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2021/22 World Tour Films

All 21/22 World Tour Films at-a-glance

Please note that not all films will be played in every location – a standard program contains between six and ten films.

For more information on past World Tour films, check out the Festival Archive.

Films

From the film Always Higher, photo by Mathieu Tranchida

Always Higher

11Mins

Lysanne Richard is one of the world’s best international competition high divers. But the 39 year-old Canadian mother of three is ready to focus on personal projects of her own. First on the list is a 22 meter high dive in the dead of winter over a frozen lake, a feat that has never been done. But will it be enough?

2021
Canada
Alexa Fay
Sophie Claivaz-Loranger
La Boîte à Films
Yes

General

From the film Arves-En-Ciel

Arves-En-Ciel (Tour Edit)

16Mins

Camille and Antoine, two French slackliners and alpinists have a dream, to walk between two iconic rock towers. Arves-En-Ciel tells the story of an amazing project, which required a huge team of invested people to be fulfilled.

2020
France
Antoine Mesnage
Antoine Mesnage
Esprits Outdoor Production
Yes

General - Non-sexual nudity

From the film ASCEND: Reframing Disability in the Outdoors

ASCEND: Reframing Disability in the Outdoors

12Mins

Vasu Sojitra is not trying to inspire you to feel good. His trauma doesn’t exist solely to benefit the education of others. He is seeking to inspire you to move mountains. To take action. Skiing is the method, but the real mountains are the “isms” that fail to support Disabled communities, communities of color and so many others for whom access has not been a right.

2021
United States
Faith E. Briggs
Mike Ferrell
TopTop Studio
No

Coarse Language

Bear-Like

BEAR-LIKE (DER BÄR IN MIR) (Tour Edit)

55Mins

Two adventurers engage in close contact with grizzly bears in Alaska experiencing first-hand the struggle for survival and dramatic fighting scenes. Driven by a desire to explore the unknown, the film tells a personal story of wilderness, framed through breathtaking footage of these amazing creatures.

2019
Switzerland
Roman Droux
Roman Droux
Memox
Yes

Coarse Language, Violence

From the film Between Walls

Between Walls

2Mins

In spring 2019 gigantic walls of snow piled up along the high mountain road to the Timmelsjoch, Austria. Johanna Bolanos Cabrera and Jasmijn Hanegraef grabbed their longboards and took the opportunity to ride through this stunning scenery. Speed is what the girls live for!

2020
Austria
Johannes Hoffmann
Jakob Schweighofer
Simon Platzer
Whiteroom Productions
No

General

Image from the film Breaking Trail

Breaking Trail

30Mins

As Covid-19 surges amidst ongoing civil unrest, Emily Ford sets out with a borrowed sled dog named Diggins to become the first woman and person of color to thru-hike the 1900 km Ice Age Trail in winter. As the 69-day journey through subzero temperatures tests her physical and mental endurance, Emily and her canine protector develop an unbreakable bond as they embrace the unexpected kindness of strangers.

2021
United States
Jesse Roesler
Jen Larson Roesler, Jesse Roesler, James Mills
Credo Nonfiction
No

General

Can't Beat This Place For Fun

13Mins

This film is a small vignette of Fretwater Boatworks, a very unique boat crafting shop that keeps the tradition of wooden dory building alive whilst honoring the dreams of Grand Canyon pioneer Martin Litton. These beautiful boats still represent advocacy toward wild places compromised and/or lost.

2020
United States
Dawn Kish
John Tveten
Dawn Kish Photo and Film LLC
No

General

film image A Dog's Tale

A Dog's Tale (Tour Edit)

5Mins

There’s something primal about the feeling of the forest floor under your paws and smelling a thousand different smells all at once. The freedom of the trail is what we long for.

2021
Canada
Darren McCullough
Darcy Wittenburg
Anthill Films
No

General

Film image Dream Mountain

Dream Mountain

18Mins

Pasang Lhamu Sherpa Akita is an international high mountain guide, an accomplished mountaineer, humanitarian, and a mother. She reflects on her personal highs and lows and rediscovers for herself just how much the mountains mean to her.

