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.
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?
Arves-En-Ciel (Tour Edit)
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.
ASCEND: Reframing Disability in the Outdoors
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.
BEAR-LIKE (DER BÄR IN MIR) (Tour Edit)
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.
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!
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.
Can't Beat This Place For Fun
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.
A Dog's Tale (Tour Edit)
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.
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.
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.
Exit the North Pole (Tour Edit)
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.
A local legend in the Wasatch Mountains, the Farmer spends his winters harvesting one of the most precious crops on earth: Powder.
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.
Follow The Light
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.
A Foreign Native (Tour Edit)
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.
From My Window
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.
Girls Gotta Eat Dirt
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.
If You Give a Beach a Bottle
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.
INSIDE- A Hole New Ski Experience
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.
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.
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.
Jump To Zero
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.
JURRIA - The Guardians of the Pole (Tour Edit)
'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.
Learning To Drown
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.
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.
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.
Markus Eder's The Ultimate Run
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’!
My Midsummer Morning
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.
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.
Never in the Way
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
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.
Precious Leader Woman
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.
REEL ROCK 15: Action Directe
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.
REEL ROCK 15: Deep Roots
Lonnie Kauk’s personal journey to honor his indigenous Yosemite roots, and to connect with his legendary father by repeating his iconic climbs.
Swissway to Heaven (Tour Edit)
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.
The North Face Presents: Facets
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.
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.
Walking With Plants
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.
West Highland Way: Rab Wardell's Record Attempt
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.