2015 Banff Mountain Film Competition Finalists

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55 Hours in Mexico

55 Hours in Mexico

9 Mins
Fly to Veracruz on a Friday, rent a car, climb the third-highest peak in North America, ski down and return to your desk Monday. How hard could it be?
Year: 
2015
Country: 
United States
Director: 
Joey Schusler
Thomas Woodson
Producer: 
Joey Schusler
Karl Thompson
Across the Ice

Across the Ice

24 Mins
In 2010, Sebastian Copeland and Eric McNair-Landry crossed 2300 km of the Greenland ice sheet, braved a blizzard and set a world record for the longest distance traveled in a 24 hour period on skis.
Year: 
2013
Country: 
Austria
Director: 
Sebastian Copeland*
Producer: 
Sebastian Copeland*
Production Company: 
Sebastian Copeland Adventures
Red Bull Media House GmbH
AK Girls Way

AK Girls Way

5 Mins
The two weeks that snowboarder Liz Daley and skier Caroline Gleich spent riding, hiking, and camping in a glacier in Alaska's Tordillo Mountains were sweet in ways no one anticipated.  Join them for the simple joy of the full human-powered experience.
Year: 
2015
Country: 
United States
Director: 
Jason Thompson
Producer: 
Josh Nielsen and Alex Lowther
Production Company: 
Jason Thompson Photography
Antarctica: On the Edge

Antarctica: On the Edge

36 Mins
Traveling the coast of Antarctica by sailboat, sea kayak, small plane, on foot, and with dive gear gives writer and director Jon Bowermaster and his team a complete and beautiful portrait of a place unlike anywhere else you will ever visit.
Year: 
2014
Country: 
United States
Producer: 
Jon Bowermaster
Production Company: 
Oceans 8 Films
DQBD Films and Giant Screen Films
Balloonskiing - Heimschnee

Balloonskiing - Heimschnee

10 Mins
Balloonskiing is an adventurous, eco-friendly way of heli-skiing. You never know where you are going to end up skiing. The wind leads the way.
Year: 
2015
Country: 
Austria
Director: 
Johannes Aitzetmüller
Producer: 
Stefan Ager
Production Company: 
Bergkult Productions
Beat Down

Beat Down

3 Mins
Two bikers, one steep trail.  It's a race straight to the bottom in Moab.  A Slayer-heavy short from Camp4 Collective films.
Year: 
2014
Country: 
United States
Director: 
Anson Fogel
Producer: 
Anson Fogel
Production Company: 
Camp4 Collective
Bluehue

Bluehue

5 Mins
Natasha Brooks swims naked year-round in the cold mountain lakes of Snowdonia, Wales. Through this she finds solitude, grounding and a deep connection to the natural environment.  Winner of the British Mountaineering Council’s 2014 Women in Adventure Film Competition. 
Year: 
2015
Director: 
Natasha Brooks
Producer: 
Natasha Brooks
Cailleach

Cailleach

14 Mins
Morag, 86, lives alone on the Isle of Harris with her three cats and twelve sheep. She was born in this house and has lived here her whole life. Cailleach is a portrait of Morag as she contemplates her next chapter and shares her unique love of life.
Year: 
2014
Country: 
United Kingdom
Director: 
Rosie Reed Hillman
Producer: 
Carol Cooke
Production Company: 
Scottish Documentary Institute
Chasing Niagara

Chasing Niagara

78 Mins
When pro kayaker Rafa Ortiz decides to paddle over Niagara Falls, he sets in motion a series of events leading Rafa’s team on a remarkable two-year journey from Mexican rainforest rivers to the waterfalls of the U.S. Northwest before coming to a heart-stopping climax at the iconic Niagara Falls.
Year: 
2015
Country: 
United States
Director: 
Rush Sturges
Production Company: 
Red Bull Media House GmbH
Cholagang

Cholagang

26 Mins
Cholagang, never stop joking! A team of four Swiss alpinists with the aim of opening a new route on the north face of the Cholatse, Nepal.
Year: 
2014
Country: 
Switzerland
Director: 
Julien christe
Producer: 
Julien christe
Léonard Berner
Production Company: 
5 Elements Production
Chris Bonington - Life and Climbs

Chris Bonington - Life and Climbs

22 Mins
One of the great mountaineers of the second half of the twentieth century - retraces the stories and adventures of a lifetime exploring and climbing the world’s mountains.
Year: 
2015
Country: 
Italy
Director: 
Vinicio Stefanello
Producer: 
PlanetMountain.com
Production Company: 
Comune di Courmayeur
Centro Servizi Courmayeur
The Next 40 Years - Citadel, and Films

Citadel

60 Mins
The Citadel is the new film from adventure filmmaker Alastair Lee.  It follows UK alpinists Matt Helliker and Jon Bracey as they tackle one of the hardest mixed lines ever conceived, deep in the Alaskan wilderness.  Impeccably shot, this North American premiere will have you hanging on the edge of your seat.          
Year: 
2015
Country: 
United Kingdom
Director: 
Alastair Lee
Producer: 
Alastair Lee
Production Company: 
Posing Productions
Climbing Ice: The Iceland Trifecta

