2020-2021 Backcountry Film Festival Information
We’re bummed that we can’t host our traditional in-person Backcountry Film Festival parties this year. But that doesn’t mean we’re not going to bring our community together to celebrate quiet winter recreation in Montana and watch some rad backcountry skiing and riding films!
Thanks to the great work of our friends at Winter Wildlands Alliance, we’ve actually got TWO film lineups to watch this year. You can buy a ticket for one or both and get stoked on the season! The first lineup is a “Best of Fest” that’s made up of some fan favorites over the last 15 years of the Backcountry Film Festival. The second lineup is a set of all new 2020-2021 films that carry on the tradition of past festivals.
MBA depends on the Film Festivals to raise funds that help us plow Hyalite Canyon Road in the Bozeman area (through Friends of Hylalite) and help us maintain access to Gash Point and plow a parking area for access to Lockwood Point and Wisherd Ridge in the Missoula area. We have also donated $1,000 to both the Missoula and Gallatin County Avalanche Centers this year as their main fundraising events have been cancelled by Covid.
MBA will receive a portion of the ticket sales, which will help us keep doing what we do, but if you want to make an additional donation, we’d be grateful. Just send us a check (we’re old school) at PO Box 8691 and indicate if you want your funds to go to BZN or MSO efforts. If you want to make a larger donation and want tax-deduction documents, just send us an email and we’ll follow up.
Both films are streaming now until January 10, 2021. You’ll find links to purchase tickets and trailers below.
Backcountry Film Fest 2020/21
Best of Fest – A collection of the best of the last 15 years
The system Winter Wildlands Alliance set up to purchase tickets and stream the films is great. Once you purchase your ticket(s), you will receive an email providing detailed instructions on how to access the viewing platform when the films are available for viewing.
Your confirmation email will include instructions on how to cast the films from a computer to a cast-enabled TV (e.g. Roku, Apple TV, Chromecast TV, etc), so you can watch on your TV if you’d like.
We are also hoping to get our community to help others who are less fortunate this year by pairing the watch parties with a warm-clothing drive to support the Montana Immigrant Justice Alliance in Bozeman and the Poverello Center in Missoula.
Bozeman friends, simply bring winter gear you don’t need or use anymore (jackets, hats, warm socks, gloves, etc) to Uphill Pursuits in Bozeman where they’ll collect it and our board member will take it to MIJA.
Missoula friends, just give the Poverello Center a call (406-529-5643) and set up a time to drop off winter gear you don’t need or use anymore (jackets, hats, warm socks, gloves, etc) and they’ll put it good use.
We’re grateful for all the hard work the folks at Winter Wildlands Alliance have put into this year’s film festivals. Of course, we’re bummed we can’t gather as we have in the past to celebrate our sport and quiet winter recreation, but we’re glad we can still come together as a community, even if only virtually.
This year will be a busy one in the backcountry. Please be safe, respectful, helpful, and patient as more folks turn to the backcountry this season. Be sure to check avalanche forecasts, ski and ride within your abilities, and stay safe at trailheads and summits. Healthcare systems are at capacity and we can all do our part to recreate responsibly this winter.