FDFT5 – ‘Official Selections’
With an overwhelming response to our ‘Call For Entries’, FDFT5 had the ingredients to make the best film line-up yet. FDFT assembled a 15 person panel to review and judge the submissions. The guidelines were simple. We wanted films that fit our motto: Capture Them. Move Them. Change Them.
Into The Wind Outdoors [Humility Among The Hog Backs]
‘Humility Among The Hog Backs’ is a story of perseverance, adversity and humility. Jose Castresana goes through the highs and devastating lows of hunting in the west and discovers how much meaning can be found in adversity and humility. For more on the film, follow them on Facebook Into The Wind Outdoors, LLC
Pure Elevation [Our Rock]
‘Our Rock’ gives a brief look at some of the amazing hunts we got to experience in 2014. This was the first chance all four us were able to sit back down together after the fall of 2014 and just like all hunting camps we were able to relive the moments sitting around a campfire; telling our story just like the hundreds of generations before us. To see the latest, follow Pure Elevation
Hamskea Archery [Once In A Lifetime]
In Colorado if you are lucky enough to harvest a bull moose, you are done for the rest of your entire life. One bull moose and that is it. The pressure of holding the tag in your hand and then to actually successfully fill it can only be experienced…once. This hunt epitomizes why we hunt and why we are bowhunters. Imagine the emotion of passing on an all time qualifying Boone and Crocket animal; only to find it days later and making it count. You can’t script bowhunting…you just can’t. That’s why we keep heading to the mountains every fall with bows in hand. We all wish we draw that next impossible tag and when you do, you’d better wish you have friends like Andrew, Shawn, Jeremy, Tony and Chris.
And that’s what this film is really about; having true friends that will drop whatever they are doing to help out others. This may seem like a hunting film but in reality this is about making memories with great friends that will be remembered forever. Because after all, this film would not exist if it weren’t for Andrew’s true friends. Learn more about Hamksea Archery
Outdoors International [Father’s Footsteps]
This is a story of a 14-year-old bowhunter named Jess Meyer who is following in his father’s footsteps of a back country bowhunter. This is Jess’ first elk hunt. A story where dreams come true for both father and son, and emotions shared will never be forgotten. At only 14, Jess has experienced several successful big game hunts with his dad, Russ. However, this hunt was special, and we’re excited to share this emotional moment between father and son as they take in God’s country and all it has to offer. As if it couldn’t any better, the following week Russ packed back in after a bull he and Jess had seen 10 days earlier. Amazingly, the stars aligned the first morning and the hunt with the old bull was over before 9 am. Stay tuned in on Outdoors International.
Gritty Bowmen [It’s Not About The Horns]
What would it take to make you quit? What drives a person to keep trying year after year, season after season, defeat after defeat? For one of our own, success has been an elusive ghost.
Why do we hunt? Every year we harvest beautiful animals that feed our families and decorate our walls. These experiences have given us cherished memories that we share and re-share over campfires and gatherings. But for one of us—one who helped start all this—success has been elusive. He has taken deer and a few cow elk, but the bulls have escaped him time and time again. Ironically, it doesn’t slow him down. Never has. He has never let the failure to kill a bull get in the way of his idea of success. Year after year, hunt after hunt, he has hunted harder than guys half his age; and he has loved every minute of it.
But this year… At age 67 he has the chance to try again. This time in Utah, a state famed for the big bulls that roam the aspen basins and the scrub oak hillsides. Can we do it? Can our group pull together and help one of our fathers fulfill a life-long goal? Maybe. Or maybe not… One thing is certain. We will try. We will give it everything we have. And at the end of the day, whether a bull is down or not we will be successful. We’ve learned that from him. That’s the legacy he’s given us. Love what you do no matter the outcome. Work hard… really hard. Believe. And appreciate all that our Creator has done for us. Check out the latest posts from Gritty Bowmen.
Silent Pursuits [Final Frontier]
The Cobourg Peninsula region of Australia’s Northern Territory is an adventure bowhunter’s dream. It’s home to a very unique and diverse range of game animals, none more highly revered and sought after than the Banteng. It is the only place in the world where this dangerous game species can be hunted free range. Banteng are wary, unpredictable, and a true challenge with bow and arrow.
Ben Salleras, his father Peter and brother-in-law Warren embark on the wildest adventure of their lives when they travel to this remote frontier to explore, hunt and fish an untouched paradise. The crew are blown away by what they discover, the series of events which unfold are beyond anyone’s wildest dreams. Ben has an amazing run of luck, taking his personal best wild boar (32”), a rarely taken Sambar Deer, and a trophy Banteng bull, which completed his Australian Slam with the bow, an unexpected but incredible outcome. Taking the final two species to complete the slam during this hunt was without doubt one of Ben’s most memorable bowhunting achievements, and shared with his father created special memories to last a lifetime.
Shot during a 10 day hunt in one of Australia’s wildest frontier regions, Silent Pursuits’ FINAL FRONTIER captures an epic journey into a wilderness like no other in the world. The close-up bowhunting action makes for some intense moments, while the breathtaking scenery and array of wildlife encounters make for a uniquely Australian bowhunting experience!
Born And Raised Outdoors [Expectations]
‘Expectations’ was more than a single hunt, we wanted to strip the commercial attitude out of our sport and tell a story about what bowhunting means to each of us as individuals. For some in the group it is about spending time in the great outdoors, for others of us it’s about bonding with family or friends. We want to portray a message that says for each and every one of us, there is value and meaning in pursuing game and harvesting it and providing food for the family. We want to paint a picture of passion, truth, and commitment for people of all ages to enjoy and relate to. Please join us in this story…a bowhunting story that needs to be told.
For us, defining success or failure can’t be described by punching a tag, rather for us, a successful adventure sets our ‘Expectations’. Bowhunting is a journey; ever changing as the years go on. But it is a journey that we will never forget. Watch for the latest stories from Born And Raised Outdoors.
Into High Country [Life on the High Plains]
From being patient and waiting until everything is right to running after your dreams, every aspect of the hunt can teach you a lot about yourself as a person… ‘Life on the High Plains’ is based on the story of a man’s passion for bowhunting pronghorn antelope with his family and friends. After a season of failed attempts he begins to realize how every situation is a parallel of his everyday life. In the end he learns patience and persistence will never let you down. Follow Jason on all of his spectacular adventures on his page Into High Country.
We are thrilled to have the best bowhunting films on the planet. Join us on the road and get your tickets today! Don’t miss your chance to experience bowhunting the way it was meant to be seen!