2021/22 World Tour Films

World Tour / Virtual World Tour

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

11 Mins

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?

Year: 
2021
Country: 
Canada
Director: 
Alexa Fay
Producer: 
Sophie Claivaz-Loranger
Production Company: 
La Boîte à Films
Has subtitles: 
Yes
From the film Arves-En-Ciel

Arves-En-Ciel (Tour Edit)

16 Mins

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.

Year: 
2020
Country: 
France
Director: 
Antoine Mesnage
Producer: 
Antoine Mesnage
Production Company: 
Esprits Outdoor Production
Has subtitles: 
Yes
Advisory: 
General
From the film ASCEND: Reframing Disability in the Outdoors

ASCEND: Reframing Disability in the Outdoors

10 Mins

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.

Year: 
2021
Country: 
United States
Director: 
Faith E. Briggs
Production Company: 
TopTop Studio
Has subtitles: 
No
Advisory: 
Coarse Language
Bear-Like

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

52 Mins

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.

Year: 
2019
Country: 
Switzerland
Director: 
Roman Droux
Producer: 
Roman Droux
Production Company: 
Memox
Has subtitles: 
Yes
Advisory: 
Coarse Language, Violence
From the film Between Walls

Between Walls

2 Mins

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!

Year: 
2020
Country: 
Austria
Director: 
Johannes Hoffmann
Producer: 
Whiteroom Productions
Has subtitles: 
No
Advisory: 
General
Image from the film Breaking Trail

Breaking Trail

30 Mins

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.

Year: 
2021
Country: 
United States
Director: 
Jesse Roesler
Producer: 
Jen Larson Roesler, Jesse Roesler, James Mills
Production Company: 
Credo Nonfiction
Has subtitles: 
No
From the film Can't Beat This Place For Fun

Can't Beat This Place For Fun

13 Mins

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.

Year: 
2020
Country: 
United States
Director: 
Dawn Kish
Producer: 
John Tveten
Production Company: 
Dawn Kish Photo and Film LLC
Has subtitles: 
No
film image A Dog's Tale

A Dog's Tale (Tour Edit)

5 Mins

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.

Year: 
2021
Country: 
Canada
Director: 
Darren McCullough
Producer: 
Darcy Wittenburg
Production Company: 
Anthill Films
Has subtitles: 
No
Advisory: 
General
Film image Dream Mountain

Dream Mountain

18 Mins

Pasang Lhamu Sherpa Akita is a certified 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.

Year: 
2020
Country: 
United States
Director: 
Cira Crowell
Producer: 
Keith Carlsen
Production Company: 
InLightWorks Productions
Has subtitles: 
Yes
Advisory: 
General
From the film Em, photo by Alexa Fay

Em

14 Mins

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.

Year: 
2021
Country: 
Canada
Director: 
Alexa Fay
Producer: 
Sophie Claivaz-Loranger
Production Company: 
La Boîte à Films
Has subtitles: 
No
Advisory: 
Coarse Language
Film image, Exit the North Pole

Exit the North Pole (Tour Edit)

51 Mins

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.

Year: 
2021
Country: 
Norway
Director: 
Ole-André Lagmandokk
Producer: 
Svein Haaland
Has subtitles: 
Yes
Advisory: 
General
From the film The Farmer

The Farmer

3 Mins

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

Year: 
2021
Country: 
United States
Director: 
Mike Brown
Producer: 
Mike Brown
Production Company: 
Sweetgrass Productions LLC
Has subtitles: 
No
Advisory: 
General
Film Image, Finally

FINALLY

13 Mins

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.

Year: 
2020
Country: 
France
Director: 
Marc Augey
Producer: 
David LACOTE
Production Company: 
PVS Company
Has subtitles: 
Yes
From the film Follow the Light

Follow The Light

3 Mins

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.

Year: 
2020
Country: 
France
Director: 
Pierre Henni
Production Company: 
Commencal
Has subtitles: 
No
Film Image A Foreign Native

A Foreign Native (Tour Edit)

49 Mins

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.

Year: 
2021
Country: 
Austria
Director: 
Jonas Abenstein
Producer: 
Karin Lechner
Production Company: 
NINE&ONE
Has subtitles: 
Yes
Advisory: 
General
From the film From My Window

From My Window

19 Mins

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.

Year: 
2020
Country: 
United States
Director: 
Frank Pickell
Producer: 
Christian Silberbauer
Production Company: 
Futuristic Films
Has subtitles: 
No
From the film Girls Gotta Eat Dirt

Girls Gotta Eat Dirt

6 Mins

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.

Year: 
2020
Country: 
United States
Director: 
Elliot Wilkinson-Ray
Peter Vogt
Producer: 
Elliot Wilkinson-Ray
Production Company: 
Ripton & Co.
Has subtitles: 
No
Advisory: 
General
From the film If You Give a Beach a Bottle

If You Give a Beach a Bottle

5 Mins

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.

Year: 
2021
Country: 
United States
Director: 
Max Romey
Producer: 
Max Romey
Has subtitles: 
No
From the film A Hole New Ski Experience

INSIDE- A Hole New Ski Experience

11 Mins

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.

Year: 
2021
Country: 
Austria
Director: 
Andreas Gumpenberger, Stefan Ager
Producer: 
Stefan Ager, Andreas Gumpenberger
Production Company: 
Lensecape Productions
Has subtitles: 
Yes
Advisory: 
Coarse Language
From the film Invisible Beauty

Invisible Beauty

6 Mins

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.

