Photo Credit: Emily Sierra (on the ancestral lands of the Arapaho, Ute, Cheyenne and other Nations)
A collage of human-powered stories and backcountry-inspired experiences, Backcountry Film Festival ignites wild conversations and inspires action to communities that celebrate the present while looking towards the future.
Our mission is to manifest the power of humans and their spirit. We screen cinematic stories of outdoor stewardship, grassroots policy and advocacy work, backcountry adventure, and snow cinema by human-powered advocates, athletes, brands, activists, adventurers, and outdoor enthusiasts.
How can BCFF benefit your backcountry community?
Every winter, BCFF tours 100+ cities and is hosted by local retailers, grassroots groups, SnowSchool sites, outdoor affinity groups, avy centers, and many more community organizations.
Funds raised stay in the local community to support human-powered recreation and conservation efforts, winter education and avalanche/safety programs and to raise awareness of winter management issues.
Attendees and hosts are vital to keeping the Backcountry Film Festival tradition alive. Below are a few options for attendees and hosts to become or get further involved with BCFF and our national community!
Are you an attendee? Not only are you supporting your local backcountry community, you are supporting the national human-powered movement as well. Other than dedicating to attend (either virtually or in-person) for seasons to come, consider signing up as a volunteer for you local event, making sure you always bring your backcountry buddies, and/or getting more involved with your local host.
If you viewed online this season for the first time and don’t have a local in-person or virtual screening, let us know! We’re stoked to expand to any and all communities to help raise funds and spread the human-powered message.
As an attendee, your feedback is vital to improving both the viewer and host experience. If you’d like to submit feedback, please do so here.
Do you work at and/or know of a great local, outdoor organization? Avy centers, policy and advocacy groups, outdoor affinity groups, and more are welcome to host the Festival to raise funds for their cause. We are happy to work with first time hosts on setting themselves up for the most success within their backcountry community and for seasons to come.
If you think the local organization would be a good fit as a BCFF host, connect us!
Do you work at, own, and/or know of a great a local retail shop? Local retailers are also welcome to host the Festival and raise funds for their store or in honor of a local backcountry organization, program, etc. Whether you’d like to host virtually, in-person, or both: we’re here to help you navigate your screening for the most success.
If you’d like to learn more about becoming a BCFF host, reach out today!
Do you work in the outdoor industry? Let us know if you think our brands align! We work to curate custom sponsorship and partner agreements that work best for both brands and are built on a long-term foundation. Contact BCFF Director, Melinda Quick, via email by October 1 to be part of the 2021-22 season tour.
The 2020-21 Season Report + Looking Ahead at the 2021-22 Season
Last season, we held all virtual events. Please view the infographic below for details and quotes from attendees and hosts.
For the 2021-22 season, the current plan is to host both in-person and virtual events: a “hybrid” Festival tour.
We will continue to meet with our hosts one-on-one to figure out the best set up for you and your community. If you are interested in hosting for the first time and are unsure about your ability to launch a new fundraising event, please reach out to talk through all of your options. You can also learn more here.
We are excited that we are still able to give back and bring everyone together over great films and good times. Thank you to everyone who continues to make that a possibility, namely our viewers, hosts, and partners. Cheers until the next snowfall!