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2014/15 World Tour Films



(2014, USA, 9 min)
Filmmakers: George Knowles, EVOLV Sports & Designs
Classification: General, no advisory


Credit: George Knowles

Kai Lightner discovered rock climbing at the age of six. Now 14, he is pushing the limits of hard climbing and trying to staying focused, all with his single mom on belay.

Africa Fusion (Tour Edit)

2014, South Africa, 20 min
Filmmakers: Robert Breyer and Nic Good
Classification: General; coarse language; nudity

Africa Fusion

From the film Africa Fusion

Climbers Alex Honnold and Hazel Findlay team up for a journey into the exotic landscapes of South Africa.

Afterglow (Tour Edit)

2014, USA, 3 min
Filmmakers: Michael Brown, Nick Waggoner, Zac Ramras, Sweetgrass Productions
Classification: General, no advisory


© Shane Treat

From Alaskan spines to deep pillows in British Columbia, Afterglow turns big mountain skiing on its end, and then turns it upside down again, heading into the night through a wintery glow of trippy technicolor.

And Then We Swam

Best Exploration & Adventure Film – sponsored by MSR

UK, 2013, 37min
Filmmakers: Ben Finney and Robb Ellender
Classification: Parental Guidance; coarse language, nudity

And Then We Swam

From the film: And Then We Swam

Most adventurers who set out to cross the Indian Ocean have some rowing experience. For two blokes from the UK, that seemed like a minor detail, not a death wish.

Arctic Swell – Surfing the Ends of the Earth

USA, 2014, 8 min
Filmmakers: Anton Lorimer, Chris Burkard
Classification: General, no advisory

Arctic Swell – Surfing the Ends of the Earth

© Chris Burkard

Surfing photographer Chris Burkard loves capturing cold water surfers. He’s prepared to venture to the ends of the earth to snap that once in a lifetime shot.


New Zealand, 2014, 4 min
Filmmakers: Blair Trotman, Papatuanuku Film
Classification: General, no advisory


From the film Caleb

Paralyzed in a skiing accident in 2007, Caleb has defied the odds and continued to thrive in his chosen passions. Learning to kayak after his injury, Caleb is positive, inspiring and one epic human!

Cerro Torre (Tour Edit)

Full feature film won Best Film – Climbing – sponsored by the Alpine Club of Canada

2013, Austria, 53 min
Filmmakers: Philipp Manderla, Thomas Dirnhofer, Red Bull Media House GmbH
Classification: Parental Guidance; coarse language, nudity

Cerro Torre (Tour Edit)

© Lincoln Else

Storms are expected in Patagonia, but the drama that ensued during the big-budget filming of David Lama’s quest to free climb the infamous mountain brought a new level of controversy. Challenge, scandal, adventure, and transformation on a mountain often said to be the most difficult in the world.

DamNation (Tour Edit)

USA, 2014, 52 min
Ben Knight, Travis Rummel, Matt Stoecker, Patagonia Inc – Lost Arrow Corporation
Classification: Parental Guidance, coarse language


From the film DamNation

DamNation explores the economic, environmental and cultural value of a river and goes behind the myths surrounding hydro energy, highlighting what can happen when low value, high cost dams come down.

Danny MacAskill – The Ridge

2014, Scotland, 7 min
Filmmakers: Stu Thomson
Classification: General, no advisory

High Tension

From the film Danny MacAskill – The Ridge

World-renowned trials rider Danny MacAskill is back! Filmed on the stunning Isle of Skye in Scotland, MacAskill returns to his childhood haunt for a new challenge: riding a mountain bike on the infamous Cuillin Ridge.

Delta Dawn

Best Short Mountain Film – sponsored by The North Face

USA, 2014, 16 min
Filmmakers: Pete McBride
Classification: General, no advisory


© Pete McBride

During an experimental pulse flow in the spring of 2014, filmmaker Pete McBride packed up his stand-up paddle board and headed to the Colorado River Delta to investigate how we use and abuse Western water – and how restoration is possible.


2014, USA, 40 min
Filmmakers: Jeremy Collins, James Q Martin
Classification: General, coarse language

Into the Mind

© Jeremy Collins

Four years, four cardinal points, four epic adventures — acclaimed climbing artist Jeremy Collins embarks on four journeys, from the Venezuelan Amazon, to the China-Mongolian Border, to the northern reaches of Canada, and closer to home in the Yosemite Valley.

Forgotten Dirt

Canada, 2013, 10 min
Filmmakers: Colin Jones, Darcy Wittenburg, Ian Dunn
Classification: General, no advisory

Kayak Free Kayaking

From the film Forgotten Dirt

A small team of mountain bikers travels to the remote Wakhan Corridor of Afghanistan in search of remote cultures and trails that are thousands of years old.

Happy Winter

Sweden, 2013, 8 min
Filmmakers: Bjarne Salén, EndlessFlowFilms
Classification: Parental Guidance; coarse language

Keeper of the Mountains

© Bjarne Salen

Being grateful makes you happier, and there is so much to be grateful for. Especially if you spend as much time in the mountains as Andreas Fransson does did.

Into the Empty Quarter (Tour Edit)

England, 2013, 20 min
Filmmakers: Alastair Humphreys, Leon McCarron
Classification: General, no advisory

The Last Great Climb

© Alastair Humphreys

Inspired by their hero Wilfred Thesiger, adventurers Alastair Humphreys and Leon McCarron attempt a trip into the Empty Quarter desert on the Arabian Peninsula. The 1,000-mile journey sometimes puts the cart before the camel, and then, all you can do is laugh along the way.