Climbing Ice: The Iceland Trifecta

16 Mins
An expedition into the Vatnajökull glacier in Iceland in hopes of finding unique environments in which to climb. We follow award winning photographer Tim Kemple and ice climbers Klemen Premrl & Rahel Schelb while they discover new ways to push the boundaries of climbing ice.
Year: 
2015
Country: 
United States
Director: 
Anton Lorimer
Producer: 
SmugMug Inc.
Production Company: 
SmugMug inc.
The Coast

The Coast

7 Mins
Borderlands. The bridge between two worlds. Where the known meets mystery. Powerful, unforgiving–and exactly what Hayden Peters was looking for. Trading the city for the daily sting of salt water on his skin, Hayden reveals how life on the coast brings him balance like no other place on earth could.
Year: 
2014
Country: 
United States
Director: 
Skip Armstrong
Producer: 
Skip Armstrong
Production Company: 
Wazee Motion Pictures
Common Threads

Common Threads

8 Mins
Climbers David Lama and Conrad Anker have climbed the first ascent of Latent Core in Zion National Park, Utah, USA. The guys completed the route on the imposing Temple of Sinawava wall during four days of climbing together. This climb marks David and Conrad's first effort together.
Year: 
2015
Director: 
James Q Martin*
Producer: 
James Q Martin*
Production Company: 
Q Media
LLC
Red Bull Media House GmbH
Curiosity

Curiosity

13 Mins
Chasing curiosity can lead us down a dangerous, challenging, and frightening path. It can also lead us to have the greatest experiences of our lives. "Curiosity" follows the stories of team athletes Rory Bosio, Timothy Olson & Hal Koerner in their constant pursuit of exploration.
Year: 
2014
Director: 
Renan Ozturk
Tim Kemple
Producer: 
Aimee Tetreault
Production Company: 
Camp4 Collective
Darklight

Darklight

6 Mins
The lights haven't gone out yet!  Sweetgrass Productions is back with Darklight, a film that takes viewers back into a world of light and color.  Supported by innovative television manufacturer Philps TV, this is the third collaboration between the soulful filmmakers at Sweetgrass Productions and Swedish creative house Ahlstrand and Wållgren.  Follow professional mountain bikers Graham Agassiz, Matt Hunter, and Matty Miles on a mindbending night ride through the moonscapes of Southern Utah to the Ewok forests of the Pacific Northwest.
Year: 
2015
Country: 
United States
Director: 
Mike Brown
Producer: 
Rachel Franks
Matt O’Connor
Zac Ramras
Production Company: 
Sweetgrass Productions LLC
Degrees North

Degrees North

54 Mins
Snowboarding is more than a sport to world-renowned freerider Xavier De Le Rue.  it's a quest for adventure.  De Le Rue and Samuel Anthamatten use paragliders to scout and access the biggest lines in the Northern Hemisphere, and film it all from the air.
Year: 
2015
Country: 
Switzerland
Director: 
Guido Perrini
Producer: 
Matthieu Geraud
Matt Hollis
Production Company: 
Timeline Missions
Denali

Denali

8 Mins
There's no easy way to say goodbye to a friend, especially when they've supported you through your darkest times. 
Year: 
2015
Director: 
Ben Knight
Producer: 
Ben Moon*
Dorais

Dorais

12 Mins
In hyperactive Salt Lake City ski community, the Dorais brothers unique brand of masochism has made them local legends. While ski-racing and trail running are constant for the brothers, it’s the bonds to family and each other are what define them.
Year: 
2015
Country: 
United States
Director: 
Fitz Cahall
Producer: 
Becca Cahall
Production Company: 
Duct Tape Then Beer
Eclipse

Eclipse

31 Mins
The odds are low, the risks are high - photographer Reuben Krabbe is determined to capture a photo of a skier in front of the 2015 solar eclipse in Svalbard.  But the weather's bad, the guide is sketchy, the pressure is massive, and the skiers just want to ski.
Year: 
2015
Country: 
Canada
Director: 
Anthony Bonello
Producer: 
Anthony Bonello
Mike Douglas
Production Company: 
Switchback Entertainment
FIRST ASCENT - KUNYANG CHHISH EAST

FIRST ASCENT - KUNYANG CHHISH EAST

37 Mins
July 18, 2013. A story of chopped fingers, fun, friendship and the First Ascent of Kunyang Chhish East (7,400m). Following the rules of true alpine style Hansjörg Auer, Matthias Auer and Simon Anthamatten embark on an adventure for the summit and for survival on Kunyang Chhish East.
Year: 
2014
Country: 
Italy
Director: 
Matteo Vettorel
Alessandro Bandinelli
Milena Holzknecht
Producer: 
Matteo Vettorel*
Production Company: 
Storyteller-Labs
FUSE

FUSE

2 Mins
A visual experiment fusing light and white with kayaking and night. 
Year: 
2014
Country: 
United Kingdom
Producer: 
David Wortley
Golden Gate

