2020/21 World Tour Films
2020/21 World Tour Films
Here is the list of films for the 2020/21 World Tour.
Please note that not all films will be played in every location – a standard program contains between six and ten films. Advisories listed are classifications in the province of Alberta.
For more information on past World Tour films, please check out our Festival Archive.
12 000 km
The prevailing climate threat inspires a group of Swedish friends to travel by train and ferry from Stockholm all the way to Japan, in search of deep powder and the adventure of a lifetime. Along the world’s longest train ride, they make various stops in Siberia's remote forests, exploring untouched mountains and experiencing the special Russian culture from the interior.
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.
A Few Steps From Home
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.
ACCOMPLICE: The Passport
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.
ACCOMPLICE: The Time Machine
Brothers Cam and Tyler McCaul head to Virgin, Utah for a two-wheeled game of follow the leader in this segment from Teton Gravity Research's mountain bike film, ACCOMPLICE.
Spanning his fifty-year dogsled racing career, ATTLA explores the life and persona of George Attla, from his childhood as a tuberculosis survivor in the Alaskan interior, to his rise as ten-time world champion and mythical state hero, to a village elder resolutely training his grandnephew to race his team one last time.
Five top freeskiers and one World Champion drone pilot go Cat Skiing in BC for a week. Their instructions: charge as hard as you can everyday.
Cholitas (Tour Edit)
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.
Climbing Blind (Tour Edit)
Jesse Dufton was born with 20% central vision. As his sight continues to degenerate his climbing continues to make remarkable progress. Despite his devastating condition Jesse takes on bigger challenges by attempting to be the first blind person to lead climb the iconic Old Man of Hoy in Scotland.
Far Far Est
Far Far Est is a proud Québecois short film about Charles and Olivier’s love for skiing and surfing on the North-American East coast. While they might not be dropping into the craziest ski lines you will see this year, the two explorers make sure to turn this trip into a real-life fairy tale.
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.
Fly Spiti - The Short Odyssey (Tour Edit)
Two of the most experienced paragliding pilots engage in exploration of the Spiti Valley in the Indian Himalaya. Thomas de Dorlodot, a multiple world record holder, leads Horacio Llorens, a six-time aerobatic world champion, to find out why few have tried to fly in this place where, according to local folklore, the gods live.
Free as Can Be
When a young climber infatuated with climbing history meets an old legend, he commits to helping him accomplish his lifelong goal of free-climbing El Capitan.
Frozen In Time
Lured by the vibe of a bygone era in skiing, three of the sport’s pre-eminent stars—Eric Hjorleifson, Mark Abma and Chris Rubens—venture to Mt. Cain, a small, community-run hill on northern Vancouver Island, BC. Getting action shots for a ski film is merely their secondary objective; the principal aim is to camp in the parking lot and immerse themselves in a local scene full of characters and soul.
For years Kieren D’Souza has been planning a new speed record on the 53-kilometre route up Mt. Friendship, a peak towering above Manali, the town in Himachal Pradesh where D’Souza lives. Usually, teams rope up, carry ice axes, and take four or five days to reach the summit and get back to base camp. If something goes wrong, you’re on your own. Hoping to set a snowball in motion, Kieren sets off with the goal of inspiring Indians to experience mountains in a different way.
K2: The Impossible Descent (Tour Edit)
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.
Mother Earth is a short narrated by Daniel Wells, a member of Lil’wat First Nation. The film showcases the deep connection both bikers and First Nations have with nature and the necessity to listen and protect their environment. From open meadows to ancient forests, we discover stunning landscapes through the riding of professional-biker William Robert.
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.
My Last Day of Summer
It is the last day of summer and Julia is at the local bike shop hoping that her bike can be fixed. While checking out the flashy displays of new bikes and shiny components, a comic book catches her eye and she soon finds herself on a ride like no other.
Come aboard for three minutes of thundering skiing with Sam Favret through the Aiguilles Rouges of Chamonix, no gimmicks or tricks and no music. Instead, the sound of the elements immerses you into the tracks of this local Chamonix rider.
Ocean to Asgard
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.
One Star Reviews: National Parks
They say National Parks are America's greatest idea. A symbol of excellence and inspiration. Well for some... there's still plenty of room for improvement!
PATHFINDER - Life beyond fear
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.
Piano to Zanskar (Tour Edit)
Facing his future in retirement, “sitting in deck chairs and eating lemon drizzle cake”, 65-year-old piano tuner, Desmond O'Keeffe, decides instead to take on the most challenging and perilous delivery of his four decade career: transporting a 100-year-old, 80-kilogram, upright piano, from bustling London to the remote heart of the Indian Himalayas.
Pretty Strong: Fernanda
In this segment of Never Not Collective’s feature length all women’s climbing film, we follow Fernanda Rodriguez’s in El Salto, Mexico, as she runs a campground, owns a climbing gym, and picks her hardest climbing objective in 5 years.
Return to El Guayas
Award-winning filmmaker Ben Stookesberry joins up with Red Bull paddler Rafa Ortiz and long-time expedition kayaker Lane Jacobs to attempt the first descent of one of Colombia’s wildest rivers: El Rio Guayas. Ben, Lane, and Rafa reach the river with a perfect flow and perfect weather. In the middle of night two, rain pours down, leaving the team stranded in the most remote part of the canyon. With rumors of armed groups in mind, they paddle blindly into the now flooded unknown river.
Running The Roof (Tour Edit)
Three friends, bonded by a love of running, were desperate to ditch their desks and go on an adventure. One night, after a few too many drinks, they placed a bet. They would spin a globe and wherever their finger landed, they would run. This is a story without finish lines or medals but rather a story about what happens when you trust in nothing but your own two feet to carry you across one of the last truly wild landscapes on earth.
Four female highliners share about the art and sport of highlining and the wisdom each have gained from their time on the line.
Tempo. Movements in Mountains
Tempo: Movements in Mountains is a conceptual exploration of the connection Kyle Richardson finds between his athletic pursuits in Boulder's Flatirons, and his background as a musician. Experienced through three short movements, Kyle performs a live score in a visceral interpretation of his expression in the hills.
Ten Thousand Bolts
10,000 Bolts is a short film about 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.
The Elder (The Winter)
The Ainu are an ancient people of Japan, who largely inhabit Hokkaido, the northernmost of Japan's four main islands. For centuries, Ainu elders have passed down important history, songs, and dances through oral lore. In a remote Kotan called Lake Akan, these traditions live on today.
The Ghosts Above
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.
The Legend of Tommy G
Where in the world is Tommy G? The Belgian freerider has been a bit aloof lately and wild rumours have been spreading throughout the mountain bike world. Rumours about breaking the sound barrier, riding on water and detonating berms with the sickest of styles.
The Lonely Star
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.
The Long Today
My Dad turned 70 this summer. So he found a “river” on a map, repaired one of his old wood canoes, and invited his family to help him celebrate the big day. Only a few of us showed up.
Voice Above Water
Voice Above Water is the story of Wayan, a 90-year-old fisherman who can no longer fish because of the amount of plastic piling up in the ocean. Instead he uses his fishing boat and net to pull trash from the water in hopes of being able to fish again.
Where I Belong
Chris Hill, an environmental lobbyist and angler, never saw people like herself on the river until recently. Through social media platforms like Instagram, traditionally underrepresented voices are creating communities to encourage one another and amplify their message - we belong here too.
Zeppelin Skiing (Tour Edit)
It's a world first: three athletes fly with a huge zeppelin to the Eastern Alps in Austria to abseil and ski and snowboard on steep terrain.