OBJECTIVE/MISSION:
Les Bois Film Festival screens nature and outdoor films that inspire viewers to forge a deeper connection with the natural world. Film screenings serve as a launching pad for building a community around wildlife conservation and wild land preservation in Idaho's Treasure Valley.

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL:
In March of 2017 the Land Trust of the Treasure Valley and Wild Lens will host the second annual Les Bois Film Festival. Our program will include a diverse array of films focused on wildlife and ecosystem conservation as well as outdoor adventure and exploration. The festival will present a global perspective on conservation, while focusing a portion of the program on stories from our home state of Idaho.

Our inaugural Les Bois Film Festival event, which took place in March of 2016 was hugely successful, drawing a sold-out crowd to the historic Egyptian Theatre in downtown Boise. For nine years before the creation of the Les Bois Film Fest, the Land Trust of the Treasure Valley had been hosting the Wild and Scenic Film Festival's traveling program here in Idaho, building a sizable audience for conservation and outdoor adventure films in the region.

Les Bois Film Festival's main event will take place on Saturday, March 4th at the Egyptian Theatre in downtown Boise, which seats close to 800 people. This event will include two screening blocks of roughly an hour and 15 min each, separated by an intermission. In addition to the film screenings, there will be live music, an art exhibit, and vendor booths. There will be additional screenings throughout the weekend at a venue TBA, as well as a conservation art exhibit hosted by Swell Artist Collective.

The festival is co-hosted by Boise-based non-profit organizations, the Land Trust of the Treasure Valley (LTTV) and Wild Lens. LTTV is an Idaho land trust with the mission of conserving nature close to home in Southwestern Idaho, and Wild Lens is a non-profit focused on addressing wildlife conservation issues through documentary storytelling. The two groups came together in March of 2015 when Wild Lens' award-winning film "Bluebird Man" screened at the Egyptian as a part of LTTV's event - the screening was so wildly successful that the two groups established a collaborative relationship and decided to launch Les Bois Film Festival together!

Awards & Prizes

Audience Choice Awards:
Best-of-fest
Best Idaho-produced film

Rules & Terms

1. Submission and screening copies must be submitted online. Digital masters are required for screening.

2. Do not send printed promotional materials. Promotional materials - in digital format - will be requested from official selections only.

3. By submitting your film to our 2016 festival, you grant Les Bois Film Festival the right to use film stills and portions of accepted films for promotional purposes.

4. If accepted, final screening copies must be received at the Les Bois Film Festival office no later than Feb. 13th, 2016 or the entry won't be included in the program. Filmmakers are responsible for shipping costs to the festival.

5. Non-English entries must be submitted with English subtitles.

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    Kori Price

    We were not able to attend the Festival this year, but everything seemed so very successful from a filmmaker perspective. The communication & marketing was on point and the audience seemed excited and eager to watch all the films. It was great to be connected with the local filmmakers and have an audience that cares to view our films. We were thrilled to be included and hope to make it to this festival in the future.

    March 2017