Golden Gate

17 Mins
She’s been trad climbing for only three years, but The North Face & Petzl Athlete, Emily Harrington didn’t let that sway her from the magnetic pull of El Capitan’s ‘Golden Gate’ (5.13 VI). 6 days and 40 pitches later, she stood on the summit with broken skin, aching muscles and a smile that stretched across Yosemite Valley.
Year: 
2015
Country: 
United States
Director: 
Jon Glassberg
Producer: 
The North Face
Petzl
Production Company: 
Louder Than Eleven
The Great Alone

The Great Alone

84 Mins
The Iditarod may be the hardest race in the world.  The Great Alone captures the inspiring comeback story of champion sled dog racer Lance Mackey.  From his sunniest days as a boy to his darkest hours trapped in the arms of substance abuse, dog sledding just may be his road to salvation.
Year: 
2014
Country: 
United States
Director: 
Greg Kohs
Production Company: 
Reel As Dirt
Hadwin's Judgement

Hadwin's Judgement

88 Mins
A spellbinding account of environmentalism, obsession and myth, Hadwin’s Judgement chronicles logging engineer and survivalist Grant Hadwin’s resolute struggle to reconcile what he regarded as an intolerable and conspiratorial affront—not just to the land, but to humanity as well.
Year: 
2015
Country: 
Canada
Director: 
Sasha Snow
Producer: 
Elizabeth Yake, David Allen, David Christensen, Yves Ma
Production Company: 
True West Films
Passion Pictures and The National Film Board of Canada.
Haida Gwaii: On The Edge Of The World

Haida Gwaii: On The Edge Of The World

75 Mins
This hopeful story of the pristine Haida Gwaii archipelago shows how the world view of this ancient society is co-mingling with that of progressive newcomers to create a sustainable world that may survive the historically-devastating effects of rampant logging and fishing.
Year: 
2015
Country: 
Canada
Director: 
Charles Wilkinson*
Producer: 
Tina Schliessler*
Production Company: 
Shore Films Inc
Whale Hunters of Lamalera

Hunters of the South Seas: The Whale Hunters of Lamalera

60 Mins
Lamalera is a village perched on the rocky slopes of an active island volcano, it is home to people who have adapted to ocean life like nowhere else.  Will Mllard heads to the small Indonesian village to discover how the merge to modernity may not be in everyone's best interest.
Year: 
2015
Country: 
United Kingdom
Producer: 
Jamie Balment
Production Company: 
Indus Films
The Important Places

The Important Places

9 Mins
Using a mix of old 16mm footage and new footage…we document the special bond of father and son while exploring the necessity of returning to “The Important Places” in our lives.
Year: 
2015
Country: 
United States
Producer: 
Gnarly Bay
Forest Woodward
Into the Light

Into the Light

52 Mins
After a 170 m free hanging descent in the Majlis al Jinn, a huge cave located in Oman, the climbers Stefan Glowacz and Chris Sharma climb back into the light from the deepest point of the cave.
Year: 
2014
Country: 
Austria
Director: 
Jochen Schmoll
Producer: 
Thomas Ernst
Production Company: 
Stefan Glowacz GmbH
Red Bull Media House GmbH

Island of the Marble Glaciers

52 Mins
Imagine an unexplored island... Tucked away in the Patagonian archipelago.... An island battered by the Roaring Forties... Howling gales… endless rain… and the nearest port is 250 km away… If you come to this big rock, you're either stranded, insane, or... a caver. Because there's limestone here... and that means caves.
Year: 
2015
Country: 
France
Director: 
Luc-Henri Fage*
Producer: 
Luc-Henri Fage
Jean-Pierre Bailly
I-View

I-VIEW

28 Mins
Thanks to his perserverence, the Italian Simone Moro has written pages of alpinism history, above all of winter alpinism on peaks over 8000 meters high. I-VIEW also tells us about his adventure as a helicopter pilot and his dream of bringing helicopter rescue to the Himalayas.
Year: 
2015
Country: 
Italy
Director: 
Claudio Rossoni
Producer: 
Simone Moro*
Production Company: 
341 Production
Japan by Van

Japan by Van

5 Mins
There are no ski areas on the peaks above the historic village of Shirakawa-go, but it’s surrounded by great skiing—as long as you’re willing to hike for it. Join Carston Oliver, Eliel Hindert, Pep Fujas and Makoto Takeishi as they take to the hills to discover the meaning of “Deep” in the Shirakawa backcountry.
Year: 
2014
Country: 
United States
Director: 
Nick Waggoner
Producer: 
Josh Nielsen
Alex Lowther
Production Company: 
Sweetgrass Productions LLC
Joe

Joe

7 Mins
At the age of 30, Joe Riis has achieved everyone’s childhood dream.  A celebrated National Geographic wildlife photographer, he spends his life embarking on adventures to the wildest places on earth, often for months on end, to observe and photograph animals.  But like all of us, he has doubts.  Joe is the celebration of one man's journey.
Year: 
2015
Country: 
United States
Director: 
Andy Maser
Producer: 
Hayden Peters
Production Company: 
Andy Maser Films
Juma of Itanda

