Adventure Film Fest expanding its stoke

Boulder’s homegrown film fest celebrates its 14th year and new immersive experiences

By Paul Hagey Oct 6 2018

Boulder’s homegrown Adventure Film Festival hits Boulder for the 14th year this weekend with screenings at Boulder Theater, a street fair and, for the first time, a plethora of related adventure activities.

Over 30 films will be screened at this year’s event, but that’s just the tip of the adventure iceberg, says festival executive director Justin James. In year’s past the fest featured a street fair and a hike, but this year, it has added a suite of adventure-related events to really bring its ethos of “make your own legends” to life.

Adventure Film Festival Executive Director Justin James joined the org in January 2018.

The Betasso mountain biking ride, the rock climbing tour, the mountain bike skills clinic at Valmont Bike Park, Boulder Creek fly-fishing clinic and river cleanup, the art walk, the Boulder County Courthouse lawn yoga, the guided hike from nonprofit partner Outdoor Afro are all new. As are the filmmaking and photography workshops and offsite parties.

It’s all part of an effort to bring the soaring feeling the fest’s films inspire into Boulder, to make it a world-class adventure event, Justin says. Next year will be even bigger.

Inspiration, the thrill of exploring the unknown and adventure — as exemplified by the fest’s yearly mix of diverse, thrilling films — make up the heart of the event and its goal to stir participants into action. The trailer below will give you a dose (hint: turn your speakers up).

The fest makes annual stops around the country and world (this year locations include Nepal and Tasmania), but Boulder is its epicenter. Enjoy this weekend.

Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated this year is the Adventure Film Festival’s 15th year. It is it’s 14 anniversary.

Paul Hagey

Paul Hagey is BLDRfly’s founder and editor. When not wrangling video, audio and words in the name of story, he’s riding his mountain bike, trail running and hanging with his awesome wife Jen and their young daughter.