Adventure Film started in 2003 as a dream in the heart of the Himalayas. In a tent during a storm, on a handful of scratch paper, Jonny Copp sketched out the vision of a community-based, mission oriented, outdoor adventure film festival that tied indie film with art and activism. Scroll down to learn more.

Our Founder

sc0b809522Jonny Copp created the film festival by bringing together adventurers, artists, filmmakers and activists who believed in the power of the story and the narrative of adventure to change and challenge the world we live in. Over the next 6 years the film festival grew and became an international success with shows across the globe.

This international Adventure Film team committed themselves to mobilizing people through powerful art, adventure, activism, inspiration and awareness of the world around us.  Adventure Film was rooted in the concept of “Making your own Legends,” thus empowering each of us to create positive change in our world.

In 2009 Jonny Copp was killed in an avalanche in China along with fellow climber Micah Dash and filmmaker Wade Johnson.  Supported by The Jonny Copp Foundation, Jonny’s family and the community of friends he loved the festival lives on in his honor and continues to grow and inspire people all around the world.


Learn more about the Jonny Copp Foundation

Get Inspired.

Legend of the Birdman

You may have noticed our little explorer flying through the air. Jonny’s Mom, Phyllis, who is a very talented artist, drew the “Birdman” with him. Our little mascot has been flying around the world going from one adventure to the next ever since. The image remains the same and has a deep meaning to all those that find inspiration within our festival. The words below were written by Jonny about the Birdman. Enjoy!

“He came from beyond the stars, mounted on a magical beast, and flew in front of the moon one night when you were staring up into your dreams-–a record keeper, forging the present. Beyond the stars and beyond the self there lies a great story. These stories, your stories, are the Birdman’s changing horizon: the purple mountainscape, a sideways glance from a passing whale. Endless layers of rich color and texture fuel his journey–-your journey, where myths are born and may fade but will never die. Grab hold of those tail feathers. Make your own legends.” – Jonny Copp

Watch “Legend of the Birdman”


Our Mission

Climb. Ride. Slide. Fly. Fight For Your Environment. Inspire. Go Higher Than You’ve Ever Dared To Go.

As an international community of risk takers, provocateurs, artists, dreamers, athletes, activists…every year the international Adventure Film selection committee selects the very best and most inspirational films that cover risks both mighty and absurd, tap the fringes of the unknown, and portray those experiences that bring us to the edges of our seats with our hands over our eyes or our fists in the air.

Adventure Film celebrates, supports and “ties in with” those who wish to inspire and fire the creative kilns of transformation and awareness. We believe in the power of the story, the narrative of adventure and awakening. We believe we have an opportunity and responsibility to challenge and change the world we live in.

Over 100,000 People Worldwide

Adventure Film’s compelling line-up is handpicked by a dedicated, Boulder-based selection committee from over 400 entries submitted from 19 different countries. With the support of filmmakers, sponsors, non-profits, partners, volunteers—all adventurers. Adventure Film Festival features award winners on a World Tour traveling from Boulder to Bozeman and Israel to Chile with several major cities in between. Since its inception, Adventure Film has presented live shows to over 100,000 people worldwide.

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