Friday, October 29, 2010

Snow Film Fest NYC 2010

Snow Film Fest NYC 2010

by Lauren Traub Teton of SnowboardSecrets.TV

Hey snowboarders, (skiers too),

If you’ve been waiting for the snowboard film festival season to start like I have, you are going to FLIP like I did when you hear this news. New York City is hosting a SNOW Film Festival. November 19 and 20 at the Tribeca Cinemas. Over 25 movies will be shown, with a non-stop party in the adjacent lounge space right in the Tribeca Cinemas. The ski clubhouse will have a bar, DJs, dancing, and likely a free liquor pour or two from the liquor sponsors.

We asked the event producer (and owner) Morgan Rae Berk how she was able to pull off this miraculous feat. We have put together a snowboard film party or two and we know what’s involved. It turns out Morgan is also producer of the NY Surf Festival for the last three years. She says her friends in the snow industry were bothering her saying “why aren’t you doing this for snow sports?” So she did and says the logistics are the same for putting on one movie or 21.” It will be more highly attended because there’s a collection of movies to curate, not just one movie” says Ms. Berk who is both a skier and snowboarder.

Athletes like Gretchen Bleiler, Grete Eliassen, Steve Jones from TGR and Tanner Hall are expected to be in attendance. The non-profit partner of the festival is Stoked Mentoring. They use action sports as a vehicle to mentor under-privileged youth and are happy if you want to volunteer at Speaking of volunteering, you can help out at the festival and get to see some free movies.

Tickets go on sale November 5. You can get your tickets early starting November 1 using the presale code SFFriend10.

See the full festival lineup at

Movies were submitted by the producers and 40% of them are movie premieres.

Here’s what the fest will include.

· Three days of screenings of independent short and feature films, cult classics, and world premieres from established snow filmmakers

· Q&A Sessions with filmmakers and notable snow athletes

· Panel Discussions on topics such as travel, the snow filmmaking craft and environmental issues concerning the snow peaked mountains of the world

· Snow Art & Expo showcasing new winter action sport products

Partners of the Festival from the snow industry are Powder Magazine and Snowboarder Magazine. Also local brands like, EMS, Killington, and a general partnerships with Ski Bums and the Fordham University Ski Club.