The Backcountry Film Festival is a collaboration of filmmakers, corporate partners, athletes and environmental grassroots leaders dedicated to gathering and engaging the backcountry community. Submit film for this year’s festival by Sept. 1st!

Rider: Olof Larsson, Piers Solomon | Photo: Oskar Enander
Location: Kiriro Snow World, Japan

The Space Within

Exploring the tidepools of a deserted tropical beach, a young boy finds a mysterious treasure washed upon the rocks. The space within whispers of another world, holding magic unlike anything he has seen before.

DPS Skis Cinematic | 5 min 28 sec

Ruth Gorge

In this short expedition skiing piece, Noah Howell and Ben Peters head into Alaska’s Ruth Gorge to see what they can find. With great weather, good preparedness and a ton of lucky they tick off two incredible steep skiing lines in one of the most beautiful settings on the planet. Shot in light and fast gorilla style, these two ski mountaineers provide a well documented epic adventure sharing what they love to do most. 

Noah Howell | 8 min 1 sec

Below 0

Nature has two meanings, on the one hand it is the natural environment where all living and inorganic beings develop; And on the other, nature is understood as the essence of a Being. To destroy nature, not to respect its wealth, dynamism and laws, is equivalent to not respecting the human being who must live from it and with it. When it is not treated properly and with benevolence to the nature, the human being does not behave with dignity with its fellowmen.
The human being is becoming more and more aware of the need to preserve the natural environment in which he develops. Ecological problems are also moral problems, since the well-being of the human being and his subsistence depends on its solution.

Below 0 ° is an animated short film that uses fictional documentary as its main narrative resource. The main theme concerns the life of Vladimir Kozlov, a 50-year-old Russian-born meteorologist, who by the time of the alleged audio recording would have had about 20 years of living in the Arctic. The events narrated in this audiovisual were based on the decade of the fifties of the twentieth century.

The events are narrated metaphorically from a voice recording of Kozlov himself, who is accustomed to document his experiences and thoughts experienced in this inhospitable place, in such a way that the voice that is heard is that of the character himself.

Itai Hagage | 4 min 54 sec

The End of Snow

Dr. Jane Zelikova is a tropical ecologist living in the mountains of Wyoming and Colorado. She dreams of snow in the summer and tropical forests in the dead of winter. But her snow-capped Fourteeners are changing – no longer bringing the deep winter snowpack once promised. This is a future from which she and the people of the West can’t run. What’s a wildly curious, adventurous girl to do? Embark on a journey into the mountains to find the tales of the past, present and future of snow. There will be adventure. Friendships will form. She will dig holes, and fall down those holes. But like any good story, the characters she meets will help show her the way, a map for living in a world beyond the end of snow.

Jane Zelikova and Morgan Heim | 20 min 35 sec