Our First Film Grant Recipient: Soñadora!

We are thrilled to award our first ever film grant to “Soñadora,” which will premiere at all Backcountry Film Festival screenings this tour season!

Photo by Micheli Oliver (@micheliphoto)

Since the age of 7, Vanessa Chavarriaga has ingrained duality in her life. Her existence is a woven basket created with her joy for the outdoors, love of the land, connection to culture and a past of injustices. Vanessa has spent her life navigating a country born of newcomers and yet unjust towards them.

Vanessa is quite literally a trailblazer and with vulnerable storytelling, she is making space for those after her in the outdoor industry. In doing so she is often in predominantly white spaces and thus has had to find ways to stay connected to herself and her culture. This film explores Vanessa’s journey and anyone else who lives between worlds.

Meet the Film Crew

We’re so thrilled to award this creative and talented group the funding for their film. Join us in celebrating their win and our partnership by learning more about the faces and skills you will see on screen at your local Festival event soon!

Vanessa Chavarriaga

Athlete, Main Character


Jr Rodriguez



Sofia Jaramillo

Co-Director & Executive Producer


Micheli Oliver

Stills Photographer


Luke Kaneb

Director of Photography


What is the Human-Powered Film Grant

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.

This film will premiere each year at the Backcountry Film Festival winter tour – kicking off in our hometown in Boise, Idaho, and touring throughout the snow belt to your hometown.

Thank You to our Grant Sponsors