Mountainfilm Lake Forest: Held each year on the last weekend of January, Mountainfilm Lake Forest is one of the highlights of our cinematic year. In 2023, the festival will take place on January 27th and 28th. Mountainfilm travels year-round and worldwide with a selection of current and best-loved films from the annual festival in Telluride. This year’s program includes a series of All Ages Best of Fest films, the ecologically-focused and exhilarating Adventure Shorts, and the much anticipated Mountainfilm Medley. Mountainfilm Lake Forest is co-presented with Lake Forest Open Lands Association and sponsored by the Butler Family Foundation and The Community Church of Lake Forest and Lake Bluff.

NEW this year – Winterfest 2023! From 5-7pm on Saturday Jan 28th, come enjoy food trucks and fire pits – each ticket gets you a smore pack to roast over a fire.

Pass includes:

Purchase a festival pass to all the events here

Friday January 27, 2023 – Surf nation

With your pass enjoy this full length feature by Lake Forest Academy-Award Nominated Producer, Diane Quon-Surf Nation.   This film tells a story beginning in Hainan, China’s southernmost province where hundreds of athletes as young as 9-years-old train as part of the Chinese National Surf team. Includes onsite Q&A with both directors of the film!

Learn more about the festival screenings below

saturday January 28, 2023 at 2pm – ALL AGES Best of fest

The Mountainfilm: Best of Fest program offers a selection of exciting short films that are suitable for all ages. The program offers an eclectic mix of films about extreme sports, nature, and animals. Bring the whole family along for a memorable experience.

saturday January 28, 2023 at 4pm – Adventure Shorts

The Mountainfilm: Adventure Shorts program provides an eclectic  mix of stories about appreciating the natural world and competing in extreme sport. Like any great adventure, the program has its share of grueling climbs and breathtaking descents, as well as more contemplative moments that focus on the beauty of the wild.  It’s a program that’s sure to bring out the nature lover and thrill seeker in all of us.

saturday January 28, 2023 at 7pm – the medley

Mountainfilm: The Medley is the film program that you’ve been waiting for all year! Mountainfilm’s most exciting stories of hiking, biking, climbing, fishing, skiing, snowboarding, and skating all in one program! An eclectic and classic film program, The Medley has plenty of big laughs, big jumps, and big friendships.

This series is co-presented with Lake Forest Open Lands Association and is supported by the Butler Family Foundation.