2016 Banff Mountain Film Competition Finalists

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3000 Cups of Tea

3000 Cups of Tea

59 Mins

Journalist Jennifer Jordan picks up the story of Greg Mortenson (Three Cups of Tea) following a scandal which nearly destroyed his life's work. Jordan updates us on the man, his schools, and his dream of spreading “peace through books not bombs.”

Year: 
2016
Country: 
United States
Director: 
Jennifer Jordan*
Producer: 
Jeff Rhoads*
Production Company: 
Long Road Back Productions LLC
70-Some Years

70-Some Years

6 Mins

Henry Bendinelli has skied for 70-some years. In his heart, though, he's still an 18-year-old.

Year: 
2014
Country: 
United States
Director: 
Riley Hooper
Producer: 
Riley Hooper
A Song for Tomorrow

A Song for Tomorrow

26 Mins

Explore the mythical towers of the Qingfeng Valley, at the boundary of China's first and largest national park. Climbers Mayan Smith-Gobat, Ting Xiao, Liu Yongbang, and Ben Rueck were the first to be granted permission to set foot on these vertical giants.

Year: 
2016
Country: 
Germany
Director: 
Franz Walter
Producer: 
Frank Kretschmann
Production Company: 
Kaletsch Medien GmbH
The Accord

The Accord

19 Mins

Being so far removed from the hustle and bustle of the tropical surf world hardens Iceland's surfers to confront the harsh reality they all must face – that old and unforgiving North Atlantic wind.

Year: 
2016
Country: 
United States
Director: 
RC Cone
Producer: 
RC Cone
Elli Thor Magnus
Production Company: 
Tributaries Digital Cinema
Advisory: 
General
Ace and the Desert Dog

Ace and the Desert Dog

9 Mins

For his 60th birthday, adventure photographer Ace Kvale and his dog, Genghis Khan, set out on a 60-day trek in Utah's canyon country. 

Year: 
2015
Country: 
United States
Director: 
Brendan Leonard
Forest Woodward
Stefan Hunt
Producer: 
Brendan Leonard
Forest Woodward
Joe Peters
Advisory: 
General
Afghan Winter

Afghan Winter

72 Mins

Mountaineer and filmmaker Fulvio Mariani embarks on a ski expedition into a country ravaged by decades of war and steeped in cold and snow. This is a rare look into a little-known corner of the world from a humble skier-explorer.

Year: 
2016
Country: 
Switzerland
Director: 
Fulvio Mariani
Mario Casella*
Producer: 
ICEBERG-Film
The Alchemist

The Alchemists

10 Mins

Explore the creative process and motivations of Blake Jorgenson, one of skiing's most enigmatic photographers.

Year: 
2015
Country: 
Canada
Director: 
Leigh Powis
Kevin Landry
Patrick Henry
Producer: 
Blake Jorgenson
Kevin Landry
All Roads Lead to Scotland

All Roads Lead to Scotland

10 Mins

Opposites attract. That's the story of the unlikely yet formidable climbing partnership of Nick Bullock and Tim Neill. They meet in Scotland in winter, where the fickle conditions that define Scottish winter climbing lead to frustration. But the prospect of discovering an obscure gem is irresistible.  

Year: 
2016
Director: 
Matt Pycroft*
Producer: 
Matt Pycroft and Adrian Samarra
Production Company: 
Coldhouse Collective
Annapurna III

Annapurna III - Unclimbed

12 Mins

On their 2016 expedition to the unclimbed south-east ridge of Annapurna III in Nepal, David Lama, Hansjorg Auer, and Alex Blamel show us what remote mountaineering is all about – exhaustion, fatigue, anxiety, exposure and, sometimes, failure.

Year: 
2016
Country: 
Austria
Director: 
Jochen Schmoll
Producer: 
Florian Lkingler
Robert Trenkwalder
Production Company: 
Red Bull Athletes Special Projects
The Art of Wild

The Art Of Wild

17 Mins

Artists-adventurers from across British Columbia reconnect themselves – and us – to the earth.

Year: 
2016
Country: 
Canada
Director: 
Lindsay Marie Stewart*
Producer: 
Lindsay Marie Stewart*
 Aspirations Of The Pamirs

Aspirations Of The Pamirs

53 Mins

In the remote Pamir mountains of Central Asia, three French friends aim to show the viability of travelling long distances over difficult terrain by bamboo bikes. It's a climbing and bike-packing adventure with noble goals.

Year: 
2016
Country: 
France
Director: 
Brian Mathé
Morgan Monchaud
Siphay Vera
Producer: 
Brian Mathé
Morgan Monchaud
Siphay Vera
Production Company: 
Solidream
At What Price

At What Price

12 Mins

Emerging climbing photographer John Price examines what it takes to succeed as an artist in the era of social media, where the temptation to appeal to many must be balanced against the core notion of being true to oneself.

Year: 
2016
Director: 
Tommy Day*
Producer: 
Tommy Day*
Production Company: 
Reel23Films LLC
Austrian Altitude - Build It and Send It

Austrian Altitude - Build It and Send It

5 Mins

It's not often you get to build a set of dream mountain bike jumps overlooking a picturesque valley. So when Andrew Taylor and Niki Leitner were offered the chance to do exactly that, they jumped at the opportunity.

