Backcountry Film Festival

Join Friends of the Inyo for our annual Winter Gathering and Fundraiser. We’ll be showing the Backcountry Film Festival in three communities in the Eastern Sierra:

  • Bishop: Friday, December 1 at the Inyo Council for the Arts
  • Lone Pine: Thursday, December 7 at the Museum of Western Film History
  • Mammoth Lakes: Friday, December 8 at the Inyo National Forest Auditorium.

Doors open at 6 pm. Films begin at 7 pm. Event will have prizes from companies like Patagonia and Eastside Sports. Enjoy beer from Mountain Rambler Brewery and Mammoth Brewery and wine from Barefoot Wine. Most importantly, get stoked on winter by enjoying several exciting films about the wild winter experience.


  • $15
  • Free with Friends of the Inyo membership. Join or renew and get free tickets to the festival. Your membership supports critical and inspiring work on Eastern Sierra public lands. Benefits include receiving The Jeffrey Pine Journal, regular updates on issues impacting public lands, and member perks like early registration for the Owens Lake Bird Festival.
    • $35.00 membership gets 1 ticket
    • $50.00 or more membership gets two tickets
  • Available on Eventbrite (Bishop, Lone Pine, or Mammoth), or through the Friends of the Inyo office.

About the Backcountry Film Festival:

We’re excited to present the Backcountry Film Festival this year. Together, Friends of the Inyo and the communities of the Eastern Sierra accomplished a lot working together to care for and protect public lands and wild places. Join us in celebrating our accomplishments and raising money to support beautiful places in the Eastern Sierra.

The Backcountry Film Festival is produced each year by Winter Wildlands Alliance as a celebration of the human-powered experience and a gathering place for the backcountry snow sports community. Winter Wildlands Alliance is a nonprofit organization working at the national level to inspire and educate the backcountry community to protect and care for their winter landscapes. Funds raised at each screening stay in the local community to support human-powered recreation and conservation efforts, winter education, avalanche/safety programs, and efforts to raise awareness of winter management issues.

The 2017-2018 Backcountry Film Festival will tour over 100 cities from mid-November to late March. Immerse yourself in a night of films that capture the spirit of winter. Adventure, environment and climate, youth outdoors, ski culture—you’ll find it all in this award-winning lineup.

Festival Sponsors:

Friends of the Inyo could not bring the Backcountry Film Festival to the Eastern Sierra without the support of the following sponsors:



The following businesses and individuals are generously supporting this year’s festival. When you’re shopping for Christmas, please consider purchasing from local or environmentally conscious businesses:



Eastside Sports

Mammoth Mountaineering

Mono Market

Mountain Rambler Brewery

Westin Monache Resort in Mammoth


Sage to Summit

Kay Wilson

Nancy Overholtz

Dave Kirk

Ann Piersall Hats

Bishop Burger Barn

Martin Powell

Mt. Whitney Hostel


Winter Wildlands Alliance

Black Tie Ski Rentals

Rock Creek Lakes Resort