Premiere: 
Canadian Premiere
Year: 
2020
Country: 
Germany
Director: 
Sarah Ziegler, Milo Zanecchia
Producer: 
Simon Straetker
Production Company: 
Wild Europe
Has subtitles: 
No
Advisory: 
General
Film image Jump to Zero

Jump To Zero

7 Mins

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.

Year: 
2020
Country: 
United States
Director: 
Andrew Herder
Producer: 
Jaime Cantarovici
Production Company: 
Poptop Productions
Has subtitles: 
No
Advisory: 
General
Film image, Jurria - The Guardians of the Pole

JURRIA - The Guardians of the Pole (Tour Edit)

16 Mins

'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.

Year: 
2020
Country: 
Spain
Director: 
Pedro Cubiles
Producer: 
Isidoro Falcón
Has subtitles: 
Yes
Advisory: 
General
Jess Kimura © image from the film Learning to Drown

Learning To Drown

40 Mins

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.

Premiere: 
Canadian Premiere
Year: 
2021
Country: 
United States
Director: 
Ben Knight
Producer: 
Travis Rummel
Production Company: 
Felt Soul Media
Has subtitles: 
No
Advisory: 
Mature Subject Matter, Coarse Language
From the film Link Sar

Link Sar

17 Mins

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.

Year: 
2021
Country: 
United States
Director: 
Graham Zimmerman
Producer: 
Jim Aikman
Production Company: 
Bedrock Film Works
Has subtitles: 
No
Advisory: 
Coarse Language
From the film Maneuvers

Maneuvers

4 Mins

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.

Year: 
2019
Country: 
United States
Director: 
Sami Ortlieb
Producer: 
Josh Berman
Production Company: 
Level 1 Productions, Inc
Has subtitles: 
No
Advisory: 
General
Film Image My Midsummer Morning

My Midsummer Morning

19 Mins

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.

Year: 
2019
Country: 
United Kingdom
Director: 
Alastair Humphreys
Producer: 
Alastair Humphreys
Has subtitles: 
No
Advisory: 
General - Non-sexual nudity
Film Image, The Mystery

The Mystery

9 Mins

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.

Year: 
2020
Director: 
Tommy Penick, Forest Woodward
Producer: 
Tommy Penick
Production Company: 
Tommy Penick Photo
Has subtitles: 
No
Advisory: 
General
From the film P3, photo by Rongqin Su

P3

13 Mins

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.

Year: 
2021
Country: 
Canada
Director: 
Rongqin Su
Producer: 
Dan Whelan
Has subtitles: 
No
From the film Precious Leader Woman

Precious Leader Woman

46 Mins

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.

Premiere: 
World Premiere
Year: 
2021
Country: 
Canada
Director: 
Cassie De Colling
Producer: 
Hayley Morin, Mack Stannard
Has subtitles: 
No
Advisory: 
Coarse Language
Film Image Reel Rock 15: Action Directe

REEL ROCK 15: Action Directe

15 Mins

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.

Country: 
United States
Director: 
Zachary Barr
Producer: 
Zachary Barr
Production Company: 
REEL ROCK
Has subtitles: 
No
Advisory: 
Coarse Language
Film Image Reel Rock 15: Deep Roots

REEL ROCK 15: Deep Roots

34 Mins

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

Country: 
United States
Director: 
Josh Lowell
Producer: 
Zachary Barr, Peter Mortimer
Production Company: 
REEL ROCK
Has subtitles: 
No
Advisory: 
General
From the film The Slabs, photo by Dave Mackison

The Slabs

6 Mins

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

Year: 
2020
Country: 
United Kingdom
Director: 
Robbie Meade
Producer: 
Duncan Shaw
Production Company: 
Peny Limited
Has subtitles: 
No
Advisory: 
General
Film image, Swissway to Heaven

Swissway to Heaven (Tour Edit)

30 Mins

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.

Year: 
2021
Country: 
France
Director: 
Guillaume Broust
Producer: 
Guillaume Broust
Has subtitles: 
Yes
Advisory: 
General
From the film The North Face Presents Facets

The North Face Presents: Facets

10 Mins

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.

Year: 
2020
Country: 
United States
Director: 
Mike Quigley
Producer: 
Eric Crosland, Malcolm Sangster
Production Company: 
Sherpas Cinema
Has subtitles: 
No
Advisory: 
Coarse Language
From the film Trustfall

Trustfall

11 Mins

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.

Year: 
2021
Country: 
Norway
Director: 
Stefan Witts
Producer: 
Stefan Witts
Production Company: 
Witts
Has subtitles: 
Yes
Advisory: 
General
From the film Walking with Plants

Walking With Plants

23 Mins

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.

Year: 
2020
Country: 
Canada
Director: 
Leigh Joseph, Trevor Bennett
Producer: 
Trevor Bennett
Production Company: 
Kingtide Films
Has subtitles: 
No
Advisory: 
General
From the film West Highland Way

West Highland Way: Rab Wardell's Record Attempt

21 Mins

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.

Year: 
2020
Country: 
United Kingdom
Director: 
Andy Ashworth
Producer: 
Katie Wright
Production Company: 
Cut Media
Has subtitles: 
No