2018 Banff Mountain Film Competition Finalists

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Altay Wild Snow

Image from the film Altay Wild Snow
Year: 
2017
Country: 
China
Duration: 
28 Mins
Director: 
Li Shuang
Producer: 
Zhang Dun Nan

Travel into the remote landscapes of the Altai Mountains and learn about the birthplace and the cultural origins of skiing.

AMO

Premiere: 
CANADIAN PREMIERE
Image from the film AMO
Year: 
2017
Country: 
United States
Duration: 
7 Mins
Director: 
Max Lowe
Producer: 
Matthew Vanatta
Production Company: 
Max Lowe Media

Heu Rapa Haoa, native born Rapa Nui (Easter Island) and one of 800 remaining people left in the world who speak his native tongue fluently, tells his story of the island, and what he sees for the future of his people.

The Ario Dream

Premiere: 
ALBERTA PREMIERE
Year: 
2017
Country: 
United Kingdom
Duration: 
42 Mins
Director: 
Paul Diffley*
Producer: 
Paul Diffley*
Production Company: 
Hot Aches Productions

This is a gripping account of expedition-style cave exploration and at the apex are the cave divers, pushing into the unknown in deep sumps where rescue is not an option. The tension, as each diver disappears into the blackness, is genuine...

*in person attendance

Ascending Afghanistan

Premiere: 
NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE
Year: 
2016
Country: 
United States
Duration: 
49 Mins
Director: 
Erik Osterholm
Producer: 
Alyse Walsh, Erik Osterholm
Production Company: 
Vice Media
ADVISORY: 
Warning: contains graphic violent content, we recommend that viewers be over the age of 13.

Follow the first female Afghan mountaineering team as they navigate their first expedition and fight for recognition as athletes amongst their country, culture and families.

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Bawli Booch

Year: 
2017
Country: 
India
Duration: 
4 Mins
Director: 
Anuj Khurana
Producer: 
4Play.in
Production Company: 
4Play Media And Communication LLP

Embark on a zany two wheeled journey with Raj Kaushal, as he traverses through the streets, alleys, mountainsides, and forests of Manali, India.

Beautiful Idiot

Image from the film Beautiful Idiot
Year: 
2018
Country: 
Canada
Duration: 
14 Mins
Director: 
Robb Thompson, Harrison Mendel
Producer: 
Harrison Mendel
Production Company: 
GRAIN

Take a wild ride through the mindset and motivations of those who feel driven to pursue greatness, how it feels to fall short, and the consequences of reaching a lofty goal when the struggle to get there has defined you for so long.
 

The Beaver Believers

Premiere: 
CANADIAN PREMIERE
Year: 
2018
Country: 
United States
Duration: 
55 Mins
Director: 
Sarah Koenigsberg*
Producer: 
Sarah Koenigsberg*
Production Company: 
Tensegrity Productions

What do a biologist, a hydrologist, a botanist, an ecologist, a psychologist, and a hairdresser all have in common? They are all working to restore the North American Beaver, that most industrious, ingenious, furry little engineer, to the watersheds of the American West.

*in person attendance

The Bikes of Wrath

Premiere: 
CANADIAN PREMIERE
Year: 
2018
Country: 
Australia
Duration: 
101 Mins
Director: 
Charlie Turnbull*, Cameron Ford*
Producer: 
Charlie Turnbull*, Cameron Ford*
Production Company: 
Doss Flamingoss

The Bikes of Wrath tells the story of five Australian friends as they attempt to cycle from Oklahoma to California in honor of the mighty westward migration undertaken by the Joad family of Steinbeck’s famous novel, The Grapes of Wrath.

*in person attendance

Bird of Prey

Premiere: 
ALBERTA PREMIERE
Year: 
2017
Country: 
United States
Duration: 
95 Mins
Director: 
Eric Liner
Producer: 
John Bowman, Eric Liner
Production Company: 
The Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Wildlife cinematographer, Neil Rettig, embarks on what could be the most challenging assignment of his career: to find and film the rarest eagle on the planet - the Great Philippine Eagle.

Blue Heart

Image from the film Blue Heart
Year: 
2018
Country: 
United States
Duration: 
43 Mins
Director: 
Britton Caillouette
Producer: 
David Burden, Tim Lynch
Production Company: 
Farm League and Patagonia

The Balkan Peninsula is home to the last wild rivers in Europe. However, a deluge of hydropower development threatens to destroy the culture and ecology of this forgotten region.

The Botanist

Premiere: 
ALBERTA PREMIERE
Year: 
2016
Country: 
Canada
Duration: 
20 Mins
Director: 
Maxime Lacoste-Lebuis, Maude Plante-Husaruk
Producer: 
Maxime Lacoste-Lebuis, Maude Plante-Husaruk

After the fall of the Soviet Union, Tajikistan, a former Social Soviet Republic, plunged into a devastating civil war. A famine struck the mountainous region of the Pamir where Raimberdi, a passionate and ingenious botanist, built his own hydroelectric station to help his family survive through the crisis.

