This is Fernie’s official launch to the snow season with the years best films and ski swap! This event is the same day as the FAST Ski Swap and packs the Fernie Community Centre with hundreds of skiers and boarders.
Socialize with like minded snowsports enthusiasts and celebrate Fernie’s Winter lifestyle! Expect great food and beverage options plus amazing door prizes including snow vacations, skis, boards and more.
The Canadian Ski Patrol has been relying on the Film Fest for several years as the sole means of raising funds to assist in the delivery of services. Help the volunteer CSP and don’t miss the fun and the films!
6:30PM: Doors Open: Retail, resort and activity displays, and food and beverage open.
7:00 PM – Matchstick Productions – HOJI
8:30PM – Teton Gravity Research – Far Out
10:00PM – Teton Gravity Research – Ode to Muir, Jeremy Jones
Tickets are available online here, at Gearhub Sports and Edge of the World, at the FAST Ski Swap and at the door (if not sold out).
This years films include:
Matchstick Productions – Hoji – 7PM Showing
Eric Hjorleifson lets his skiing speak for itself. He doesn’t stand on the bar and shout out his accolades. He chases storms. He ditches his cell phone for weeks at a time. His exploits are rarely flaunted on social media. In spite of all of this – or maybe because of it – he is a hero to legions of skiers across the globe. This is who Eric is – this is “HOJI.”
Match Stick Productions (MSP) has taken 15 years of Hoji sequences, archival footage and fresh takes to put this film together. MSP commented, “HOJI will be a biopic on one of MSP’s favorite athletes Eric Hjorleifson. He has perhaps the best catalog of footage of any professional skier.”
Directed by Scott Gaffney and featuring Eric Hjorleifson, Chris Rubens, James Heim, Markus Eder, Mark Abma and more.
Teton Gravity Research -Far Out – 8:30PM Showing
Far Out embodies the imagination as much as it does a physical space. It is the quest to seek out undiscovered realms and inspire new waves of creativity, enlightenment, and progression. It is the quest to be blown away.
Join the TGR crew on one of its boldest missions ever. The film follows the perspective of an athlete as he embarks on a journey to one of the most remote and unexplored mountain ranges on the planet, the Albanian Alps. While the final destination appears to be the ultimate goal, it is the collective of athletes, experiences, and the array of locations around the world that inevitably drive the season’s adventure. Witness mind-bending pillow lines as the crew camps out deep in the Purcell Mountains of British Columbia. Experience urban madness in Kamchatka and the insanity of the Crazy Mountains in Montana. Join the crew in the Slovenian Alps for over-the-head cold smoke and watch an 11-year-old rip Jackson Hole. Discover the alien landscape of Girdwood, Alaska in January and see Sean Jordan ride into Crested Butte on a black stallion to shred the Southern Rockies. Find out if the wildest and most untamed mountains in Europe let us in, and if the ultimate destination became a reality.
Teton Gravity Research – ODE TO MUIR – 10:00PM Showing
Teton Gravity’s newest film Ode To Muir pairs professional snowboarder, adventurer and founder of Protect Our Winters Jeremy Jones with two-time Olympian Elena Hight as they embark on a 40-mile foot-powered expedition deep into California’s John Muir Wilderness. Their journey balances the challenges of winter camping, grueling climbs up the Sierra’s biggest mountains, and aesthetic first descents with personal reflections on the importance of the natural world and those who first traveled it generations ago, and sharing perspectives gleaned from what it truly means to explore a great American Wilderness.
See the films on November 10th following the FAST Ski Swap at the Fernie Community Centre. Tickets are available at the following locations: Edge of the World, Gearhub Sports, the FAST Gear Swap and at the door or online here.