2017 Season

We will be announcing details for the 2017 shows shortly. At this point there are shows planned for Melbourne (date TBC, early May) and Sydney (April 29).

If you’re interested in hosting a local event, please contact Cam. cam.walker@foe.org.au

2016 Season

Thanks to everyone who came along to the 2016 season. We had great nights in Melbourne and Sydney.

If you would like to be notified of future events later in the year or the details on the 2017 BC festival showings, please email cam.walker@foe.org.au  Thanks.

We have confirmed screenings in Sydney and Melbourne.Please see below for the lineup of films and listings of the showings.

Line up for the 2015/16 Backcountry film festival

  • The Weight of Winter, filmmaker Ben Sturgulewski brings us a ride to tune in, sit back, and enjoy. (4.30 mins)

https://vimeo.com/139523110

  • 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. (6.36)
  • Shifting Ice, from filmmaker Kt Miller, is an all-women team on a journey at the intersection of scientific exploration and, of course, grueling fun. (30.00)

https://vimeo.com/138995915

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  • The Forecaster, expert Avalanche Forecaster Drew Hardesty leads by example, paying respect to the responsibility that comes with our backcountry freedom. From Spindle Productions. (3.40)
  • 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. (9.10)
  • 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. (12.47)

https://sherpascinema.com/alwaysaboveus/

  • Connections, the Dynafit team shares the story of the simple “low tech” design that changed the face of backcountry skiing. (9.28)

http://www.dynafit.com/connections

  • Shared Lines features the story of Vermont Backcountry Alliance and their community in a short film by T-Bar Films. (5.34)
  • Japan by Van immerses us in the head-deep powder of the Shirakawa backcountry. A Sweetgrass Productions film. (4.47)

http://www.patagonia.com/us/trips/JapanByVan–93678

Backcountry film festival in Sydney

Saturday April 30

The NSW Nordic Ski Club is hosting a screening of the Backcountry Film Festival – this Film Festival features 9 short snow and ski films selected by the American Winter Wildlands Alliance. The 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.

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There are limited places in the hall.

There is a facebook page for the event available here.

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Melbourne

Monday May 2

‘Public Lecture Theatre’ in Old Arts Building

Melbourne University, Carlton.

Map available here.

Suggested donation: $8 conc & students/ $15 waged. Tickets at the door. There will be plenty of room.

All proceeds go to the Friends of the Earth climate campaign against new coal and gas drilling in Victoria.

7 – 9pm. Films start at 7.15pm. There will be a short intermission.

Hosted by Friends of the Earth and Melbourne University Ski Club.

Facebook page for the event here.

Further information: Cam Walker 0419 338 047 cam.walker@foe.org.au

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2014-15 Backcountry Film Festival

BCFF-2014-15-PosterNow in its 10th year the Winter Wildlands Alliance Backcountry Film Festival celebrates the human powered winter experience through film. The festival aims to entertain while helping to raise funds and awareness for Winter Wildlands and our like-minded partners. This is the 5th year the festival has been shown in Australia.

Final showing 2015 – Jindabyne – August 21

The final showing of the 2015 season will be held as part of the NSW Splitfest DownUnder , the annual split board gathering held in the Snowy Mountains.

This year it will be held on weekend of the 21-23rd of August in the NSW main range.
Register here.

We will be holding the Friday night entertainment at the Banjo Paterson Inn Starting @ 6pm
1 Kosciuszko Road Jindabyne.

There will be T-Shirts, give a ways, raffles and loads of fun. Some of the prize categories include worst DIY job, most inventive Splitboard design etc. etc.

A selection of films from the season will be shown.

Canberra show

For the first time, the festival is coming to Canberra.

To share the excitement about human powered skiing the ANU mountain club is hosting a back country ski film night. We’ll be showing the Backcountry Film Festival put together by the Winter Wildlands Alliance.

We ask for a $5 donation from students and $10 from non-students with proceeds going to the Australian Himalayan Foundation.

Thursday July 23.

Facebook event page here.

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Sydney show

IMG_00000716Many thanks to Rob and all the staff at Patagonia Sydney for hosting the 2015 show.

We had about 140 people attend.

Patagonia is hosting a showing of the Backcountry film festival,

at 6pm on Wednesday June 3.

At the Patagonia store. 93 Bathurst Street, Sydney.

We will be showing all nine films. Scroll down this page to get a full list of films.

This is a free event. You’d be most welcome to make a donation, which will go to the Friends of the Earth climate campaign.

There is a facebook page for the event available here.

