Photos from “Denizens of the Steep” in the 2021-22 BCFF program.

Wild stories are told to connect individuals, communities, organizations, businesses, and more.

Too often those connections don’t reflect all of the human-powered voices in our lives and outdoor spaces.

Connection is built through representation.

Presented by Winter Wildlands Alliance and Sierra Nevada, the Backcountry Film Festival Human-Powered Film Grant provides financial support for these kinds of connecting stories.

Let’s bring all voices into and out of the backcountry for all snow seasons to come.

Submission Requirements

  • Human-powered stories of adventure, advocacy, adversity, and/or environment in the winter backcountry in the United States;
  • Films that emphasize our collective vision for recreating outdoors;
  • Stories told by voices not typically seen on-screen or shared widely;
  • In any stage of production where the grant would get the film to screening-status by Oct 1, 2022.

The Nitty Gritty

  • Open to any and all types of filmmakers and films based in the United States under 20 minutes.
  • Submissions will be open from February 1 – March 15, 2022, with notifications in April 2022.
  • Submissions are required to include a film treatment, budget, current partners + athletes involved, and production timeline. Video sample or trailer are also appreciated depending on the current status of your project. We prefer password-protected Vimeo links for our jury as opposed to direct download links.
  • Submissions should have a direct connection to the BCFF and Winter Wildlands’ missions.
  • Incomplete or late applications will not be accepted.
  • If you do not meet grant deadlines, the grant cash of up to $7,500 will be refunded in full to Backcountry Film Festival, Winter Wildlands Alliance, and Sierra Nevada.
  • We do not fund completed projects or impact campaigns.

If you are the recipient of our Human-Powered Film Grant, we expect the following:

  • Regular updates on progress, at least once monthly.
  • Backcountry Film Festival, Sierra Nevada, and Winter Wildlands Alliance logos and/or name recognition in the opening of the film and project credits.
  • Rights to screen and world premiere status at the 2022 Backcountry Film Festival premiere screening in Boise, ID.
  • Rights to submit film to other outdoor Festivals together.

How to Submit

Please email info@backcountryfilmfestival.org with the following:

  • Film treatment
  • Budget
  • Current partners + athletes involved
  • Production timeline
  • Video sample or trailer are also appreciated depending on the current status of your project. We prefer password-protected Vimeo links for our jury as opposed to direct download links.

Questions? Email Backcountry Film Festival, Director Melinda Quick: mquick@winterwildlands.org.

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