2019 Banff Mountain Film Competition Finalists

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Films

The 7 stages of Blank

Premiere: 
Alberta Premiere
Year: 
2019
Country: 
Canada
Duration: 
42 Mins
Director: 
Jeff Thomas, Alexi Godbout
Producer: 
Stan Rey, Blair Richmond, Jeff Thomas, Alexi Godbout*
Production Company: 
Blank Collective Films

Blank Collective films takes you on a journey through the 7 Stages of Blank, a lighthearted look into the bond that develops around the sport of skiing.

*in person attendance

8000+

Image from the film 8000+
Year: 
2018
Country: 
Germany
Duration: 
21 Mins
Director: 
Christian Schmidt, Antoine Girad
Producer: 
Luz Marina Gennes

From the town of Skardu, paraglider Antoine Girard sets off on a three-week hike and fly tour to explore the Karakorum mountains in Pakistan – alone. If he succeeds, he will set a new altitude record in paragliding.

A Nordic Skater

Image from the film A Nordic Skater
Year: 
2018
Country: 
Lithuania
Duration: 
5 Mins
Producer: 
Paulius Neverbickas

A Nordic Skater is the very first film in the world about nordic skating – a Scandinavian style cross-country ice skating on frozen lakes and fjords.

Allein

Premiere: 
World Premiere
Year: 
2019
Country: 
Germany
Duration: 
10 Mins
Director: 
Robert Jasper, Franz Walter
Producer: 
Frank Kretschmann

One day you turn 50. How you choose to celebrate is up to you. Alpinist and mountain guide Robert Jasper is heading out to Greenland for a solo birthday kayaking and climbing expedition.

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Anba, in the depths of Haiti

Premiere: 
Alberta Premiere
Image from the film Anba, in the depths of Haiti
Year: 
2018
Country: 
France
Duration: 
24 Mins
Director: 
Vladimir Cellier
Producer: 
Baraka Flims/NOT Associés

Olivier Testa* has been exploring the caves of Haiti since 2009, leading expeditions, training, and adventuring across this vibrant and colourful country.

*in person attendance

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Artifishal

Image from the film Artifishal
Year: 
2019
Duration: 
90 Mins
Director: 
Josh Murphy
Producer: 
Laura Wagner
Production Company: 
Liars and Thieves

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.

Artiko

Premiere: 
Canadian Premiere
Year: 
2019
Country: 
Spain
Duration: 
16 Mins
Producer: 
Jesus Mari Lazkano, Josu Venero
Production Company: 
Signo Digital

The Svalbard archipelago, near the geographic North Pole, offers a new and exciting creative space for Basque artist Jesus Mari Lazkano.

Attla

Premiere: 
World Premiere
Image from the film ATTLA
Year: 
2019
Country: 
United States
Duration: 
60 Mins
Producer: 
Catharine Axley

Spanning his fifty-year dogsled racing career, ATTLA explores the life and persona of George Attla, from his childhood as a tuberculosis survivor in the Alaskan interior, to his rise as ten-time world champion and mythical state hero, to a village elder resolutely training his grandnephew to race his team one last time.

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Aziza

Year: 
2018
Country: 
United Kingdom
Duration: 
6 Mins
Director: 
Matt Pycroft
Ryan Goff
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.

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Bayandalai - Lord of the Taiga

Year: 
2018
Country: 
Spain
Duration: 
11 Mins
Director: 
Pablo Vidal Santos, Aner Etxebarria Moral
Producer: 
Lara Izagirre Garizurieta

From inside his yurt deep within the heart of the Taiga, an elder of the Dukhas tribe muses about the significance of life and death in the largest forest on Earth. He is the last of the great reindeer herders of the Taiga.

Beneath the Ice

Image from the film Beneath the Ice
Year: 
2019
Country: 
Canada
Duration: 
16 Mins
Producer: 
Will Gadd

Canadian Will Gadd uses his unparalleled ice climbing skills and knowledge to lead a scientific expedition into uncharted territory inside of the Greenland ice sheet.

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Between the lines - Entre les Lignes

Year: 
2018
Country: 
France
Duration: 
28 Mins
Director: 
Pierre Cadot, Thomas Guerrin
Production Company: 
Yucca Films

French skier and mountain guide Vivian Bruchez explores the obscure nooks and crannies of the Mont Blanc massif in order to find new steep first descents in an area known as the birthplace of extreme skiing.

Billder

Year: 
2019
Country: 
Canada
Duration: 
6 Mins
Director: 
Scott Secco
Producer: 
Catherine Legros

Billder tells the story of mountain bike trail builder Bill McLane as we find out what trails mean to him and how his work impacts his community.

BMX Nigeria

Image from the film BMX Nigeria
Year: 
2019
Country: 
Austria
Duration: 
12 Mins
Director: 
Fraser Brown
Producer: 
James Renwick
Production Company: 
Red Bull Media House

BMX street is one of the most frequently evolving sports in the world and in Nigeria, a group of local riders are reinventing riding at a grassroots level.

Camel Finds Water

Year: 
2019
Country: 
United States
Duration: 
8 Mins
Director: 
Ian Durkin
Producer: 
Trevor Gordon, Ian Durkin

Trevor found the hull of an abandoned fishing boat in a field. He brought it home and built it back to a sea-worthy state over the course of a summer. Then, he took it on its maiden voyage to British Columbia in search of waves.

