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2016 Backcountry Film Festival



Don't miss the Backcountry Film Festival, with unique films aimed to inspire winter adventurers to seek the snow less traveled. Produced by the Boise-based nonprofit, Winter Wildlands Alliance, the Backcountry Film Festival is renowned for its mix of professional and grassroots films – from well-known filmmakers who search backcountry corners across the globe to submit their best work to first-timers who take a video camera out on their weekend excursions.

The festival was created in 2004 to highlight Winter Wildlands Alliance’s efforts to preserve and promote winter landscapes for human-powered users. Funds raised stay in local communities to support like-minded, human-powered recreation and conservation efforts and to raise awareness of winter management issues, avalanche training/safety and winter education programs.

The annual world tour of the Backcountry Film Festival highlights the beauty and fun of the winter backcountry experience. This film festival features the seasons best ski films - promoting the work of grassroots filmmakers who tell compelling and entertaining stories of the backcountry, non-motorized recreation and environmental preservation.

This year’s program included:

  • Winner of Best of Festival, Japan by Van immerses us in the head-deep powder of the Shirakawa backcountry. A Sweetgrass Productions film.
  • Winner of Best of Grassroots Award, Shared Lines features the story of Vermont Backcountry Alliance and their community in a short film by T-Bar Films.
  • Winner of Best Environmental Message Award, from filmmaker Kt Miller, Shifting Ice is an all-women team on a journey at the intersection of scientific exploration and, of course, grueling fun.
  • The Weight of Winter, filmmaker Ben Sturgulewski brings us a ride to tune in, sit back, and enjoy.
  • I Love Splitboarding, a fresh way to play in the backcountry along with a fresh way of living. A film by Right on Brother opens up the world of splitboarding.
  • 55 Hours in Mexico, in true tribute to weekend warriors, Joey, Karl, Thomas, and filmmaker Max Lowe take us on an adventure of 55 Hours in Mexico.
  • Always Above Us, gives us a glimpse of the tremendous amount of sacrifice and hardship involved in the life of a climber. Sherpas Cinema follows Kris Erickson and Conrad Anker in a memoir for David Bridges and Alex Lowe.
  • Connections, the Dynafit team shares the story of the simple “low tech” design that changed the face of backcountry skiing.
  • The Forecaster, expert Avalanche Forecaster Drew Hardesty leads by example, paying respect to the responsibility that comes with our backcountry freedom. From Spindle Productions.