Winter Wildland’s Film Festival celebrates ‘human-powered’ winter adventures
There’s nothing like heading out into the winter wildlands for an adventure without having to worry about snowmobiles running you over.
This is one part of the Winter Wildlands Alliance’s mission. The alliance is a nonprofit organization, dedicated to promoting and preserving winter wildlands and a quality human-powered snow sports experience on public lands.
"We advocate for balanced winter wilderness travel management planning on a national level," said Keili Bell, events and outreach coordinator for Winter Wildlands Alliance.
To raise awareness and funds to maintain that winter paradise, the alliance presents, among other things, the Backcountry Film Festival. Bell, who also serves as the festival’s coordinator, said it’s primarily a celebration.
"What the Backcountry Film Festival does is celebrate human-powered winter adventures," Bell said. "It’s a light-hearted way for a community to come together, get connected and get inspired."
The 11th annual event, which will come to the Jim Santy Auditorium on Thursday, Feb. 18, will feature nine short films, and the proceeds from the festival’s Park City stop will benefit the Wasatch Backcountry Alliance.
"We have a grassroots network and Wasatch Backcountry Alliance is one of those organizations in the network," Bell explained.
The films this year are:
The lineup include both amateur and professional films, Bell said.
"One of the things that we’re proud of is that we work with these filmmakers and they donate their films to us," she said. "If the film is based on a great story and speaks true to our mission, it will go through a selection process that involves a jury."
The jury, in turn, selects an array of films that will fill a 90-minute slot.
"In previous years, we’ve received a maximum of 30 submissions but this year we doubled that and received 60," Bell said. "Some of these films have been seen in Banff and the Telluride film festivals."
Bell and her staff compile the films onto a DVD and then they hit the road.
"Local organizations will sign on for a very small price to host the event in their own communities, and all the proceeds from the screenings will go straight back to these organizations," she said. "Annually we raise more than $100,000 that goes back into the communities that host the screenings."
In addition to the films, representatives of the Winter Wildlands Alliance and the Wasatch Backcountry Alliance will be on hand during the Park City stop to answer any questions.
The Winter Wildlands Alliance’s Backcountry Film Festival will be hosted by the Wasatch Backcountry Alliance at the Jim Santy Auditorium at the Park City Library, 1255 Park Ave., on Thursday, Feb. 18. The screenings will begin at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased by visiting http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2474443 . For more information, visit winterwildlands.org/what-we-do/backcountry-film-festival.
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