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Balto Film Fest Ready For Adventure

07Filmmakers from around the state will be descending on Seward the last weekend in July to participate in the Balto Film Fest.

Those looking for adventure will find it on Friday, July 25th, first at the Seward Community Library and Museum at 6:00 p.m. with a free public Adventure Filmmaking workshop.  Attendees will get a taste of the University of Alaska’s week-long intensive Adventure Film Research course (FLM 298) course taught by Professor D.B. Palmer.

Hit the ground running at 7:00 p.m., with the announcement of prompts for a new component of the Balto Film Fest – the Togo 24 Hour Sprint.  Filmmakers will have one day to script, shoot, and edit a short film for competition – with the results being screened and judged on Sunday Night at 6:00 p.m.  Those who want to play should come to the Library Friday, where they will find like-minded team members actively searching for Seward locals to work on their productions in a variety of capacities.

Immediately following the Togo 24 Hour Sprint viewing, films competing in the Balto 49 Hour Film Challenge will be screened and judged on Sunday at 7:00 p.m..  These films will have been created the weekend prior, with prompts announced on the Balto Film Fest Facebook page on Friday, July 18th at 5:00 p.m.  Would-be participants can express their intent to join a team on the BFF Facebook page, as several filmmakers are currently looking for Seward locals for their films.

Free public screenings of Alaska-based films at the K.M. Rae Building Friday-Sunday are a Balto Film Fest Standard.  Red Bull is sponsoring the opening night Friday, July 25th at 8:00 p.m. screening of one of Alaska’s greatest Adventure Films, the multi-award winning Mt. St. Elias.


A dramatic and awe-inspiring feature documentary following three of the world’s greatest ski mountaineers to the Mount St. Elias in their attempt to realize the longest ski descent of the world.

Set against the backdrop of Alaska’s dangerous beauty, Mount St. Elias is about a visionary borderline experience where unparalleled physical and mental pressure pushes them to the absolute limit. They find themselves in puristic situations, in which heroism cannot easily be distinguished from folly. Situations which can only be mastered if reason is supposedly abandoned and in which courage as well as trust in their own abilities and last but not least luck are used as guidelines.

Two Austrian ski mountaineers Axel Naglich and Peter Ressmann as well as the American freeski mountaineer Jon Jonhston are facing this breathtaking challenge! A team with individual abilities, but also a team of leaders, knowing they literally cannot survive without teamwork and cooperation. Especially Axel Naglich, he unconsciously takes the role of the protagonist due to his charismatic and authentic personality and, within the permanent struggle not against nature but against himself, polarizes as a strong character.

A movie about men who accept mountains as a challenge. A process whose vision becomes a real adventure. Men who, formed by their origins, want to experience their passion as intensively as possible and above all want to survive.