2020/21 World Tour Films

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2020/21 World Tour Films

Here is the list of films for the 2020/21 World Tour that have been confirmed.
Stay tuned! We'll be adding more films over the coming months in 2021.

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.

Films

12 000 km

28 Mins

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.

Year: 
2019
Producer: 
Erik Nylander
Production Company: 
Firma Erik Nylander
Has subtitles: 
Yes

24 Leeches

10 Mins

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.

Year: 
2020
Director: 
Aaron Peterson
Producer: 
Aaron Peterson
Production Company: 
Aaron Peterson Studios
Has subtitles: 
No
From the film Accomplice: The Passport, Photo by Katie Lo

ACCOMPLICE: The Passport

8 Mins

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.

Year: 
2020
Country: 
United States
Director: 
Jeremy Grant
Production Company: 
Teton Gravity Research
Has subtitles: 
No
Advisory: 
G
From the film Accomplice: The Time Machine, Photo by Katie Lo

ACCOMPLICE: The Time Machine

6 Mins

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.

Year: 
2020
Country: 
United States
Director: 
Jeremy Grant
Production Company: 
Teton Gravity Research
Has subtitles: 
No
Advisory: 
G

A Few Steps From Home

7 Mins

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.

Year: 
2020
Country: 
Germany
Director: 
Philipp Becker, Johannes Müller
Production Company: 
El Flamingo GmbH
Has subtitles: 
Yes
CHARGE 2

Charge 2

3 Mins

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.

Year: 
2020
Country: 
Canada
Director: 
Anthony Bonello
Producer: 
Mike Douglas, Mike Gamble
Production Company: 
Switchback Entertainment
Has subtitles: 
No
Advisory: 
G

Cholitas (Tour Edit)

53 Mins

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.

Year: 
2019
Country: 
Spain
Director: 
Pablo Iraburu , Jaime Murciego
Producer: 
Itziar García Zubiri
Production Company: 
Arena Comunicación Audiovisual
Has subtitles: 
Yes
Image from the film Climbing Blind

Climbing Blind (Tour Edit)

46 Mins

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.

Year: 
2019
Country: 
United Kingdom
Director: 
Alastair Lee
Producer: 
Alastair Lee
Production Company: 
Posing Productions
Has subtitles: 
No

Far Far Est

7 Mins

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.

Year: 
2020
Country: 
Canada
Producer: 
Zacharie Turgeon
Has subtitles: 
Yes
Advisory: 
G

FKT

10 Mins

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.

Year: 
2019
Country: 
Canada
Producer: 
Brice Ferré
Production Company: 
Brice Ferre Studio
Has subtitles: 
No
Image from the film Fly Spiti

Fly Spiti - The Short Odyssey (Tour Edit)

25 Mins

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.

Year: 
2020
Country: 
Belgium
Director: 
Benoit Delfosse
Producer: 
Thomas de Dorlodot
Production Company: 
Search Production
Has subtitles: 
Yes

Free as Can Be

31 Mins

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.

Year: 
2020
Country: 
United States
Director: 
Samuel Crossley
Producer: 
Justin Sweeney
Production Company: 
Samuel Crossley Media, LLC
Has subtitles: 
No
Advisory: 
PG Coarse Language

Frozen In Time

16 Mins

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.

Year: 
2020
Country: 
United States
Director: 
Ben Sanford
Production Company: 
Matchstick Productions
Has subtitles: 
No

Imagine

11 Mins

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.

Year: 
2020
Country: 
India
Director: 
Prashant Bhatt
Production Company: 
4Play Media And Communication LLP
Has subtitles: 
Yes
Advisory: 
PG

K2: The Impossible Descent (Tour Edit)

23 Mins

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.

Year: 
2020
Country: 
Austria
Director: 
Slawomir Batyra
Producer: 
Tom Fish, Sławomir Richert, Michal Zamencki
Production Company: 
Red Bull Media House
Has subtitles: 
Yes
Advisory: 
PG
From the film MadmanTrails of Bhutan

Madman Trails Of Bhutan

4 Mins

Join Wyn Masters, Cody Kelley, and Florent Poilane as they explore Bhutan by bike.

Year: 
2020
Country: 
Canada
Director: 
Scott Secco
Producer: 
Scott Secco
Has subtitles: 
No
Advisory: 
G

Mother Earth

5 Mins

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.

Year: 
2018
Country: 
France
Producer: 
Damien Vergez
Production Company: 
FASTFOKUS
Has subtitles: 
No
Advisory: 
G

Mount Logan

13 Mins

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.

Premiere: 
North American Premiere
Year: 
2020
Country: 
France
Director: 
Alexandre Marchessau
Producer: 
Arthur Ghilini
Production Company: 
Invade Media Production
Has subtitles: 
Yes

My Last Day of Summer

8 Mins

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.

Year: 
2019
Country: 
United States
Producer: 
Kristina Wayte
Has subtitles: 
No

Natural Mystic

3 Mins

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.

Year: 
2019
Country: 
France
Director: 
Maxime Moulin
Producer: 
Sam Favret
Production Company: 
Invade Media Production
Has subtitles: 
No
Advisory: 
G

Ocean to Asgard

34 Mins

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.

Premiere: 
World Premiere
Year: 
2020
Country: 
Canada
Director: 
Heather Mosher
Producer: 
Heather Mosher
Production Company: 
Heather Mosher Media
Has subtitles: 
No
From the film One Star Reviews: National Parks

One Star Reviews: National Parks

1 Mins

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!