Boy Nomad

Year: 
2018
Country: 
Canada
Duration: 
20 Mins
Director: 
Niobe Thompson
Producer: 
Niobe Thompson
Production Company: 
Handful of Films

9-year old Janibek lives with his family in Mongolia’s Altai Mountains. His first love is racing horses, but this winter, his father will bring him on the toughest journey in a nomad’s life: the winter migration.

BREATH (ALIENTO)

Premiere: 
WORLD PREMIERE
Year: 
2018
Country: 
Mexico
Duration: 
17 Mins
Director: 
Ulises Fierro
Producer: 
Ulises Fierro

Fear, breathing, movement, presence. Breath, an inside look at Margarita Cardoso’s process to climb one of the most technically difficult and beautiful sport climbing routes at Los Dinamos, Mexico City.

Brotherhood of Skiing

Image from the film Brotherhood of Skiing
Year: 
2018
Country: 
United States
Duration: 
10 Mins
Director: 
Colin Arisman, Tyler Wilkinson-Ray
Producer: 
Faith E. Briggs
Production Company: 
Wild Confluence Media & The Wilder Studio

Since 1973, the National Brotherhood of Skiers has overcome barriers by bringing soul, smiles and a party to the mountain.

Brothers of Climbing

Year: 
2017
Country: 
United States
Duration: 
7 Mins
Director: 
Duncan Sullivan
Producer: 
Luke Boelitz
Production Company: 
Cause+Effect

How can you be what you can’t see? Mikhail Martin, co-founder of Brothers of Climbing said, “I literally typed, ‘Are there black climbers?’ in Google … someone said, ‘black people don’t climb.'”

Canada

Year: 
2018
Country: 
Canada
Duration: 
3 Mins
Director: 
Rachel Peressini*
Producer: 
Rachel Peressini*

A program of Take Me Outside.

*in person attendance

Carving Landscapes

Premiere: 
WORLD PREMIERE
Year: 
2018
Country: 
Canada
Duration: 
5 Mins
Director: 
Agathe Bernard*
Producer: 
Agathe Bernard*

Through the inspiring legacy of Mary Vaux we will venture onto the Illecillewaet Glacier, reenacting her research and her mountain travel in the restriction of Victorian dresses.

*in person attendance

Children of the Columbia: A Skier’s Odyssey

Premiere: 
WORLD PREMIERE
Year: 
2018
Country: 
Canada
Duration: 
20 Mins
Director: 
Jay Macmillan
Mitchell Scott*
Producer: 
Mitchell Scott*
Production Company: 
Sherpas Cinema

A cultural ski journey up the historically charged waters of the Columbia River in interior British Columbia.

*in person attendance

Children of the Snow Land

Premiere: 
NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE
Year: 
2017
Country: 
United Kingdom
Duration: 
93 Mins
Director: 
Zara Balfour, Marcus Stephenson
Producer: 
Zara Balfour, Marcus Stephenson
Production Company: 
Mayfly TV and Picture on the Wall

A coming of age voyage in which children trek from their adopted city school all the way back to their birthplace in the highest inhabited villages on earth, to reconnect with family and an ancient way of life, to make peace with those who gave them up for a ‘better’ life.

Choices

Year: 
2017
Country: 
United States
Duration: 
2 Mins
Director: 
Tim Dacosta
Producer: 
Caleb Weaver
Production Company: 
Lightbulb Media and Listen Up Media
ADVISORY: 
Parental Guidance - Coarse language

A mountain biker has an amazing menu of rides to choose from but which will he pick?

Cielo

Image from the film Cielo
Year: 
2017
Country: 
Canada
Duration: 
78 Mins
Producer: 
Alison McAlpine
Paola Castillo
Sean Farnel
Carmen Garcia
Production Company: 
Second Sight Pictures
Errante Producciones

Drifting between the spirituality and science, Cielo is a cinematic reverie on the crazy beauty of the night sky, as experienced in the Atacama Desert, Chile, one of the best places on our planet to explore and contemplate its splendour.

Craig's Reaction

Year: 
2018
Country: 
United States
Duration: 
24 Mins
Director: 
Cameron Maier
Producer: 
Matthew Hulet
Production Company: 
Bearcam Media
ADVISORY: 
Parental Guidance - Coarse language

Ever since taking a 30-metre whipper in 2002 that left him with spinal injuries and only one leg, climber Craig DeMartino has led one hell of a life, including lauded First Disabled and In-A-Day Ascents on El Capitan. But his day-to-day life story is the one that should be making headlines.