Charge

Image from the film Charge
Year: 
2019
Country: 
Canada
Duration: 
4 Mins
Director: 
Mike Gamble, Anthony Bonello
Producer: 
Mike Douglas

Four top freeskiers and a World Champion drone pilot are dropped at Chatter Creek, BC for one week. Their instructions: charge as hard as you can everyday.

Chasing a Trace

Image from the film Chasing a Trace
Year: 
2019
Country: 
Canada
Duration: 
20 Mins
Director: 
Leanne Allison*
Producer: 
Leanne Allison*
Production Company: 
Necessary Journeys

This is a love story between a badass woman scientist and one of the most elusive wild animals on earth set in the snowy high mountains of Western Canada.

​​​​​​​*in person attendance

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Chasing The Sublime

Premiere: 
Alberta Premiere
Year: 
2018
Country: 
United Kingdom
Duration: 
6 Mins
Producer: 
Amanda Bluglass
Production Company: 
Bluglass Pictures

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.

Circle of the Sun

Year: 
2019
Country: 
Austria
Duration: 
5 Mins
Director: 
Lena Stoffel
Producer: 
Inigo Grasset, Lena Stoffel

Steep mountains, the ocean, the sun, and the aurora borealis. One rotation of the sun high in the Arctic on skis equals one day of magic.

Climb Your Dreams

Premiere: 
World Premiere
Year: 
2019
Country: 
United States
Duration: 
2 Mins
Director: 
Josh Greenwood*
Producer: 
Benjamin Garst*
Production Company: 
Pixelsmyth

The rush of life in the city inspires a dream for an escape. The nature of reality is questioned by the contrast of what we do for a living.

*in person attendance

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Danny Daycare

Image from the film Danny Daycare
Year: 
2019
Duration: 
4 Mins
Director: 
Cut Media
Production Company: 
Cut Media

In his latest film Danny MacAskill takes on some child care the only way he knows how... by going for a wee bike ride around Scotland!

Dark Peak Fell Runners

Premiere: 
North American Premiere
Image from the film Dark Peak Fell Runners
Year: 
2019
Country: 
United Kingdom
Duration: 
17 Mins
Director: 
Matt Hardy
Producer: 
Emma Crome
Tom Carr-Griffin
Production Company: 
Coldhouse Collective

The Dark Peak Fell Runners base themselves in Sheffield, but their playground is the Peak District National Park where they weave tracks through the fields, peat bogs, and rocky outcrops to create a tapestry of eccentricity, endeavour, and endurance.

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Deer 139

Premiere: 
World Premiere
Year: 
2019
Country: 
United States
Duration: 
53 Mins
Director: 
Jayme Dittmar*, Morgan Heim*
Producer: 
Samantha Dwinnell*, Kevin Monteith, Emilene Ostlind

Three women follow the 137-kilometre-long migration path of a scruffy, pregnant mule deer doe – and in the process, learn to see the world differently.

*in person attendance

Defiance

Image from the film Defiance
Year: 
2019
Country: 
Canada
Duration: 
13 Mins
Director: 
Dave Mossop
Producer: 
Malcolm Sangster
Production Company: 
Sherpas Cinema

A short snowboarding documentary featuring three of the worlds best snowboarders riding some of the steepest terrain in Canada.

Delta of Spirit

Premiere: 
World Premiere
Year: 
2019
Country: 
United States
Duration: 
18 Mins
Director: 
Nicholas Kapanke*
Producer: 
Jonathan Bothun, Nicholas Kapanke*, Trenton Raygor*
Production Company: 
Filthy Promotions, LLC

Delta of Spirit explores the psyche and grit of adventurers who are willing to endure The DAMn, a grueling 386 kilometre gravel road bicycle race that traverses the state of Minnesota's road less traveled, all within 24 hours.

*in person attendance

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Electric Greg

Image from the film Electric Greg
Year: 
2019
Country: 
Canada
Duration: 
20 Mins
Director: 
Anthony Bonello
Producer: 
Anthony Bonello, Mike Douglas

Record-breaking mountain endurance athlete, Greg Hill, has seen the affects of climate change first-hand and came to realize the way he was approaching the mountains was only making the problem worse. So he changed his approach and set out to climb 100 peaks without burning any fossil fuels. But the question is: will it make a difference?
 

Eli

From the Film Eli. Photo by Ace Kvale.
Year: 
2019
Country: 
United States
Duration: 
5 Mins
Director: 
Chris Malloy
Producer: 
Monika McClure
Production Company: 
Patagonia Films

As a rancher growing up in the rugged northeast corner of the Navajo Nation with no electricity or running water, Eli Neztsosie learned through years of work what it meant to rely on discipline and endurance. Now he relies on those same skills, running long distances – striving every day, in his words, to be better than he was the day before.

 

Every Mystery I’ve Lived

Image from the film Every Mystery I've Lived
Year: 
2019
Country: 
Austria
Duration: 
24 Mins
Director: 
Justin Loiselle
Producer: 
Alexa Lavergne
Production Company: 
Red Bull Media House

At the end of 2017, rookie slopestyle MTB rider Emil Johansson was on top of the world. In his first full season, he was crowned FMB World Tour champion as a teenager only for his world to crumble around him with a mystery illness.