Juma of Itanda

4 Mins
As a boy, Juma watched the first rafting group paddle to Itanda, the Class V rapid named after his village on the Victoria Nile in Uganda.  From that spark, Juma's passion for the river grew, eventually leading to his current role as Director of Operations at the country's largest raft outfit.  However, a dam project threatens his dream.
Year: 
2015
Country: 
United States
Director: 
Tommy Penick
Producer: 
Tommy Penick
Jumbo Wild

Jumbo Wild

50 Mins
Jumbo Wild is the story of the battle between local grassroots activists and a charming but megalomaniacal Italian developer over turning the pristine Jumbomassif and crucial grizzly bear breeding habitat into a 4 season glacier-skiing megaresort.
Year: 
2015
Director: 
Nick Waggoner
Production Company: 
Sweetgrass Productions LLC
Jurek

Jurek

73 Mins
Pawel Wysoczański follows in the footsteps of Jerzy Kukuczka and reconstructs his path to the summit.  Jurek is a brilliant blend of highs and lows, of the grandeur of the Himalayas and the gray everyday reality of life during the decline of communist Poland.  The eponymous protagonist seems to be someone who was formed equally by both extremes.  He was a simple boy ennobled by metaphysical longing and heroic aspirations.  During the telling of his story about Kukuczka, Wysoczański has his head in the clouds, but, when necessary, he can also come back down to earth.  Through various anecdotes, Jurek paints a picture for us of everyday reality in the Himalayas, while also providing an answer to the persistent question of why vodka is better than hashish.  The participation of Reinhold Messner - Kukuczka's long-time rival, who always spoke about him with nothing but respect - brings added value to Wysoczański's documentary.
Year: 
2015
Country: 
Poland
Producer: 
Pawel Wysoczanski
Production Company: 
Black and White Productions
K2: Touching the Sky

K2: Touching the sky

72 Mins
In the summer of 1986, several dozen alpinists from all over the world met to climb K2. Very soon the season transforms into a series of tragic events called “black summer”, leaving 13 climbers dead. Almost 30 years later the children of acclaimed alpinists, who died on K2,undertake an expedition to answer the question: what is the price of passion.
Year: 
2015
Country: 
Poland
Director: 
Eliza Kubarska
Producer: 
Monika Braid
Production Company: 
Wajda Studio
Kayaking the Aleutians

Kayaking the Aleutians

47 Mins
2 women attempt a world first paddle along the remote and stormy Aleutian island chain. In a nail biting adventure, the friends are swept away from land by unknown currents, approached by bears & grounded by headwinds. Over 101 days, they gain a rare insight into themselves & the lives of the few people who live in this harsh, beautiful landscape.
Year: 
2015
Country: 
United Kingdom
Director: 
Justine Curgenven
Producer: 
Justine Curgenven
Production Company: 
Cackle TV Productions
Kroger's Canteen

Kroger's Canteen

8 Mins
In 2014, Kilian Jornet won the Hard Rock 100 mile run through the San Juan’s of Colorado. Along the way he stopped at Kroger’s Canteen – an aid station perched on a tiny ledge, 13,100ft above sea level. This is a story about that aid station, about the people that make it happen, and about the spirit one can only find at The Hard Rock 100.
Year: 
2015
Country: 
South Africa
Producer: 
Greg Fell
Hannah Slezacek & Dean Leslie
Production Company: 
The African Attachment
The Last Dragons

The Last Dragons

10 Mins
An intimate glimpse at North America's Eastern Hellbender, an ancient salamander that lives as much in myth as in reality.... and in many waters, myths are all that remain of these sentinel stream-dwellers.
Year: 
2014
Country: 
United States
Director: 
David Herasimtschuk
Producer: 
Jeremy Monroe
Production Company: 
Freshwaters Illustrated
A Line Across the Sky

A Line Across the Sky

40 Mins
Long considered impossible, coveted by many and attempted by a few, the Fitz Traverse has fueled the imaginations of climbers in Patagonia for decades. Tracing the iconic skyline of Cerro Fitz Roy and its six satellite peaks, it spans four miles and 13,000 feet across snow and ice-covered rock, with epic route finding and endless rapelling. Seizing their chance during a rare extended weather window, Tommy Caldwell and Alex Honnold went big. The pair completed the first ascent in a five-day push during February 2014
Year: 
2015
Country: 
United States
Director: 
Peter Mortimer
Josh Lowell*
Producer: 
Peter Mortimer
Josh Lowell*
Production Company: 
Sender Films
Big UP Productions
Living Rivers - Surf

Living Rivers - Surf

3 Mins
Kevin Benhardt has forged the new and emerging river surfing scene in Montana. He speaks briefly to the awe of the sport, and to his connection to the river and then the visual show of what makes river surfing such a unique story ensues.
Year: 
2015
Country: 
United States
Producer: 
Max Lowe
Production Company: 
Max Lowe Media
Matterhorn: The Birdwoman's Dream

