The sixth edition of the International Free Ride Film Festival will take place at Saint Lary Soulan Dec. 9-11.
This event brings together an international jury, free ride films from around the world, and viewers of all ages. In addition to film showings, the Pyrenees resort is organising contests, rider demonstrations, free ride initiations, and more.
According to festival organisers, the event allows free ride film directors to show and gain exposure for their work, since no real industry recognition exists for this type of film. It is also a way to pay tribute to the cinematic arts, which has helped spread the popularity of winter sports and give them the image they have today.
This year, 13 films will compete for six prizes that include Best Film, Best Rider, 2010 Freeride Spirit, Best Upcoming Film maker, and more. The films last 20 to 85 minutes and will virtually take viewers to 20 countries.
Freestyle ski and snowboard demonstrations will take place on the slopes and in the snow park, as part of the festivities. Concerts and cultural events, such as a mountain-themed photography exhibit also add to the convivial atmosphere.
The festival village, which is open to the public, will host film directors, distributors, and producers as well as specialised press and media. It aims to become the world's hotspot for the free ride film industry.
Films are shown every day of the festival from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the cinema Le Lary. Day passes cost €5.