Fire on the Hill: The Cowboys of South Central L.A.

Premiere: 
Canadian Premiere
Year: 
2018
Country: 
United States
Duration: 
84 Mins
Director: 
Brett Fallentine*
Producer: 
Steven Amato, Jenna Cedicci, Brett Fallentine*, Jordana Glick-Franzheim, Jimmy Greenway, Sean-Michael Smith

Five miles south of downtown Los Angeles is a place that was, until recent years, known as the murder capital of the world. For most, South Central LA is synonymous with gang violence, drug trafficking, and high amounts of crime. Since the city’s establishment, Compton and the surrounding neighborhoods have always had a culture of black cowboys. This film is the story of three of those cowboys and their fight to live out their vision of the West.

*in person attendance

The Flip

Image from the film The Flip
Year: 
2019
Country: 
Mexico
Duration: 
3 Mins
Director: 
Reed Rickert
Producer: 
Eduardo Urbina

French Skydiver Remi Angeli must face his fears in order to explore new expressions of movement while BASE jumping in Mexico. On the other side of his fear he discovers life in its purest form.

For The Love Of The Game

Premiere: 
Canadian Premiere
Image from the film For the Love of the Game
Year: 
2019
Duration: 
6 Mins
Producer: 
Troy Edige

In the Northern Territories of Pakistan, teams from rivaling valleys get ready to meet on the world's highest polo ground, while Sikander Ul Mulk reflects on his long career as a leader.

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Frozen Mind

Year: 
2018
Country: 
France
Duration: 
33 Mins
Director: 
Maxime Moulin, Antoine Frioux
Producer: 
Victor De Le Rue, Antoine Frioux
Production Company: 
Ivresse Films

Together with his old friend Pierre Hourticq, snowboarder Victor de le Rue tires to write a new story in the iconic mountains near Chamonix. Frozen Mind is not just a freeride film, 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.

Full Moon

Premiere: 
North American Premiere
Year: 
2019
Country: 
Germany
Duration: 
6 Mins
Director: 
Philipp Becker*, Max Kroneck, Johannes Müller, Jochen Mesle*
Production Company: 
El Flamingo

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.

*in person attendance

Gone Tomorrow - Kentucky Ice Climbing

Year: 
2019
Country: 
United States
Duration: 
20 Mins
Producer: 
Mike Wilkinson
Production Company: 
Wilkinson Visual LLC

Ice climbing in Kentucky?! This adventure documentary takes the audience for a bourbon-fueled ride deep into the bushy hollers of Appalachia with a crew of harmless misfits as they race to search out and climb new ice routes before they're gone.

Good Morning

Image from the film Good Morning
Year: 
2018
Country: 
France
Duration: 
4 Mins
Director: 
Antoine Frioux, Richard Permin, Maxime Moulin
Production Company: 
PVS Company

Every day, skier Richard Permin falls into his mundane morning routine. Right after getting out of bed, he clicks on his skis and rides down the snow-covered rooftops of Avoriaz.

The Great Peak - 150 Years Climbing History

Premiere: 
North American Premiere
Year: 
2019
Country: 
Italy
Duration: 
54 Mins
Director: 
Reinhold Messner*
Producer: 
Markus Frings*

Throughout the history of mountaineering, the imposing Cima Grande in the Italian Dolomites has been both a playground and favourite destination for the best rock climbers in the world. In his new film celebrating the 150th anniversary of the first ascent, Reinhold Messner* shows the major milestones on the peak with the help of reenacted climbing scenes using only materials and historic equipment of the respective era.

*in person attendance

Herders

Premiere: 
North American Premiere
Year: 
2018
Country: 
Argentina
Duration: 
71 Mins
Director: 
Nicolas Detry*
Producer: 
Ezequiel Detry*, Ramiro Gregorio, Silvestre Sere*, Nicolas Detry

In a solitary and isolated valley of southern Patagonia, the story of gauchos passes slowly during the course of a year. Difficult and lonesome work is carried out each season, including during the harsh Patagonian winter in a land where man and animal have a very close relationship with work and survival.

*in person attendance

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Holy Tour

Premiere: 
Alberta Premiere
Year: 
2018
Country: 
France
Duration: 
70 Mins
Director: 
Meryl Fortunat-Rossi, Valery Rosier
Producer: 
Benoit Roland

Holy Tour is a film about the modern day pilgrims who stake out their claim to camping spots two weeks ahead of time on the Tour de France route so they can cheer on the riders when they eventually pass. It is a film about the passing of time perched between the road and the cliff, about summertime and daily routine, and about everyone’s need to belong.

Home

Premiere: 
North American Premiere
Year: 
2019
Country: 
Canada
Duration: 
91 Mins
Director: 
Jen Randall*
Producer: 
Sarah Outen, Jen Randall*
Production Company: 
Light Shed Pictures

Between 2011 and 2015 UK adventurer Sarah Outen traversed the globe by bike, kayak and rowing boat, travelling over 32,000 kilometres by human power alone. The solo trip took its toll, and a violent storm on the Pacific takes Sarah to the physical and mental brink.