Year: 
2015
Country: 
Austria
Director: 
Fabian Kluhs
Producer: 
Fabian Kluhs
Andrew Taylor
Niki Leitner
Production Company: 
Filmproduktion Fabian Kluhs
Before it Falls

Before it Falls

12 Mins

Tasmania's Totem Pole is a lonely, precarious needle of rock that has haunted imaginations for decades. It has changed the lives of those who have made the pilgrimage to the bottom of the world for it. Lee Cossey is one such man.

Year: 
2016
Country: 
Australia
Director: 
Simon Bischoff
Producer: 
Simon Bischoff
Mathew Farrell
Production Company: 
Flowstate & Video Compass
Being Here

Being Here

5 Mins

Sometimes it takes a trip to a wild place to remember just how brave, connected, vulnerable, and free we can be.

Year: 
2016
Country: 
United States
Director: 
Hilary Oliver
Producer: 
Hilary Oliver
Production Company: 
Juniper Media
Boys in the Bugs

Boys in the Bugs

18 Mins

Crack climbing is a bold, traditionalist discipline. In the age of elite athletes, fad diets, and training regimes, Matt Segal and Will Stanhope harken back to the old school of climbing, where guts and spirit make up for lack of planning and a healthy lifestyle. 

Year: 
2016
Country: 
United States
Director: 
Zachary Barr
Peter Mortimer
Nick Rosen*
Producer: 
Zachary Barr
Production Company: 
REEL ROCK
Buzludzha

Buzludzha

5 Mins

One of the most surreal locations for an urban ski segment ever caught on film, a stunning communist ruin turns into an unexpected rail ride for skiers Ole Pavel and Lukas Joas.

Year: 
2016
Country: 
United States
Director: 
Ben Sturgulewski*
Producer: 
Steve Winter and Murray Wais
Production Company: 
Matchstick Productions
China: A Skier's Journey

China: A Skier's Journey

16 Mins

Skiers Chad Sayers and Forrest Coots touch down into the rich past and dizzying future of Chinese ski cultures. As one rapidly expands, they find the other is at risk of disappearing.

Year: 
2016
Country: 
Canada
Director: 
Jordan Manley
Producer: 
Jordan Manley
Production Company: 
Narrows Media Inc.
Claim Freedom

Claim Freedom

55 Mins

Bouldering on the frozen Lake Baikal, kayaking wild rivers in the US, big wall climbing on the granite dome in Sao Tome and Principe, and exploring one of the deepest caves in China – follow four world-class athletes from four nations chasing their ultimate adventure.

Year: 
2016
Director: 
Scott Marshall
Producer: 
Stu Thomson
Production Company: 
Cut Media in cooperation with Adidas Outdoor
Climbing Higher

Climbing Higher

100 Mins

Czech climber Radek Jaroš' story is one of determination and of overcoming shared and personal limits. It is also the story of compromise and of the price paid to achieve every mountain climber's dream: ascending the Crown of the Himalayas, the world's 14 tallest mountains.

Year: 
2015
Country: 
Czech Republic
Director: 
David Calek
Producer: 
Richard Nemec
Production Company: 
Verbascum s.r.o.
Conquering Ghost Ice

Conquering Ghost Ice

7 Mins

2016 should have been a year of celebration for Sarah Hueniken. However, shortly after becoming North American Female Ice Lead Difficulty Champion, she is left in a state of mourning and reflection after the passing of her mother.

Year: 
2016
Country: 
Canada
Director: 
Craig Hall*
Producer: 
Craig Hall
Laura O'Grady
Production Company: 
CH Video and Photography Inc.
Spotlight
Crossing Home: A Skier's Journey

Crossing Home: A Skier's Journey

20 Mins

Skiers Chad Sayers and Forrest Coots embark on a three week expedition in which they boat, bushwack, ski, and packraft across the spine of the Coast mountains searching for the meaning of home. A cast of characters help them understand what that term 'home' truly means.

Year: 
2016
Country: 
Canada
Director: 
Jordan Manley*
Producer: 
Jordan Manley
Production Company: 
Narrows Media Inc.
The Crown Traverse

The Crown Traverse

12 Mins

In September of 2015, ultra runners Mike Wolfe, Mike Foote, and Photographer Steven Gnam, set out on a journey from Missoula to Banff traversing the Crown of the Continent.

Year: 
2016
Country: 
United States
Director: 
Matthew Irving*
Producer: 
Landon Bassett
Brandon Joseph Baker and Aimee Tetreault
Production Company: 
Unscripted Lives
Devotion: Libby Peter

Devotion: Libby Peter

5 Mins

Libby Peter, one of UK's most respected climbers, reflects on how climbing has shaped her life, from childhood through becoming a British Mountain Guide and a mother.