The Dawn Wall

Premiere: 
ALBERTA PREMIERE
Year: 
2017
Country: 
United States
Duration: 
100 Mins
Director: 
Josh Lowell
Peter Mortimer
Producer: 
Josh Lowell
Philipp Manderla
Peter Mortimer
Production Company: 
Red Bull Media House in association with Sender Films

In January, 2015, American rock climbers Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson captivated the world with their effort to climb The Dawn Wall, a seemingly impossible 900-metre rock face in Yosemite National Park, California. The pair lived on the sheer vertical cliff for weeks, igniting a frenzy of global media attention. But for Tommy Caldwell, The Dawn Wall was much more than just a climb. It was the culmination of a lifetime defined by overcoming obstacles.

Derrick Pottle: Keeper of the Flame

Image from the film Derrick Pottle: Keeper of the Flame
Year: 
2017
Country: 
Canada
Duration: 
6 Mins
Director: 
Jason van Bruggen
Producer: 
Jason van Bruggen
Production Company: 
DOT DOT DASH

Derrick Pottle is an Inuit hunter, guide and carver from Nuntsiavut, Labrador. Having grown up on the land, he relies on his 60-year observations around the temporal, emotional and cultural impacts of climate change.

Divided

Premiere: 
NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE
Image from the film Divided
Year: 
2018
Country: 
United Kingdom
Duration: 
43 Mins
Director: 
Mike Webster, Lee Craigie*
Producer: 
Lee Craigie*
Production Company: 
The Adventure Syndicate

Follow Lee* and Rickie in this raw and real portrayal of the places we go emotionally when under extreme duress while riding 190 kilometres a day from Banff to Mexico.

*in person attendance

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Dreamland

Premiere: 
NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE
Image from the film Dreamland
Year: 
2018
Country: 
Poland
Duration: 
86 Mins
Director: 
Stanislaw Berbeka
Producer: 
Stanislaw Berbeka
Production Company: 
Yak-Yak

In his documentary, Stanislaw Berbeka revives the memory of his father, Maciej Berbeka. Thanks to the accounts of fellow climbers, family members and archival recordings, we can gain a better insight into the life of this eminent Polish mountaineer and traveller.

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DreamRide 3

Image from the film DreamRide 3
Year: 
2018
Country: 
Canada
Duration: 
6 Mins
Director: 
Mike Hopkins*
Producer: 
Mike Hopkins*
Production Company: 
Juicy Studios

Inspired by a Dr. Seuss narrative, this mountain bike film is sure to take you places like no other.

*in person attendance

Eighth Wonder

Premiere: 
WORLD PREMIERE
Image from the film Eighth Wonder
Year: 
2018
Country: 
United States
Duration: 
8 Mins
Director: 
Ryan Peterson
Producer: 
Ryan Peterson
Production Company: 
Alaskanist Stories/Yeti Presents

Set in the world's biggest, rowdiest salmon fishery of Bristol Bay, Alaska, this is the humourous story of a woman who quits her mid-career job as a scientist to become a commercial fisherman and her unlikely mentorship within a gang of young party dudes.

Escape

Premiere: 
ALBERTA PREMIERE
Year: 
2018
Country: 
Canada
Duration: 
7 Mins
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.

*in person attendance

Facing Sunrise

Premiere: 
WORLD PREMIERE
Year: 
2017
Country: 
Canada
Duration: 
8 Mins
Director: 
Julia Kwan*
Producer: 
Lainey Mullins, Jeff Thomas, Yves J. Ma*
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?” Inspired and energized, she rushes home and begins her bucket list.

*in person attendance

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The Faction Collective Presents: La Grave

Premiere: 
ALBERTA PREMIERE
Year: 
2018
Country: 
Switzerland
Duration: 
16 Mins
Director: 
Etienne Mérel
Producer: 
Tim Harty
Production Company: 
The Faction Collective

Sam Anthamatten and Johnny Collinson travel to La Grave to push the limits of steep skiing and discover what makes La Grave so unique - a mythic freeride location where time stops.

FAST HORSE

Image from the film FAST HORSE
Year: 
2018
Country: 
Canada
Duration: 
14 Mins
Director: 
Alexandra Lazarowich
Producer: 
Niobe Thompson
Production Company: 
Handful of Films
ADVISORY: 
Parental Guidance - Coarse language

FAST HORSE follows the return of the Blackfoot bareback horseracing tradition in a new form: the Indian Relay. Siksika horseman Allison Red Crow struggles to build a team with second-hand horses and a new jockey, Cody Big Tobacco, to take on the best riders in the Blackfoot Confederacy at the Calgary Stampede.

Focus

Premiere: 
WORLD PREMIERE
Year: 
2018
Country: 
United Kingdom
Duration: 
34 Mins
Director: 
Chris Prescott*
Producer: 
Chris Prescott*
Production Company: 
Dark Sky Media

2011 Steve Bate was diagnosed with Retinitis Pigmentosa, a severe form of tunnel vision gradually robbing him of his sight. The burden of blindness has manifested into an almost obsessive drive to achieve his ambitious dreams, including the Rovaniemi 150, a gruelling self-supported fat bike race through the Arctic tundra of Finnish Lapland.