Matterhorn, The Birdwoman's Dream

50 Mins
Géraldine Fasnacht is a wingsuit pilote that nurtures a dream since she learned to fly , the dream to be the first wingsuit pilote to jump from the top of the Matterhorn. Technological and technical advances have enabled her , along with her friend Julien Meyer, to achieve this world first on June 7, 2014 .
Year: 
2015
Country: 
Switzerland
Director: 
Rinaldo Marasco & Jérome Piguet
Producer: 
Gianluca Cipolat Mis & Rinaldo Marasco*
Production Company: 
Buonasera Productions
Memory Trap: The Herd that Wouldn’t Disappear

Memory Trap: The Herd that Wouldn’t Disappear

50 Mins
Allan Code, Yukon filmmaker, goes on a northern journey to Yukon and Alaska’s most remote wilderness areas. For a year, Code follows the FortyMile Caribou Herd in its migration in order to tell their story of survival and how tra¬ditional knowledge and science saved them from extinction in 1970.
Year: 
2015
Country: 
Canada
Director: 
Allan Code*
Producer: 
Allan Code
Production Company: 
Nah Ho Productions Inc.
From the film Meru, image by Jimmy Chin

Meru

89 Mins
After suffering dramatic set backs in their lives, three close friends who are among the world's best climbers battle their inner demons and nature's harshest elements in an attempt to confront the Shark's Fin on Mount Meru, the most technically complicated and dangerous peak in the Himalayas, one that has never been scaled to completion.
Year: 
2015
Director: 
Jimmy Chin
Producer: 
Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi
Mile for Mile

Mile for Mile

15 Mins
Ultrarunners Krissy Moehl, Jeff Browning and Luke Nelson run 106 miles through the newly opened Patagonia Park in Chile, to celebrate and highlight Conservacion Patagonica’s efforts to re-wild and protect this vast landscape.
Year: 
2015
Country: 
United States
Director: 
James Q Martin
Producer: 
James Q Martin
Production Company: 
Q Media
LLC
Mountain Bikes and Bothy Nights

Mountain Bikes and Bothy Nights

8 Mins
A biking journey around Scotland, linking together rustic huts and wild landscapes.
Year: 
2015
Country: 
United Kingdom
Director: 
Alastair Humphreys
Producer: 
Alastair Humphreys
Production Company: 
Independent
Moving the Giants: An Urgent Plan to Save the Planet

Moving the Giants: An Urgent Plan to Save the Planet

11 Mins
Twenty years ago, angels came to tell David Milarch that the earth was in trouble.  The solution, they told him, was to clone the champion trees of the world - the largest, the hardiest, the ones that had survived millennia and were most resilient to climate change.  So he did.
Year: 
2015
Country: 
United States
Director: 
Michael Ramsey*
Production Company: 
The Story Group and Spoken Image
Muni

Muni

3 Mins
Inspired by his father's passion for mountain sports, twelve year old Noah Isaac goes unicycling on some challenging trails around Canmore.
Year: 
2015
Country: 
Canada
Director: 
Craig Hall
Producer: 
Laura O'Grady
Production Company: 
Spotlight Productions
The Mysteries

The Mysteries

8 Mins
What began as a dream one night led adventure photographer Krystle Wright down an unexpected four and a half year journey to capture the most elusive photograph she'd ever taken. 
Year: 
2015
Country: 
United States
Director: 
Skip Armstrong
Producer: 
Skip Armstrong
Production Company: 
Wazee Motion Picture
with support from Canon Australia
Advisory: 
Course Language
Nature RX

Nature Rx

2 Mins
Is life a little too mundane or overwhelming?  Feeling tired, irritable or stressed out?  Maybe Nature Rx is just the ticket.
Year: 
2015
Country: 
United States
Producer: 
Justin Bogardus
Production Company: 
Elwhafilm LLC
The Bat Man of Mexico

Natural World: The Bat Man of Mexico

60 Mins
David Attenborough narrates the story of Rodrigo Medellin, Mexico's very own 'Bat Man'.  Since he first kept vampire bats in his bathroom as a child, Rodrigo has dedicated his life to saving them.  Now Mexico's most famous export - tequila - is at stake.  Rodrigo's beloved lesser long-nosed bat is crucial to the liquor - pollinating the plants the drink is made from.  To save both, Rodrigo must track the bats' epic migration across Mexico - braving hurricanes, snakes, Mayan tombs, and seas of cockroaches.  The threats are very real for not only Rodrigo and the bats, but also for anyone with a taste for tequila.
Year: 
2014
Country: 
United Kingdom
Director: 
Tom Mustill
Producer: 
Peter Fison
NATURE The Last Orangutan Eden

Nature: The Last Orangutan Eden

56 Mins
Join ecologist and adventurer Chris Morgan as he travels deep into the jungles of Sumatra to uncover the mysteries of Asia's only great ape - the orangutan.
Year: 
2015
Producer: 
Joseph Pontecorvo
Production Company: 
Pontecorvo Productions
THIRTEEN Productions LLC for National Geographic Channel
Sky Vision and WNET
NOATAK: Return to the Arctic