2020
United States
InLightWorks Productions
Keith Carlsen
Cira Crowell
InLightWorks Productions
Yes

General

Em

14Mins

Emilie Pellerin has spent most of her adult life travelling the world and living a dirtbag life. She has honed her skills on the rock and in the process has become one of the world’s best onsight climbers and now she’s ready to put onsighting aside and try pushing her level on her hardest trad route yet, La Zébrée, a spectacular 5.14a overhanging crack in Quebec.

2021
Canada
Alexa Fay
Sophie Claivaz-Loranger
La Boîte à Films
No

Coarse Language

Film image, Exit the North Pole

Exit the North Pole (Tour Edit)

51Mins

Børge Ousland is one of the worlds most experienced polar explorers. He has been to the North Pole several times, solo and with others. On this journey he is joined by South African Mike Horn for an insane 1500km skiing journey across the polar ice cap in temperatures below -30C and mostly travelling in darkness. Not surprisingly, not everything goes as planned.

2021
Norway
Ole-André Lagmandokk
Svein Haaland
Yes

General

From the film The Farmer

The Farmer

3Mins

A local legend in the Wasatch Mountains, the Farmer spends his winters harvesting one of the most precious crops on earth: Powder.

2021
United States
Michael James Brown
Michael James Brown
Sweetgrass Productions LLC
No

General

Film Image, Finally

FINALLY

13Mins

After two months of confinement, Ben Buratti, the prodigy of French freesking, needed to feel what he was of capable again. As a setting, he chose his home mountain of La Clusaz. What skier doesn't dream of finding themselves completely alone on their home mountain ? A dream that generates a lot of emotion and unearths even more questions.

2020
France
Marc Augey
Andy Collet
Andy Collet
Alex Hamelin
PVS Company
Yes

General

From the film Follow the Light

Follow The Light

3Mins

From sunsets over dramatic landscapes to the illumination of hot air balloons and the warm ambience of Turkey, immerse yourself in this colorful adventure with riders Kilian Bron, Pierre Henni, Pierre Dupont and JB Liautard.

2021
France
Pierre Henni
Commencal
No

General

Film Image A Foreign Native

A Foreign Native (Tour Edit)

49Mins

A professional skier leaves his familiar world behind and spends close to a year in Iran. When military activity ramps up in January and Covid-19 hits in February of 2020 his journey takes a very different route. Learning Farsi and playing the Tanbur, he goes to explore the South of Iran with his new and old friends.

2021
Austria
Jonas Abenstein
Karin Lechner
NINE&ONE
Red Bull Media House
Yes

General

From the film From My Window

From My Window

19Mins

From her bedroom window, Melissa Simpson looks out at the highest peaks in Colorado. Despite being so close, the mountains have always been worlds away for Melissa, who was born with cerebral palsy. With the help of her friend and mentor, blind adventurer Erik Weihenmayer, Melissa sets out to conquer something far greater than a summit.

2020
United States
Frank Pickell
Christian Silberbauer
Futuristic Films
No

General

From the film Girls Gotta Eat Dirt

Girls Gotta Eat Dirt

6Mins

The story of three best friends, roommates, and riding partners with a taste for the finer things. Namely plenty of dirt on their jorts and lighthearted, fun mountain bike action in the high alpine.

2021
United States
Elliot Wilkinson-Ray
Peter Vogt
Elliot Wilkinson-Ray
Ripton & Co.
No

General

If You Give a Beach a Bottle

5Mins

Inspired by a picture book, Max Romey heads to a remote beach on Alaska's coastline in search of marine debris. What he finds is a different story altogether.

2021
United States
Max Romey
Max Romey
No

General

From the film A Hole New Ski Experience

INSIDE- A Hole New Ski Experience

11Mins

After an amazing ski tour at the Grand Ferrand massive in France, where you can ski through stunning rock caves, a few skiers decide to take it to the next level in a huge cave in Slovenia.

2021
Austria
Andreas Gumpenberger, Stefan Ager
Stefan Ager, Andreas Gumpenberger
Lensecape Productions
Yes

Coarse Language

Invisible Beauty

6Mins

This is the story of Romana, who is an Austrian biologist. Insects are her passion and she takes us on a trip to discover the home of the many endemic and endangered species that live in Gesäuse National Park.

