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2008 Alpinist Film Festival Announces Dates, Venues

–AFF Expands to Four Nights, Doubles Audience Capacity–

Jackson, Wyoming – September 6, 2007 – The Alpinist Film Festival announced today that The 2008 Festival will be held from January 17-19 at Walk Festival Hall in Jackson Hole’s Teton Village. In addition, on Sunday, January 20, a fourth evening, The Peoples’ Choice Ceremonies, will be added to the Festival, which has sold out every event since its 2005 inception.

Now in its fourth year, The 2008 Alpinist Film Festival will present its signature three nights of film-Snow Night (skiing), Surf Night (surfing) and Stone Night (climbing)-at Teton Village’s Walk Festival Hall, the site of the 2006 Festival. The 800-seat Walk Festival Hall, which was closed for renovations last year, has reopened to acclaim, and the Festival will again work with the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort to present the Festival to visitors and locals alike. New to the 2008 Festival will be the Peoples’ Choice Ceremonies, a final evening that showcases the Peoples’ Choice award winners from Snow, Surf and Stone nights at the Center for the Arts’ 525-seat Performing Arts Pavilion in downtown Jackson. (The Center for the Arts showcased the 2007 Festival in its entirety.) The Festival’s Grand Prize Winner will be determined by the audience at the Peoples’ Choice Ceremonies.

“It’s great to take advantage of Jackson’s two greatest venues,” said Alpinist Film Festival Director Christian Beckwith. “The renovated Walk Festival Hall offers us a chance to hold The Festival in a tremendous facility walking distance from some of the best skiing in North America. And the Center for the Arts’ theater is one of the finest facilities in the Rocky Mountain West. We’re excited to hold The 2008 Festival at both.”

“The addition of an award ceremony will not only allow us to meet the growing demand for the Festival,” said Alpinist Film Festival Producer Tom Santoro. “It will also allow us to return to the Center for the Arts with an event built around one of the most important elements of The Festival: the audience.”

Tickets for The 2008 Alpinist Film Festival will go on sale in the coming months, and additional information can be found online at or by calling the Alpinist Film Festival at (307) 734 – 0600.

“It’s shaping up to be a great Festival,” said Beckwith. “And we love holding it in January, in the heart of the Jackson Hole winter.”

About The Alpinist Film Festival

The Alpinist Film Festival celebrates the adventure lifestyle across disciplines and generations with three nights of film in skiing, surfing and climbing. The Festival’s mission is to advance the art of cinematographic storytelling as it underscores the unity among the adventure lifestyle communities. A portion of every year’s proceeds are donated to charities that help preserve the places of our inspiration. Because one of these places is our planet, beginning in 2008, the Festival will purchase carbon offsets to counteract its carbon footprint.

About Alpinist Magazine

Hailed by Italian climbing legend Reinhold Messner as “The best climbing magazine in the world today,” Alpinist Magazine is an archival-quality, quarterly publication dedicated to world alpinism and adventure climbing. The pages of Alpinist capture the art of ascent in its most powerful manifestations, presenting an articulation of climbing and its lifestyle that matches the intensity of the pursuit itself. Alpinist has been awarded three Maggie Awards, for Best Quarterly/Consumer Division, Best Overall Design, and Best Electronic Newsletter, and was featured in a seven-page article in Outside Magazine (“The Purists”) in March 2005. The magazine’s editorial and publishing offices are based in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, and online at