NOATAK: Return to the Arctic

14 Mins
40 years after their first visit to the Noatak River in Alaska's wild and spectacular Brooks Range, two adventurers in their 70's explore a lifetime of outdoor experiences and what adventures await them..
Year: 
2015
Country: 
United States
Director: 
Jason Fitzpatrick*
Jen Serena*
Ric Serena*
Producer: 
Jason Fitzpatrick
Jen Serena
Durand Trench
Production Company: 
The Muir Project
LLC
Of Fells and Hills

Of Fells and Hills

8 Mins
American trail runner, Rickey Gates travels to the UK to explore the history, culture and legends of the ancient practise of fell running.
Year: 
2015
Country: 
South Africa
Producer: 
Greg Fell
Hannah Slezacek
Dean Leslie
Production Company: 
The African Attachment
One Seventy Eight

One Seventy Eight: Forging a Balance

5 Mins
One Seventy Eight documents the completion of Henrik Westling's quest to climb and ski 178 peaks in central Sweden.  Along the way, he hopes to gain a little perspective.
Year: 
2015
Country: 
United Kingdom
Director: 
Greg Hackett
Producer: 
Stephen Richardson
Production Company: 
Spindle
Operation Moffat

Operation Moffat

20 Mins
Operation Moffat takes inspiration and wit from the colorful climbing life of Britian’s First Female Mountain Guide Gwen Moffat. Writer Claire Carter and Filmmaker Jen Randall scramble, swim and barefoot climb through Gwen’s landscapes, grappling with her preference for mountains over people, adventure over security, wilderness over tick lists.
Year: 
2015
Country: 
United Kingdom
Director: 
Jen Randall
Claire Carter
Producer: 
Alex Messenger
Production Company: 
Light Shed Pictures
Overburden

Overburden

65 Mins
After a coal mine disaster kills her brother, a pro-coal activist joins forces with a tree-hugging environmentalist to take on the most dangerous coal company in America. As the coal industry faces extinction, will our two heroines be able to heal their wounded community?
Year: 
2015
Country: 
United States
Director: 
Chad Stevens*
Producer: 
Elena Rue
Catherine Orr
Production Company: 
milesfrommaybe Productions
Paddle for the North

Paddle for the North

53 Mins
On an adventure of a lifetime, six young guys paddle to some of the most remote rivers in North America.  It's a 1,500 km, 63- day mission to truly discover the secrets of the north and to show the world why some places are worth preserving before they are changed forever.
Year: 
2015
Country: 
New Zealand
Director: 
Simon Lucas
Producer: 
Alexander Behse
Production Company: 
Wild Lens Productions
PEST FREE?

PEST FREE?

25 Mins
Fiordland - the most remote and inhospitable corner of New Zealand.  In this wild landscape, a team of rangers are fighting to save the nation's rarest creatures from an invisible - and unstoppable - menace.  Can they achieve the impossible?
Year: 
2014
Country: 
New Zealand
Director: 
Braydon Moloney
Producer: 
Braydon Moloney
Project Mina

Project Mina

32 Mins
A rare, intimate, behind-the-scenes look at the life of pro climber Mina Leslie-Wujastyk during a season on the world cup bouldering circuit.
Year: 
2014
Director: 
Jen Randall
Producer: 
Jen Randall
Production Company: 
Light Shed Pictures
Redemption: The James Pearson Story

Redemption: The James Pearson Story

53 Mins
James Pearson is one of the UK’s most famous climbers.  When the grading of his routes is questioned, controversy haunts him and Pearson has to face his demons to fight for his place back in the climbing community.
Year: 
2014
Country: 
United Kingdom
Producer: 
Paul Diffley* & Chris Prescott
Production Company: 
Hot Aches Productions
The Rocky Mountain Moto Tour

The Rocky Mountain Moto Tour

12 Mins
A skier and snowboarder find simpllicty in the method of travel and explore the Canadian Rockies in a new light. Watch as Callum Pettit and Mark Carter travel by motorcycle and ride some of the Rockies most iconic big mountain lines.
Year: 
2015
Country: 
Canada
Director: 
Jay Trusler
Producer: 
Malcolm Sangster
Production Company: 
Sherpas Cinema
The Rocky Mountains Traverse

The Rocky Mountains Traverse

52 Mins
In the summer of 2014, two of the world’s finest adventurers met in McBride, BC and set flight for the US border, pushing the sport of paragliding or more precisely vol-bivy or “fly camping”, as they flew 640 kilometres along and above the Canadian Rockies.  Will Gadd and Gavin McClurg were named National Geographic Adventurers of the Year in 2014 for their 35-day journey.  In the new film The Rocky Mountains Traverse, their pure elation at the adventure can’t help but make you smile
Year: 
2015
Country: 
Canada
Director: 
David Pearson
Producer: 
Bryan Smith
Production Company: 
Reel Water Productions
Advisory: 
Coarse Language
Salween Spring