Year: 
2020
Country: 
United States
Director: 
Alex Massey
Producer: 
Dalia Burde
Production Company: 
Avocados and Coconuts
Has subtitles: 
Yes
Advisory: 
G
Image from the film PATHFINDER - Life beyond fear

PATHFINDER - Life beyond fear

10 Mins

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.

Year: 
2019
Country: 
Norway
Director: 
Adam Rubin , Dan Lior
Producer: 
Adam Rubin
Production Company: 
Dan Lior
Has subtitles: 
Yes
Image from the film Piano to Zanskar © Jarek Kotomski

Piano to Zanskar (Tour Edit)

53 Mins

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.

Year: 
2018
Country: 
United Kingdom
Director: 
Michal Sulima
Producer: 
Jarek Kotomski
Production Company: 
Between Friends
Has subtitles: 
Yes
Advisory: 
PG
From the film Pretty Strong: Fernanda

Pretty Strong: Fernanda

17 Mins

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.

Year: 
2019
Country: 
United States
Director: 
Julie Ellison, Leslie Hittmeier, Colette McInerney
Production Company: 
Never Not Collective
Has subtitles: 
Yes
Advisory: 
G

Return to El Guayas

32 Mins

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.

Year: 
2020
Country: 
United States
Director: 
Ben Stookesberry
Producer: 
Ben Stookesberry
Production Company: 
Clear H2O Films
Has subtitles: 
No
Advisory: 
PG, Coarse Language

Silks

4 Mins

Driven by the powerful movements of three Squamish adventure athletes, stunning locations and hair raising exposure, Silks is a short film showcasing the art of an aerial silk performance in a way never seen before.

Year: 
2020
Country: 
Canada
Producer: 
James Frystak
Has subtitles: 
No
Image from the film Running the Roof

Running The Roof (Tour Edit)

45 Mins

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.

Year: 
2019
Country: 
United Kingdom
Director: 
Ben Crocker, Alexis Tymon
Producer: 
Jody Bragger, Ben Crocker, Alexis Tymon
Has subtitles: 
No
Advisory: 
Coarse language and nudity

Slack Sisters

4 Mins

Four female highliners share about the art and sport of highlining and the wisdom each have gained from their time on the line.

Year: 
2020
Director: 
Jefe Greenheart, Kelly Greenheart
Producer: 
Jacob Laub, Kelly Greenheart
Production Company: 
Circus Picnic
Has subtitles: 
No
Advisory: 
G

Tempo. Movements in Mountains

4 Mins

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.

Year: 
2020
Director: 
Thomas Woodson
Producer: 
Thomas Woodson
Has subtitles: 
Yes
Advisory: 
G
Image from the film Ten Thousand Bolts

Ten Thousand Bolts

17 Mins

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.

Year: 
2020
Country: 
United States
Director: 
Ashley Benzwie, Alex Levin, Duncan Sullivan
Producer: 
Alex Levin, Trevor Martin, Duncan Sullivan
Has subtitles: 
Yes
Advisory: 
PG Coarse Language

The Chairlift

12 Mins

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.

Year: 
2020
Country: 
Canada
Director: 
Mike Douglas
Producer: 
Mike Gamble
Production Company: 
Switchback Entertainment
Has subtitles: 
No

The Elder (The Winter)

11 Mins

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.

Year: 
2020
Country: 
United States
Director: 
Tim Kemple
Producer: 
Aimee Tetreault
Production Company: 
Camp4 Collective
Has subtitles: 
Yes
Advisory: 
G

The Ghosts Above

37 Mins

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.

Year: 
2019
Country: 
United States
Director: 
Jay Macmillan, Renan Ozturk, Taylor Rees
Production Company: 
Expedition Studios
Has subtitles: 
No
Advisory: 
PG

The Legend of Tommy G

5 Mins

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.

Year: 
2020
Country: 
Canada
Director: 
Darcy Wittenburg
Producer: 
Scott Jewett
Production Company: 
Anthill Films
Has subtitles: 
No
Advisory: 
G
The Lonely Star

The Lonely Star

4 Mins

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.

Year: 
2019
Country: 
United States
Director: 
Frank Pickell
Producer: 
Dan Pizza
Production Company: 
Futuristic Films
Has subtitles: 
No

The Long Today

16 Mins

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.

Year: 
2020
Country: 
Canada
Director: 
Niobe Thompson
Producer: 
Niobe Thompson
Production Company: 
Handful of Films
Has subtitles: 
No

The Secret of Bottom Turn Island

3 Mins

Snowboarder Alex Yoder searches to the ends of the earth for the lost art of "snow-surfing" only to find the answers he seeks on Bottom Turn Island.

Year: 
2019
Director: 
Ian Durkin
Producer: 
Alex Yoder
Has subtitles: 
No
Advisory: 
G

Voice Above Water

11 Mins

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.

Year: 
2020
Country: 
United States
Director: 
Dana Frankoff
Producer: 
Eric Ebner
Production Company: 
Turning Tides Films
Has subtitles: 
Yes

Where I Belong

9 Mins

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.

Year: 
2019
Country: 
United States
Director: 
Chris Cresci
Producer: 
Greg Balkin
Production Company: 
Wondercamp
Has subtitles: 
No
Advisory: 
PG

Zeppelin Skiing (Tour Edit)

5 Mins

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.

Year: 
2019
Country: 
Austria
Director: 
Andreas Gumpenberger, Stefan Ager
Producer: 
Stefan Ager, Andreas Gumpenberger
Production Company: 
Lensecape Productions
Has subtitles: 
No
Advisory: 
G