Epic Films for the Great Indoors
Adventure at Home
We're bringing the epic adventure of the Banff Centre Mountain Film and Book Festival to you! We wanted to provide a curated program of free Festival films that are available online for you to watch at home with your family.
The COVID 19 pandemic has created extraordinary circumstances around the world and many of our World Tour screenings have been postponed or canceled. While we can never hope to replicate the theatrical experience of a Banff screening in your home town surrounded by friends, we can still provide these award-winning films to help provide adventure and inspiration. These films were all finalists in the 2019 and 2018 festival here in Banff, Alberta.
We don’t want to spoil the audience experience for potential shows later this year, and we hope you’ll support our local tour hosts by watching these screenings when available with all of your friends. Check back regularly as we will add more films to the program. Stay strong, stay inspired and enjoy the adventure.
2019 Festival Selects
NEW | Standing Man
(USA, 2019, 13 min)
Director: Shannon Vandivier
Producers: Shannon Vandivier, Bowen Parrish
Cyclist Payson McElveen attempts to break the current fastest known time on the grueling 160-kilometer White Rim Road in Canyonlands National Park.
Speak to Me Softly
(Canada, 2019, 6 min)
Director: Henna Taylor
Producer: Matthew Hood
Winner – Best Short Mountain Film, 2019 Banff Centre Mountain Film and Book Festival
Take an honest and intimate peek into the headspace of a climber having a not-so sendy day.
The River’s Call
(France, 2019, 8 min)
Director: Hugo Clouzeau
Producer: NRS / We Are Hungry
The River's Call follows seven kayakers through the deep canyons and challenging whitewater of the Rio Apurimac, the farthest source of the Amazon in the heart of the Andes.
(Germany, 2019, 6 min)
Directors: Philipp Becker, Jochen Mesle, Max Kroneck, Johannes Müller
Closing lifts and the setting sun mark the end of the action for most skiers. But not for Max Kroneck and Jochen Mesle. While ski towns fall asleep they head into the mountains to see them in a new light.
(USA, 2019, 10 min)
Directors: Chelsea Jolly, Whitney Hassett
Producer: Faith E. Briggs
Runner and advocate FaithE. Briggs used to run through the streets of Brooklyn every morning. Now she’s running 240 kilometres through three National Monuments that lie in the thick of the controversy around US public lands.
Chasing the Sublime
(UK, 2018, 6 min)
Director and Producer: Amanda Bluglass
What drives us to get too cold and too tired, to battle with fear, in the name of adventure? Follow the originators of The Outdoor Swimming Society, ‘swim twins’ Kate Rew and Kari Furre, in this hauntingly beautiful look at cold water swimming in the UK.
(Argentina, 2018, 6 min)
Producers: Dan Bensho, Joaquin Gomez, Tomas Gomez
The Pehuenche people of present-day Chile speak Mapudungun: ‘the language of the land.’ Two skiers enter this land, their universe, known as Wallmapu.
2018 Festival Selects
NEW | Aziza
(UK, 2018, 6 min)
Directors: Matt Pycroft, Ryan Go”
Producer: Emma Crome
Set in the streets of Bou Tharar and the wide, craggy valleys of the lower Atlas mountains, Aziza is the story of a young woman who has thrived in the world of ultra-running and how she has become a role model for other up-and-coming athletes in Morocco.
(USA, 2018, 9 min)
Director and Producer: Erik Petersen
Production Company: Erik Petersen Photography
Follow Ebbie Hansen, a Montana cowgirl, as she chases her third National Skijoring Championship.
For the Love of Mary
(USA, 2018, 6 min)
Directors and Producers: Simon Perkins and Kirk Horton
Production Company: Sharptail Media & Little Bear Creative
When 97-year-old runner George Etzweiler dons his lucky ancient green running shorts, he's not just running to the summit of Mt. Washington, Etzweiler carries something else special with him: the memory of his late wife of 68 years.
(Canada, 2018, 8 min)
Director: Anjali Nayar
Producer: Yves J. Ma
Production Company: MEC
JaBig, a Montreal-based DJ, buys a bike on a whim and decides to attempt to beat the record for the longest continuous bike ride in a single country. What’s more, he’ll ride a single speed, fixed-gear bicycle and finish in Tuktoyaktuk in winter.
How to Run 100 Miles
(USA, 2018, 28 min)
Director and Producer:Brendan Leonard
Production Company: Semi-Rad Media
The odds were stacked against Jayson Sime early in life: poverty, homelessness, dyslexia, bullying. But he learned to fight. In 2017, he entered his first 100-mile mountain ultramarathon, betting on his lifelong resilience to carry him to the finish line.
2017 and older Festival Selects
NEW | Holy (un)Holy River
(USA, 2015, 60 min)
Director and Producer: Peter McBride, Jake Norton
Production Company: Oxbow Creative
Winner – Best Adventure and Exploration Film, 2016 Banff Centre Mountain Film and Book Festival
Traveling from 5,500 meters atop the Gangotri Glacier, a team of three journeys 2,400 kilometers down The Ganges, the most sacred of all of India’s rivers.