It’s that time of the year: film submissions are open for Backcountry Film Festival!

We’re looking for the greatest winter human-powered films to inspire audiences across the country to let out their hoots and hollers and ignite their winter season stoke. This year will be our 15th annual Festival, so bring on your epic backyard backcountry films and stories – we want to see ’em!

Areas we’re specifically interested in, but are not limited to: stories from the Eastern US snowbelt, tales of DEI in wild winter landscapes, advocacy in public lands for wild winter landscapes, and climate change. Check out last year’s films here.

To make things as easy and as accessible as possible, all films can be submitted for FREE! Use code “HUMANPOWER” to submit or send directly to


The Backcountry Film Festival is produced each year by Winter Wildlands Alliance (WWA) as a celebration of the human-powered experience and a gathering place for the backcountry winter community. WWA is a nonprofit organization working at the national level to inspire and educate the backcountry community to protect and care for their winter landscapes.

The Festival premieres in Boise, ID each year and then launches into a 100+ city tour across the US and in some international locations. Funds raised at each screening stay in the local community to support recreation and conservation efforts, winter education and avalanche/safety programs, and to raise awareness of winter management issues.

The 2019-20 Backcountry Film Festival will tour over 100 cities from mid-November to late March, reaching 22,000+ attendees, and hopes to raise over $200,000 for local winter communities. Immerse yourself in a night of films that capture the spirit of winter. Adventure, environment and climate, youth outdoors, ski culture- you’ll find it all in this award winning lineup.

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In addition to joining 15 seasons of outdoor filmmaker alumni, BCFF films tour 100+ cities throughout the winter season, with over 22,000 attendees raising funds for their local community and with our national partners. Filmmakers are able to attend any screenings they’d like with advance notice through the BCFF Manager and can also request to speak at select screenings if interested.

Be a part of the event that inspires the winter stoke in thousands of adventurers, raises funds and awareness for Winter Wildlands and their grassroots partners, and gathers our backcountry community together each and every season.


Your film should be short— around 3 to 20 minutes —and tell an authentic story of backcountry, human-powered recreation or environmental preservation. Submission is free. We prefer 16:9 aspect ratio at HDTV 1920×1080 square pixels. Submitted films should either be in English or include English subtitles.

Submissions must be in either a digital download format or on a DVD mailed to our office by September 1, 2019.

Provide the following information:

  • Film contact’s full name, email/phone number, and location
  • Link to an online screener (will only be shared with BCFF jury)
  • Film production company/media group and any corporate partnerships/sponsorships to be aware of (if applicable)
  • Film information – logline, length, website and social media links
  • Backup Contact Info (for y’all who live off the grid)
  • Film stillshots – high res and in .jpeg format

Questions? Email