There are people who dread winter—the ones who pack up and head south to avoid the bitter cold and snow. And then there are those who embrace the cold, dark season. Those whose hearts beat faster when the forecast calls for that first snowstorm. Those who come alive when the ground turns white. The Coldsmoke Awards celebrates all that is important to the latter group.
Born out of a desire to celebrate winter mountain culture, the Coldsmoke Winter Film Tour is a traveling festival celebrating the talent and creativity of winter culture-based films. The tour culminates with the Coldsmoke Awards—an Academy Awards on snow, if you will. Here are 7 things to know about the Coldsmoke Winter Film Tour and Awards.
It’s All About the Mountain Town
The film tour stops in some of the most popular mountain towns in North America—you didn’t think a celebration of winter mountain culture would take place in a booming metropolis, did you? Beginning and finishing in Bozeman, Montana, the tour makes stops at Jackson Hole, Whistler and the Alta, Utah throughout the winter months.
More Than Just Ski Movies
This isn’t your typical ski movie premiere series. The Coldsmoke Platform is about celebrating all aspects of mountain life in the winter: culture, art, talent, businesses, ideas and images. Anyone who has spent some time in a mountain town can attest to the creative types they tend to attract: Coldsmoke is all about bringing these individuals and their creations together.
The rule of thumb for the Film Tour is that films must include ice or snow—snowmobiling, kite skiing, ice climbing, expeditioning, alpine climbing, travel: it’s all welcome.
…Okay, There Are Some Ski Movies
While winter is not just about skiing, nobody can deny that skiing and snowboarding do make up a significant part of winter mountain culture. The Coldsmoke Film Tour focuses on a truly exceptional crop of ski and snowboard films. Their selections tend to include those with stunning visuals and ground breaking effects, like Brain Farm’s infamous The Art of Flight and snowboard genius Jeremy Jones’ Further.
A Little Bit of Everything
Films will include both professional and amateur submissions, and features will range from shorts to full length films. You might even come across a few subtitled films.
Not Your Average Film Categories
Yes, there are awards for best cinematography and best editing—but have you ever heard of a festival with an award for the best powder? What about the “Explorer’s Award” or the “Best Descent”? These are some of the categories presented at the awards show, which takes place on the tour’s final stop in Bozeman.
The People Have a Choice
Perhaps the most coveted award of all is the People’s Choice Awards. Winter-lovers can peruse some of the 26 entries at the Coldsmoke website to vote for their favorite. The winner of this award will walk away with a cool $10,000 in cash. The People’s hard work is rewarded, too: one voter will win a prize of $1,000 cash plus a Powder Mountain cat skiing trip.
Leave the White Tie at Home
Those who attend a stop on the film tour are welcome to stray from your typical film premiere dress code. After all, some of the screenings venues will include sports bars and clubs, fitted out with the proper screens and sound systems, of course.
The suggested guideline? “Be freaky, be boisterous”. In other words, expect more than a few retro neon ski onesies. Attendees might also want to bring along a bag of sorts, for the loot they are likely to pick up along the way.
Check out www.coldsmokeco.com/awards for details on the event—let it snow!