Grit. Audacity. Determination. Boundless Passion. These are the characteristics that No Man’s Land Film Festival (NMLFF) champions in its collection of films. They aren’t too different from what you’d see portrayed in traditional adventure film festivals like Telluride Mountainfilm or 5Point Film Festival. The big difference with NMLFF is that these characteristics are all embodied, fully realized, and upheld by women.
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In 2014, Aisha Weinhold founded No Man’s Land Film Festival to level the outdoor adventure industry playing field between women and men. Now, after three years of cultivating national success, the NMLFF team is gearing up for its third flagship festival in Weinhold’s hometown of Carbondale, Colorado.
“Carbondale has always been my favorite stomping ground,” she says. “This is where I am from, where I grew up, and it only seems fitting to bring the film festival back here to celebrate our travels and launch into the new season. The Carbondale community has been amazing. They rally around No Man’s Land in a way that I never expected. We’ll come back here every year because we want Carbondale’s eyes on these films first. We want to make Carbondale proud.”
Weinhold’s mission to elevate women’s experiences in the outdoors was born after realizing that no real, public outlet existed for women to showcase their accomplishments in outdoors.
“Bold, vibrant women are stepping into the outdoor industry with intrepid spirit and boundless drive, and we aim to champion the women of outdoor and adventure sports, investing them with the respect, recognition, and dignity they deserve,” Weinhold stated in the flagship festival’s press release. “Our mission transcends the films presented; this festival acts as a platform for progressive thought and movement in the outdoor industry.”
Over the No Man’s Land film festival’s four days, more than 40 films will be presented. They’ll range from one-minute-long action-packed mini documentaries to ten-minute-long feature films, all dipping in a variety of sports from skiing to running, swimming, dancing, skateboarding, climbing, and more. All of the films will star women front and center.
A pitchfest will take place the first day, giving female filmmakers and storytellers the chance to win film production funding. Every morning will start with yoga, followed by coffee, and in between screenings each day a team of professional female athletes, artists, and environmental advocates will host workshops, panels, and discussions about the films and the outdoor industry as a whole. Though the films chosen and panels are designed to showcase women in the outdoor industry, all are encouraged and welcome to attend to view the films and participate in the festivities.
Weinhold hopes that NMLFF will challenge the mindset that women can’t keep up in the outdoor space. “…I hope that No Man’s Land becomes a breeding ground for challenging conversation around gender issues that can be translated and reformed in the wider world beyond adventure.”
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