After hosting the Wild and Scenic Film Festival’s traveling program for the 9 years, the Land Trust of the Treasure Valley partnered with non-profit film production company Wild Lens to launch Les Bois Film Festival in March of 2016. This inaugural event was a huge success, with a sold out crowd at the Egyptian Theatre in downtown Boise, ID, and films screened from all across the globe.
This year’s festival screenings will again be presented at the historic Egyptian Theatre in downtown Boise, which seats 750 people. We anticipate another sold out crowd in 2017!
We have also partnered with the SWELL Artist Collective to host a conservation and wildlife themed art exhibit as a part of this year’s Les Bois Film Festival. The exhibit will open to the public on Thursday, March 2nd, and will remain open to festival attendees throughout the weekend.
WHY LES BOIS?
“Les Bois” and the Legend of Boise:
The name of our capital city, Boise, is derived from French “Les Bois” meaning “The Trees/Wood” coined by early French visitors.
Accounts differ on the exact origin of the name.
Set in a high-desert area, the tree-lined valley of the Boise River became a distinct landmark for 1820s era French Fur trappers. They called this “La rivière boisée”, which means “the wooded river.”
Another story credits Capt. Bonneville, when his exploration party reached an overlook with a view of the Boise River Valley, now called Bonneville Point located on the Oregon Trail east of Boise. According to the story, a French-speaking guide yelled “Les bois! Les bois!” (“The wood! The wood!”), at the sight of the cottonwood tree-lined Boise River valley.
Les Bois Film Festival is co-hosted by Boise-based non-profit organizations, the Land Trust of the Treasure Valley and Wild Lens.
History of our Partnership: The two groups came together in March 2015 when Wild Lens’ award-winning film “Bluebird Man” screened at the Egyptian as a part of the Land Trust’s annual film festival event – the screening was so wildly successful that the two groups established a collaborative relationship and decided to launch Les Bois Film Festival together!