MAFF Gathering: Mountain & Adventure Film Festival, CA

Film Festival Flix CEO, Benjamin Oberman, officially announced the Mountain & Adventure Film Festival’s first 3 day, live event, MAFF Gathering. The MAFF Gathering will take place October 7th – 9th, 2016 in Big Bear CA, approximately 1.5 hours East of Los Angeles and an hour West of Joshua Tree.

Film Festival Flix
Film Festival Flix

“We love film festivals” says Oberman, “But there are two distinct parts of a film festival. One part is watching great films which you may never have the chance to see otherwise, and our online film festival addresses that beautifully. And the other is purely social, which is where the MAFF Gathering comes in.”

The three day event by Film Festival Flix will bring the SoCal outdoor community together to camp, climb, explore, play, eat, drink, and of course, watch films. We expect to have 300+ attendees each day plus approximately 20 outdoor brands, local businesses, and non-profit partners exhibiting their products in the vendor village.

With the purchase of a $20.00 pass, attendees will have access to the Gathering, Vendor Village, all clinics, classes, and excursions (capacity limitations may apply to certain events), games and contests, films after dark, camping on-site (limited to the first 90 registrants), sponsored drinks, and an online pass to the 2017 Mountain & Adventure Film Festival (a $29.99 value).



Mayan Smith-Gobat Hans Florine | Cedar Wright | Ben Rueck | Heidi Wirtz | Matthias MayrWill Mayo | Craig DeMartino | Arian Chamasmany



1. Slide Show with Adidas Outdoor Athlete, Mayan Smith-Gobat from her Patagonian expedition with Ines Papert and free ascent of “Riders on the Storm”
2. Presentation and Book Signing with Outdoor Research Athlete, Hans Florine on “On the Nose: A Lifelong Obsession with Yosemite’s Most Iconic Climb”.
3. Slide Show with Adidas Outdoor Athletes, Mayan Smith-Gobat and Ben Rueck on their climbing expedition to the Karsts of China
4. Morning Yoga Classes with North Face and LaSportiva Athlete, Heidi Wirtz
5. Climbing and Trail Running with North Face Athlete, Cedar Wright; Arc’Teryx Athlete, Craig DeMartino; and Petzl and LaSportiva Athlete, Will Mayo
6. Downhill Skateboarding with Loaded Boards Athlete, Arian Chamasmany
7. Slacklining Demos and Lessons
8. Adventure and Nature Photography clinics with Getty Images Photographer and Ellen Degeneres Show Photo Editor, Sarah Hummert
9. Award-Winning Adventure Films after dark from the 2016 Mountain & Adventure Film Festival: Friday Night – Friday Night – 2016 MAFF Grand Prize Winner, “CITADEL”, plus select shorts.  Saturday Night – “ONEKOTAN: THE LOST ISLAND” with Filmmaker / Athlete (Red Bull, Elan Skis, BMW), Matthias Mayr, plus select shorts.



1. Vendor Village (Gear, Apparel, Food, Drinks and Technology)
2. Games and Contests
3. Guided Climbing Excursions throughout the SB’s with the Rim of the World Climbing Club (Children’s Forest, Overhung Wall, Dinosaur Rocks, Crag at the End of the Universe, Arrowhead Pinnacles, Snow Valley Boulders, Castle Rock, and more)
4. Yoga with celebrity instructor, Yael Abraham
5. Food (available for purchase from participating local restaurants)
6. Sponsored Drinks

Reserve your space to attend on Eventbrite. The schedule of events will be announced in August with signups for clinics and excursions which have a limited capacity.

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