​​​​​​​*in person attendance

Hors Piste

Year: 
2018
Country: 
France
Duration: 
6 Mins
Director: 
Loris Cavalier, Camille Jalabert, Oscar Malet, Leo Brunel
Production Company: 
Ecole des Nouvelles Images

The two best mountain rescue workers of the region are ready for their new mission. Despite their professionalism and their determination, it will not go as planned...

HUNZA ski and culture in Pakistan

Premiere: 
North American Premiere
Year: 
2018
Country: 
France
Duration: 
52 Mins
Director: 
Alexis Blaise
Producer: 
Sam Favret

Get on board with Sam Favret, Leo Slemett, and Julien Herry as they set off on a vibrant freeriding and cultural adventure in the remote Hunza Valley, way off the beaten track.

Il Pescatore Completo (The Complete Fisherman)

Premiere: 
World Premiere
Image from the film Il Pescatore Completo (The Complete Fisherman)
Year: 
2019
Country: 
United States
Duration: 
18 Mins
Director: 
Nick Waggoner*
Producer: 
Alex Lowther
Production Company: 
Sweetgrass Productions LLC

An 85-year-old master fishes the glacial fed rivers of northern Italy with a simple hazelnut branch and a line of braided white stallion tail hairs.

*in person attendance

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The Imaginary Line

Year: 
2019
Country: 
United States
Duration: 
10 Mins
Producer: 
Kylor Melton

In an act of political solidarity, a team from Mexico and the U.S.A. assemble with the sole purpose of establishing a slackline that crosses the border between them. In a world that is constantly tearing us apart, they come together to cross an imaginary line and tell a different story.

Into the Canyon

Premiere: 
Canadian Premiere
Year: 
2019
Country: 
United States
Duration: 
84 Mins
Director: 
Peter McBride*
Producer: 
Amanda Pollak
Production Company: 
Insignia Films

When filmmaker/photographer Peter McBride* and writer Kevin Fedarko set out on a 1200-kilometre journey on foot through the entire length of the Grand Canyon the challenge becomes far more than they bargained for. Into the Canyon is a story of extreme physical hardship where the bonds of friendship are stretched and the timeless beauty of this sacred place becomes meditation and ultimately a cautionary tale for our complex relationship with the natural world.

*in person attendance

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Kai Jones - Far Out

Image from the film Kai Jones - Far Out
Year: 
2018
Country: 
United States
Duration: 
5 Mins
Director: 
Todd Jones
Production Company: 
Teton Gravity Research

Eleven year old Kai Jones isn’t old enough to go to the movies alone or order a sandwich at the pub, but in the mountains age doesn’t matter. He is following in his family’s ski tracks… right into backflips and tricks off of cliffs.

The Kingdom of Snow

Premiere: 
World Premiere
Year: 
2019
Country: 
Japan
Duration: 
26 Mins
Director: 
Yuta Watanabe*
Shinya Kobayashi*
Producer: 
Ranyo Tanaka*
Production Company: 
Rightup Inc.

Following the wisdom of a traditional Buddhist monk, three friends seek out bold new lines in a remote corner of Japan.

*in person attendance

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The Ladakh Project

Image from the film The Ladakh Project
Year: 
2019
Country: 
Austria
Duration: 
13 Mins
Director: 
David Arnaud
Producer: 
Corinna Halloran
Production Company: 
Red Bull Media House

Seven Days, three rivers, one woman. This is the story of Nouria Newman's solo kayak adventure in the Indian Himalaya.

The Last Mountain

Premiere: 
North American Premiere
Image from the film The Last Mountain
Year: 
2019
Country: 
Poland
Duration: 
83 Mins
Director: 
Dariusz Zaluski
Producer: 
Narodowe Centrum Kultury
Production Company: 
Narodowe Centrum Kultury

The true story of the 2018 Polish expedition’s attempt on K2, the only remaining unconquered Himalayan peak to be climbed in winter. Tensions are high and the expedition is pulled apart when team members must perform one of the most extraordinary high altitude rescue operations in history of mountaineering.

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Lee

Premiere: 
Canadian Premiere
Year: 
2019
Country: 
United States
Duration: 
4 Mins
Director: 
Mike Brown
Producer: 
Mike Brown
Production Company: 
Sweetgrass Productions LLC

Lee Cohen is one of the most iconic legends in the world of ski photography. Known for his continued pursuit of the perfect powder shot this short film tells the story of his arrival to Utah after hitchhiking cross country in the late 70's and his unique relationship with one of the best skiers he has ever shot with; his son.

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The Legend of Rafael

Premiere: 
Canadian Premiere
Year: 
2019
Country: 
United States
Duration: 
6 Mins
Producer: 
Jesse Levine*
Production Company: 
Reel Motion Media

A story about the power of two wheels and how one man, with just $500 to his name, spearheads a revolution to help the underprivileged members of his new neighborhood the best way he knows how — by repairing their bicycles.

