Backcountry Film Festival


Years running: 18 (since 2005)

Backcountry Film Festival

International short film festival.


You don’t need a degree from a film school. You don’t need footage shot while dangling precariously, camera in hand, from an ice wall in the Rockies. All you need is a compelling story, some quality footage and a keen eye for a fun, educational or juicy topic.

The Backcountry Film Festival premieres in Boise, Idaho and travels during the winter months in over 100 cities worldwide and is seen by over 7000 outdoor enthusiasts.


Three awards (cash, goods, or a combination of both) will be given:

  • Best of Festival,
  • Best Short Short (under 5 minutes),
  • Best Environmental Message.


Your film should be short— from 3 till 20 minutes — and tell a thought-provoking, interesting story of backcountry, non-motorized recreation or environmental preservation. Your film should take place during or otherwise relate to the winter.

We prefer 16:9 aspect ratio at HDTV 1920×1080 square pixels.

Subtitles language: English

Premiere Requirements

No premiere requirement



United States
Boise, Idaho

Official Website



Winter Wildlands Alliance,
Attn: Shelley Pursell,
910 Main Street, Suite 235,
Boise ID 83702

Phone: 208-366-4203


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Dates & Deadlines
  • Opening Date
    October 01, 2021
  • Deadline
    October 01, 2022
  • Notifications
    October 15, 2022
  • Event Dates
    3 November 2022
Categories & Fees

around 3 to 20 minutes

  • Deadline — free

around 3 to 20 minutes

  • Deadline — free

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