thank you
For an amazing five days of world-class adventure films.

we've just wrapped our 17th annual Flagship Festival in Carbondale, Colorado.

Featuring the best adventure films of the year, live music, guest speakers, industry workshops, and community gatherings.

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People's Choice Award:

Directors: Oliver Sutro, Colin Arisman
Producers: Oliver Sutro, Colin Arisman

Indigenous people and salmon have been intertwined for thousands of years in Bristol Bay, Alaska. Today, kids learn from elders to fish but must also learn to fight, as pollution from Pebble Mine threatens this pristine ecosystem. Can the next generation defend the most prolific salmon run left on earth?

Best Cinematography:

Directors: Andrew Harrison Brown, Renan Ozturk
Producers: Scott Ballew, Taylor Johns, Taylor Rees, John Block, Drew Pulley

An Inuit guide joins a scrappy team of adventurers attempting to sail a fiberglass boat across 8,000 miles from Maine to Alaska over the course of four months. But when a storm of sea ice threatens the entire expedition, the crew is forced to reconsider their preconceived notions of the Arctic and the cost of exposure for the Inuit community in the wake of a growing tourism industry.

Best Editing:

Directors: Josh Lowell, Peter Mortimer
Producers: Halle Johns, Zachary Barr

Renowned alpinists Josh Wharton and Vince Anderson attempt a free ascent of the Jirishanca, an epic 20,000-foot peak in the Peruvian Andes. The duo will have to tackle 5.13 face climbing, horizontal ice roofs, technical mixed terrain, and treacherous snow mushrooms as they reconcile the inherent risk of climbing with their love of alpine adventure.

Hayden Kennedy Award:

Director: Jessa Williams
Producers: Jessa Wiliams, Peter Goetz

Tre’lan Michael, a young, black man from Oklahoma, travels to a remote Hawaiian island in search of a better life and soon becomes enamored with big wave surfing. What seems like a pointless pursuit to most, now serves as his anchor in all of life’s challenges.

Best of Festival:
26,000 DAYS

Director: Henry Behel

This is the story of Eric Tucker, an airshow pilot who turns most pilots’ nightmares into a beautiful dance. Through flying dead-stick, turning his engine off, and falling out of the sky, Eric confronts the challenge of how to make the most of life and live without regret.

FILMS Our film program spans five days and includes over 40 of the year's best adventure films. Enjoy more than a dozen world premieres and 15 Colorado premieres from emerging and renowned filmmakers in the genre.

2025 Film Submissions

The submission portal for the 18th annual Flagship Festival will open in July, 2024 via FilmFreeway.

Submissions will close in March, 2025.

VOLUNTEER Our festival can’t happen without our devoted volunteers.

Support 5 Point and meet incredible people by volunteering with us before, during, or after the festival.