*in person attendance

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Life of Pie

Image from the the film Life of Pie
Year: 
2019
Country: 
United States
Duration: 
11 Mins
Director: 
Ben Knight, Travis Rummel
Producer: 
Travis Rummel
Production Company: 
Felt Soul Media

When Jen Zeuner and Anne Keller moved to the tiny, conservative high desert town of Fruita, Colorado almost twenty years ago, it was not on the map as far as mountain biking was concerned and they were on the fringe and a bit ostracized. Now they’re at the very heart and soul of the community.

The Long River Home

Year: 
2019
Country: 
United States
Duration: 
20 Mins
Director: 
Seth Dahl
Producer: 
Timmy O'Neill

Aaron Howell and Russell Davies are US veterans who were injured in war and have now come together for another mission as they guide blind Navy veteran, Lonnie Bedwell, on a 14 day river trip through 80 powerful rapids in the Grand Canyon.

Manaslu – Mountain of the Spirits

Premiere: 
North American Premiere
Year: 
2018
Country: 
Austria
Duration: 
100 Mins
Director: 
Gerald Salmina
Producer: 
Gerald Salmina
Production Company: 
Planet Watch Film and Video Production

Renowned Everest record holder and skier Hans Kammerlander faces his demons 26 years after a tragic accident on Manaslu where one friend unexpectedly falls to his death and another is struck by lightning.

Marcel on the Top of his Art

Premiere: 
North American Premiere
Year: 
2017
Country: 
Switzerland
Duration: 
24 Mins
Producer: 
Nicolas Falquet

As Marcel Remy, father of the iconic Swiss climbers Claude and Yves Remy, approaches his 95th year, he decides to climb the 450-metre tall north-west face of the legendary Miroir de l'Argentine in Western Switzerland.

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The Motivator

Image from the film The Motivator
Year: 
2018
Country: 
Canada
Duration: 
4 Mins
Director: 
Aaron Hitchins*
Producer: 
Logan Ross*
Production Company: 
Rockhouse Motion

Filmmaker Aaron Hitchins turns his camera on the person who has motivated him to lead a life connected to the outdoors: his mother, Maureen.

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The Movement

Premiere: 
Canadian Premiere
Image from the film The Movement
Year: 
2019
Country: 
United States
Duration: 
15 Mins
Director: 
Anson Fogel, Tim Kemple
Producer: 
Jaybird Sport*

What happens when a diverse handful of rebels across the globe co-opts a sport that was long the dominion of yuppies? The answer is at the heart of The Movement, an irreverent, music-driven story about the new revolution in running.

*in person attendance

My Dear Kyrgyzstan

Year: 
2019
Country: 
United States
Duration: 
12 Mins
Director: 
Alex Pritz, Noam Argov*
Producer: 
Noam Argov*

Emil is a social media-obsessed entrepreneur in one of the most remote places on earth: An abandoned Soviet mining village in the mountains of eastern Kyrgyzstan.

*in person attendance

Myrtle Simpson: A Life On Ice

Premiere: 
World Premiere
Year: 
2019
Country: 
United States
Duration: 
34 Mins
Director: 
Leigh Anne Sides*
Producer: 
Andrew Cahill*, Leigh Anne Sides*

Myrtle Simpson* – trailblazer, pioneer, adventurer, mountain climber, polar explorer, writer, and mother. From Spitzbergen to Greenland, from the North Pole to the Highlands of Scotland, from New Zealand to Peru, Myrtle blazed her own trail. She experienced places most people only dream about, all while writing 13 books, collecting specimens for museum botanical collections, and raising four children.

*in person attendance

Narcis

Premiere: 
North American Premiere
Image from the film Narcis
Year: 
2019
Country: 
Austria
Duration: 
19 Mins
Director: 
Alexander Tank, Elias Elhardt
Producer: 
Elias Elhardt

In the midst of Kosovo, an area that’s been haunted by war and ethnical conflicts, Elias Elhardt discovers the small ski resort Brezovica. Local snowboard enthusiast Hamdi guides Elias through this forgotten world and reflects on the question, how a future can be built if the past still weighs so heavily?

Nebula

Premiere: 
World Premiere
Image from the film Nebula
Year: 
2019
Country: 
Canada
Duration: 
13 Mins
Director: 
Jay Trusler*
Producer: 
Reuben Krabbe, Jay Trusler, Momme Halbe

After two years of planning, photographer Reuben Krabbe ventures into the BC backcountry on a clear moonless night to attempt to shoot an impossible, deep space ski photo of the Orion Nebula with a skier in the foreground.

*in person attendance

North Country

Premiere: 
Canadian Premiere
Year: 
2019
Country: 
United States
Duration: 
21 Mins
Director: 
Nicholas Martini
Producer: 
Stept Productions
Production Company: 
Stept Productions

In the rugged White Mountains of northern New Hampshire, Lahout’s, a family business moving onto its fourth generation, has remained open 365 days a year since 1920. This film tells a timeless story of the American dream and how a family of Lebanese immigrants put a community on skis.

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Okpilik - Inuit Nunangat Taimannganit

Premiere: 
World Premiere
Image from the film Okpilik - Inuit Nunangat Taimannganit
Year: 
2019
Country: 
Canada
Duration: 
4 Mins
Director: 
David Stewart
Producer: 
Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami

Mary Kudlak talks to us about fishing in Okpilik Lake near Ulukhaktok as part of the Inuit Nunangat Taimannganit video project.

