Film festival debuts Wednesday in Breckenridge |

Film festival debuts Wednesday in Breckenridge

Janice Kurbjun
Special to the Daily/Aaron DoddsAction from one of the films being screened at the Summit Action Sports Film Festival.

The idea has been in the back of Jon Roderick’s mind for awhile, but it wasn’t until he had the firm support of Snow Boarder magazine that Roderick finally put pen to paper.

That was about two months ago. Now, his baby, The Summit Action Sports Film Festival, is coming to Breckenridge – and it’s coming with the gusto of an already established event.

“There’s an insane amount of support already,” Roderick said. Other supporters include Nike 6.0, Vitamin Water and Breckenridge Ski Resort.

“That (support) should secure the future,” he added.

To Roderick – and Breckenridge Ski Resort spokeswoman Kristen Petitt – holding the film festival in early December is ideal. It’s during a busy time for the resort and town, Petitt said, as it falls between the town’s holiday events and the Dew Tour, hosted by the resort.

It’s also when snowsports athletes are in town, training and gearing up for competitions, Petitt said, so what better time to host a film festival that features so many of them?

“It solidifies our place as the early-season place to be,” Petitt said.

It’s good for the county as a whole, too, Roderick said. The event runs concurrent with the 2011 Visa US Halfpipe Grand Prix at Copper Mountain.

The event runs Wednesday through Saturday, showcasing amateur and professional filmmakers from around the world at Brooklyn’s screening venue on Main Street. With about 10 films each day and a price of $5 per screening (or $5 for the day if you stay inside the venue, Roderick said), it’s an affordable way to get tuned into the snowsports culture for the season.

Also tied into the event are presentations by top athletes, live music, industry panel discussions, photography exhibits and local activities. Roderick emphasized the event is another venue for filmmakers to gain exposure at the same time it’s entertainment for the public.

The Wednesday and Saturday events are bookends for the screenings. An open house at noon on Wednesday includes a meet and greet with athletes, industry professionals and filmmakers. At 7 p.m. Saturday is the award ceremony at the Riverwalk Amphitheater. Filmmakers and athletes are to be judged on cinematography, editing, soundtrack, male and female performance – to name a few.

Tickets for the event can be purchased at Brooklyn’s on Main Street, the film festival information tent in Riverwalk Square, Mountain Wave Ski and Snowboard Shop on Park Avenue or Big Hit Snowboard Shop on Main Street.

Roderick said he eventually wants to extend the festival’s focus beyond snowsports to surfing, wakeboarding, skateboarding and other adventure sports. He also thinks it could develop into an event that tours with the Dew Tour circuit. But those expansions are meant for after the festival takes its roots in Breckenridge.

One goal Roderick wants to meet this year is to sell out the Riverwalk Amphitheater’s 850 seats for the awards ceremony.

“This is for the local community. It’s for Summit County,” he said. “I really want them to take this on.”

For more information, visit or the film festival information tent in the Riverwalk Square in Breckenridge.

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