As the Alps gets another blast of pre winter snow, I’m happy to be able to tell you that we have a date for this year’s backcountry film festival program in Melbourne!

The BC festival is the annual mini film festival that covers human powered winter adventure.

The Melbourne show will be held on Tuesday May 30.

Location: Herbert Wilson Theatre, Melbourne University

This is in the Doug McDonnell Building (blg 103), just behind the Sidney Myer Asia Centre. You can enter off Swanston Street or Grattan Street. Map available here.

7pm – 9pm

Cost suggested at $8 (conc)/ $15. You don’t need to pre book, there’s plenty of room so please just show up.

Please feel free to arrive by 7pm. At 7.15, we will be showing the lovely short film ‘the Hunt for White October’, about a late season mission to Mt Loch in the Victorian high country. It will be introduced by 12 year old Charlotte, who made the film with her dad Mike.

Then we will get into the BC festival program. This year there are 11 films. Some highlights include:

  • AK Girls Way. Set in Alaska, AK Girls Way features Liz Daley and Caroline Gleich. Liz is remembered as a consummate mountain guide with an infectious enthusiasm for life.
  • Pedals to Peaks. “Everyone explores differently. For professional adventure skier Brody Leven, a human-powered pace defines exploration. Lucky for him, when riding a gear-laden bicycle around arctic Norway to climb and ski peaks, slow is the only option.”
  • Lifecycle of a powder whore. A story about Jonah Howell, one half of the Powderwhore Productions film company.

Please check here for the full list of films.

There will be a 20 minute break half way through the program.

There is a facebook page for the event available here. Please feel free to invite friends.

All funds raised will be used for the Friends of the Earth climate campaign. Over the past year we have helped gain a permanent ban on the process of fracking here in Victoria and helped establish the Victorian Renewable Energy Target (VRET). Funds will be used to further our work on coal, gas and energy transformation.

If you’re based in Sydney, there will be a show up there on June 2, hosted by the NSW Nordic Ski Club. Full details here shortly.