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Steamboat Mountain Film Festival returns Friday

This is a shot from the film "Interpretation" by Tim Pierce about snowboarding in New Zealand. The Steamboat Film Festival will return at 7 p.m. Friday at the Chief Theater.

— Each year Mike Martin, producer of the Steamboat Mountain Film Festival selects films that have a little bit of everything for action sport fanatics.

"It depends on the year, but I think each year there is something for everyone with the film's unique matchup for the audience," said Martin, who also is a professor at Colorado Mountain College.

The event began as a way to feature local filmmakers and to get the community excited about the upcoming ski season. Each year, filmmakers submit their films to be selected to premiere at the festival. Out of 45 submissions, three films were selected as the top finalists.

For the 11th year in a row, the Steamboat Mountain Film Festival returns Friday with the Legendary Reel Awards featuring "Interpretation," a snowboarding film made in New Zealand by Tim Pierce and his perspective of boarding on the slopes in the country. To change up the content of the festival, "A Wedge to Remember" by Josh Pomer was selected. It is a film about surfing the historically large waves following the August 2014 Hurricane Marie.

"No Tires Required," by Josh Westfall, is one of the featured films about the culture of ski biking in Colorado and how it emerged as a new phenomenon to race down the mountain.

Westfall, who has been skiing and snowboarding since he was 5 years old, said the film was made to show people what ski biking is all about and that the bike allows one to go just as fast as any snowboarder or skier.

"It's like hitting the reset button," Westfall said. "Starting on a ski bike made everything new again. I didn't know what the limits were and had to find those."

It's a form of recreation in the winter for those with hurt knees or who find it painful to ski or snowboard. This will be the third year Westfall has rented out ski bikes to locals and visitors. The film, he hopes, will give people a new perspective of this method to get down the mountain in a new way.

And lastly, the Red Bull Media House and Matchstick Productions film, "Days of My Youth" will be shown during the festival. The two-year, free-skiing project features Richard Permin, Bobby Brown, PK Hunder, Russ Henshaw and Markus Eder among other stars. This will be the first time this film has premiered in Steamboat. The film is about the memories of what skiing meant to an older man.

"It's about the journey a skier goes through and the different joy it gives you and that it always makes you feel young," said Willy Coburn, Matchstick Productions license show tour director and head of merchandising and distribution.

The Reel Awards winners will be announced at the after the showing of the films.

So far on the tour of this film, the feedback has been very positive with people finding their own connection to the film, Coburn said about "Day of My Youth," one of his favorite Matchstick Productions films.

"This film especially will get everyone excited about the upcoming season because most people usually start it off with hiking for turn in and around backcountry areas," Martin said.

The event will be held at the Chief Theater with doors opening at 7 p.m. and the first film showing at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 at Ski Haus, online or at the door. One ticket is good for all films.