*in person attendance

For the Love of Mary

Year: 
2018
Country: 
United States
Duration: 
6 Mins
Director: 
Simon Perkins, Kirk Horton
Producer: 
Simon Perkins, 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 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.

Free Solo

Image from the film Free Solo
Year: 
2018
Country: 
United States
Duration: 
119 Mins
Director: 
Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi, Jimmy Chin
Producer: 
Evan Hayes
Production Company: 
Lonely Films

From award-winning documentary filmmaker E. Chai Vasarhelyi (MERU) and world-renowned photographer and mountaineer Jimmy Chin comes National Geographic Documentary Film’s Free Solo, a stunning, intimate and unflinching portrait of the free soloist climber Alex Honnold, as he prepares to achieve his lifelong dream: climbing the face of the world’s most famous rock...the 900-metre El Capitan in Yosemite National Park...without a rope.

The Frenchy

Year: 
2018
Country: 
United States
Duration: 
14 Mins
Director: 
Michelle Smith
Producer: 
Michelle Smith
Production Company: 
Ungrounded Productions
ADVISORY: 
Parental Guidance - Coarse language

Jacques is an 82 year old, badass athlete, but the real story is how he inspires us with his contagious love of life, epic tales of survival and his ability to counter aging through laughter.

GRIZZLY COUNTRY

Image from the film GRIZZLY COUNTRY
Year: 
2018
Country: 
United States
Duration: 
11 Mins
Director: 
Ben Moon
Producer: 
Annie Nyborg, Shannon Ethridge
Production Company: 
Moonhouse LLC
ADVISORY: 
Parental Guidance - Coarse language

After serving in the Vietnam War, author and eco-warrior Doug Peacock spent years alone in the Wyoming and Montana wilderness observing grizzly bears. This time in the wild changed the course of his life. With the protection of Yellowstone grizzlies now under threat, Peacock reflects on the importance of habitat and why he continues to fight for wild causes.

The Guardians

Image from the film The Guardians
Year: 
2018
Country: 
United States
Duration: 
70 Mins
Director: 
Ben Crosbie, Tessa Moran
Producer: 
Ben Crosbie, Tessa Moran
Production Company: 
Eidolon Films

An indigenous community in Mexico’s Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve must confront internal divisions and illegal loggers in order to recover the ancient forest they nearly destroyed. Like the millions of monarchs that also call this forest home, their survival depends on it.

HOJI

Image from the film HOJI
Year: 
2018
Country: 
United States
Duration: 
80 Mins
Director: 
Scott Gaffney
Producer: 
Steve Winter, Murray Wais
Production Company: 
Matchstick Productions

Eric Hjorleifson* lets his skiing speak for itself. He doesn’t stand on the bar and shout out his accolades. He chases storms. He ditches his cell phone for weeks at a time. His exploits are rarely flaunted on social media. In spite of all of this – or maybe because of it – he is a hero to legions of skiers across the globe. This is who Eric is – this is “HOJI.”

*in person attendance

Holocene

Premiere: 
WORLD PREMIERE
Year: 
2018
Country: 
Japan
Duration: 
12 Mins
Director: 
Yuta Watanabe*
Producer: 
Ranyo Tanaka*
Production Company: 
Rightup Inc.

Join two riders from Japan as they dive into the cultural history of the Dolomites, clattering up Via Ferratas and shredding down couloirs along the way.

*in person attendance

Hourya

Premiere: 
NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE
Year: 
2018
Country: 
France
Duration: 
9 Mins
Director: 
Quentin Chaumy, Laurent Roudneff
Producer: 
Quentin Chaumy, Laurent Roudneff

Fly above the ancient sands of the Moroccan coastline. Let your spirit soar with lightness and the feeling of Hourya.

How to Run 100 Miles

Image from the film How to Run 100 Miles
Year: 
2018
Country: 
United States
Duration: 
28 Mins
Director: 
Brendan Leonard
Producer: 
Brendan Leonard
Production Company: 
Semi-Rad Media
ADVISORY: 
Parental Guidance - Coarse language

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.

Ice & Palms

Year: 
2018
Country: 
Germany
Duration: 
32 Mins
Director: 
Philipp Becker, Max Kroneck, Jochen Mesle, Johannes Müller
Producer: 
Max Kroneck, Jochen Mesle, Johannes Müller, Philipp Becker
Production Company: 
El Flamingo Films
ADVISORY: 
Parental Guidance - Coarse language

Bikepacking, summiting mountains and skiing some iconic lines along the way, friends Max and Jochen have one dream - 5 weeks, 1,800 km and 35,000 vertical metres self-propelled across the Alps.

In the Starlight

Premiere: 
ALBERTA PREMIERE
Year: 
2018
Country: 
France
Duration: 
52 Mins
Director: 
Mathieu Le Lay*
Producer: 
Valérie Grenon
Production Company: 
Camera Lucida Productions

An intimate portrait exploring the passionate spirit of the celebrated local photographer Paul Zizka. Most of his photographs are taken in the mountain environment, during the darkest hours of the night under star-filled skies. While going on new astrophography adventures, Paul tries to balance family, travel and work as one of his biggest challenges.

