This week, the Rossland Film Festival comes to show off some world class documentaries and sports films. It’s a great chance to get a feel for the atmosphere of Rossland, as people from all over come to take part.
It’s also a chance for those who feel they have become stagnant in the shoulder season to reignite their love of the outdoors and the mountains, as the hiking and climbing season transitions to ski touring, snowshoeing and cross-country.
Each year an amazing array of films appears in Rossland, and with various lengths and points of view, there is something for everyone.
The amazing part is, some of the most memorable films from last year were not the big spectacle films – not that they aren’t memorable – but some of the small, low budget documentaries, especially the ones where you feel as though the camera was brought along as a last thought.
Therein lies the true passion, where it wasn’t even a film they were seeking to make, but an amazing film came out of it. In these films, the danger is real, and you are right there with the crew, transported to the exotic local or frozen climate.
There were definitely a few of these films last year and will show up again this year.
That’s not to say that there is anything missing from the big trick, helicopter-drop films. There were many last year that embodied that sense of adventure as well and they are sometiems the most inspirational when it comes to the winter sports.
And of course, the Reel Youth Film festival offers a youth take on the world, with some of the most refreshing perspectives available.
If you can this, get out and catch some of the films this week.