Year: 
2016
Director: 
Matt Pycroft
Producer: 
Emma Crome
Production Company: 
Coldhouse Collective
Advisory: 
General
Dodo's Delight

Dodo's Delight

28 Mins

Jump on board a madcap sailing adventure to the biggest rock walls in the Arctic Circle with a team of elite climbers as zany as they are talented. Amongst rough seas, falling rocks and freezing temperatures, this gang of adventurers forge bold new routes – and have the time of their lives.

Year: 
2016
Director: 
Sean Villanueva-O'Driscoll
Josh Lowell
Nick Rosen and Peter Mortimer
Producer: 
Zachary Barr
Production Company: 
REEL ROCK
Dog Power

Dog Power

34 Mins

This film is a whirlwind tour through the diverse world of dog-powered sports, from canicross and scooterjoring to skijoring. Meet the world's fastest sprint sled dogs and their human teammates.

Year: 
2016
Country: 
United States
Director: 
Jordan Schevene
Producer: 
Kale Casey*
Production Company: 
Dog Power LLC
Doing It Scared

Doing it Scared

12 Mins

Eighteen years after a catastrophic accident which left him partially paralyzed, climber Paul Pritchard returns to the Totem Pole to find out if he has recovered enough to finish the climb.

Year: 
2016
Country: 
Australia
Director: 
Matthew Newton
Producer: 
Catherine Pettman
Production Company: 
Rummin Productions
Douglas Tompkins Wild Legacy

Douglas Tompkins Wild Legacy

16 Mins

Douglas Tompkins was a world-renowned adventurer, entrepreneur, and conservationist. Wild Legacy tells the story of Doug’s incredible life, his lasting impact on the wild landscapes of Patagonia, and the Tompkins Conservation team’s efforts to continue his audacious mission.

Year: 
2016
Country: 
United States
Director: 
James Q Martin
Chris Cresci
Producer: 
Alison Kelman
Production Company: 
Q Media
Drawing Home

Drawing Home

112 Mins

Boston 1920s. A young East Coast debutante is dating the wealthiest bachelor in the world. Her future seems set: a dream life in the upper echelons of society. But then she meets her soul mate, a young Canadian painter from the mountain town of Banff.  This is the story of Banff icons Catherine and Peter Whyte.

Year: 
2015
Country: 
Canada
Director: 
Markus Rupprecht
Producer: 
Margarethe Baillou
Allan Neuwirth*
Production Company: 
M.Y.R.A. Entertainment
LLC
DreamRide

DreamRide

5 Mins

Enter a dream world where the trails never end. Where the promise of joy and freedom exist around each bend. Take a magical trip through beautiful landscapes and join us on this DreamRide, a mountain bike adventure unlike any other.

Year: 
2016
Country: 
Canada
Director: 
Ryan Gibb
Producer: 
Lacy Kemp
Advisory: 
General
Elk River

Elk River

28 Mins

A modern band of explorers join their ungulate counterparts on a trek from Wyoming’s ranch lands over mountain passes and treacherous river crossings to the rugged beauty of Yellowstone’s high-alpine meadows. Along the way, they meet backcountry guides and cattle ranchers whose lives are intricately tied with the fate of the elk.

Year: 
2016
Country: 
United States
Director: 
Jenny Nichols
Joe Riis
Producer: 
Arthur Middleton
Production Company: 
Pongo Media
Advisory: 
General
The Eyes of God

The Eyes of God

31 Mins

Tomass Marnics has put together a team of the world’s best extreme kayakers. Together they plan to descend the legendary Saryjaz River. The expedition will take the adventurers directly to the “Eyes of God”, a mystical cliff face in the no-man’s land between Kyrgyzstan and China.

Year: 
2016
Director: 
Olaf Obsommer
Producer: 
Olaf Obsommer
Production Company: 
BIG-O-PRODUCTIONS
Fast Forward

Fast Forward

8 Mins

For bikepacker and ultra-long-distance racer Lael Wilcox, taking on the Arizona Trail – more than 1280 kilometers of desert single track – is a challenge unlike any other.

Year: 
2016
Country: 
United States
Director: 
Ryan Heffernan
Grayson Schaffer
Producer: 
Anna Callaghan
Production Company: 
Talweg Creative
Fifty - The Movie

FIFTY - The Movie (Festival Cut)

52 Mins

Follow one man's bold attempt to run 50 mountain marathons over 50 peaks in just 50 days, around the spectacular landscapes of New Zealand, in order to raise money for the Mental Health Foundation.

Year: 
2016
Country: 
New Zealand
Director: 
John-Jo Ritson
Producer: 
Malcolm Law*
Production Company: 
Running Wild/Flashworks Media
The First Day of Summer

The First Day of Summer

5 Mins

Arriving in Iceland on the first official first day summer, a small group of splitboarding friends head into Iceland's far north – the untouched Troll Peninsula.

Year: 
2016
Country: 
United Kingdom
Director: 
Zak Emerson
Producer: 
Zak Emerson
Pete Combs
Production Company: 
Auntie Productions / Blink London
Fledglings

The Fledglings

26 Mins

As longtime professional climbers who eat, sleep, and live the sport, Cedar Wright and Matt Segal are used to being competent, comfortable and at the top of their game.

