La Crosse Adventure Festival - October 2024

We are excited to host our third La Crosse Adventure Film Festival! This time around we are hosting a FULL WEEK of adventure experiences in our region! We are partnering with local organizations and businesses to showcase a variety of outdoor recreation experiences that will bring the community together and provide opportunities to experience new activities in outdoor recreation. As part of it, we're excited to share YOUR films!!!

Films will be selected by a small jury to be screened in front of an audience of up to 350 people at a cornerstone theater in our community, the Rivoli Theater and Pizzeria. These films will be honored and shared via social media, email marketing, and live at the event. Then, audience members will live vote for their favorite films in a variety of categories including People's Choice category on the night of the event.

*We are seeking grant funding to help support filmmakers travel to our event! If a film is selected, we will do our best to support your travel to the event. While we cannot guarantee covering the full cost of travel, we believe wholeheartedly that honoring filmmakers in-person and giving you the opportunity to see your films showcased on the big screen in-front of an audience of 350 is extremely important! We are committed to doing what we can to financially support this.

**We are seeking OUTDOOR ADVENTURE FILM submissions**

La Crosse Adventure Festival - Program Under the Direction of La Crosse Adventure Films

Mission Statement - To provide experiences that bring the community together and encourage and inspire outdoor activity in our region.

Summary - La Crosse Adventure Festival believes the community is stronger when we are together. Together sharing ideas, encouraging each other, and inspiring adventures. The outdoor adventure opportunities in the La Crosse area are rapidly growing. These resources have added great value to our area and the ripple effects are being seen in a variety of tertiary industries. La Crosse Adventure Festival is excited to give a platform for local organizations and businesses to share their message and reach new participants while encouraging and inspiring our community through the shared experiences.. As a program under the direction of La Crosse Adventure Films, the La Crosse Adventure Festival seeks to provide a week of experiences that add value to the community. Any profits from the events will be used to sustain operations, fund the programs and experiences offered, to help provide future experiences and to give back to local organizations and nonprofits in the outdoor recreation community.

Description & Details

Dates: October 17th - 21st

**FILM DATES - Thursday, October 17th (teen film competition, long form documentary winner); Friday, October 18th (two hours of film selections, live voting and winners announced)

La Crosse Adventure Film Festival seeks to bring our community together, through film. We believe everyone needs a "third space" in their life. Most of us are blessed with a home and a workplace. Each of these spaces provides connections, relationships, and meaning. However, what's your third space? This is the space in which you can count on other folks, build relationship, find inspiration and encouragement, and have deep challenging conversations to move our personal needle. La Crosse Adventure Films works to have bi-monthly film showings that provide community members a third space in their life. Each film experience is free for everyone to attend (sponsorship provided by local non-profit Beer By Bike Brigade) and is held at a local historic theater (The Rivoli Theater). With 350 seats, amazing food and beverages, and a unique blend of a 100 year old theater with state of the art technology...we love where we're headed! Now, we want you to be a part of it!

LAFF works to showcase adventure films in a variety of genres (winter recreation, climbing, mountaineering, hiking and backpacking, mountain biking, and truly anything outdoors). Our goal is to plan each film experience around local events and organizations that are doing great things in the outdoor recreation community. We believe in partnerships and collaboration to bring attention to other events and to collectively build the adventure community in our region.

For each festival's selections, we will award the following honors:
Festival Grand Prize Winner
LAFF Award - People's Choice
LAFF Award - Best Cinematography
LAFF Award - Best Creativity
LAFF Award - Best Moving Story
LAFF Award - Best Adventure Film
LAFF Award - Best MidWest Adventure Film

- Professional and amateur films from anywhere in the world are invited to participate. We welcome documentary, fiction, animated and experimental features dealing with adventure sports, outdoor recreation, women in sport, hunting, fishing, climbing, winter recreation, mountain culture, environment, sports and adventures.

- There is no duration limit for a film, but it should be noted that if a film’s duration is over 60 minutes and there is a shorter version available, the shorter version is generally preferred by our jury.

- Films must be in English or have English subtitles.

- The Entrant grants LAFF the right to copy the film to facilitate festival operations. This
generally includes but is not limited to providing the film to festival staff and jury members, loans to media reviewing the festival, creating backups, and changing the media format for technical purposes.

- The Entrant grants LAFF the right to use short clips from the film for promotional purposes. These clips are generally less than 15 seconds and are used to compose the LAFF trailer, which is screened at the start of each festival event and is made available online for promotional purposes.

Overall Rating
  • Although only a few years old, this festival is run like it has been around for decades. Incredibly professional but also full of attention and care. As a submitting filmmaker, I was made to feel valued. And the films selected were all top quality!

    May 2024
  • Martin Steele

    We were honoured to have our Scottish / Welsh project selected to this year - we hope that audience liked Flow!

    April 2024