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On The Verge

Year: 
2019
Country: 
Canada
Duration: 
40 Mins
Director: 
Robin Munshaw*
Producer: 
Robin Munshaw*

In the mountains near Powell River, BC, a small group of rock climbers has spent decades quietly pioneering routes on some of the largest granite walls in Canada. As the last stands of old-growth trees come under threat of logging, the climbing community faces the uncertain future of a place that has come to define their lives and legacies.

​​​​​​​*in person attendance

Opening the Earth: The Potato King

Premiere: 
Canadian Premiere
Year: 
2018
Country: 
United States
Duration: 
50 Mins
Director: 
Aaron Ebner, Eric Ebner
Producer: 
Paul J Lynch, Jenna Semenoff*

Julio Hancco is a guardian of biodiversity, critical to the survival of humanity. He represents a people, a culture, and way of life that is being lost to modernization. Will their culture survive? Or will it all be lost with the last Potato King?

​​​​​​​*in person attendance

Originate

Premiere: 
World Premiere
Image from the film Originate
Year: 
2019
Country: 
Canada
Duration: 
15 Mins
Director: 
Cameron Sylvester
Producer: 
Bryan Smith

With little change to the landscape of Alaska since her first trip 10 years ago, big mountain skier Michelle Parker returns to Haines to revisit some of the steepest, most unforgiving lines of her career.

Oso, wild vision from Asturias

Premiere: 
North American Premiere
Year: 
2019
Country: 
France
Duration: 
52 Mins
Director: 
Vincent Munier, Laurent Joffrion
Producer: 
Caroline Broussaud

This film is an immersion into the breathtaking wild setting of the Cantabrian Mountains. Taking the viewer on an unprecedented journey to meet the last remaining brown bears native to the region, we also learn about the people there who live in peace with these magnificent animals.

Out on A Limb

Year: 
2019
Country: 
Canada
Duration: 
21 Mins
Director: 
Jordan Manley
Producer: 
Diana Brucculieri
Production Company: 
Narrows Media

Engineer Kai Lin teams up with climber Craig DeMartino to design a badass prosthetic foot, which if they succeed won’t just level the playing field, but will dish up, if not superpowers, then a real sense of empowerment. Which is almost the same thing.

Over Time – Sammy C

Premiere: 
Alberta Premiere
Year: 
2019
Country: 
Canada
Duration: 
7 Mins
Director: 
Clay Mitchell*
Producer: 
Simon Shave*

Filmed purely in the heart of the B.C. backcountry, Over Time – Sammy C features the best shots from a full winter with pro skier Sammy Carlson.

*in person attendance

Par For The Course

Year: 
2019
Country: 
United States
Duration: 
3 Mins
Director: 
Kody Kohlman*
Producer: 
Lilah Strauss*
Production Company: 
Kody Kohlman LLC

Mirna Valerio, a 250 pound African American woman from Brooklyn, takes on 25-kilometre race in Squaw Valley that encompasses over 1500-vertical-metres on exposed ridges, snow fields and massive climbs.

​​​​​​​*in person attendance

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Paradise

Premiere: 
World Premiere
Year: 
2019
Country: 
United States
Duration: 
20 Mins
Director: 
Kirk Rasmussen*, Erik Petersen*
Producer: 
Erik Petersen

An unlikely environmentalist, Bryan Wells, finds himself standing between Yellowstone National Park and an industrial-scale gold mine. The proposed mine sits just above his home, and not only threatens America’s most iconic National Park, but his community's way of life.

*in person attendance

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Path to Everest

Year: 
2017
Country: 
Spain
Duration: 
80 Mins
Director: 
Sébastien Montaz-Rosset, Josep Serra
Producer: 
Arcadia Motion Pictures & Mountainlife

Follow famous runner and mountaineer Kilian Jornet to the top of the world in an intimate portrait that reveals his fears, doubts and his desire to keep seeking new challenges so that he can continue to dream, surrounded by the mountains and people who are his inspiration.

The Pathan Project

Premiere: 
North American Premiere
Year: 
2019
Country: 
France
Duration: 
43 Mins
Director: 
Guillaume Broust
Producer: 
Jean Lou Wertz

In a remote valley in Pakistan, a solid team of Belgian, French and Argentinian climbers are ready to combine exploration, music, and a good humor in their attempt to climb a new route up a big wall on an untouched massif.

Piano to Zanskar

Premiere: 
North American Premiere
Year: 
2018
Country: 
United Kingdom
Duration: 
85 Mins
Director: 
Michal Sulima*
Producer: 
Jarek Kotomski*
Production Company: 
Between Friends

Facing his future in retirement, “sitting in deck chairs and eating lemon drizzle cake”, 65-year-old piano tuner, Desmond O'Keeffe, decides instead to take on the most challenging and perilous delivery of his four decade career: transporting a 100-year-old, 80-kilogram, upright piano, from bustling London to the remote heart of the Indian Himalayas.

