Banff Centre Mountain Film Festival World Tour

Banff Centre Mountain Film Festival World Tour
Presenting partners: Banff & Lake Louise Tourism, Rab, Buff

Sponsored by: Deuter, CLIF Bar & Company, Oboz Footwear, YETI, Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, Smartwool, Kicking Horse Coffee, The Lake Louise Ski Resort and Summer Gondola

Banff Centre Mountain Film and Book Festival is one of the largest and most prestigious mountain festivals in the world! Hot on the heels of the Festival that is held every fall in beautiful Banff, Alberta, the Banff Centre Mountain Film Festival World Tour hits the road. With stops planned in about 550 communities and more than 40 countries across the globe, the Banff World Tour celebrates amazing achievements in outdoor storytelling and filmmaking worldwide!

From the over 400 entries submitted into the Festival each year, award-winners and audience favorites are among the films that are carefully selected to play in theatres around the world.

Traveling to remote vistas, analyzing topical environmental issues, and bringing audiences up-close and personal with adrenaline-packed action sports the 2020/2021 World Tour is an exhilarating and provocative exploration of the mountain world.


Wed Oct 20 and Fri Oct 22 - Coral Program

(2020, USA, 8 minutes)
Filmmaker: Jeremy Grant, Teton Gravity Research
Advisory: None
Focus: Mountain Biking
Subtitles: Some

Hannah Bergemann and Veronique Sandler travel to the high Himalayas near Ladakh, India to explore remote mountain ranges and ride unexplored lines in this segment from Teton Gravity Research's mountain bike film, ACCOMPLICE.

(2020, France, 13 minutes)
Filmmaker: Alexandre Marchessau, Arthur Ghilini
Advisory: None
Focus: Adventure, ski/mountaineering
Subtitles: Yes, from French

48 days of adventure, 250 kilometres of ski touring, 3800 metres of ascent up Mt. Logan, a first descent down the East Ridge and a 400-kilometre river trip back to the sea. Fully unsupported, Helias Millerioux, Alexandre Marchesseau, and Thomas Delfino redefine what it means to take a long journey.

(2019, Spain, 53 minutes)
Filmmaker: Jaime Murciego, Pablo Iraburu, Arena Comunicación Audiovisual
Advisory: None
Focus: Culture, mountaineering
Subtitles: Yes, from Spanish

Five Indigenous Bolivian women embark on a unique expedition as a symbol of liberation and empowerment. Their goal? The highest peak in the Americas, Aconcagua.

(2019, Norway, 10 minutes)
Filmmaker: Dan Lior, Adam Rubin, Raised by Wolves
Advisory: None
Focus: Slacklining
Subtitles: Yes

Pathfinder follows six world-class slackliners on a mission deep in the Norwegian mountains and their attempt at something that's never been seen before: walking a highline, elevated in the vastness between two colossal cliffs, illuminated only by the mystical northern lights.

(2020, USA, 18 minutes)
Filmmaker: Duncan Sullivan, Alex Levin, Ashley Benzwie
Advisory: Coarse language
Focus: Bolting/Climbing
Subtitles: Yes, from Spanish

A portrait of Toni Arbones, a professional rock climber and route bolter who, over the course of 30 years, has single-handedly turned Siurana, Spain into one of the most popular rock climbing areas in all of Europe. Bolting is an often overlooked process, integral to climbing and considered by climbers to be a unique art form. It is a craft that Toni has dedicated his life to perfecting.

(2020, Austria, 23 minutes)
Filmmaker: Slawomir Batyra, Michal Zamencki, Sławomir Richert, Tom Fish, Red Bull Media House
Advisory: Coarse language
Focus: Mountaineering, Skiing
Subtitles: Throughout, from Polish

K2, the Savage Mountain, holds a mythical place in the hearts of climbers around the world - 1 in 4 do not return from it. On July 22, 2018, Polish ski-mountaineer Andrzej Bargiel makes "the impossible descent" from its summit. He does it solo, and without supplemental oxygen. The mountaineering community are stunned and mainstream press take notice. In this 24-minute cut – exclusive to the Banff tour – join Andrzej across knife-edge ridges, above 1000m cliffs and down 75 degree slopes in a nail-biting solo ski world first.

Thurs Oct 21 and Sat Oct 23 - Turquoise Program

(2020, USA, 10 minutes)
Filmmaker: Aaron Peterson, Aaron Peterson Studios
Advisory: None
Focus: Family, paddling
Subtitles: None

24 Leeches documents a family canoe adventure to the Slate Islands of Ontario, Canada and more importantly a way of life. One part family adventure, one part environmental film, 24 Leeches is a tribute to a father's best friend and adventure partner, his 10-year-old son.

(2020, Germany, 7 minutes)
Filmmaker: Philipp Becker, Johannes Müller, El Flamingo GmbH
Advisory: None
Focus: Skiing
Subtitles: Yes, from German

The idea is simple. A small mountain hut, a warm stove, and three friends. Even if the big cities of Munich and Innsbruck are almost in sight, wild mountain adventures can often be found right out the back door.

(2020, USA, 6 minutes)
Filmmaker: Jeremy Grant, Teton Gravity Research
Advisory: None
Focus: Mountain biking
Subtitles: None

Brothers Cam and Tyler McCaul head to Virgin, UT for a two-wheeled game of follow the leader in this segment from Teton Gravity Research's mountain bike film, ACCOMPLICE.

(2019, Canada, 11 minutes)
Filmmaker: Brice Ferré, Brice Ferré Studio
Advisory: None
Focus: Trail running
Subtitles: None

We follow Salomon-athlete Jeanelle Hazlett as she attempts to establish a Fastest Known Time (FKT) record on Mount Brunswick, British Columbia. One wrong step could mean serious injury or death.

(2020, Canada, 34 minutes)
Filmmaker: Heather Mosher, Heather Mosher Media
Advisory: Coarse language
Focus: Climbing, adventure
Subtitles: None

Four friends travel to Baffin Island for a forty-day human-powered adventure, featuring first ascents, paddle descents, and a surprising number of wild flamingos.

(2020, Canada, 12 minutes)
Filmmaker: Mike Douglas, Mike Gamble, Switchback Entertainment
Advisory: None
Focus: Skiing
Subtitles: None

An ode to the often over-looked device that enabled a sport and still acts as a central pillar of ski culture to this day.

(2019, USA, 36 minutes)
Filmmaker: Renan Ozturk, Taylor Rees, Jay Macmillan
Advisory: Parental Guidance - Mature subject matter
Focus: Climbing
Subtitles: Yes

A team sets out to solve one of the greatest mysteries in exploration: who made the first ascent of Mt. Everest. Every stereotype they know about the mountain and its people are turned on its end during this brutally honest look at the current state of affairs during one the busiest Everest seasons in history.

(2019, USA, 4 minutes)
Filmmaker: Frank Pickell, Dan Pizza, Futuristic Films
Advisory: None
Focus: Ski
Subtitles: None

An ill-fated explorer finds himself marooned on a desolate planet. Alone with his thoughts, he is caught between a sandy reality and snowy hallucinations of winters past.



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