The 12th Annual Rainier Independent Film Festival Comes to Mt. Rainier

Rainier Independent Film Festival Brings Art to the Mountain

photo: Rainier Independent Film via Facebook

For those who have visited Mt. Rainier, it likely comes as no surprise that the area is home to a renowned annual film festival. With stunning landscapes that transport visitors from the doldrums of their daily life to the vibrant setting of the wilderness landscape, the mountain is the perfect place to hold an event that that celebrates and supports the magic of the arts. For the past 12 years, the Ashford community has welcomed the Rainier Independent Film Festival and is currently gearing up for the 12 annual event in May.

The Rainier Independent Film Festival gives Independent Filmmakers the opportunity to have their creations viewed in a remote, forested location that allows viewers to immerse themselves fully in the experience. The event runs screenings and workshops for those interested in and involved in the film industry. Viewings of films are held in unique venues that include a historic hall built in 1918, a yurt, and the Nisqually Lodge.

International, national, and regional films are selected for viewing each year and awards are handed out. Last year some of the films that received top honors at the festival include, “The Tent Village” which was directed by Nilima Abrams and won Best Student Film. “The Tables” directed by Jon Bunning was named Best Short Documentary, and Conquering the Cycle” directed by Josh Eisnefeld and Dan Finegol took Best Feature Documentary. Out of all the films screened, the Audience Favorite was “Heart, Baby!” which was directed by Angela Shelton.

This year, viewers can expect another opportunity to see a spectacular lineup of films. While festivalgoers eagerly anticipate embarking on a cinematic adventure, the area provides visitors with plenty to do in between flicks and before and after the event. With spring well underway, there are a variety of lowland trails to explore on foot or by bike. Additionally, Ashford is a gateway community to Mt. Rainier National Park giving visitors the chance to explore the iconic location in-depth, and perhaps even catch a glimpse of the natural inhabitants. NW Trek offers additional opportunities for up-close encounters with wildlife, tram rides, and zip line adventures.

For those looking to kick back and relax in style, there are luxury cabin accommodations available. Patrons can spend the evening soaking in a hot tub under the stars, having drinks around an outdoor fire pit, or curling up on a couch by the fireplace indoors. Reservations should be made in advance to ensure availability.

This year, Mt. Rainier Independent Film Festival will run from May 18-20th. There are a variety of ticket options. They include:

Rainier Blowout:  $35 This pass includes all screenings, all workshops and all parties all days.

Rainier Rumble: $15 This pass includes all screenings and workshops for Saturday or Sunday.

Rainier Express: $15 Friday night Festival Launch! Watch the Opening Night film. This pass includes the Opening Night Gala afterward and 2 free drinks.

Rainier One-Shot: $5 One ticket good for any screening any day (not valid for Opening Night or Sat 7pm show).

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