Year: 
2016
Country: 
United States
Director: 
Cedar Wright
Producer: 
Cedar Wright
Production Company: 
Cedar Wright Productions
Advisory: 
PG - Coarse Language
Four Mums In A Boat

Four Mums In A Boat

44 Mins

When four middle aged working British mums announced they wanted to row the Atlantic Ocean, their families thought they had lost their minds. 

Year: 
2015
Country: 
United Kingdom
Director: 
Simon Tucker*
Producer: 
Simon Tucker
Production Company: 
Atomized/Bow River FIlms
The Fourth Phase

The Fourth Phase

92 Mins

Join elite snowboarder Travis Rice as he follows snowstorms around the globe. Picking up friends and riders along the way, he drops unthinkably-sick lines on every hemisphere.

Year: 
2016
Country: 
United States
Director: 
Jon Klaczkiewicz
Producer: 
Jon Klaczkiewicz
Production Company: 
Red Bull Media House
From the film Freedom under Load, Best Film: Mountain Culture, 2016 © Pavol Barabas

Freedom under Load

58 Mins

With 100 kilos on their backs they face storms, blizzards, and deep snow. Their traditional craft is not only a profession. For the oldest generation of porters in the High Tatras mountains, it is also a method of meditation and self discovery.

Year: 
2016
Director: 
Pavol Barabáš
Producer: 
Alena Koscova
Production Company: 
K2 studio s.r.o.
Give Me Five

Give Me Five

10 Mins

Join a madcap group of French free falling flyers as they try to perform the aerial stunt of a lifetime in the Chamonix valley.

Year: 
2016
Country: 
France
Director: 
Arnaud Longobardi
Producer: 
Arnaud Longobardi
Production Company: 
Longo Spots
Advisory: 
General
Go Big or Go Home

Go Big or Go Home

26 Mins

In search of the perfect wave, Canadian freestyle Kayak World Champion Nick Troutman and his friends head on a quest for the maximum possible air time.

Year: 
2015
Country: 
Germany
Director: 
Olaf Obsommer
Producer: 
Olaf Obsommer
Production Company: 
BIG-O-PRODUCTIONS
The Great Siberian Traverse

The Great Siberian Traverse

28 Mins

All aboard for the adventure of a lifetime – a 1,200-kilometre ski journey through Russia, along the Trans-Siberian Railway. We'll stumble upon a fringe backcountry skiing community, deep Siberian powder, and skiing's ancient origins.

Year: 
2015
Country: 
Canada
Director: 
Leo Hoorn
Producer: 
Malcolm Sangster
Production Company: 
Sherpas Cinema
Advisory: 
PG - Coarse Language
Guilt Trip

Guilt Trip

37 Mins

These skiers make a living travelling the globe in search of snow. Meanwhile, the climate continues to change. With plans to ski a remote peak in Greenland, they decide to bring a glaciologist to collect ice cores to help understand sea level rise.

Year: 
2016
Country: 
Canada
Director: 
Anthony Bonello*
Mike Douglas*
Producer: 
Anthony Bonello
Mike Douglas
Production Company: 
Switchback Entertainment
Gyalmu's House

Gyalmu's House

19 Mins

In 2015, an earthquake of terrible power devastated the Langtang Valley in Nepal, taking hundreds of lives from the small community. A year later Nima Gyalmu, a woman of extraordinary strength, dignity, and humour rebuilds her house while coming to terms with her new world.

Year: 
2016
Country: 
United Kingdom
Director: 
Gavin Carver
Asmita Shrish
Producer: 
Gavin Carver
Asmita Shrish
Production Company: 
Reel Planet
Dhaulagiri Films
The Hard Way

The Hard Way

20 Mins

This is the inspirational story of Bob Hayes, an 89-year-old training for the Bighorn 50-kilometre ultra marathon.

Year: 
2016
Country: 
United States
Director: 
Jeremy Lurgio
Erik Petersen
Producer: 
Jeremy Lurgio
Erik Petersen
Haywire

Haywire

14 Mins

Two friends embark on an expedition to climb first ascents on the towering big walls of Baffin Island, a frozen fjordland where polar bears, poor rock quality, and freezing temperatures are a serious threat. Like any true adventure, things don't go as planned in this gripping story of risk, success, and failure.

Year: 
2016
Country: 
United States
Director: 
Cheyne Lempe
Producer: 
Cheyne Lempe
Holy (un)Holy River

Holy (un)Holy River

60 Mins

Is contamination and too much pressure killing the Ganges, or are its waters truly magical? Traveling from 5,500 metres atop the Gangotri Glacier, a team of three travel 2400 kilometres downstream a river that has more than 100 names, exploring every nook of its life to understand the magic of the Ganges, the most sacred of all India's rivers.

Year: 
2015
Country: 
United States
Director: 
Peter McBride
Jake Norton
Producer: 
Peter McBride
Production Company: 
Mountain World and Pete McBride Productions
Iran: A Skier's Journey

Iran: A Skier's Journey

12 Mins

Cautioned not to travel to Iran, Chad Sayers and Forrest Coots decide to go, regardless. They find comfort, bedazzlement, and a surprisingly cool ski culture.

