It’s our 14th Annual Festival season and we’re ready to dive deep into the powder with our film line-up announcement! As the backcountry community’s leading film festival, this year will host a variety of films focusing on education, advocacy, diversity, and environment.

Premiering in our hometown of Boise, ID on Saturday, Nov 3 at The Egyptian Theatre, the Backcountry Film Festival will then hit the road through the winter months to over 100 mountain towns around the world. The tour serves as a fundraising and education tool for local grassroots organizations and backcountry communities as well as travels the globe exploring themes connected to Winter Wildlands Alliance’s mission of promoting and preserving winter wildlands and a quality human-powered snowsports experience on public lands.

We’re stoked to announce the following films as part of our 2018-19 production:

Ode to Muir

Teton Gravity Research – Our exclusive Festival cut of Ode To Muir speaks the entire feature-length film as professional snowboarder, adventurer and founder of Protect Our Winters Jeremy Jones joins forces with two-time Olympian Elena Hight to embark on a 40-mile foot-powered expedition deep into California’s John Muir Wilderness.

Ski the Wild West

In 2017 Drew Petersen sought to ski the 11 highest peaks in the American West on one epic road trip. Accompanied by filmmaker and Winter Wildlands Alliance Ambassador, Thomas Woodson, this film is sure to be a pleasant walk down memory lane for anyone who has adventured throughout the West.

The Abbey

DPS Cinematic – A spiritual view into any snowbird’s head waiting for the season to start.

The Backcountry Snowsports Initiative

In this upbeat, Sunday morning op-ed of a short film we learn about the human-powered recreation advocacy organization, the Backcountry Snowsports Initiative, and their annual hut trip near Leadville, Colorado where they host a variety of stakeholders to ski, cook, and talk about winter recreation policy.

Abandoned

Another exclusive Festival cut focusing on Berthoud Pass, a crew of backcountry skiers set out to explore Colorado’s lost ski areas hopes to find adventure amongst the ruins.

Blue

Blue is a testament to the inherent creativity, innovation and strength forged in women of the north. In it we present a spectacle of winter innovation—the icy playground providing a visual journey as never seen before by bike.

I Am Here

“My parents never even thought about climbing a mountain.” Yesenia grew up living in a small farmer’s cabin in the apple orchards of Oregon’s Hood River Valley. Watch Yesi’s journey to climb Mount St. Helens, pursue her own American dream, and inspire Latinx outdoor enthusiasts everywhere.

Surfer Dan

Beyond the tale of his frosted beard, this is a story about Dan Schetter’s passion for surfing and how he credits the sport to saving his life.

Searching for Christmas Tree

A university teacher looking to break free from a life of routine in China and a mysterious frozen waterfall that no one knows the whereabouts, spins this story of seemingly futile quests and ultimately transcending climb.

Westward: Brennan Lagasse

An important message from Winter Wildlands Alliance Ambassador, educator and athlete, Brennan Lagasse, on the significance and the impact of the backcountry.

 

We hope to see you this season and Keep Winter Wild together! Email Melinda Quick, Backcountry Film Festival Manager, with any questions about how to see the Festival in your mountain town: mquick@winterwildlands.org.

Adventure with the Winter Wildlands Alliance in our hometown for our first annual “Wild Weekend” Friday, Nov 2 – Saturday, Nov 3, 2018.

Join the Treasure Valley backcountry community as we dive deep into the heart and soul of the winter human-powered experience and raise funds supporting the Alliance’s advocacy and education efforts – both local and national.

4th Annual SnowBall: A Ski Bum Gala

Begin your Wild Weekend dancing the night away at the 4th Annual SnowBall: A Ski Bum Gala on Friday, Nov 2 at 7:00 PM at the Linen Building. Benefitting SnowSchool and our local site at Bogus Basin, this event promises delicious food, drinks, silent/live auction items, and live music provided by Jonathan Warren and the Billy Goats. Event page and tickets here.

14th Annual Backcountry Film Festival World Premiere

After you dance the night away with your fellow ski bums, join us the following evening, Saturday, Nov 3 for the 14th Annual Backcountry Film Festival World Premiere! Climate action, environmental preservation, natural resources, snow culture, and of course, POW SHOTS: you’ll find it all in the award-winning line-up. Films, drinks, raffle and auction prizes galore – this is the traditional event of the winter season you cannot miss! Pre-party at the North Face store in downtown Boise from 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM featuring local band, Red Light Challenge. Film Festival doors open at 6:00 PM and films start at 7:00 PM at the Egyptian Theatre. Event page and tickets here.