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Melbourne show

Thursday May 21, 2015

Thanks to everyone who came along to the Melbourne show. Close to 130 people!

To go on the mailing list for next year, please email Cam: cam.walker@foe.org.au

2015 show

Cinema at RMIT. Building 80.

Level 1, Room 2, 445 Swanston Street.

Suggested donation: $8 conc & students/ $15 waged.

All proceeds go to the Friends of the Earth climate campaign against new coal and gas drilling in Victoria.

Facebook page here.

The cinema is Room 80.01.02 (It can be hard to find, best bet is to enter off A’Beckett Street, just by the Oxford Scholar Hotel (map here). Its at the bottom of the stairs. If you enter off Swanston street, head down the stairs. Building 80 is on Swanston, between Latrobe and Franklin street, opposite the main RMIT campus.

Feel free to meet at the Oxford Scholar for a drink from 6.30pm. Please aim to arrive at the Cinema around 7, we will start the films at 7.15pm. There will be a 20 minute break half way through, and the films will end around 9.30pm.

The festival will also be shown during the 2015 Splitfest (splitboarding festival) being held in the Snowy Mountains, on friday August 22 in Jindabyne.

Please get in touch if you want to help organise a show. Cam. walker@foe.org.au

2014-15 Backcountry Film Festival Line Up   

World Premiere! Find your line

ASSMEBLE_findyourline_imageFew people are aware that backcountry Australia hides some big-mountain slopes, even less are willing to journey there for it. Yet the western slopes of the Snowy Mountains has some grand terrain for backcountry skiing and boarding.

Season 2014 delivers conditions of a decade for one splitboarder.

We are delighted to be showing this 8 minute film by Nicholas Rivers during the backcountry film festival this year.

Backcountry Film Festival line-up for 2014:

From the Road (21:00) Fischer Creative. From The Road is centered on a human powered ski adventure in Alaska with a diverse team of ski athletes on iconic peaks in the heart of the Chugach Mountains. Trailer available here.

Afterglow (11:35) Sweetgrass Production. This visually spectacular film lights up the backcountry like never before.

Backcountry Baker (5:15) Jeremy Lurgio. The story of Labrador retriever Baker and his owner as they pursue their love of mountains through backcountry skiing in Montana’s Bitterroot Mountains.

Out on a Limb (6:44) T-bar Films. The story of Vasu, who’s love for skiing and the backcountry overcomes all obstacles. There is an interview with Vasu on the Wild website.

95 to Infinity (3:30) Doglotion Media. Follow brothers Andy and Mike Traslin as they clock up 95 months worth skiing.

IRS Traverse (8:00) Luc Mehl. A fun and quirky adventure through the Alaskan Wilderness.

Powder Pilgrimage (20:00) Joey Howell. Features the adventures of two friends as they road trip to Valdez in Alaska, a trip we should all take at least once.

Sundog (5:15) Sturge Films. Capturing the dog days of skiing in Patagonia.

Higher (20:00) Teton Gravity Research. Continuing the journey of athlete Jeremy Jones as he reaches new heights. This is the third film in Jeremy’s snowboarding trilogy and features a descent of the Grand Teton in Wyoming. Check the trailer here.

 Sydney show

Patagonia is hosting a showing of the Backcountry film festival,

at 6pm on Wednesday June 3.

At the Patagonia store. 93 Bathurst Street, Sydney.

We will be showing all nine films.

This is a free event. You’d be most welcome to make a donation, which will go to the Friends of the Earth climate campaign.

There is a facebook page for the event available here.

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2014 season – Backcountry film festival

festival 2Thanks to everyone  who came along to the 2014 festival in Melbourne. More than 100 people attended. Thanks to MU Ski Club for hosting us, and to Watkin for showing the film about skiing on Mt Bogong.

Stay tuned for details on winter shows at Falls Creek and Jindabyne.

Now in its 9th year the Winter Wildlands Alliance Backcountry Film Festival celebrates the human powered winter experience through film.

The festival is now a pre winter event here in Australia, in its 4th season.

The Melbourne show for 2014 will be held on

Wednesday the 14th May

FBE Theatre 1, 111 Barry St (Melbourne Uni), Carlton. Between Pelham and Gratton streets, short walk from #19 and #59 trams up Elizabeth street.

From 6.30pm, films start at 7pm.

Program: arrive from 6.30pm. Films start at 7pm, and run til about 7.50pm. 15 min break, restarting with OFF GRID and then Valhalla. Ending around 8.40pm

Suggested donation: $8 conc & students/ $12 waged.

NB: please note that this year, because of the venue, we won’t have drinks for sale.

