You will always remember the first time you attend the in Carbondale, Colorado. It’s an event that bring together a worldwide network of adventure lovers, outdoor enthusiasts, athletes and filmmakers, propelling the non-profit’s mission to ignite personal and communal adventure of all kinds through the experience of sharing meaningful stories.
While 5Point celebrated it’s 10th anniversary this past April, I experienced my first time at the festival. The event has grown increasingly popular over the last decade — so much so that most showings sell out. From Thursday night through Sunday, I was hooked. As seats filled and the lights went down, the town’s community center transformed into a captivating venue. I was at the edge of my seat at times, riding alongside an epic adventure, then moving into moments when I became overcome with emotion. From the breathtaking opener “Johanna,” to when I felt almost alongside Ben Page on his unbelievable adventure of “The Frozen Road.” After the final film on opening night, I could feel that my heart had grown substantially more inspired in just those three hours.
The days that followed overlapped like a mosaic of vibrant colors. Personal adventures in the area flowed into catch-ups with friends and dialogs with newfound acquaintances, which led to panel discussions and after parties, all within the 60 short films that were showcased, and I felt illuminated. And what a joy to watch Vail friends on screen Friday night as they embarked on their riveting trip down the Grand Canyon in “The Time Travelers.” This is the festival where you sit next to the heroes, and while you realize and witness the mortal humanity that lives within all of us, we can uplift one another to live our lives more fully by sharing journeys and celebrating stories.
This was a milestone year that brought out nostalgia for many, and rounds and rounds of gratitude were express to co-founders Julie Kennedy and Yvon Chouinard. Because 5Point is the festival that keeps on flowing. A month later, the weekend and all the energy it captures is still resonating within me, and there’s no doubt the experience will not stray this year, carrying me to each next adventure, and, soon enough, to next year’s 5Point.
Here’s a list of the award-winners for 2017:
People’s Choice and Best of Festival: by Sender Films
Juror’s Special Selection: by Rob Lockyear and Jeremy Joyce
Creative Excellence: by Travis Rummel
Most Inspiring: by Danny Wang, Yara Khakbaz and Bethany Scully
by Jess Colquhoun
Spirit of Adventure: by Ben Page
Best Cinematography: by Jonny Madderson
By Kim Fuller
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