Year: 
2016
Director: 
Jordan Manley
Producer: 
Jordan Manley
Production Company: 
Narrows Media Inc.
Advisory: 
General
Jondachi

Jondachi

13 Mins

A young Quechua boy goes on a personal journey that connects him with the spiritual and physical world around him, with his kayak as the chief vessel.

Year: 
2016
Country: 
Canada
Director: 
Mike McKay*
Producer: 
Mike McKay
Guy Erb
Production Company: 
Five2Nine
Know Before You Go

Know Before You Go

15 Mins

This is not your typical PSA. Here's the beta and the truth that you need to know.

Year: 
2015
Country: 
United States
Director: 
Trent Meisenheimer*
Producer: 
Paul Diegel
Production Company: 
Utah Avalanche Center
KONELĪINE: our land beautiful

KONELĪNE: our land beautiful

96 Mins

KONELĪNE: our land beautiful is a sensual, cinematic celebration of northwestern British Columbia, and all the dreamers who move across it.  Set deep in the traditional territory of the Tahltan First Nation, KONELĪNE captures beauty and complexity as one of Canada's vast wildernesses undergoes irrevocable change.

Year: 
2015
Country: 
Canada
Director: 
Nettie Wild
Producer: 
Betsy Carson
Production Company: 
Canada Wild Productions
La Liste

La Liste

47 Mins

In his search to become a better freerider, French ski phenom Jeremie Heitz compiles a list of the most interesting peaks to ride in the Alps. In the process, he meets the legends of the sport who teach him how to push the boundaries of freeriding.

Year: 
2016
Country: 
Switzerland
Director: 
Guido Perrini
Producer: 
Matt Hollis
Production Company: 
Timeline Missions
Langtang: Summits of My Life III

Langtang: Summits of My Life III

52 Mins

Langtang is the story of a journey to the heart of Nepal. In April 2015, ultra runner Kilian Jornet is preparing for an expedition to Everest as part of his project, `Summits of My Life', together with alpinist Jordi Tosas and filmmaker Sébastien Montaz-Rosset.

Year: 
2015
Country: 
Spain
Director: 
Sebastien Montaz-Rosset
Producer: 
Jordi Lymbus
Like a Wolf

Like A Wolf

75 Mins

Ski mountaineer Kit Deslauriers made history when she became the first person to ski the Seven Summits.

Year: 
2016
Country: 
United States
Director: 
Emeka Ngwube*
Producer: 
Iwan Axt*
Production Company: 
Montage Production LLC
Link Sar West

Link Sar West

32 Mins

Link Sar in Pakistan was an obsession for UK alpinist and photographer Jonathan Griffith. He made three attempts on the peak before reaching the west summit in 2015 on his forth try with British alpinist Andy Houseman. Capturing near disastrous circumstances with riveting video and breathtaking cinematography, Griffith and Houseman present their summit story with a World Premiere of their film Link Sar West.

Year: 
2016
Director: 
Jonathan Griffith
Davide De Masi*
Producer: 
Jonathan Griffith*
Locked In

Locked In

52 Mins

Deep in Papua New Guinea's virgin rainforest, a team of kayakers attempt the first descent of the Beriman River. This is as remote as river exploration comes in one of the deepest gorges in the South Pacific.

Year: 
2015
Country: 
Canada
Director: 
David Pearson*
Producer: 
Bryan Smith*
Production Company: 
Reel Water Productions
Lost Gringos

Lost Gringos

13 Mins

More than just a trip to bag and ski some of the world’s biggest summits, these New Zealanders journey across time and cultures into the heart of the Bolivian Andes.

Year: 
2015
Country: 
New Zealand
Director: 
Will Lascelles
Producer: 
Will Lascelles
Jason Hancox
Production Company: 
CoLab Creative
The Magic of the Super C

The Magic of the Super C

5 Mins

Join skier Chris Davenport in the Chilean Andes as he takes us to one of the best lines in the world, the Super C Couloir.

Year: 
2015
Country: 
United States
Director: 
GoPro Original Productions
Producer: 
Chris Davenport
Production Company: 
GoPro Original Productions
The Master of Moves

The Master of Moves

4 Mins

For almost his entire life French bouldering legend Jacky Godoffe, has lived in the forest of Fontainebleau. Here, he has found more than just inspiration for climbing routes – he has found a key to happiness.

Year: 
2016
Country: 
United Kingdom
Director: 
Greg Hackett*
Producer: 
Steven Richardson
Alex Hamlin*
Production Company: 
Spindle
Max Your Days

Max Your Days

5 Mins

Summer solstice on Canada's West Coast – the possibilities are endless!

Year: 
2016
Country: 
Canada
Director: 
Dave Mossop
Producer: 
Malcolm Sangster
Production Company: 
Sherpas Cinema
Advisory: 
General
Metronomic

Metronomic

16 Mins

High above the Gorges du Verdon, a skillful blend of artists and high-level athletes play a high energy symphony devoted to risk. It's a hymn that melds visual performance and contemplative poetry into pure entertainment.