Co-hosted with Melbourne University Ski Club.

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The festival is run by not-for-profit hosts, and in Australia, all funds raised will support the Friends of the Earth (FoE) climate campaign. Funds will go to FoE’s work with regional communities to stop the development of new coal mines and unconventional gas drilling across southern Victoria.

Facebook event page here: please feel free to invite your friends.

Check the trailer for the season here.

BC festival posterThe films in this year’s festival are:

  • Trail Break by Powderwhore, is a beautiful black and white portrait of deep powder skiing in Utah’s Wasatch Range.
  • Morning Rituals, in Jackson Hole an undercover ski bum chronicles his daily dawn patrol on Teton Pass. Presented by Chris Dickey of Orange and Purple.
  • Youth, in the Sierra Range of California, filmmaker Corey Rich inspires us to pack up the kids and proves that backcountry skiing can be a family affair.
  • Bolton Valley is the story of how a small Vermont community fought to save their beloved ski area. Winner of “Best Conservation Film” award.
  • Bigger Braver, Alaska based filmmaker Luc Mehl turns the camera on a young female athlete who shares her insight into the courage and strength involved in seeking big mountain adventure. Winner of “Best Short Film” award.
  • Strong, filmmaker and storyteller Fitz Cahall at Duct Tape then Beer reflects about moving forward after a tragic avalanche on Snoqualmie Pass.
  • Poor Man’s Heli, in France Antoine Boisselier thinks outside the skin track and comes up with a new and unique way to the top of the mountain. From Mike Douglas at Switchback Entertainment.
  • Take the Ride, in which Patagonia filmmaker Jason Thompson asks the question; “when you have a dream will you buy the ticket? Will you Take the Ride?”
  • Valhalla from Sweetgrass Productions and winner of the 2013 “Best of Festival,” is the tale of one man’s search to rediscover the freedom of his youth. Feeling the distant heat of its fire still burning in the mountains of the frozen north, he sets out in search of those tending the flame the untamed, the wild, and the outcast dwelling on the fringe .

In addition to the Winter Wildlands festival line-up, we will be showing a short Australian BC film:

  • We will be SoO Airtime‘s new film OFF GRID. This will be the  premier showing. “In 2012 seven adventurous skiers explored the Australian High Country. They camped, skied and filmed across one week’.

You can see the trailer here. The full film is here.

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2013 season – Backcountry film festival

backcountryFF2013We are planning to expand the BC festival this year, with shows in Melbourne and Sydney, plus a few ski towns. If you’re interested in helping organise venues in alpine resorts please get in touch.

The festival will be held in May, August and September. Details below.

The Winter Wildlands Alliance created the Backcountry Film Festival in 2005 to help grassroots and professional filmmakers to show audiences their love of the winter outdoors. Since then, the annual festival has become something of an institution amongst many outdoor communities.

The festival is now a pre winter event here in Australia.

Backcountry film festival 2013 season

The showings are listed in chronological order, except for the most recent, which is at the top.

Falls Creek

There is one last showing for 2013 – at Falls Creek, on friday September 20.

Many thanks to Brett Lemin for organising the evening, and to Falls Creek resort management for support, the Last Hoot cafe bar for hosting, and Patagonia for the give-aways.

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Melbourne

This was the biggest show yet, almost 110 people came out on a cold and rainy night. Thanks to everyone that made the effort!

Wednesday May 15

At The South Melbourne Commons
corner of Bank & Montague St in South Melbourne

Suggested donation: $8 conc/ $12 waged

7pm. Come and grab a drink and catch up. We will have a bar serving basic drinks from 7. Lots of nearby places for dinner (suggest Clarendon street for good options).

7.30. Films start, the show runs til about 10pm (with a 20 minute break in the middle).

Check here for details on how to get to the Commons. Trams and the Light Rail are a few minutes walk away (#96 tram from Bourke street is a 3 minute walk if you get off at South Melbourne Market stop). Lots of parking at night.

Facebook event page here, feel free to invite your friends.

cam.walker@foe.org.au / 0419 338 047

Sydney

Patagonia SydneyMany thanks to Patagonia for hosting this show, which included a new film supported by Patagonia, called Groundswell. It highlights the risk posed by a pipeline to a section of the coast of British Columbia, from a proposed Tar Sands pipeline and associated oil tanker traffic. We had about 50 people attend.

For the first time the BC fest is coming to Sydney.

It will be held on Monday May 20. See the poster for location details.

Many thanks to Patagonia Australia for hosting this event.

