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
(USA, 2019, 90 min)
Director: Josh Murphy
Producer: Laura Wagner
Best Film - Mountain Environment and Natural History
Artifishal is a film about people, rivers, and the fight for the future of wild fish and the environment that supports them. It explores wild salmon’s slide towards extinction, threats posed by hatcheries and fish farms, and our continued loss of faith in nature.
We Are Abel
(Canada, 2018, 8 min)
Director and Producer: Neil Osborne
We Are Abel features the story of a Gwich'in father who is standing against reckless plans to industrialize the Arctic Refuge and not only fight for his culture's existence, but also for his son's ability.
(France, 2018, 33 min)
Directors: Antoine Frioux, Maxime Moulin
Producers: Antoine Frioux, Victor De Le Rue
Production Company: Ivresse Films
Together with his old friend Pierre Hourticq, snowboarder Victor de le Rue tries to write a new story in the iconic mountains near Chamonix. Frozen Mind is not just a freeride lm, it is a story of friendship and a journey of discovery as the two men take unique paths in order to conquer the same objectives.
(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 Faith E. 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)
Director: Ben Sturgulewski
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 | Facing Sunrise
(Canada, 2018, 8 min)
Director: Julian Kwan
Producers: Yves J. Ma, Lainey Mullins and Jeff Thomas
Production Company: MEC
While dealing with one of the darkest times of her life, Azzah overhears a conversation around the question, “what do you want to do before you die?”
NEW | Kindred
(Canada, 2018, 10 min)
Director: Zoya Lynch
Producer: Izzy Lynch
Production Company: Cedar Street Creative
Sometimes you just have to say yes to adventure and figure out the details later. How a single leap-of-faith led a city-based family on the unlikely journey of becoming backcountry lodge owners, in one of the most beautiful settings on earth.
Ride of the Dead
(USA, 2017, 12 min)
Director: Michael Parenteau
Producer: Lindsey Hagen
Production Company: Stept. LLC
Enter into the world of Oaxacan mountain bike culture during Mexico's famous annual celebration known as Dia De Los Muertos.
(Canada, 2018, 40 min)
Director: Jordan Manley
Producer: Laura Yale
Production Company: Narrows Media
Through a cinematic exploration of three extraordinary tree communities, TREELINE brings forests alive on screen, illuminating the reciprocal bond between humanity and nature – a relationship we can’t survive without – and asks what responsibility we have to protect the exceptional forests that remain.
My Mom Vala
(USA, 2018, 10 min)
Director: RC Cone
Producers: RC Cone, Elli Thor Magnusson, Scott Ballew, Taylor Johns
Production Company: Tributaries Digital Cinema
Vala lives in Reykjavik, Iceland, and travels to Greenland for work and to immerse herself in rivers thick with migrating char. But for Vala’s 10-year old daughter, Mathilda, Greenland lives only in the stories that her mother tells and her own imagination.
(USA, 2018, 12 min)
Directors: Forest Woodward, Anna Callaghan, Marie Sullivan
Producers: Anna Callaghan and Marie Sullivan
Production Company: Outside Magazine
Bears Ears National Monument is public land under threat. In 2017, a group of Native American tribes put their differences aside and ran 1280 kilometers to Bears Ears to send a message of unity.
(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 | Crossing Home: A Skier's Journey
(Canada, 2016, 26 min)
Director and Producer: Jordan Manley
Producer: Narrows Media Inc.
Skiers Chad Sayers and Forrest Coots embark on a three-week expedition in which they boat, bushwack, ski, and pack raft across the spine of the Coast mountains searching for the meaning of home.
The Last Honey Hunter
(USA, 2017, 36 min)
Director: Ben Knight
Producers: Ben Ayers, Renan Ozturk, Travis Rummel
Best Film: Mountain Culture
Maule Dhan Rai is the last man in the remote Nepal village of Saadi who's been visited in a dream by a wrathful forest spirit called Rongkemi. If no one else in the village has the dream, a generations-old tradition of honey gathering may die.
When We Were Knights
(USA, 2016, 12 min)
Director: Anson Fogel
Production Company: Camp4 Collective
For BASE jumpers, the risk of death sometimes results in something amazing and unexpected - love.
Ace and the Desert Dog
(USA, 2015, 9 min)
Directors: Brendan Leonard, Forest Woodward, Stefan Hunt
Producers: Brendan Leonard, Forest Woodward, Joe Peters
Production Company: Someplace Like Bolivia
For his 60th birthday, adventure photographer Ace Kvale and his dog, Genghis Khan, set out on a 60-day trek in Utah's canyon country.
(UK, 2016, 4 min)
Director & Producer: Ian Derry
Production Company: Archer’s Mark
For freediver Johanna Nordblad diving under the ice provides a surreal, calming environment that helps heal her injuries.
Holy (un)Holy River
(USA, 2015, 60 min)
Director and Producer: Pete McBride, Jake Norton
Production Company: Pete McBride & Jake Norton
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.