New Film Festival Highlights Conservation Community In Idaho

Mar 4, 2016

A new film festival to celebrate the conservation community in Idaho and around the globe will be held Saturday night in Boise. The goal is to inspire viewers to get outside and help the land.

A film from a high school student in Victor, Idaho and a local film about ranchers making room for sage grouse are just some of the stories in the Les Bois Film Festival. Viewers will also see conservation films from Borneo and Singapore.

Matthew Podolsky is with Wild Lens, a Boise-based non-profit production company that’s co-hosting the festival.

“We wanted to take the outdoor and conservation culture that really thrives in Boise and connect it with the arts culture,” says Podolsky.

He says people were enthusiastic about the idea, sending in close to 700 submissions. Half of the final 16 short films were produced in Idaho.

Podolsky says the homegrown, independent festival will celebrate conservation heroes in Idaho and beyond who are working to preserve the land.

The Land Trust of the Treasure Valley is co-hosting the festival. Whitney Byrd is with the Trust.

“I just think it’s so cool to create a space to celebrate those people that work so hard to care for our planet and wildlife and teach children to get outside and love the outdoors the way we do here in Boise,” said Byrd.

The Land Trust has hosted the Wild and Scenic Film Festival for nine years and Byrd said it was time to branch out with their own homegrown, local festival.

The festival will be held at the Egyptian Theatre in downtown Boise Saturday at 6:00 p.m.

Les Bois Film Festival trailer from Wild Lens on Vimeo.

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