Steamboat Mountain Film Festival gets started Friday |

Steamboat Mountain Film Festival gets started Friday

Luke Graham
A skier takes a big mountain line in Teton Gravity Research's new movie "Way of Life." It will be shown at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Sheraton Steamboat Resort ballroom.
Ian McIntosh in the Neacola Range, Alaska

— As the Steamboat Mountain Film Festival hits its 10th year, Mike Martin is starting to see the potential of the small festival he started a decade ago.

It began as a way to bring out the film community in Steamboat Springs, drawing on the vast outdoors and love of mountain sports.

“It’s hard to believe it’s 10 years already,” he said. “It started small to get local filmmakers. I had high hopes for it for sure. It’s branched into the bigger names, and we see the potential of where it can go. In the next 10 years, we want to keep the momentum going and keep it as a viable avenue for filmmakers.”

The event again will draw in the local premieres of several big time movies as well as celebrate local film makers in December.

The film festival begins Friday in the Sheraton Steamboat Resort ballroom with Teton Gravity Research’s “Way of Life.” The movie was shot across the globe, including in Austria, Montana, Wyoming, Alaska and Canada.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with the film set for 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 and are available at Ski Haus, at the door or online by clicking here.

The event continues with a pair of movies Nov. 22 at the Chief Theater.

Sherpas Cinema’s “Into the Mind” and Match Stick Productions’ highly anticipated documentary “McConkey” will be show that night. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with “Into the Mind” set to begin at 7:30 p.m. and “McConkey” set for 9 p.m.

The cost of both films is $15 and tickets are available at Ski Haus, at the door or online by clicking here.

“The Sherpa film is a really exciting two-year project,” Martin said. “’McConkey,’ if you’re a skier, is a documentary on one of the heroes of the sport.”

The festival concludes with a screening of local film submissions Dec. 6 in the Colorado Mountain College auditorium.

Local, regional and international filmmakers are encouraged to submit their films by Oct. 25. Submissions and rules can be found on Martin’s website by clicking here.

Martin said he usually gets more than 40 submissions, and a chosen panel narrows the field to the four or five best films to be shown.

People also will be able to vote on their favorite film starting in November.

“It’s an opportunity to kick off winter and the season,” Martin said. “It’s a lot of local films shot here in Steamboat. It helps transition from summer to winter.”

To reach Luke Graham, call 970-871-4229, email or follow him on Twitter @LukeGraham

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