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After watching this year’s selection, it‘s fair to say that freeride films tend towards a more natural, soulful and sustainable approach.


Text by l’IFFF

Countless helicopter runs give way to camping on glaciers, sledding, splitboarding and ski touring, and thankfully, creating awareness about the fragility and beauty of our environment is the bottom line of many of the films.

The good news is they still show a huge display of powder slashes, sick exposed lines and the exploits of outstanding athletes. Having evaluated all this –not without heated but respectful arguments- the Jury, under Regis Rolland’s lead, has decided to award the Best Film 2015 to TimeLine Mission’s Degrees North.

“Xavier De Le Rue is a true forerunner who is constantly taking snowboarding to the next level. The TimeLine guys keep pushing the limits to find new ideas for their films to make each of them an event in its own right.”

AWARDS 2015
Best Film: Degrees North
Best Cinematography: Sugar Mountain
Best Editing : Jumbo Wild
Freeride Spirit: Conquering the useless
Best Short Film: Journey to Kyrgyzstan
Best Pyrenean Short-Film: La Rumeur des Alpes
Public Award by La Dépêche du Midi: Odisea

The Freeride Spirit Award has been one of the most controversial, just as the definition of the award itself; everyone has a their own idea about it.”Conquering the Useless is in our own opinion the perfect example of a freeride film: sick runs, commitment, travels, an endless quest…an authentic film with a pretty modest budget that you really feel like watching again.”

We’d like to thank the town of Cauterets, Cauterets 6 Met, our partners, the media and mostly all of you who were here to share these unforgettable moments with us. See you next year!

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