The Cortez Journal Features MVRFF — Event Raises $11K for Charity, 300 Attend Two Nights

The second annual Mancos Valley River Film Festival drew a crowd by spotlighting adventurers from around the globe and from Montezuma County’s backyard.

Last year, Mancos Valley Resources and Alpacka Raft started the event to highlight short documentaries about pack rafting and other river sports, while raising money for people affected by the Western Excelsior plant fire. This year, organizers expanded it to two nights focused on “bikes and boats” and pledged to give the proceeds to MVR and the Mancos Trails Group. The festival lineup included 12 short films including “Our Wild,” a fly-fishing documentary by Durango filmmaker Ben Kraushaar.

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Mancos Valley River Film Fest Film Lineup

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Alpacka Raft Wright Award Submission – 1:30 – Katie Schuler (Coral & Oak)
The Land We Live In – 5:32 – Jayme Dittmar
From the Doorstep – 4:00 – Pursuit Films
Our Wild – 4:21 – Benjamin Kraushaar
Chicken Raper – 7:19 – Rig to Flip
Packrafters of Telemark – 1:25 – Bjorn Moen & Frederik Feyling
Skeptical – 2:29 – Coastal Crew
Little White From the Sky (Heli Aerial) – 4:03 – RiverRoots
100 Miles – 10:01 – Fly Out Media


The Wild President – 6:27 – American Rivers
Blue Heart – 43:37 – Patagonia
Show Up Blow Up Meghalaya – 2:39 – Luc Mehl

2nd Annual Mancos Valley River Film Fest FREE for All Burro & 416 Firefighters

Thank You Firefighters!

In appreciation of your hard work, we’d like to offer free tickets to all Burro and 416 firefighters for the Mancos Valley River Film Fest. Thank you for saving our homes and properties!

Read updates about the fire here.

For more information or to buy tickets, please visit Friday night’s event is free for everyone, and Outlier Cellars is donating 10% of the proceeds of sales from cider to the Mancos Trails Group. The Saturday main film event coincides with Mancos Grand Summer Nights, which will end just as the film fest begins. Tickets are $20 if you purchase online and $25 at the door. Please bring your own mug for beer, or purchase a 2018 Mancos Valley River Film Fest mug for $5.

Photo by Steve Fassbinder of a huge plume of smoke over the La Platas.

Thanks SO Much to All Our Sponsors! + The Poster Is Done!

Special thanks to our Founding Sponsor Alpacka Raft, our Class V Sponsor Specialized Bikes, and our Class IV Sponsor Osprey!

Poster by Jon Bailey.

Also thanks so much to our newest Class III sponsors 1st Southwest Bank, Patagonia, The Wells Group (real estate company, Durango, Colo.), The Durango Cyclerly, Hyperlite Mountain Gear (we just got in their brand new 5400 Backpack and a River Rescue Throw Bag!). As well, Kleen Kanteen just donated 200 pint glasses! Mancos Brewing Company is donating a keg. Outdoor Research and is donating some fantastic outdoor clothing. Revelate Designs and Durango’s Bedrock Bags are donating some sweet bikepacking bags.

Of course, we wouldn’t get any coverage if it wasn’t for our awesome Media Sponsors. Thanks KSUT, an independent, non-profit organization and radio station broadcasting from studios in Ignacio, Colorado. Also thanks to the region’s newest magazine, The Gulch; our favorite local newspaper, The Journal, out of Cortez; Adventure Pro, for the adventurer in all of us, and ZuMag!

To see a full list of sponsors, visit our Sponsors Page!

Specialized Bicycles & Osprey Packs Sign on as Class V and IV Sponsors!

Thanks so much to Specialized Bicycles for just signing on as our Class V sponsor last week! The featured photo in this post was taken by Specialized and Alpacka Raft athlete Steve “Doom” Fassbinder. Check out this Adventure Dispatch film featuring Doom and Adam Zurn (we aren’t showing it at the festival).

Thanks also to our favorite neighbor in Cortez, Colo., Osprey Packs. They have signed on for a second year in a row to be our Class IV sponsor. We are thrilled to have you on board!

The 2nd Annual MVRFF Seeks Support!

Alpacka Raft, the Founding Sponsor, of the now Annual Mancos Valley River Film Festival, is partnering up for the second year in a row with Mancos Valley Resources (MVR) to run the event. Organizers include President Clara Martinez, Vice President Lizzy Scully, and Alpacka Raft Ops & Outreach Director Sarah Tingey, plus two dozen awesome volunteers. The theme for this year’s festival is “Boats & Bikes,” and films will showcase everything from mountain biking to boating of various kinds, fly fishing, and bikerafting.

This year a local’s night will be added at Outlier Cellers Cidery in Mancos, Colo.; and Durango-based adventurer Ashley Carruth will do a multi-media presentation on her month-long bike and boat journey through Bears Ears National Monument.

The main series of both long and short films will be held on Saturday, June 30th, at Mancos Opera House. American Rivers will be in house Saturday night to do a presentation on their conservation efforts and their involvement with the 2018 campaign, 5000 Miles of Wild.

Half the proceeds from the film fest will go to the Mancos Trails Group to support local trails in Montezuma County, and the other half will go to MVR to help us continue our work as the fiscal agent for 16 nonprofits in Mancos and Montezuma County.

Stay tuned for details!