The 2008 Alpinist Film Festival

Posted on: January 23, 2008

Snow night, the first night of the Alpinist Film Festival, was a sold out showing of six films. The People's Choice winner for the evening was Let It Ride: The Craig Kelly Story, which chronicled snowboarding legend Craig Kelly's life and his influence on snowboarding's development. [Photo] David Swift

Four nights. Twenty-two films. Eight premieres. One Grand Prize winner.

The fourth annual Alpinist Film Festival showcased some of the world's finest climbing, skiing and surfing films, from January 17-20 in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. More than a hundred films were entered, and more than 2,500 people attended to watch those selected.


The Festival winners are listed below. On subsequent pages you'll find a list of presenters and premieres (from all over the world), Alpinist's green initiatives (which led to a single bag of trash over four nights of events), and our featured non-profit, Surf Aid International (and how the $7,000+ raised will go to save lives in the places of our inspiration).

Each evening the audience voted by ballot to choose their favorite film; the favorites of Snow, Surf and Stone nights each won the People's Choice Award and were entered to win the 2008 Grand Prize, which again was selected by the audience at the People's Choice Ceremonies on January 20th.

Peter Mortimer, whose recently completed short film, "Diamonds are Forever," had its world premiere on Stone Night, Saturday, January 19. Mortimer had finished filming less than a week before; he finished the edits that morning. "Diamonds are Forever" won the People's Choice Award for Stone Night. [Photo] David Swift

2008 Alpinist Film Festival Awards

GRAND PRIZE: Sliding Liberia

PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARD (Snow) Let it Ride: The Craig Kelly Story (Canada/2007/84 minutes), directed by Jacques Russo and produced by Locomotion Films

PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARD (Surf): Sliding Liberia (United States/2007/48 minutes), directed by Britton Caillouette and Nicholai Lidow

PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARD (Stone): "Diamonds are Forever" (United States/2008/10 minutes), directed by Peter Mortimer of Sender Films

Thanks to Patagonia, the People's Choice Award winners each received $750 gift certificates for Patagonia clothing. Sliding Liberia was awarded with an additional $1,500 gift certificate from Patagonia.

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