​​​​​​​*in person attendance

Queen without Land

Premiere: 
Alberta Premiere
Year: 
2018
Country: 
Norway
Duration: 
70 Mins
Producer: 
Asgeir Helgestad
Production Company: 
Artic Light AS

This is a true story between Frost, a beautiful polar bear mother, and Asgeir Helgestad, a Norwegian wildlife filmmaker. It is a four-year cinematic journey to Svalbard where rising temperatures are responsible for dramatic changes in Frost’s ecosystem as the ice is melting at record speed. Asgeir is determined to document all that is being lost, but his task is far from easy.

The Redstone Pack

Image from the film The Redstone Pack
Year: 
2018
Country: 
United States
Duration: 
5 Mins
Director: 
The Roos Brothers
Producer: 
Landon Roos
Production Company: 
Roos Brothers

What began as an impromptu leap into the world of dog sledding, Aaron Natoniewski’s methodical approach to the sport and understanding of his dogs has inspired a team of sled hounds unlike any other.

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REEL ROCK 13: Age of Ondra

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Year: 
2018
Country: 
United States
Duration: 
46 Mins
Director: 
Zachary Barr, Josh Lowell, Peter Mortimer
Producer: 
Josh Lowell, Zachary Barr
Production Company: 
REEL ROCK

On the heels of a historic 5.15d ascent, we follow climber Adam Ondra from his home in the Czech Republic, across Europe to North America, as he innovates new training methods, establishes upper echelon first ascents, and attempts to be the first person to send 5.15 on the first try.

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REEL ROCK 13: Up To Speed

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Year: 
2018
Country: 
United States
Duration: 
20 Mins
Director: 
Zachary Barr, Nick Rosen, Peter Mortimer
Producer: 
Zachary Barr
Production Company: 
REEL ROCK

When climbing was announced as part of the 2020 Olympics, it was a monumental occasion for the sport. But many climbers were shocked to learn that one of three combined events required to compete for a medal is… speed climbing. REEL ROCK correspondent Zachary Barr looks into this little-known and seldom practiced sub-discipline of the sport, and the role it will play in shaping climbing’s future. Barr’s journey from the U.S. to France (the birthplace of modern speed climbing) to South Asia (it’s actually huge there) culminates at an international competition in Moscow, where speed demons race up a 15-metre wall in less than six seconds.

REEL ROCK 14: The High Road

Image from the film REEL ROCK 14: The High Road
Year: 
2019
Country: 
United States
Duration: 
17 Mins
Director: 
Peter Mortimer
Producer: 
Zachary Barr
Production Company: 
REEL ROCK

Highball bouldering ace Nina Williams flexes her guns and tests her nerves well into the no-fall zone.

RIAFN

Premiere: 
Canadian Premiere
Year: 
2019
Country: 
Germany
Duration: 
29 Mins
Producer: 
Hannes Lang
Production Company: 
Petrolio Film GmbH

RIAFN is a cinematic journey into the soundscape of the Alps where song and the calls of shepherds are condensed to create a motion picture driven by local character and rhythm.

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The Ridge of Dreams

Premiere: 
World Premiere
Image from the film The Ridge of Dreams
Year: 
2019
Country: 
United States
Duration: 
24 Mins
Director: 
Zack Giffin, Ben Sturgulewsk*i
Producer: 
Scott Ballew
Production Company: 
SturgeFilm

Two best friends with very different views on life embark on a search for a mythical unskied mountain.

​​​​​​​*in person attendance

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The River and the Wall

Premiere: 
Alberta Premiere
Year: 
2019
Country: 
United States
Duration: 
99 Mins
Director: 
Ben Masters*
Producer: 
Hillary Pierce
Production Company: 
Fin and Fur Films

Five friends venture into the wilds of Texas to travel 1900 kilometres on horses, mountain bikes, and canoes along the Rio Grande as conservation filmmaker Ben Masters realizes the urgency of documenting the last remaining wilderness while the threat of new border wall construction looms ahead.

*in person attendance

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The River's Call

Premiere: 
Canadian Premiere
Year: 
2019
Country: 
France
Duration: 
7 Mins
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.

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The Running Pastor

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Year: 
2019
Country: 
United States
Duration: 
8 Mins
Director: 
Tim Kemple
Producer: 
Stevie Meier
Production Company: 
Camp4 Collective

Sverri is a local Pastor and avid runner who uses his time on the trails to work through not only his own personal conflicts, but the conflicts of others he often is burdened with.

Safe Haven

Premiere: 
Canadian Premiere
Image from the film Safe Haven
Year: 
2018
Country: 
United States
Duration: 
8 Mins
Director: 
Tim Kressin*
Producer: 
Davis Goslin*
Production Company: 
Wondercamp

Founded on the belief that everyone is welcome, Memphis Rox opened a climbing gym to challenge stereotypes and be at the center of the city's revitalization.

 

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Shared Vision

Premiere: 
World Premiere
Year: 
2019
Duration: 
22 Mins
Director: 
Keith Partridge*
Producer: 
Keith Partridge*

Red Széll has always had an adventurous streak. Having stood on the summits of the iconic Old Man of Hoy and Old Man of Stoer, only Am Buachaille remains in the trilogy of these wild Scottish sea-stacks that jut from a crashing Atlantic.