Year: 
2015
Country: 
France
Director: 
Vladimir Cellier
Producer: 
Vladimir Cellier
Production Company: 
Baraka Films & Flying Frenchies
Mira

Mira

42 Mins

Growing up in a remote mountain village in Nepal, Mira always dreamed of being successful in sport despite all the challenges that she and other Nepali girls face. She begins to realize that her tough mountain village upbringing has prepared her perfectly for the sport of running.

Year: 
2016
Country: 
Hong Kong S.A.R., China
Director: 
Lloyd Belcher
Producer: 
Lloyd Belcher
Production Company: 
Lloyd Belcher Visuals
Advisory: 
General
Mirror Wall

Mirror Wall

30 Mins

In remote Greenland, the Mirror Wall draws those with a taste for achieving the impossible. Exploring the cerebral and philosophical side of committing adventures, British climber Leo Houlding reflects not only on why these big, bold objectives are a part of who he is, but also how heavily family life and loss in the mountains have affected his motivations.

Year: 
2016
Country: 
United Kingdom
Director: 
Matt Pycroft*
Producer: 
Adrian Samarra*
Production Company: 
Coldhouse Collective
Monte Sarmiento - The White Diva

Monte Sarmiento - The White Diva

27 Mins

Nothing is for sure when you're on a climbing trip in Patagonia. Talf Gantzhorn has attempted to summit the sublimely beautiful Monte Sarmiento in Chilean Tierra del Fuego six times – and has always been turned back. He's learned that the most important part of this kind of expedition is the how of getting to the top.

Year: 
2016
Country: 
Germany
Director: 
Jochen Schmoll
Producer: 
Jochen Schmoll
Production Company: 
Drehxtrem/Cutting Edge Productions
Namuli

Namuli

24 Mins

Namuli is a community-backed film about the spirit of exploration and what happens when a team of rock climbers, biologists, and conservationists sets off on an unconventional expedition into one of the world’s least explored and most threatened habitats, Mount Namuli, Mozambique.

Year: 
2016
Country: 
United States
Director: 
Majka Burhardt
Sarah Garlick
Paul Yoo
Producer: 
Majka Burhardt
Sarah Garlick
Paul Yoo
Production Company: 
Ukalene Productions
North of Known

North of Known

52 Mins

Paraglider Gavin McClurg picks another rugged, convoluted, and downright burly route. In terrain where bears outnumber people, roads are non-existent, and flying conditions are completely unpredictable, Gavin and his partner Dave Turner embark on a traverse of the entire 700-kilometer length of the Alaska Range.

Year: 
2016
Country: 
Canada
Director: 
Bryan Smith
Producer: 
Bryan Smith
Production Company: 
Reel Water Productions
Northbound

Northbound

11 Mins

Four skaters head north above the Arctic Circle to the cold Norwegian coast to apply their urban riding skills to a canvas of beach flotsam, frozen sand and pastel skies. The result is a beautiful mashup of biting winds, ollies and one ephemeral miniramp.

Year: 
2015
Country: 
Norway
Director: 
Jorn Nyseth Ranum
Producer: 
Anders Graham
Production Company: 
Turbin Film AS
Now

Now

9 Mins

A poetic documentary about the physical and mental journey of climber Lucas Lima as he tests his determination on a difficult eye-opening route set deep in the Brazilian wilderness.

Year: 
2015
Country: 
Brazil
Director: 
Otavio Lima*
Producer: 
Otavio Lima
Packing It Out: Cleaning America's Wild Trails

Packing It Out: Cleaning America's Wild Trails

4 Mins

Follow the guys from the "Packing It Out" crew as they pick up litter – and inspire everyone they meet – along the Pacific Crest Trail.

Year: 
2016
Country: 
United States
Director: 
Colin Arisman
Luke Kantola
Producer: 
Colin Arisman
Luke Kantola
Production Company: 
Wild Confluence Media
Advisory: 
General
Peninsula Mitre

Peninsula Mitre

90 Mins

This is an adventure in the classic style. Unkown territory, sketchy weather, no communication, and major isolation. Two Argentine brothers head deep into Tierra del Fuego on a 53-day trip to the Peninsula Mitre hoping to find incredible waves they can surf.

Year: 
2016
Country: 
Argentina
Director: 
Joaquin Azulay and Julian Azulay*
Producer: 
Joaquin Azulay and Julian Azulay
Production Company: 
Gauchos del Mar
The Perfect Flight

The Perfect Flight

5 Mins

When some neighborhood kids gave Shawn Hayes an abandoned red-tailed chick, it launched him on a lifelong journey into the medieval traditions of falconry.

Year: 
2016
Country: 
United States
Director: 
Josh Izenberg
Producer: 
Brett Marty
Production Company: 
Speculative Films
Advisory: 
General
Personal Velocity

Personal Velocity

3 Mins

Pia Nic Gundersen returns from last year's season ending crash to explore the Lofoten archipelago where the ocean views are vast and the high speed, big mountain runs are counted in seconds.