Salween Spring

9 Mins
Travis Winn has been running rivers in China for 15 years.  He's achieved first descents, but has also watched rivers disappear behind dams.  Now he's founded a rafting company to bring Chinese to see their rivers before they're gone.  Salween Spring is Travis' meditation on change, personal struggle, and kayaking along China's frontier.
Year: 
2015
Country: 
United States
Director: 
Will Stauffer-Norris
Producer: 
Will Stauffer-Norris
Samaya

Samaya

5 Mins
It was here when we came and it will be here when we’re gone.  Really, we are just a blink in time.
Year: 
2015
Country: 
Germany
Director: 
Franz Walter
Producer: 
Franz Walter
Production Company: 
madebynomads
The Search for Freedom

The Search for Freedom

92 Mins
THE SEARCH FOR FREEDOM is the story of a cultural revolution fueled by the human desire to live in the moment and do what makes you feel the most alive. This is a visceral, visual experience told through the eyes some of the brightest pioneers, legends, visionaries and champions of surfing, snowboarding, skiing, skateboarding, mountain biking.
Year: 
2015
Country: 
Canada
Director: 
Jon Long*
Producer: 
Jon Long
Laura Zeman*
Production Company: 
ITM FILM INC.
Seele aus Stein

Seele aus Stein (Soul of Stone)

6 Mins
Bernd Arnold, the iconic barefoot climber, has logged over 980 first ascents in his 67 years. Now facing the phase of decline, he reflects on the power of psyche in overcoming fear.
Year: 
2014
Country: 
United States
Director: 
Taylor Zann*
Producer: 
Taylor Zann
Production Company: 
Rainier Films
Sherpa

Sherpa

96 Mins
A brawl on Everest? Director Jennifer Peedom set out to uncover tension in the 2014 Everest climbing season from the Sherpas' point of view. Instead, she captured a tragedy when an avalanche killed 16, all Sherpas. Sherpa tells how the Sherpas united after the tragedy in the face of fierce opposition, to reclaim the mountain they call Chomolungma.
Year: 
2015
Director: 
Jennifer Peedom
Production Company: 
Felix Media and Arrow Media
Showdown at Horseshoe Hell

Showdown at Horseshoe Hell

20 Mins
How hard can it be?  24 hours of Horseshoe Hell is a climbing competition that has you climbing day and night, and racking up points for your climbs as you go.  You just have to beat Alex Honnold.  From the Reel Rock 10 Tour.
Year: 
2015
Country: 
United States
Producer: 
Pete Mortimer
Josh Lowell
Production Company: 
Sender Films
Big UP Productions
Advisory: 
Coarse Language
Sierra Quitiquit How Did I Get Here

Sierra Quitiquit How Did I get Here : Empowerment

8 Mins
From humble beginnings, complex family dynamics and tragic, life-changing events, to her unlikely rise to success in two very different worlds: high fashion modeling and skiing. “How Did I Get Here” is a coming-of-age story, full of adventure, exploration, heartbreak, growth and inspiration.
Year: 
2015
Country: 
United States
Director: 
Chris Kitchen*
Producer: 
Sierra Quitiquit
Sam Pope
Circe Wallace
Production Company: 
KGB Productions
Snowflake

Snowflake

7 Mins
Witness the world through the eyes of Snowflake, an eccentric Swiss skier just as beautiful and unique as his namesake.
Year: 
2015
Country: 
United States
Director: 
Ben Sturgulewski
Producer: 
Philip Drake
Erme Catino
Stephan Drake
Production Company: 
SturgeFilm/DPS Cinematic
Sounds of Paragliding

Sounds of Paragliding

4 Mins
Listen to nature's harmony while aerobatic paragliding pilot Théo de Blic dances to the sounds of the sky.
Year: 
2014
Country: 
France
Director: 
Shams
Producer: 
Shams
Streif - One Hell of a Ride

Streif - One Hell of a Ride

98 Mins
Five downhill ski-racers offer a glimpse into the soul of extreme athletes as they take on the Super Bowl of Skiing in Kitzbühel, Austria.
Year: 
2015
Country: 
Austria
Director: 
Gerald Salmina
Producer: 
Gerald Salmina
Production Company: 
Planet Watch Film and Video Production
Red Bull Media House GmbH
Taiga

Taiga

52 Mins
Mongolia is undergoing rapid development. Tempted by the lure of easy money, Purevjav decides to captures and sell a pair of wolf cubs. But he also realizes that he has crossed a sacred boundary.
Year: 
2014
Country: 
France
Director: 
Hamid Sardar
Producer: 
Gerard Queray
Production Company: 
DreamCatcherMotionPictures (DCMP)
TALLURUTIUP TARIUNGA: Lancaster Sound

TALLURUTIUP TARIUNGA: Lancaster Sound

4 Mins
Tallurutiup Tariunga, the Inuktitut name for Lancaster Sound, is one of the Arctic's richest marine habitats, an area of stunning beauty and deep cultural significance.  Located at the eastern entrance to the Northwest Passage, Lancaster Sound's abundance has sustained Inuit communities for centuries.  This film is based on a poem written by Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory, an artist who lives in Iqaluit, Nunavut.
Year: 
2014
Country: 
Canada
Director: 
Christopher Paetkau
Producer: 
Trevor Gill
Carlyle Paetkau and Chris Debicki
Production Company: 
Build Films
From the film Unbranded, Fin and Fur Films