*in person attendance

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Ingrained

Premiere: 
CANADIAN PREMIERE
Image from the film Ingrained
Year: 
2017
Country: 
United States
Duration: 
7 Mins
Director: 
Jimmy Chin & WRKSHRT
Producer: 
Shannon Ethridge
Production Company: 
WRKSHRT

Growing up as a ranch kid in tiny Ten Sleep, Wyoming, Mark Carter was raised on small-town realities like fixing a fence, branding cattle and herding steers across the sage-strewn acreage. Not exactly a typical candidate for a professional snowboarder.

Inside The Indus - A Pakistani Odyssey

Premiere: 
CANADIAN PREMIERE
Year: 
2017
Country: 
France
Duration: 
26 Mins
Director: 
Ciarán Heurteau
Producer: 
Mike Dawson
Production Company: 
Twelve Productions

An International team of kayakers heads to Pakistan to attempt a descent of the fabled Rondu Gorge, on the Indus river. Hidden behind a wall of political and security factors meant it had been eight years since the last expedition had ventured into the gorge.

Inwards

Premiere: 
NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE
Year: 
2017
Country: 
Germany
Duration: 
12 Mins
Director: 
Ulf Wogenstein
Producer: 
Ulf Wogenstein
Production Company: 
Wogenstein Pictures

For two decades he made up some the worlds hardest first ascents, some of them even barefoot. 70-year-old saxonian climbing pioneer Bernd Arnold bridges between success in climbing and inner experiences. From the roots of childhood to distant mountain regions and friendship he draws a line back home to the present.

KINDRED

Premiere: 
WORLD PREMIERE
Image from the film KINDRED
Year: 
2018
Country: 
Canada
Duration: 
9 Mins
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, and resulted in a lifetime of learning and adventure in one of the most beautiful settings on earth.

Lelum'

Premiere: 
ALBERTA PREMIERE
Image from the film Lelum'
Year: 
2017
Country: 
Canada
Duration: 
8 Mins
Director: 
Asia Youngman*
Producer: 
Asia Youngman*

Lelum' is the Hul'qumi'num word for home. The film takes the audience on a journey across the different landscapes of British Columbia through an Indigenous lens conveying this message: as custodians of the land, it is our inherent responsibility to protect and show respect for our lelum', our home.

*in person attendance

Life of Glide

Year: 
2017
Country: 
United States
Duration: 
16 Mins
Director: 
Jeremy Jones
Producer: 
Tim Manning
Production Company: 
Teton Gravity Research

Big Mountain rider Jeremy Jones dissects his lifelong passion for the simple and sacred feeling he calls, "The Glide".

Liv Along The Way

Year: 
2018
Country: 
Canada
Duration: 
22 Mins
Director: 
Mike Douglas, Anthony Bonello
Producer: 
Anthony Bonello, Mike Douglas
Production Company: 
Switchback Entertainment

Ever since she first summited Mont Blanc as a teen, Liv Sansoz knew she would make her life in the mountains. In 2017, at 40 years old, Liv set out from her base in Chamonix, France to attempt to climb all 82 of the 4000-metre peaks in the European Alps in a single year. As she’s learned several times throughout her life, things don’t always go as planned.

THE LORAX PROJECT

Premiere: 
NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE
Year: 
2018
Country: 
Australia
Duration: 
34 Mins
Director: 
Pete Wyllie
Producer: 
Simon Blair
Production Company: 
Mission Control Collective

Six friends embark on a determined quest to climb, and then BASE jump 'The Lorax', a formidable climb in remote western Tasmania. Surrounded by some of the most pristine wilderness in all of Australia, they contend with extreme weather and rugged terrain, relying on each other's skills and a bit of humour to reach their goal.

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Mama

Premiere: 
CANADIAN PREMIERE
Image from the film Mama
Year: 
2017
Country: 
Poland
Duration: 
45 Mins
Director: 
Wojtek Kozakiewicz
Producer: 
Wojtek Kozakiewicz
Production Company: 
Vacaspurpuras Outdoor Films

Kinga Ociepka-Grzegulska is one of the most important figures in Polish sport climbing and the mother of two kids. After 20 years of living her passion, she sets herself a new goal - to climb a route that no woman has ever done before.

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The Mirnavator

Image from the film The Mirnavator
Year: 
2017
Country: 
United States
Duration: 
11 Mins
Director: 
Sarah Menzies
Producer: 
Sarah Menzies
Production Company: 
Let Media

Ultra-runners overcome obstacles with every stride. Force of Nature Mirna Valerio never thought she would have to overcome the negative voices that believe she doesn't belong in the sport.

The Moment

Year: 
2017
Country: 
Canada
Duration: 
74 Mins
Director: 
Darcy Hennessey Turenne*
Producer: 
Darcy Hennessey Turenne*

In the backwoods of British Columbia, three small but dedicated crews of adventure seekers were quietly changing the course of a sport and carving their paths in history. The Moment captures the birth and success of the original free ride mountain bike movement.