Year: 
2015
Country: 
Canada
Director: 
Cam Sylvester*
Producer: 
Bryan Smith*
Production Company: 
Reel Water Productions
Poumaka

Poumaka

15 Mins

With hopes of summiting the elusive Poumaka Tower, American bouldering champion, Angie Payne, leaves everything she knows behind as she ventures deep into the French Polynesian jungle with veteran climber and explorer, Mike Libecki.

Year: 
2016
Country: 
United States
Director: 
Andy Mann
Keith Ladzinski
Producer: 
Mike Libecki
Production Company: 
3 Strings Productions
Advisory: 
PG - Coarse Language
Return To Zanskar

Return To Zanskar

23 Mins

Thirty years after their first visit, two friends return to an ancient Buddhist monastery high in the Himalayas to reconnect with their past, and witness a culture being dragged into the modern world as the first ever road to the monastery nears completion.

Year: 
2016
Country: 
United States
Director: 
Daniel Bull
Producer: 
Bryan Liptzin*
Riders on the Storm

Riders on the Storm

20 Mins

Twenty-five years after the first ascent, New Zealand climber Mayan Smith-Gobat and German alpinist Ines Papert attempt to free climb "Riders on the Storm" in Chilean Patagonia. Amid the rockfall, the ice, and the heavy storms, the two climbers strive to find their very own way on this difficult big wall climb.

Year: 
2016
Country: 
Germany
Director: 
Franz Walter
Producer: 
Franz Walter
Production Company: 
Nanuuq
Ruin and Rose

Ruin and Rose

65 Mins

A surreal future leaves the world without water and consumed by sand: the Big Empty. When a young boy unearths an ancient relic hinting at the lost wonders of winter, he sets off in search of the ghosts that once called the mountains their home.

Year: 
2016
Country: 
United States
Director: 
Ben Sturgulewski
Producer: 
Steve Winter
Murray Wais
Production Company: 
Matchstick Productions
Sea Gypsies: The Far Side of the World

Sea Gypsies: The Far Side of the World

88 Mins

The vessel is Infinity, a 120-ft hand-built sailing ketch, crewed by a community of wanderers. The journey – a 12,800 kilometre Pacific crossing from New Zealand to Patagonia, with a stop in Antarctica, weather permitting. This epitomizes the spirit of adventure.

Year: 
2016
Country: 
United States
Director: 
Nico Edwards*
Producer: 
Nico Edwards
Production Company: 
Splendid Entertainment
Seeking Nirvana: The Lucky Strike

Seeking Nirvana: The Lucky Strike

13 Mins

It is time for this band of seekers to stake its claim and strike it rich! Found only in the alpine, it's a treasure trove of unrelenting rock and ice, caped with soft and endless snow.

Year: 
2016
Country: 
Canada
Director: 
Riley Leboe
Matt Henitiuk*
Producer: 
Ian Woods
Lloyd Bryan Molander
Shepherdess of the Glaciers

Shepherdess of the Glaciers

74 Mins

This outstanding, intimate film focuses in on the life of one of the last shepherdesses in Ladakh. She lives along at 5,000 metres above sea level with her 300 goats. Filmed by her brother over four seasons, the film draws us into her world of icy loneliness and friendship with her animals.

Year: 
2016
Country: 
France
Director: 
Stanzin Dorjai
Christiane Mordelet
Producer: 
Stanzin Dorjai
Christiane Mordelet
Production Company: 
Les Films de la Decouverte
Sherpa Stew

Sherpa Stew

84 Mins

Sherpa Stew is a documentary film that brilliantly chronicles the lives of two high altitude Sherpas, their families and their friends, who have all left the high Himalaya of Nepal in search of success in New York City.

Year: 
2016
Country: 
United States
Director: 
Andrew Cockrum
Producer: 
Andrew Cockrum
Production Company: 
Danger Dog Films
SHIFT

SHIFT

28 Mins

Near a sacred mountain in the
Yukon, an Indigenous community transforms itself into a world-class mountain
biking destination through the hard work of their young trail crews.      

Year: 
2016
Country: 
Canada
Director: 
Kelly Milner
Producer: 
Kelly Milner
Production Company: 
Shot in the Dark Productions
Advisory: 
General
The Song Collector

The Song Collector

54 Mins

In the 1960s Morup Namgyal sparked a cultural movement that would bring about profound change in the Himalayan region of Ladakh, India. It was built on education, tradition, and preservation. What Morup could not imagine at that time was that he would ultimately embrace modernization.

Year: 
2016
Country: 
United States
Director: 
Erik Koto*
Producer: 
Erik Koto
Production Company: 
The Song Collector LLC
Sonnie Trotter vs. The Totem Pole

Sonnie Trotter vs. The Totem Pole

8 Mins

Canadian climbers Sonnie Trotter and Will Stanhope head down under to take a stab at the first continuous, all free ascent of the Ewbank Route on The Totem Pole.

Year: 
2016
Country: 
Australia
Director: 
Cameron Maier
Producer: 
Cameron Maier
Production Company: 
Bear Cam Media
Advisory: 
General
Spacious: Being Hear

Spacious: Being Hear

10 Mins

There is an epidemic of extinction of silence on our planet. World-renowned nature sound recordist and acoustic ecologist Gordon Hempton works to protect the few remaining quiet places from noise pollution.

