Adventure Film Festival: Inspires Audience to “Make Your Own Legend”

As Coloradans, it seems that most of us were born with a good amount of wanderlust.

Unfortunately, our bank accounts and responsibilities often get in the way of our ability to explore the world to our heart’s delight.

This past weekend, Boulder put on a show that might be the next best thing. The Adventure Film Festival returned for its 12th year running. Boulder is one of only five cities offering a version of the weekend festival, and it’s a pretty big deal.

Founded by climber and photographer Jonny Copp in 2003, the festival appeals to story-tellers, story-lovers, filmmakers and outdoor enthusiasts. Copp wanted to inspire change in the world, and he figured the best way to do that was bringing the beauty and awe of nature to those who may not otherwise be able to experience it.

After Copp was killed by an avalanche in China seven years ago, the festival carries even more meaning, honoring Copp’s legacy and the tradition he helped to create.

Audience members were privy to 31 artistic and striking films, ranging from three minutes to half an hour, each varying in their focus, but all centering around adventure and nature. 

It was a beautiful treat and a wonderful experience for all who bought tickets, including those with children. The festival featured workshops, parties, cocktail hours, and an amazing group of speakers. There was also a two-day street fair with beer garden, giveaways, vendors, live music, food, and kids show including prizes and arts and crafts. 

The festival has been around for over a decade, and continues to grow each year. It is the hope of its founders and supporters that its worldwide status will continue to flourish, and inspire the world to “make your own legend” and to believe in the strength of living your dreams.

If you weren’t able to make the festival this year, mark your calendars for the last weekend in September, 2017. To learn more about the Adventure Film Festival, click here. To contribute to the Jonny Copp foundation, click here.


“We believe in the power of the story, especially the narrative of adventure and awakening, to change and challenge the world we live in. We hope you will join us in celebrating the fantastic and, even more importantly, true stories of people and passion.”

Jonny Copp (1974-2009), Founder – Adventure Film Festival


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