​​​​​​​*in person attendance

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The Shepherdess

Premiere: 
Canadian Premiere
Year: 
2018
Country: 
United States
Duration: 
6 Mins
Producer: 
Katie Falkenberg

A brutal drought is gripping the Southwest and the Navajo reservation especially hard, threatening traditional shepherds and a way of life going back generations.

Siblings

Image from the film Siblings
Year: 
2019
Country: 
Canada
Duration: 
3 Mins
Director: 
Mike Hopkins*
Producer: 
Mike Hopkins*
Production Company: 
Juicy Studios

A short coming of age film that celebrates childhood and the relationship between siblings.

 

Solstice

Premiere: 
North American Premiere
Image from the film Solstice
Year: 
2019
Country: 
Canada
Duration: 
4 Mins
Director: 
Mike Douglas*
Producer: 
Mike Douglas*

A skier's tribute to the shortest day of the year when the sun arcs low over the horizon and ice crystals linger in the air.

​​​​​​​*in person attendance

Speak To Me Softly

Premiere: 
Canadian Premiere
Year: 
2019
Country: 
Canada
Duration: 
6 Mins
Producer: 
Matthew Hood

Take an honest and intimate peek into the headspace of a climber having a not-so-sendy day.

Spirit

Premiere: 
Canadian Premiere
Year: 
2019
Country: 
Australia
Duration: 
19 Mins
Director: 
Ross Harrison, Jane Dyson*
Producer: 
Jane Dyson*

An intimate story of longing and belonging in India’s sacred mountains, Spirit explores what it takes to make a home in a remote community in the thralls of change.

​​​​​​​*in person attendance

Standing Man

Premiere: 
World Premiere
Year: 
2019
Country: 
United States
Duration: 
13 Mins
Director: 
Shannon Vandivier*
Producer: 
Bowen Parrish, Shannon Vandivier*

Cyclist Payson McElveen attempts to break the current fastest known time on the grueling 160-kilometre Canyonlands National Park's White Rim Rd.

​​​​​​​*in person attendance

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Thabang

Year: 
2019
Country: 
South Africa
Duration: 
13 Mins
Director: 
Dean Leslie
Producer: 
Dean Leslie, Hannah Slezacek
Production Company: 
Wandering Fever

Thabang Madiba somehow found his way into the world of trail running and in the last few years has become everyone’s favourite in the South African trail scene.

This Land

Premiere: 
World Premiere
Image from the film This Land
Year: 
2019
Country: 
United States
Duration: 
18 Mins
Director: 
Whitney Hassett*, Chelsea Jolly*
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.

​​​​​​​*in person attendance

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Tigerland

Image from the film Tigerland
Year: 
2019
Country: 
United States
Duration: 
90 Mins
Director: 
Ross Kauffman
Producer: 
Zara Duffy
Xan Parker
Fisher Stevens
Production Company: 
RadicalMedia

Half a century ago, in the jungles of India, a young forest officer rallied the world to save tigers from extinction. Today, the creed is carried on in Far East Russia by the guardians of the last Siberian tigers, who risk everything to save the species

The Trilogy

Premiere: 
World Premiere
Image from the film The Trilogy
Year: 
2019
Country: 
United States
Duration: 
30 Mins
Director: 
Tommy Joyce*
Producer: 
Sasha DiGiulian*

Sasha DiGiulian does the first female ascent of three 5.14 routes up big walls established by Sonnie Trotter in the Canadian Rockies.

*in person attendance

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Valley of the Moon

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Year: 
2018
Country: 
United States
Duration: 
21 Mins
Producer: 
Henna Taylor

Valley of the Moon explores the importance of climbing as a way to cross cultural barriers, build friendship, and chase adventure in one of the most breathtaking regions on earth.

Wallmapu

Premiere: 
Canadian Premiere
Year: 
2018
Country: 
Argentina
Duration: 
6 Mins
Director: 
Ben Sturgulewski*
Producer: 
Dan Benshoff, 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.

​​​​​​​*in person attendance

We Are Abel

Premiere: 
Canadian Premiere
Year: 
2018
Country: 
Canada
Duration: 
8 Mins
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 to know that culture fully.

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Wild Love

Premiere: 
Alberta Premiere
Image from the film Wild Love
Year: 
2018
Country: 
France
Duration: 
7 Mins
Director: 
Quentin Camus, Lea Georges, Maryka Laudet, Zoe Sottiaux, Corentin Yvergniaux, Paul Autric
Producer: 
Julien Deparis
Production Company: 
Ecole des Nouvelles Images
ADVISORY: 
Contains scenes of violence

While on a romantic getaway, Alan and Beverly cause a fatal accident. This crime won't go unpunished...

Winterland

Image from the film Winterland
Year: 
2019
Country: 
United States
Duration: 
75 Mins
Director: 
Steve Jones, Jon Klaczkiewicz, Todd Jones
Producer: 
Brittany Gibeau, Brett Hills, Drew Holt, Jon Klaczkiewicz
Production Company: 
Teton Gravity Research

Teton Gravity Research’s Winterland is a celebration of ski and snowboard culture as a new crop of modern-day pioneers eagerly etch their names in the annals of history. The technology and style might evolve, but the rush, excitement, and fun remain eternal – bonding past, present, and future riders.

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