Year: 
2016
Country: 
United States
Director: 
Palmer Morse
Producer: 
Matt Mikkelsen
The Super Salmon

The Super Salmon

25 Mins

Proponents of a plan to construct a $5.2 billion hydroelectric mega-dam on Alaska’s Susitna River say it wouldn’t affect the watershed’s famous salmon runs because of its location – upstream of where fish usually swim. Tell that to the Super Salmon.

Year: 
2016
Director: 
Ryan Peterson
Producer: 
Ryan Peterson
Production Company: 
Alakanist Stories
Advisory: 
General
Thyself

Thyself

7 Mins

An adventurer looks back upon her explorations to find what she had always been looking for.

Year: 
2016
Country: 
Canada
Director: 
Jerry Auld*
Producer: 
Jerry Auld
Production Company: 
Imaginary Mountain Surveyors
Trail Angel

Trail Angel

6 Mins

Many people look to the outdoors to find peace of mind. For Paul Stiffler, better known as Ponytail Paul, the Appalachian Trail and its thru-hikers have been the therapeutic force needed to turn his life around. Paul has taken on a role as “Trail Angel” to help thru-hikers on their 2,186-mile journey and help himself find a new sense of purpose in the process.

Year: 
2016
Country: 
United States
Director: 
Ryan Heffernan
Grayson Schaffer
Producer: 
Anna Callaghan
Production Company: 
Talweg Creative
Trail Dog

Trail Dog

5 Mins

In a small village in the south-east of France, a young man explores the mountains with his dogs. Trail Dog is an ode to the beauty and happiness that can be found in the simplest of things – friendship.

Year: 
2016
Country: 
South Africa
Director: 
Christian Denslow
Producer: 
Greg Fell
Hannah Slezacek
Dean Leslie
Production Company: 
The African Attachment
The Trail to Kazbegi

The Trail to Kazbegi

16 Mins

What happens when four like-minded cyclists head into one of the world’s wildest mountain ranges with nothing but their mountain bikes and enough food to survive for 10 days?

Year: 
2015
Country: 
United States
Director: 
Joey Schusler
Producer: 
Joey Schusler
Transition

Transition

28 Mins

One of the UK’s leading indoor competition climbers Natalie Berry sets out to make the transition to traditional outdoor climbing, under the tutelage of Scottish climber Dave Macleod.

Year: 
2015
Country: 
United Kingdom
Director: 
Paul Diffley
Producer: 
Chris Prescott
Paul Diffley
Production Company: 
Hot Aches Productions
Wasfia

Wasfia

13 Mins

As the first Bangladeshi to scale the Seven Summits, Wasfia Nazreen doesn't just climb for the thrill, she climbs for the women of her country. Lyrical and poetic, this short documentary explores what it means to pursue the unknown.

Year: 
2016
Director: 
Sean Kusanagi
Producer: 
John Agnew
Bryn Mooser
Hayley Pappas
Chris Kelly
Production Company: 
RYOT
What If You Fly

What If You Fly

9 Mins

Hawaiian artist and muralist Sean Yoro (a.k.a. HULA) goes to the Arctic waters of Baffin Island, Nunavut, to paint a portrait of a local Inuit woman on the sea ice. This is the most technical and remote location that Sean has ever attempted a mural, and the wild forces of nature at the top of the world are unpredictable. But for Sean, the physical and creative risks are worth it for a chance at something new.

Year: 
2016
Country: 
United States
Director: 
Taylor Rees
Production Company: 
Camp4 Collective
When the Mountains were Wild

When the Mountains Were Wild

19 Mins

Is there mountain wilderness left in Europe? A crew of snowboarders/skiers/filmmakers jump in a van and drive down the Balkan peninsula to the so called "cursed mountains" in Albania.

Year: 
2015
Country: 
Austria
Director: 
Johannes Hoffmann
Simon Platzer
Jakob Schweighofer
Producer: 
Mitch Tölderer
Production Company: 
Whiteroom Productions
When We Were Knights

When We Were Knights

12 Mins

For BASE jumpers, the risk of death sometimes results in something amazing and unexpected – love.

Year: 
2016
Country: 
United States
Director: 
Anson Fogel
Production Company: 
Camp4 Collective
Advisory: 
PG - Coarse Language
Wolfhunter

Wolfhunter

12 Mins

In January last year, a super pack of several hundred wolves laid siege to the Siberian village of Verkhoyansk, killing livestock and terrorising the population.

Year: 
2016
Director: 
James Morgan
Producer: 
James Morgan
Anna Stevens
Production Company: 
Panos Pictures/JMF/A5+
Young Guns

Young Guns

30 Mins

Meet the new faces of climbing: 14-year-old Ashima Shiraishi and 15-year-old Kai Lightner. Pushed outside their comfort zone, Kai and Ashima learn some hard but important lessons that will carry them to even greater heights.

Year: 
2016
Country: 
United States
Director: 
Nick Rosen
Josh Lowell and Peter Mortimer
Producer: 
Zachary Barr
Production Company: 
REEL ROCK