We can’t wait to see you there! Email info@winterwildlands.org with questions.

Did you hear?! The 2018-19 Backcountry Film Festival video trailer is live! Thanks to our friends at Backcountry Magazine, we were able to kick off this season of snowy cinema featuring films on backcountry adventure, climate action, environmental preservation, natural resources, snow culture, and of course, POW SHOTS!

Looking for a screening near you? Check out our tour landing page throughout the season to find an event in your area! Lucky enough to live in our hometown of Boise, ID? Join us at the World Premiere on Saturday, Nov 3 – or even better, join us for the entire Wild Weekend and get your tickets to SnowBall and the Festival World Premiere.

BUY YOUR TICKETS TODAY!

Check out the trailer below and read some highlights from Backcountry Magazine’s interview with Backcountry Film Festival Manager, Melinda Quick. You can read the article in its entirety here.

Thank you to our film editor, Kori Price!

INTERVIEW HIGHLIGHTS

Backcountry Magazine: What are you excited for in this year’s festival?

Melinda Quick: What’s unique about the 2018/19 Winter Wildlands Alliance Backcountry Film Festival is that we’re starting to expand more internationally. We’ve got a lot of events already lined up for Australia next summer—their winter—in addition to Canada, Chile and a few European screenings.

The festival tour brings backcountry communities around the world together, so it’s wonderful that it’s expanding outside of North America in our 14th year. We want this to be a networking event that also serves as a mode to connect—and, of course, as a great form of entertainment.

BCM: How can people become involved as hosts and as viewers? 

MQ: Each November, we premier in our hometown of Boise, Idaho. From there, the festival goes on its international tour. Anyone can host and we also work specifically with our grassroots organizations, backcountry partners and SnowSchools. Screenings serve as a fundraiser for either a local nonprofit that a host works for, with, or wants to support charitably. Typically the festival is the non-profit’s fundraiser of the year with our national sponsor swag and the host’s local sponsor swag up for a raffle or auction. It’s a really great way to bring everybody together and raise funds for local nonprofits and backcountry adventures.

We hope that hosts use their screening as an opportunity to build relationships with local outdoor gear shops, outfitting guides and other local business that may share the same passion for the outdoors.

Special thanks to our media sponsor, Backcountry Magazine, and writer Louise Lintilhac. You can read the article in its entirety here.

Artwork by Tony Deboom

Another year, another Backcountry Film Festival! Get wildly ready for our fourteenth year of snowy cinema, raffle prizes, good times and high fives.

And who would we be without a killer Festival poster set to inspire you, just like our film line-up, to strap your camera to your helmet and get after that backcountry powder!? Tony Deboom of Endurance Conspiracy has been the artistic genius behind many of our Festival posters and we’re stoked to have yet another to tour around the mountains this season!

But wait, there’s more. This year, we’re adventuring through a whole new Festival premiere weekend by joining forces with our best friend, SnowSchool, and throwing the annual SnowBall fundraiser that weekend, too! Get ready for: WILD WEEKEND! More details to come for all you local yocals and anyone wanting to come to our hometown of Boise, Idaho, to celebrate with us.

We’ll be sharing more information on all things WILD WEEKEND and Festival tour locations in the next few weeks. For now, live vicariously through our trusty 2018-19 poster and get ready for the backcountry season of a lifetime!

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(Psst! Want to see more of Tony’s cool doodles and projects? Check ’em out here.)

Winter Wildlands Alliance is delighted to welcome Melinda Quick as the new Backcountry Film Festival Manager. After graduating from Sarah Lawrence College, Melinda traveled abroad exploring the wildlands of Germany, Italy, South Africa and England – finally landing back in her hometown of Boise, Idaho. Melinda comes from the film festival world having served as Director of Marketing and then Executive Director at the Boise Film Festival over the past four years. With her blended passion for film and wild winter adventure, Melinda is hitting the ground running with this year’s film fest tour. She will be working directly with filmmakers, partners and communities bringing the Backcountry Film Festival to mountain towns across the country. You can reach Melinda Quick at mquick@winterwildlands.org