*in person attendance

My Mom Vala

Image from the film My Mom Vala
Year: 
2017
Country: 
United States
Duration: 
9 Mins
Director: 
RC Cone
Producer: 
Scott Ballew, RC Cone, Taylor Johns, Elli Thor Magnusson
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.

namanu rruni | Albatross Island

Premiere: 
CANADIAN PREMIERE
Image from the film namanu rruni | Albatross Island
Year: 
2018
Country: 
Australia
Duration: 
14 Mins
Director: 
Matthew Newton
Producer: 
Catherine Pettman
Production Company: 
Rummin Productions

Albatross island is a magical place. 18 hectares of conglomerate rock off the north western tip of Tasmania, Australia, a place that 5200 breeding pairs of shy albatross call home.

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No Ski No Fun

Year: 
2015
Country: 
Poland
Duration: 
31 Mins
Director: 
Dariusz Zaluski
Producer: 
Dariusz Zaluski

Andrzej Bargiel is one of the best ski alpinists in the world. His rural upbringing in Poland and his competitive nature have put him on course to climb and ski some of the highest peaks of the Himalaya.

Notes From The Wall

Year: 
2017
Country: 
Belgium
Duration: 
34 Mins
Director: 
Nicolas Favresse, Sean Villanueva O'Driscoll, Siebe Vanhee
Producer: 
Guillaume Lion, Siebe Vanhee
ADVISORY: 
Parental Guidance - Coarse language & nudity: sexual content

In February 2017 three of world’s best and fun loving climbers, Sean Villanueva O'Driscoll, Nicolas Favresse and Siebe Vanhee free-climbed one of the hardest routes of Patagonia, “El Regalo de Mwono”, a 1200-metre-high route on the east side of Torre Central, Torres del Paine.

The Passage

Year: 
2018
Country: 
United States
Duration: 
25 Mins
Director: 
Nate Dappen
Producer: 
Nate Dappen
Production Company: 
Day's Edge Productions

In 1974 a small determined team built their own canoes, launched them into the Pacific, and became some the first people in modern history to canoe from Washington to Alaska up the Inside Passage. The Passage is a story about revisiting that journey, fathers and sons, and the wild places that define us.

Perspectives // India

Premiere: 
WORLD PREMIERE
Year: 
2018
Country: 
United States
Duration: 
5 Mins
Director: 
Scott Secco
Producer: 
Brandon Watts
Production Company: 
Freehub Media

Professional mountain bike athlete and artist Micayla Gatto adventures to the Indian Himalayas to experience the culture with her unique artistic perception.

Plan C -14 II

Premiere: 
WORLD PREMIERE
Image from the film Plan C -14 II
Year: 
2018
Country: 
Argentina
Duration: 
47 Mins
Director: 
Nico Muñoz
Producer: 
Nadina Goldwaser, Nico Muñoz
Production Company: 
El Mano Films

Martin Pueyrredon* is an industrious man of 83 years old and he is running out of time. Against all odds and doctor's recommendations, he is determined to have one last adventure before the end.

*in person attendance

The Radicals

Premiere: 
ALBERTA PREMIERE
Year: 
2018
Country: 
Canada
Duration: 
55 Mins
Director: 
Brian Hockenstein*
Tamo Campos*
Producer: 
Brian Hockenstein*
Production Company: 
Brian Hockenstein Cinema & Beyond Boarding

The Radicals follows an active group of snowboarders and surfers who drift from their respective sport into the world of activism. Together they journey across the West Coast of British Columbia, weaving a story of learning, inspiration, and resistance.

*in person attendance

Ramsay's Round

Premiere: 
NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE
Image from the film Ramsay's Round
Year: 
2018
Country: 
United Kingdom
Duration: 
20 Mins
Director: 
Dave MacLeod, Claire MacLeod
Producer: 
Dave MacLeod, Claire MacLeod
Production Company: 
Rare Breed Productions

Ultra-marathon runner Alicia Hudelson embarks upon one of Scotland’s toughest long distance challenges – 24 Scottish mountains, ascending 8500 metres, in 24 hours.

REEL ROCK 12: Break On Through

Year: 
2017
Country: 
United States
Duration: 
25 Mins
Director: 
Matty Hong, Nick Rosen, Peter Mortimer
Producer: 
Zachary Barr
Production Company: 
REEL ROCK
ADVISORY: 
Parental Guidance - Coarse language

Margo Hayes, a little-known 19 year old from Boulder, Colorado, has moved to Europe to train and climb with the goal of succeeding on two of the most iconic 5.15s in France and Spain. But by pushing her body and mind to the absolute limit, she risks injury and failure in her quest to be the first.

