the Bing Crosby Theater, January 28th

Tacoma- Hosted by The Mountaineers Tacoma Branch at The Mountaineers Tacoma, January 7th

Walla-Walla- Hosted by Whitman College Outdoor Program at Olin Hall, February

Washington DC  Hosted by Winter Wildlands Alliance at Penn Social, January 4th

West Virginia 

Thomas- Hosted by Friends of Blackwater at Tip Top Cafe, February 13th


Seeley - Hosted by Cable Natural History Museum at Sawmill Saloon, March 1st

Ashland - Hosted by Cable Natural History Museum at Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center, March 2nd


Jackson Hole- Hosted by Wyoming Wilderness Association at Pink Garter Theatre, January 20th

Cody- Hosted by Wyoming Wilderness Association at Big Horn Cinema, January 28th; FREE EVENT

Sheridan-Hosted by Wyoming Wilderness Association at Blacktooth Brewery, January 22nd

Lander- Hosted by Wyoming Wilderness Association at Lander Convention Center, January 23rd

Laramie- Hosted by University of Wyoming Sustainability Club at the Berry Biodiversity Center, February 11th





Smithers BC-TBA


Melbourne- Hosted by Friends of the Earth Australia, March 2016

Sydney - Hosted by Friends of the Earth Australia, April 30th

New Zealand
Termas de Chillán - September 16th, 2015 hosted by Gran Hotel Termas de Chillán

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.