A Film Festival In The Mountains? Why Filmmakers Should Give ‘Niche’ Events A Second Look

Film Festival Della Lessinia only programs movies related to mountains, but don't expect to see "Red Bull films" there.

It’s late August in Italy, and seemingly everyone in the film world is crammed into a few tiny theaters on the Mediterranean for the latest Venice premieres. Drive a few hours away, however, and a very different crowd is hanging out in the Italian mountains, watching a very different crop of movies.

This is Film Festival Della Lessinia, held in the tiny resort town of Bosco Chiasanuova, Italy, in the heart of the Dolomites mountain range. Now in its 24th year, the competitive festival has a unique mandate: as befits its setting, it only programs films that have a relation to mountain culture.

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