Whether you adventure outdoors, or enjoy a good book next to the wood stove, this year’s Winter Wildlands Alliance Backcountry Film Festival on Jan. 14 and 15 at the Goldtown Nickelodeon will likely bring a smile to your face.
This all ages event begins at 7 p.m. both nights and doors open at 6:30 p.m.
The festival highlights the beauty, diversity, and fun of winter backcountry experiences. The films include submissions from filmmakers who have submitted their best backcountry work from locations all over the world. The top films are chosen each year, and assembled into the evening’s lineup. These films are as diverse as possible, but also feature Alaskan ski adventures and tales of athletes risking it all for the sports they love.
Attendees are encouraged to arrive early for the best seating and a chance to win door prizes. Admission is $8 for students and Discovery Southeast members, $10 for non-members, or $25 for a night of movies plus a Discovery Southeast membership. Tickets can be purchased at the door.
The film festival benefits Winter Wildlands Alliance, a national nonprofit organization working to promote and preserve winter wildlands and human-powered snow sports on public lands. Each year the festival is premiered in Boise, Idaho, and travels to more than 30 communities throughout the United States. All funds raised from these showings are put toward supporting local human-powered recreation.
Some highlights of this year’s show include the film, “Skiing the Voide,” by Sweetgrass Productions. This film earned the “Best of Backcountry” award this year. The “Best Grassroots Film” goes this year to “Alaska Wilderness Ski Classic” by Luc Mehl. This film documents an adventure race through the Brooks Range — over 200 miles in four days.
For more information, go to www.backcountryfilmfest.org.