Just Keep Running

New Zealand, 2014, 10 min
Filmmakers: Aaron Smart
Classification: General, no advisory

The Last Ice Merchant

© Graeme Murray and Paul Charteris

Ruby Muir is one of the world’s most promising young trail runners. Ruby shares her journey of love and loss and the inner struggles which have helped shape her into the running sensation she is today.

The Little Things – Meghann O’Brienn

Canada, 2014, 6 min
Filmmakers: Darcy Turenne and Marie-France Roy
Classification: General, no advisory

North of the Sun

From the film The Little Things: Meghann O’Brienn

Six years ago, snowboarder Meghann O'Brien started delving into her First Nations roots. She sold her sled, said good-bye to Whistler-livin', and headed north to learn from her Haida elders the fine art of weaving.

Love in the Tetons

USA, 2013, 9 min
Filmmakers: Amy Marquis, Dana Romanoff
Classification: General, no advisory


© National Park Experience

A former resident of south-central Los Angeles and a park ranger from a family of Mexican-American migrant workers share their vows in Grand Teton National Park. This is not your average wedding video!

Mending the Line (Tour Edit)

People’s Choice Award – sponsored by Treksta

USA, 2014, 20 min
Filmmakers: Steve Engman and John Waller, Uncage the Soul Productions
Classification: General, no advisory

Poor Man's Heli

© Uncage the Soul Productions

In 1944, 20-year-old Frank Moore landed on the beaches of Normandy. Now, at the age of 90, he returns with his wife and son to heal the wounds of his past by fly-fishing the streams he once helped free.

Sculpted In Time: The Wise Man

Canada, 2014, 5 min
Filmmakers: Dave Mossop, Malcolm Sangster, Sherpas Cinema
Classification: General, no advisory

Push It

© Sherpas Cinema

Eddie Hunter is 88 years old and has skied over 2,500 days during the past 79 years. Follow him as he continues to shred on the home town mountain he just can’t seem to get enough of.

Sufferfest 2: Desert Alpine

Radical Reels People’s Choice Award at the BMFF – sponsored by Deuter

USA, 2014, 27 min
Filmmakers: Cedar Wright
Classification: Parental Guidance, coarse language

The Questions We Ask

© Cedar Wright

Cedar Wright and Alex Honnold are back! This time, a month riding their bikes and climbing desert towers in the American Southwest should be a piece of cake for these fast friends. Or will it?

Sun Dog

USA, 2014, 5min
Filmmakers: Ben Sturgulewski
Classification: General, no advisory

Ready to Fly

© Ben Sturgulewski

What could be better than riding gorgeous lines of untouched snow with your best friend at your side?

Tashi & The Monk

Best Film – Mountain Culture – sponsored by Helly Hansen

England, 2014, 40 min
Filmmakers: Andrew Hinton, Johnny Burke
Classification: General, no advisory

Return to the Tepuis

© Andrew Hinton

There’s a brave social experiment taking place on a remote mountaintop in the foothills of the Himalaya. A former Buddhist monk is seeking to transform the lives of abandoned children through love and compassion. Tashi is especially vulnerable as she struggles to make friends, and learns that love can help heal even the saddest memories.


2014, France, 5 min
Filmmakers: Jean-Baptiste Chandelier
Classification: General, no advisory

Sea of Rock

From the film Touch

Touch is a colorful and spectacular flying tour of Santorini in Greece, the Aiguille du Midi above Chamonix and the Col du Galibier in France, with a bit of cheekiness added in, just for fun.

Tumwater Solitude

2014, USA, 6 min
Filmmakers: Leah Hemberry, Shane Wilder
Classification: General, no advisory

Sensory Overload

© Icicle TV

With peak flow levels in Washington's Tumwater Canyon, Sam Grafton sets out to kayak massive waves and Class V+ whitewater.

Valley Uprising: The Golden Age

Feature film won Grand Prize – sponsored by MEC

USA, 2014, 28 min
Filmmakers: Peter Mortimer, Nick Rosen, Josh Lowell, Zachary Barr, Sender Films and Big Up Productions
Classification: Parental Guidance; coarse language

Spice Girl

© Glen Denny

Valley Uprising: The Golden Age takes us on a journey through an amazing period in the climbing history of Yosemite, from the counterculture lifestyle to the legendary big wall rivalry of pioneers Royal Robbins and Warren Harding.

Vasu Sojitra: Out on a Limb

2014, USA, 7 min
Filmmakers: Tyler Wilkinson-Ray
Classification: General, no advisory

Split of a Second

© Brian Mohr

Vasu Sojitra lost his right leg to a blood infection at nine months old, but that doesn't stop him from venturing deep into the backcountry to ski challenging lines – entirely unassisted.

Wild Women – Faith Dickey

2014, UK, 3 min
Filmmakers: Wojtek Kozakiewicz (Polished Project)
Classification: General, no advisory


From the film Wild Women – Faith Dickey

Smile and laugh along with slack-liner Faith Dickey as she shows us just how fun life on the line can be.

Wingsuit Daredevil: Flying Dagger

2014, Finland, 50 min
Filmmakers: Nic ‘Moose’ Good, liro Seppanen and Feng "Frank" Yang, Pan Pacific Entertainment
Classification: Parental Guidance; violence, coarse language

Streams of Consequence

© Ian Webb

A story of failure, tenacity and redemption, expert flyer Jeb Corliss has a brush with death that leaves him questioning the value of life. Packed with suspense and ever-present drama, Wingsuit Daredevil – Flying Dagger will keep you on the edge of your seat as Corliss attempts one more mind boggling flight, despite all the odds working against him.