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Melbourne

Thanks to Brett and everyone at Patagonia for hosting this showing. We had at least 60 people come along, a great crowd.

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May 23. Please see poster for details.

Thanks to Patagonia for hosting a second Melbourne showing at their store in Chapel Street.

To book a ticket, please check here.

Patagonia showings in Melbourne

Jindabyne and Mt Hotham

9315077_origFor the first time, the BC film festival is jumping the border into NSW, with a showing planned during the 2nd Splitboard festival.

NSW:

It will be held on the Main Range over the weekend of August 23 – 25. Presented by FirstLight Boards.

The film showing will be on Friday August 23.

Please register for the Splitboard festival here.

VICTORIA:

Sept 6 – 8

FirstLight Snowboards are also bringing the splitboard festival to Victoria – Mt Hotham – over the weekend of September 6 til 8.

The film showing will be on friday September 6. At The General Hotel, Mt Hotham, starting at 6. This night will have raffles and give aways, an intro to what is happening with the split board festival, and lots of fun.

Check here for extra details.

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The films

The BC festival is a 90 minute event, featuring primarily short films, all with a focus on outdoor, human powered adventure.

Check here for the trailer for this year’s showing.

Films in this year’s showing:

Best of the Backcountry:  “Skiing the Void” by Sweetgrass Productions. The Sweetgrass crew contemplates the price of pushing it too far in the ninth installment of their “On The Road” series with Solitaire.

Best Grassroots Film: “Alaska Wilderness Ski Classic” by Luc Mehl. This film documents an adventure race through the Brooks Range, Alaska. Covering 200 miles in 4 days, this group of skiers travels from Galbraith Lake to Wiseman, capturing all the beauty along the way.

Best Environmental Film:  “Stories of Trust” by International Trust Campaign. This tells the story of Xiuhtezcatl Martinez, an 11-year-old boy from Boulder, Colorado. Xiuhtezcatl is asking that our atmosphere be protected, because he fears that the landscapes he most enjoys will not be there for his generation if we continue emitting carbon at current rates.

Other film selections include…

Unicorn Sashimi. Felt Soul Media from Telluride teamed up with Nick Waggoner and Yuki Mayazaki of Sweetgrass Productions to track a wild unicorn in Hokkaido, Japan. But all they found was delicious ramen — and deep, sweet snow. http://www.mountainfilm.org/film/unicorn-sashimi

Freedom Chair. Josh Dueck was a passionate free-skier who was paralysed in a skiing accident. Dueck refocused his passion into sit-skiing, and the experience allowed him to jump-start a new career and find a new way to do what he loves the best: ski. http://www.mountainfilm.org/film/the-freedom-chair

Denali Experiment. Features an attempt by skier Sage Cattabriga-Alosa and snowboarder Lucas Debari to climb and ride 20,320-foot Denali in Alaska — the highest peak in North America. http://www.tetongravity.com/blogs/Video-The-Denali-Experiment-Full-Length-Movie-5499545.htm

Further. Further is an inspiring effort from renowned snow boarder Jeremy Jones, which the second installment in his snowboard movie trilogy, Deeper, Further, Higher and features backcountry boarding in Alaska.  Details here.

The festival is run by not-for-profit hosts, and in Australia, all funds raised will support the Friends of the Earth climate campaign.

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For details on the festival, please contact Cam: cam.walker@foe.org.au

2012 season

Thanks to everyone who came along to the 2012 Melbourne show. 303 was at capacity, about 90 people.

There are plans for shows in winter – in Bright and Falls Creek and Hotham – stay tuned for details.

To go on the mailing list for future shows, email cam.walker@foe.org.au

The Melbourne showing is being held in early May.

Nine films over 90 minutes, celebrating human powered adventure and the backcountry life. Films cover skiing, boarding, walking, mountain biking and some pretty impressive kayaking.

Tuesday May 8

Image: Winter Wildlands Alliance

Films start at 8 pm. Please feel free to arrive earlier to grab a drink. There are lots of places to get dinner nearby. The evening should finish at about 10pm.

Venue: The festival is being held at the same venue as last year: 303 (303 High street, Northcote, Melbourne), tram stop #32 on the #86 tram. Its just next door to the Northcote Social Club.

303 is a licensed bar.

Entry by donation.

All funds raised will support Protect Our Winters and the Friends of the Earth climate campaign against new coal and CSG in Victoria.

You can watch the trailer here.

