—Second Annual Festival To Debut Five Films in Jackson Hole—

[Jackson, WY, January 10, 2024] – When audiences settle in to Jackson Hole’s Center for the Arts (or, for virtual audiences, their couches) to watch the Teton Climbers’ Coalition‘s Second Annual AlpinFilm Festival on January 19th and 20th, they’ll be treated to a gripping lineup of mountain cinema.

They’ll also witness the US and North American premieres of multiple films.

Five of the festival’s eleven films, which feature climbing, skiing and mountaineering adventures from around the globe, will screen before American audiences for the first time.

Friday’s five-film lineup includes two US premieres and one North American premiere.

Former Jackson resident Michelle Smith will present the American premiere of her 2023 film, Transcendence, alongside its protagonist, Adrien Costa, who gave up a career as a pro cyclist for a life in the mountains. When an accident severed his leg, Costa leaned into the new challenge to discover new dimensions of fulfillment.

Friday’s premieres also include the US debut of Nuptse, a 2023 French documentary about the alpine-style first ascent of one of the legendary walls of the Himalaya, as well as the North American premiere of Egoland, a remarkable animated film from Spain about two climbers who grapple with more than just the mountain.  

Saturday’s program features six films, including three US premieres.

Saturday’s audiences will be treated to the US premieres of New Way Up, a British film that documents the first ascent of a coveted Karakoram peak made possible by a paragliding approach; Descendance, a 2023 film about world-renowned skier Dennis Ranalte and his journey to reconcile his life in Austria’s mountains with his African heritage; and Chronoception, a 2023 French film that follows a band of ski mountaineers along the ancient Silk Road as they discover new challenges in one of the most remote and unexplored areas of Asia.  

In crafting AlpinFilm’s 2024 lineup, festival organizers reviewed more than 300 award-winning films before selecting a lineup for the Jackson Hole event.

“Our aim was to put together a program that resonated deeply with our community,” noted Christian Beckwith, AlpinFilm’s director. “At the same time, we were looking for films that had yet to screen in America.”

The result, festival organizers believe, is a riveting collection of films that will inspire audiences to push physical, mental and spiritual boundaries of their own.

All proceeds from the event underwrite the work of The Teton Climbers’ Coalition, a 501c3 non-profit organization that stewards, advocates and engages on behalf of the Teton climbing community.

The entire weekend of films will be available to watch in-person or virtually. In-person ticket prices are $25 per night or $40 for the weekend. Virtual audiences may watch the films for $20 per night, or $30 for both nights.

Tickets may be purchased here. The festival’s full program may be seen here

Watch the festival trailer here.