VICTOR — A film festival and weekend of events dedicated to women and the outdoors is coming to Victor for the first time.
Mountain Girl is a community for women of all ages, backgrounds and abilities taking to the outdoors. It helps connect people with themselves and others through adventure and exploration. Mountain Girl has held various outdoor clinics and hosted No Man’s Land Film Festival. The film festival has been held in Montana for the past three years, but the group is looking forward to bringing the community event to Idaho.
The event runs from Friday to Sunday at Highpoint Cider at 7565 Lupine Lane Unit D in Victor.
“The goal for Mountain Girl is to get women outside, however that looks for them,” Mountain Girl founder Tanya Daniels told EastIdahoNews.com. “This film festival highlights women in the outdoors doing ordinary things. … There’s so many benefits to being outside as far as health and mental benefits and an increase in confidence when you have those skills to get outdoors. That’s really the root of everything we believe in.”
There will be an outdoor market featuring women-owned businesses in the outdoor industry. There will also be free community events such as a group gravel bike ride, group mountain bike ride, group hike, and clinics on backcountry first aid and first aid for your dog. A schedule of event start times and meeting spots can be found here.
“We’ve always talked about doing clinics along with this film festival, and Victor is going to be the first time we’re actually able to bring these clinics to life,” Daniels said. “(Some of the women teaching the clinics) are vendors at the women’s vendor fair and some are community members in the Victor/Driggs area that saw what we were doing and wanted to be a part of it.”
Following the day activities on Saturday, the films will be shown that evening at 7. The films are about different activities, from mountain biking, skiing and climbing to a feature on a lady who was injured and got back into her sport.
“All of them talk about the typical issues women deal with when you’re making a decision to do something for yourself,” Daniels said. “Whether it’s you’re choosing to do an activity without your kids, if you have kids, or with your kids, and what that means if you’re the mom and in charge of … all the things that go with being a mom and doing activities.”
Tickets to see the film are $20 and can be purchased here. Tickets will be capped at 100 due to limited seating but there is a possibility of another showing on Sunday if there is enough demand for it.
Daniels said the clinics are intended for women, but the film festival and vendor show is open to everyone.
Mountain Girl is also looking for sponsors, people interested in setting up a booth or teaching a workshop. It is also seeking donations for a raffle that will take place benefiting the nonprofit organization Women in the Tetons. All the proceeds will go towards Women in the Tetons’ scholarship program.
Contact Daniels for more information and to get involved at firstname.lastname@example.org.