Adventure Reel


Each year a unique and varied array of independent films, premieres, receptions, educational programs and retrospectives honoring featured guests takes place at the Breckenridge Festival of Film. New this fall 2013 is the adventure films special event. Inspired and fueled by the festival's creative and active Colorado audience, the Adventure Reel is meant to truly embrace the character of the Breckenridge mountain community.

From kayaking down the boulder-choked Black Canyon right here in Colorado to trekking through the untouched Antarctica landscape, the seven short- and feature-length films in the Adventure Reel capture the beauty of nature and adventure in Colorado and abroad.

"We wanted to stay true to our roots of 33 years of bringing independent films to Summit County, but we also want to bring a new generation of festival-goers to our September event," executive director Janice Kurbjun said. "The Adventure Reel does just that. The young and young-at-heart can find their niche at this year's festival through this new addition, and complement their viewing experience with a variety of other fantastic films not included in our Adventure Reel lineup."

It's a new cinematic experience. Time-lapse photography of the Aurora Borealis. Aerial shots of ice climbers at Ouray, Colo. Silhouettes of ski patrollers in our home mountains. Audiences will journey through risky ventures, finding out that people can learn more about themselves by getting off the "beaten path" and by taking a scenic route through life called adventure, one might find meaning and purpose.

"We want the festival to incorporate what is special about Breckenridge and why people love it—which is the outdoors! Although film festivals and outdoor adventure don't always go hand in hand, we wanted to create a new element for the Breckenridge Festival of Film that would integrate the two and offer a unique experience. We anticipate that this segment of the festival will continue to grow throughout the years," film festival board member Lisa Korry Cheek said.

The Adventure Reel screens 7:30-10:00 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21 at the Riverwalk Center in Breckenridge, which culminates with voting for the coveted People's Choice Award for best Adventure Film.

Kicking off the films are two panel discussions, "Democratization of Film" – answering the question of "Can anyone be a filmmaker?" – and the "Making of the Shot" – in which Adventure Reel filmmakers discuss key shots that viewers may see as visually interesting. Panels begin at 4 p.m. and 5:30 p.m., respectively.

This event is made possible by Wyndham Vacation Rentals, Beaver Run Resort, Vail Resorts, Town of Breckenridge, The Summit Foundation and many other supporters in the community.

For more information about tickets and lodging, or for opportunities to support the Adventure Reel through sponsorship, visit the Breckenridge Festival of Film website at

Schedule of Events
Riverwalk Center, Breckenridge, Colorado

4 p.m. – "Democratization of Film" (Riverwalk Lawn)
As high-end cameras become available to the masses, panelist answer the question, "Can anyone be a filmmaker?" at this free panel discussion.

5:30 p.m. – "Making of the Shot" (Riverwalk Center)
Whether it's that ultra high-resolution shot of water droplets in slow motion or the aerial footage of a kayaker descending a waterfall, everyone wonders the same question: "How'd you get that shot?" Panelists will explore their most unique shots and what it took to get them at this panel discussion.

7:30-10:30 – Adventure Reel screening
The Scenic Route
National Ski Patrol- Life of a Patroller
Black Canyon: The Next Generation
Why We Climb


Interested in volunteering for the Adventure Reel? Click here to sign up. Remember to select Sat. Adventure Reel. Thanks!

Attendee Testimonial

The Pink Room

Words cannot express what an honor it was to be a part of your enthusiastic festival held in such a breathtaking location. From the opening evening reception, where many friends were made within the hour, to the awards ceremony, where we were sad to be saying our goodbyes, to trying to view each and every film between forums and receptions, the experience could not have been any more satisfying. We thank you and are already contemplating our next film in hopes of seeing you all again

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