The 4th International Freeride Film Festival will be kicking off in Saint-Lary Soulan in the Pyrénées from the 22-24th January.
Fifteen international films on skiing and snowboarding will be screened during the 3-day festival. While the public will be able to enjoy the movies, the hard-working members of the expert jury will have the tough task of selecting the best productions.
This year, prizes will be awarded to the best movie, the best rider, the best perspective of view, and the best freeride spirit. A new prize will also award the most 'inspirational movie' in order to encourage further independant productions.
In addition to being able to watch the films on a giant screen at the Saint-Lary-Soulan snowboarding station, all attendees will be able to participate in numerous events: contests, demonstrations by the best riders, training for beginners, and - in the Freeride tradition - an all-night party.
"This festival is a unique opportunity to showcase the diversity and artistic quality of world-wide skiing and snowboarding culture. More than a mere sport, Free Ride is an expanding sector which carries the values of a new generation," say the organisers. "The aim is to pay homage to the films which have helped skiing and snowboarding to flourish."
Festival entrance fees range from two to five euros per day. For more information, visit the festival's website at festival-freeride.com.