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Backcountry Film Festival - Year 11

Backcountry Film Festival - Year 11

Winter approaches and, along with it, a local event, now in its 11th year, that helps local skiers and snowshoers get primed for the months ahead -- the Backcountry Film Fest held at the Performing Arts Center in Wenatchee.

The Backcountry Film Festival receives submissions from filmmakers all over the world and highlights the best of the backcountry experience - whether that's in the backyard or half a world away. Nine films have been selected this year that feature, human-powered recreation (mainly skiing), in winter. The films are diverse and have something for everyone who enjoys getting outdoors in the winter months.

The Film Festival benefits Central Washington Backcountry Ski and Snowshoe Club, El Sendero, as it works to protect and conserve winter recreation areas for non-motorized users. The best part of attending this local event? The funds raised at the event works locally to support human-powered winter recreation efforts. Some of El Sendero's successes in creating more local non-motorized winter recreation areas and to help enforce the Forest Service's new wintertime travel management mandates will be mentioned.

This year's nine films are:
  • Best of Festival: "Japan by Van" from Sweetgrass Productions
  • Best of the Environment: "Shifting Ice" from KT Miller
  • Best grassroots film: "Shared Lines" from T-Bar Films
  • "The Weight of Winter" from Ben Sturgulewski
  • "I Love Splitboarding" from Right On Brother
  • "55 Hours in Mexico" from Joey Schusler
  • "Always Above Us" from Sherpa Cinema
  • "Connections" from Dynafit
  • "The Forecaster" from Spindle Productions
This year's film fest will be held on Wednesday December 9th, at the Numerica Performing Arts Center in Wenatchee. Doors open at 6 p.m.and films start at 7 p.m. Admission is $12 and this years tickets can be purchased in advance at the Numerica PAC box office. Raffle tickets can be purchased at the event for a wide assortment of outdoor gear. Refreshments will also be available for those attending the event.

The Backcountry Film Festival is sponsored locally by The Sierra Club, WenatcheeOutdoors, Alpine Lakes Protection Society, North 40 Productions, Pacific Engineering, Inner Circle Gym, El Sendero Backcountry Ski and Snowshoe Club and Arlberg Sports.

More information: http://www.backcountryfilmfestival.org/ .