2021
Germany
Sarah Ziegler, Milo Zanecchia
Simon Straetker
Wild Europe
No

General

Film Image, Izembek

Izembek

13Mins

Alaska's Izembek National Wildlife Refuge is a place few people have heard of but its fate is important to the protection of public lands everywhere in the United States. There has been pressure for nearly four decades to build a road through Izembek’s federally designated wilderness. It was the first place in the United States to be designated under the RAMSAR Convention as a Wetland of International Importance. Join Cornell Lab of Ornithology's Gerrit Vyn as he explores one of Alaska's great wildlife areas to document it's wildlife and wilderness, most for the first time. Before it's too late.

2020
United States
Gerrit Vyn
Gerrit Vyn
Conversation Media at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology
No

General

Film image Jump to Zero

Jump To Zero

7Mins

Jump To Zero is the story of 3 BASE jumpers changing the paradigm of human-powered access and female empowerment in action sports. Knowing that car and plane access have adverse environmental effects, they set out to discover how much they can reduce their impact while still enjoying the places they love and practicing the sports that bring them joy.

2020
United States
Drew Herder
Jaime Cantarovici
Adin Baird
Drew Herder
Poptop Productions
Left Of Creek
No

General

Film image, Jurria - The Guardians of the Pole

JURRIA - The Guardians of the Pole (Tour Edit)

16Mins

'Jurria - The Guardians of the Pole' is the story of Master Paco and his passion for the pole jump and is filmed entirey on Gran Canaria, The Canary Islands. The pole was a tool which let the first Canarian settlers travel quickly through the difficult topography in search of their flocks. Today the activity is alive thanks to the teaching of Master Paco, who has shared his knowledge with the new generations.

2020
Spain
Pedro Cubiles
Isidoro Falcón
Nómadas Producciones
Cima Gran Canaria
Yes

General

Learning To Drown

40Mins

Jess Kimura, considered one of the most influential female snowboarders in the world was at the top of her career when she lost the love of her life in a tragic accident. Her grief led her in a direction she could have never anticipated.

Canadian Premiere

2020
United States
Ben Knight
Travis Rummel
Felt Soul Media
No

Mature Subject Matter, Coarse Language

From the film Link Sar

Link Sar

17Mins

Follow an elite American alpinist navigating his relationships and motivations while attempting to climb and survive one of the world’s most challenging unclimbed peaks: Link Sar, in the high mountains of Pakistan.

2021
United States
Graham Zimmerman
Jim Aikman
Bedrock Film Works
No

Coarse Language

From the film Maneuvers

Maneuvers

4Mins

Sämi Ortlieb has quietly been producing some of the most creative segments in skiing over the past few years, taking his über-well-rounded skill set from the streets to the backcountry and everything in between. For the 2019 season he rounded up a motley crew of riders to create a segment unlike anything that’s been seen before.

2019
United States
Sami Ortlieb
Josh Berman
Level 1 Productions, Inc
No

General

Film Image Markus Eders' The Ultimate Run

Markus Eder's The Ultimate Run

10Mins

What if you could link every powder turn, every rail, every cliff drop, every comp run and every kicker nailed into one ultimate run? Well, Markus Eder did just that in ‘The Ultimate Run’!

2021
Austria
Christoph Thoresen
Daniel Schiessl, Tobi Reindl
Legs Of Steel, Red Bull Media House GmbH
Yes

General

Film Image My Midsummer Morning

My Midsummer Morning

19Mins

Inspired by Laurie Lee’s book “As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning”, Alastair Lee sets out on his most terrifying journey yet - walking through Spain, earning money for food by playing his violin, being distinctly unmusical.

2019
United Kingdom
Alastair Humphreys
Alastair Humphreys
No

PG - Non-sexual nudity

Film Image, The Mystery

The Mystery

9Mins

Within the sport of kayaking, exists whitewater--and within that, the mysterious sect of "squirtboating", which has been facing its slow demise since its heyday in the early 1990s.

2020
Tommy Penick
Forest Woodward
Mark Deming
Ashley Peel
Tommy Penick Photo
No

General

Film Image, Never in the Way

Never in the Way

5Mins

Chicago-based bike messenger, Nico Deportago-Cabrera, sees city maps like a central nervous system. Everything’s connected. Roads and buses and people and cars, all carrying bits of information around a giant organism and making it live and breathe. ‘The point,’ he says, ‘is to never be in the way

2020
Canada
Colin Jones
Darcy Wittenburg
Anthill Films
No

General

P3

14Mins

Three friends from Canmore Alberta set out to paddle board the headwaters of the North Saskatchewan, one of Canada’s longest rivers. To get there they will have to bike, hike, ski and snowboard their way across two glaciers and 3300m mountain...all in one epic day.

