The 2014 Fly Fishing Film Tour (F3T) kicked off its annual continent-wide road show on January 25th. The ninth annual installment of the F3T aims to be its largest to date with premieres anticipated in more than 160 cities across the continent and attendance projected to exceed 50,000 people.
“Tickets went on sale January 7th and that morning our Web site was pretty maxed out,” said Ryan Thompson, F3T tour manager. “We nearly sold out multiple shows in the first few hours. When you factor in our rabid fans, the increased quality of our event, and the unequaled excellence of our filmmakers, we’re looking at another record year. ”
In response to this escalating demand the F3T has added shows in some markets, increased venue capacity in others and committed greater effort to add independent screenings in markets falling outside the reach of the F3T’s primary tour. These partnered premiers involve vast numbers of conservation groups, fly shops and clubs who leverage the tour as an opportunity to create their own event and use them as fundraising and awareness platforms.
“We’ve seen some remarkable initiative surrounding our independent shows,” said F3T co-owner, Chris Keig. “Some of the best shows on our tour are produced by regional conservation groups. They sell a ton of tickets and it results in a significant boost of funds and exposure for their cause. It’s great for everyone involved.”
The F3T crew also expects a positive response to this year’s film lineup. With a mix of popular returning filmmakers and talented up-and-comers, this year’s event showcases a greater diversity of featured locations and species of fish than any previous tour.
“We’ve got a great mix of stories and species this year,” said Thompson. “There is a great blend of trout, salt water pursuits, some anadromous fish and even carp and musky to round things out. Some films, like Blood Knot from TwoFisted Heart Productions, are more story driven, while others, like 320 from young filmmaker Jako Lucas, are action packed and will leave you salivating for a new 10-weight and a ticket to the Seychelles.”
The quality of the films is also testament to an increase in the popularity of the medium and the improved accessibility aspiring filmmakers have to world-class equipment. “Fly fishing cinema is still a young medium and these filmmakers improve their technical skills and storytelling chops every year,” said F3T co-owner, Doug Powell. “2014 is no exception. We’ve got fresh pieces from some new names and incredible work from established pros. I get the chills every time I see it in HD up on the big screen.”
The 2014 F3T schedule, tickets and official selection trailers are available at the film tour’s website, TheF3T.com.