Unbranded

105 Mins
Four men and 16 wild mustangs set off on a 5000 kilometre journey across the American West from Mexico to Canada.  In the spirit of true adventure, whiskey is drunk, tempers fly, tragedy strikes, and the bonds of friendship hold fast.  But can the journey help save the plight of the wild horses whom roam on public lands?  Only time will tell.
Year: 
2015
Country: 
United States
Director: 
Phillip Baribeau*
Producer: 
Dennis Aig*
Production Company: 
Fin & Fur Films
Underground Movement: Cave Diving

Underground Movement: Cave Diving in Jämtland

7 Mins
On the Jämtland mountains, a group of spelunkers and cave divers are exploring what proved to be Sweden’s longest underwater cave. Work has been going on for seven eventful years in a struggle against the elements. Meters of deep snow, ice and cold are some of the difficulties faced by the group. This is our story!
Year: 
2015
Country: 
Sweden
Producer: 
George Hagstrand
Production Company: 
Future Museum AB
Klättermusen
unReal

unReal

45 Mins
unReal is for those of us who escape. Here, glacial walls transform into mountain bike trails, rain and snow aren't the only elements to fall from the sky and thousand pound mammals become riding partners.
Year: 
2015
Country: 
United States
Production Company: 
Teton Gravity Research
Via Ferrata – on a Mountain Bike

Via Ferrata - on a Mountain Bike

5 Mins
Don't look down!  A mountain biker attempts some gnarly downhill lines in the Dolomites that only normal people using fixed lines and a harness would go up.
Year: 
2015
Director: 
Harald Philip
Producer: 
Harald Philip
Voyagers Without Trace

Voyagers Without Trace

80 Mins
In 1938, three Parisians push off from a Wyoming riverbank to attempt the first kayak exploration of the wild Green and Colorado rivers—and they record their journey, creating the first color adventure film. But the reels go unseen for 75 years, until Ian McCluskey spots the trio on a roadside marker, sending him on his own adventure.
Year: 
2015
Country: 
United States
Director: 
Ian McCluskey*
Producer: 
Ian McCluskey
Production Company: 
NW Documentary
Warmth of Winter

The Warmth of Winter

6 Mins
Outside, the snow flies and the wind roars. But here, quiet and safe in a candlelit womb, the warmth and the wood wrap around you like a blanket, and the mind melts into reflections of days gone by. Take shelter from the storm. Sit down by the fire, have a drink, and take a load off. There is no warmth like a warmth found in winter.
Year: 
2015
Country: 
United States
Director: 
Ben Sturgulewski*
Producer: 
Philipp Drake
Erme Catino
Stephan Drake
Production Company: 
SturgeFilm/DPS Cinematic
Wild Alaska

Wild Alaska

6 Mins
Follow Ryland Bell as he fits the pieces together to hike and drop some all-time lines in remote Alaskan terrain where "there's nobody coming to lift you off that thing..."
Year: 
2014
Country: 
United States
Production Company: 
Teton Gravity Research
Wingmen

Wingmen

52 Mins
Three of the world’s most renowned BASE jumpers, Jokke Sommer, Espen Fadnes and Ludovic Woerth embark on an adventure around the world seeking out unique and challenging places to wingsuit proximity fly and BASE jumping.
Year: 
2015
Country: 
Norway
Director: 
Thomas O. Christensen
Eric Ellioth
Preben Hansen
Christen Roede
Producer: 
Christen Roede
Production Company: 
Xtreme Video
Without an Image

Without an Image

20 Mins
When adventurer Mike Libecki set off to find an unclimbed peak in Afghanistan, his friends and family voiced their concerns.  What Mike discovered amidst the mayhem was peaceful people, rich history, and a fledgling tourism industry plagued by the effects left over from a Taliban takeover more than a decade ago.
Year: 
2015
Country: 
United States
Director: 
Jason Piszczor*
Producer: 
Mike Libecki*
Women's Speed Ascent

Women's Speed Ascent

4 Mins
Mayan Smith-Gobat and Libby Sauter knew that the women's speed record for the ascent of The Nose on El Cap was their's for the taking. Crushing the old record after just a few days of attempts, Mayan and Libby put their names in the record book of the infamous route in Yosemite National Park.
Year: 
2015
Country: 
United States
Director: 
Chris Alstrin
Producer: 
Keith Ladzinski
Production Company: 
3 Strings Productions
Xboundary

Xboundary

6 Mins
An open-pit mining boom is underway in northwest British Columbia. The size & location of the mines--at the headwaters of major salmon rivers flowing across the border into AK--has Alaskans concerned.
Year: 
2015
Country: 
United States
Director: 
Ryan Peterson
Producer: 
Ryan Peterson
Production Company: 
Alaskanist Stories