The Ride

Premiere: 
WORLD PREMIERE
Year: 
2018
Country: 
United States
Duration: 
8 Mins
Director: 
Erik Petersen*
Producer: 
Erik Petersen*
Production Company: 
Erik Petersen Photography

Follow Ebbie Hansen*, a Montana cowgirl, as she chases her third National Skijoring Championship.

*in person attendance

Ride of the Dead

Premiere: 
CANADIAN PREMIERE
Year: 
2017
Country: 
United States
Duration: 
12 Mins
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.

*in person attendance

RJ Ripper

Year: 
2018
Country: 
United States
Duration: 
19 Mins
Director: 
Joey Schusler
Producer: 
Joey Schusler
Production Company: 
Joey Schusler Films

The chaotic streets of Kathmandu may not seem like a typical breeding ground for world-class mountain bikers, but then again nothing is typical about Rajesh (RJ) Magar and his beat-up clunker.

Sacred Strides

Year: 
2018
Country: 
United States
Duration: 
12 Mins
Director: 
Marie Sullivan, Forest Woodward, Anna Callaghan
Producer: 
Anna Callaghan
Marie Sullivan
Production Company: 
Outside Magazine

Bears Ears National Monument is one of the most talked-about public lands under threat. In March 2017, a group of Native American tribes put their differences aside and came together to run 1280 kilometres to Bears Ears to send a message of unity.

The Serengeti Rules

Premiere: 
ALBERTA PREMIERE
Year: 
2018
Country: 
United Kingdom
Duration: 
84 Mins
Director: 
Nicolas Brown
Producer: 
David Allen
Production Company: 
HHMI Tangled Bank Studios & Passion Planet

Beginning in the 1960s, a small band of young scientists headed out into the wilderness, driven by an insatiable curiosity about how nature works. Immersed in some of the most remote and spectacular places on Earth from the majestic Serengeti to the Amazon jungle they discovered a single set of rules that govern all life.

Silence

Year: 
2018
Country: 
Czech Republic
Duration: 
18 Mins
Director: 
Bernardo Gimenez
Producer: 
Pavel Blazek
Production Company: 
AO Production s.r.o.

Adam Ondra is one of the best climbers in the world and he made a little piece of climbing history when he finally sent his project, Silence (9c/5.15d) in the spectacular Hanshelleren Cave in Norway.

The Silver Branch

Premiere: 
NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE
Year: 
2018
Country: 
Ireland
Duration: 
73 Mins
Director: 
Katrina Costello*
Producer: 
Ken O Sullivan
Production Company: 
Sea Fever Productions

The Silver Branch is a philosophical visual poem on the life of a peasant farmer/poet Patrick McCormack, descendant of generations of farmers who live off the wild mountains in the West of Ireland. Patrick and his rural community are drawn into a divisive battle with the Government, leading him to the European supreme courts to decide on the fate of this iconic wilderness.

*in person attendance

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Ski Photographer

Premiere: 
WORLD PREMIERE
Image from the film SKI PHOTOGRAPHER
Year: 
2018
Country: 
United States
Duration: 
8 Mins
Director: 
Frank Pickell*
Producer: 
Dan Benshoff
Production Company: 
DPS Cinematic and Futuristic Films

Drawn to the mountains in search of the ski bum lifestyle, Oskar Enander had no intention of ever becoming a photographer. Is his affinity for cold, stark places driven by his colorblindness? Or is it place that has formed his aesthetic?

*in person attendance

Skier Vs. Drone

Image from the film Skier Vs. Drone
Year: 
2018
Country: 
Canada
Duration: 
4 Mins
Director: 
Mike Douglas
Producer: 
Mike Gamble, Mike Douglas
Production Company: 
Switchback Entertainment

It's the classic battle of man vs. machine but Olympic Bronze Medalist ski racer, Victor Muffat-Jeandet isn't worried.

The Sky Piercer

Premiere: 
ALBERTA PREMIERE
Year: 
2018
Country: 
New Zealand
Duration: 
42 Mins
Director: 
Jason Hancox
Producer: 
Jason Hancox, Martin Winkler, Beanie De Le Rue
Production Company: 
CoLab Creative

With three weeks to prepare and scope the West face of Mt Cook, Xavier De Le Rue and Nadine Waller are confident that they will have the opportunity to tackle the mountain, but local Sam Smoothy knows that weather in New Zealand is not so kind.

Space to Explore

Premiere: 
WORLD PREMIERE
Year: 
2018
Country: 
United States
Duration: 
13 Mins
Director: 
Katherine DuBois*
Producer: 
Katherine DuBois*

Natalie Panek* has spent her life focused on her biggest dream - to be the first to set foot on another planet. In the sky high arches and pinnacles, breathtaking views, and a canopy of stars in Moab, Utah it's easy to believe that all the adventure you need is right here on earth.

*in person attendance

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Stirb Langsam

Premiere: 
NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE
Image from the film Stirb Langsam
Year: 
2017
Country: 
Austria
Duration: 
16 Mins
Director: 
Simon Platzer, Jakob Schweighofer
Producer: 
Michael Wohlleben
Production Company: 
Whiteroom Productions

Michi Wohlleben's ambition is hard to control. He accomplished one outstanding climbing performance after another until one day his body reveals its limits after a banal training session. From one moment to the next, Michi's life is turned upside down.