2012 Films

Best of the Festival:  “Solitaire“, by Sweetgrass Productions

From the Sweetgrass website:

In the high desert of South America, winter takes hold, devouring bleached bones and abandoned shacks. Born in the spires of Argentina’s legendary Las Lenas, a lonely two-year journey begins through an abandoned world. wandering the length of a continent from Peru’s Cordillera Blanca to Chilean Patagonia, Solitaire fuses western-inspired tales of backcountry gambles into landscapes never before visited on film.

Best Short Award: “Chalk and Ski”, by Purple Orange

Best of the Backcountry Award:  “Breaking Trail“, by Powderwhore

Powderwhore traditionally produce films with a focus on telemark skiing. This year: ” Powderwhore is no longer focusing primarily on the telemark turn. BREAKING TRAIL will highlight riders of all disciplines choosing their own backcountry adventures”.

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And you have to love their sales pitch:

“Warning! There are no shots of helicopters filming other helicopters or hankie-clad 16-year-olds hepped up on energy drinks spinning to rap music. And you won’t win a Jeep if you come out to a premiere. You will find a mixed bag of highly talented and dedicated individuals who enjoy hiking out into the unknown in search of turns and adventure. All this captured by two video hacks carrying as little as necessary in order to travel fast and light.”

Other film selections include…

  •     40 Tribes Kyrgyzstan
  •     Berber Turns. (You tube video available here).
  •     Ski Bums Never Die
  •     Winters of My Life. This is a portrait of Howard Weamer. For the past 35 years he has spent his winters as a hutkeeper in Yosemite’s backcountry.
  •     Seasons; Winter
  •     Bike, Ski, Raft Denali Traverse

For any enquiries please contact Cam.

cam.walker@foe.org.au

Event page on Facebook is here.

2011 season – Backcountry film festival

Thanks to everyone who came to the 2011 showings in Melbourne and at Dinner Plain. To go on the email list for the 2012 season, please email Cam: cam.walker@foe.org.au

  Backcountry film festival at Dinner Plain

The 2011 season of the backcountry film festival is showing again, this time at Dinner Plain, in the Victorian Alps, on August 9th.

Tuesday 9th August, from 9 – 10.30pm

At Dinner Plain Hotel.

This is a free event, a small donation would be welcome. Six films. Drinks available from the bar.

Thanks to Hamish at the staff at DP Hotel for hosting the show.

Presented by Protect Our Winters.

 Melbourne show, April 2011

the show @ 303

We held the 2011 festival in April in Melbourne. Many thanks to everyone who showed up. We will need a bigger venue next time.

There are showings in other parts of the country later in the year, scroll down for details.

To go on the mailing list for the 2012 show, please email Cam. cam.walker@foe.org.au

The Winter Wildlands Alliance created the Backcountry Film Festival in 2005 to help grassroots and professional filmmakers to show audiences their love of the winter outdoors. Since then, the annual festival has been shown in more than 30 towns and cities, and raised thousands of dollars to help efforts to preserve our winter environment.

The 2011 film festival is showing in Australia.

April 12

Films start at 8 pm. Please feel free to arrive earlier to grab a drink.

At 303 (303 High street, Northcote, Melbourne), tram stop #32 on the #86 tram. Its just next door to the Northcote Social Club.

303 is a licensed bar.

Entry by donation. All funds raised will support Protect Our Winters.

You can watch the trailer here.

Protect Our Winters is the environmental centre point of the winter sports community, united towards a common goal of reducing climate change’s effects on our sport and local mountain communities.

We believe that to really effect things, consumer behaviour needs to change and that the power of an actively participating and united community can have a direct influence on climate change, now and for generations behind us.

This year’s festival features:

Best of the Festival: Teton Gravity Research’s festival cut of “Deeper” follows legendary snowboarder Jeremy Jones and other top riders as they forsake helicopters, snowmobiles and lifts to venture deep into untouched terrain under their own power.

Best Short Film: “Desert River” from Sweetgrass Productions, is a beautiful ski adventure into Alaska.

Best Environmental Film: “Whitebark Warrior” from TreeFight and Snaz Media, chronicles the decline of thousand-year old whitebark pines due to climate change and efforts underway to save these iconic high alpine trees.

Other Films Include:

* Australis, an Antarctic ski odyssey
* TELEvision (check here for a TELEvision trailer to give you a sense of whats on offer) and
* Cross Country Snowboarding

For extra information, please check the festival website.

For details on POW Australia, please contact Cam: cam.walker@foe.org.au

There will be other Australian screenings of the festival:

* at Mt Buller on 16th July.
* Jindabyne, dates TBC.

Snow Monkey has offered a 10% discount card to each person that attends the night.

They have shops in Collingwood and Mt Hotham.