Skier Sean Pettit is a featured athlete in Matchstick Productions' 2009 film, "In Deep." The movie is one of several winter sports-themed films that will be screened today and Saturday at the seventh annual Steamboat Mountain Film Festival.

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Skier Sean Pettit is a featured athlete in Matchstick Productions' 2009 film, "In Deep." The movie is one of several winter sports-themed films that will be screened today and Saturday at the seventh annual Steamboat Mountain Film Festival.

Locals compete in film festival

Event today and Saturday also features professional ski movies

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Standard Films' snowboard movie "Black Winter" is featured in the seventh annual Steamboat Mountain Film Festival. Submitted film screenings are at 7 p.m. today at CMC and professional film screenings are at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Steamboat Grand Resort Hotel.

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Mountain Film Festival approaching

The Steamboat Mountain Film Festival started with a Teton Gravity Research screening on Oct. 2, and continues today and Saturday with adventure films by local and professional production companies. Watch this video to get all the information you need from festival founder and organizer Michael Martin.

The Steamboat Mountain Film Festival started with a Teton Gravity Research screening on Oct. 2, and continues today and Saturday with adventure films by local and professional production companies. Watch this video to get all the information you need from festival founder and organizer Michael Martin.

If you go

Steamboat Mountain Film Festival weekend schedule:

What: Submitted film screenings

When: 7 p.m. today

Where: Gym at Bristol Hall on the Colorado Mountain College campus

Cost: $5 donation

Call: 870-9676

What: Reel Awards and screenings by Matchstick Productions, Standard Films and Michael Martin Productions

When: 7 p.m. Saturday

Where: Steamboat Grand Resort Hotel

Cost: $15; tickets available at Ski Haus, Surefoot and at the door

Call: 870-9676

Adventure sports films from four local producers and three professional companies are on the schedule today and Saturday at the seventh annual Steamboat Mountain Film Festival.

Screenings of the four local films start at 7 p.m. today at the Bristol Hall gym at Colorado Mountain College. There's a $5 suggested donation to the CMC Backcountry Club for admission.

Teasers for the four winter sports movies - Rastafellow Films' "Trying to Have Fun Without Guns," 3rd Party Productions' "The Good Fight," Bent and Broken Productions' "Yesterday" and Kerry Lofy's "Pillow Talk" - have been competing for a popular vote on the film festival's Web site since Oct. 2.

The teasers went up after the film festival's opening screening of Teton Gravity Research's 2009 movie, "Re:Session," and drew 500 hits on the festival Web site by the next day, event organizer Michael Martin said. Voting closes today, and the winners of categories including people's choice, best powder and best line/performance will be announced Saturday.

Brian McCleary, of Bent and Broken Productions, submitted a film for the fourth year in a row. "Yesterday" features about 10 athletes and is a compilation of skiing, snowboarding and snowmobiling footage from Mount Hood in Oregon, Jackson Hole in Wyoming and the backcountry near Steamboat Springs. The format is similar to what Bent and Broken has done the past few years, McCleary said.

"It's fun just to see my friends : logging what they do, so maybe when we're 80 years old we can look back and say we did that when we were young," McCleary said. For the 2010 film festival, McCleary plans to use high-definition filming equipment and new editing software to make his submission, he said.

Bent and Broken's move toward new technology has been a trend in submitted films, Martin said.

"Generally speaking, looking at year over year, I think the quality has improved a lot," Martin said. "A lot of local filmmakers have really stepped up the production quality, not only in terms of the films themselves, but a lot of people are shooting in HD now."

A screening of Factors Films' "They Came From :" - which Martin described as a standout submission in this year's Reel Open adventure film category - closes out today's event.

On Saturday, screenings of Matchstick Productions' "In Deep," Standard Films' "Black Winter" and Michael Martin Productions' "The Sum of Zero" surround the awards ceremony for the best of today's featured films. Movie showings start at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Steamboat Grand Resort Hotel; the awards ceremony is scheduled for 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 at Ski Haus, at Surefoot or at the door.

Steamboat Film Festival '09: "Yesterday"

Steamboat Film Festival '09: "Trying to Have Fun Without Guns"

Steamboat Film Festival '09: "The Good Fight"

Steamboat Film Festival '09: "Pillow Talk"

Steamboat Film Festival '09: MSP "In Deep"

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