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Stumped

Year: 
2017
Country: 
United States
Duration: 
25 Mins
Director: 
Taylor Keating, Cedar Wright
Producer: 
Cedar Wright
Production Company: 
Cedar Wright Productions
ADVISORY: 
Coarse Language & Violence

Maureen Beck has never let the fact that she is missing her lower left arm hold her back from climbing. She doesn’t want to be considered a good one-armed climber, or a good female climber…she just wants to be a plain good climber.

Surface

Year: 
2018
Country: 
United States
Duration: 
6 Mins
Director: 
John Rodosky
Producer: 
Christopher Jerard
Production Company: 
Roam Media

In a photographic niche defined by familiar angles, Ben Thouard is driven by his desire to create something original in surf photography.

Surviving The Outback

Premiere: 
NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE
Year: 
2018
Country: 
Australia
Duration: 
57 Mins
Director: 
Michael Atkinson*
Producer: 
Michael Atkinson*

Could you survive alone across hundreds of kilometres of remote outback for a whole month, trekking and sailing on a makeshift raft, with nothing but a time capsule of antique stuff from 1932? Mike* wasn’t sure he could pull it off either!

*in person attendance

This Mountain Life

Image from the film This Mountain Life
Year: 
2018
Country: 
Canada
Duration: 
77 Mins
Director: 
Grant Baldwin*
Producer: 
Jenny Rustemeyer
Production Company: 
Peg Leg Films

A mother-daughter team set out on a six-month ski traverse in the Coast Mountains. A group of nuns inhabit a mountain retreat to be closer to God. A couple lives off the grid for nearly 50 years. All feel the pull so strongly that their lives must revolve around mountains. Shot in cinematic detail, This Mountain Life is a riveting portrait of human passion set high in the snowy peaks of Canada.

*in person attendance

Tierra del Viento (Land of the Wind)

Year: 
2017
Country: 
United Kingdom
Duration: 
18 Mins
Director: 
Laura Belinky
Producer: 
Laura Belinky, Theo Ribeiro
Production Company: 
Wild River Films

In Patagonia, further South than most people ever dare to venture, there's a land of infinite vastness and beauty. Fine-art photographer Eliseo Miciu explores this mythical place, and also learns a bit more about himself.

Treeline

Premiere: 
WORLD PREMIERE
Image from the film Treeline
Year: 
2018
Country: 
Canada
Duration: 
40 Mins
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.

Trembling Mountain

Premiere: 
NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE
Year: 
2016
Country: 
Nepal
Duration: 
82 Mins
Director: 
Kesang Tseten
Production Company: 
Shunyata Film Production

Langtang was among the worst hit regions in Nepal’s 2015 earthquake. A glacial collapse caused an avalanche of rock, ice and mud, resulting in an airblast, equal to half the force of the Hiroshima atom bomb. In capturing survivor responses to the disaster, the film reveals a transformation, that has been sweeping the Himalaya over the last decades.

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Viacruxis

Year: 
2018
Country: 
Spain
Duration: 
11 Mins
Director: 
Ignasi López Fàbregas
Production Company: 
Ana Vega Pérez

Marcel and Andrezj are a pair of legendary mountaineers. In order to achieve the summit of an unclimbed peak they will have to overcome formidable obstacles, suffer hardships and stand each other's company for a very long time. But Andrezj is no longer willing to continue in Marcel’s shadow.

We are the Rovers, NORWAY

Premiere: 
NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE
Year: 
2018
Country: 
France
Duration: 
25 Mins
Director: 
Antonin Michaud-Soret
Producer: 
Antonin Michaud-Soret
Production Company: 
Ahstudio Filmmakers

A paragliding adventure where laughs, discoveries and the unexpected make every moment unforgettable.

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The Weight of Water

Premiere: 
WORLD PREMIERE
Image from the film The Weight of Water
Year: 
2018
Country: 
United States
Duration: 
79 Mins
Director: 
Michael Brown*
Producer: 
Michael Brown*
Production Company: 
Serac Adventure Films

Blind adventurer Erik Weihenmayer* already climbed Mount Everest and kayaking the grand canyon is even scarier.

*in person attendance

The Wolf Pack

Premiere: 
CANADIAN PREMIERE
Image from the film The Wolf Pack
Year: 
2018
Country: 
United States
Duration: 
12 Mins
Director: 
Nick Waggoner
Producer: 
Zac Ramras
Production Company: 
Sweetgrass Productions LLC

Mom, dad, three kids, one pig, a dog, two cats, and ten tarantulas. The Braford-Lefebrve family lives to run and runs to live. Without cell phones or any modern worry, the wolf pack roams the mountains around Silverton, CO, raising kids on a healthy diet of wonder and awe.

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