2021
Canada
Rongqin Su
Dan Whelan
Dan Whelan
Rongqin Su
No

General

From the film Precious Leader Woman

Precious Leader Woman

46Mins

Hailing from the remote village of Alert Bay, British Columbia snowboarder Spencer O’Brien dedicated her life to becoming a world champion. But, being driven to win came at a cost. Snowboarding at the elite level was taking Spencer further from her Indigenous heritage than she realized. Precious Leader Woman tells Spencer’s story from childhood to the world stage, to coming full circle to embrace her identity as she pushes forward bringing her heart and soul to her next challenge, the backcountry.

World Premiere

2021
Canada
Cassie De Colling
Hayley Morin, Mack Stannard
Kiddo Films Inc
No

Coarse Language

Film Image Reel Rock 15: Action Directe

REEL ROCK 15: Action Directe

15Mins

French powerhouse Melissa Le Nevé spends seven years battling insane moves, inner doubt, and the burden of history to climb the most revered sport route on earth.

United States
Zachary Barr
Josh Lowell
Zachary Barr
Josh Lowell
REEL ROCK
No

Coarse Language

Film Image Reel Rock 15: Deep Roots

REEL ROCK 15: Deep Roots

34Mins

Lonnie Kauk’s personal journey to honor his indigenous Yosemite roots, and to connect with his legendary father by repeating his iconic climbs.

United States
Josh Lowell
Nick Rosen
Brett Lowell
Peter Mortimer
REEL ROCK
No

Coarse Language

From the film The Slabs, photo by Dave Mackison

The Slabs

6Mins

Danny Macaskill tests the limits of mountain biking, riding down the infamous Dubh Slabs on the Isle of Skye.

2021
United Kingdom
Robbie Meade
Danny MacAskill
Duncan Shaw
Peny Limited
No

General

Film image, Swissway to Heaven

Swissway to Heaven (Tour Edit)

30Mins

Switzerland is a true paradise for multi-pitch climbing and is where climber Cedric Lachat was born and raised. Through his unique sense of humor and unbridled enthusiasm, we experience the beauty and awe of some of the most iconic mountain ranges and peaks.

2021
France
Guillaume Broust
Guillaume Broust
Cédric Lachat
Yes

General

The North Face Presents: Facets

10Mins

Each of us are part of a greater whole, a community that grows stronger together especially when it’s open to all. Leanne Pelosi, Jess Kimura, Marion Haerty, Mary Rand, and Amanda Hankison show us just that. A unique look at these inspiring athletes that make up one hell of a portfolio. This one is for the next generation of riders carving their own paths.

2020
United States
Mike Quigley
Eric Crosland, Malcolm Sangster
Sherpas Cinema
No

Coarse Language

From the film Trustfall

Trustfall

11Mins

A world class duo of wingsuit flyers attempts to complete a routine of moves meant for an altitude of 3000m from a mountainside that is half the height. The large walls that surround them on all sides and a tiny window for success make this dangerous, uncharted territory.

2021
Norway
Stefan Witts
Stefan Witts
Kjetil Kriken
Ingrid Spildo
Atle Remmereit
Witts
Yes

General

Walking With Plants

23Mins

Styawat/Leigh Joseph is a S?wxw_ú7mesh Nation ethnobotanist. She grew up away from her traditional territory of Squamish, B.C. but in her search for a deeper understanding of her identity as a S?wxw_ú7mesh woman, she navigates walking between academic and cultural worlds. She contemplates her relationship with plants and their role as teachers on the very land where her ancestors have harvested them since time beyond memory and her life purpose is awakened.

2020
Canada
Trevor Bennett
Leigh Joseph
Nichole Sorochan
Kingtide Films
No

General

From the film West Highland Way

West Highland Way: Rab Wardell's Record Attempt

21Mins

Stretching from just outside the hustle of Scotland’s largest city, Glasgow, to the iconic highland town of Fort William, the 153km West Highland Way is a world-famous, multi-day traverse loved by walkers from around the world. What is less well known, is that a hardy band of mountain bikers have been vying for record times along the way for the last 10 years.

2020
United Kingdom
Andy Ashworth
Katie Wright
Cut Media