2017 Banff Mountain Film Competition Finalists

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2.5 Million

Year: 
2017
Country: 
United States
Duration: 
22 Mins
Director: 
Tyler Wilkinson-Ray
Producer: 
Tyler Wilkinson-Ray
Production Company: 
T-bar Films

American skier Aaron Rice sets out to ski 2.5 million, human-powered, vertical feet in the backcountry and set a new world record.

A Line in the Snow – Greece

Year: 
2017
Country: 
United Kingdom
Duration: 
9 Mins
Director: 
Ben Tibbetts*
Producer: 
Ben Tibbetts*

WORLD PREMIERE

Skiing in Greece? Really? Grab your planks, head to the mountain range of the Gods and meet the friendly people that live and work there.

*in person attendance

Above the Sea

Image from the film Above the Sea
Duration: 
16 Mins
Director: 
Josh Lowell
Producer: 
Peter Mortimer
Production Company: 
Red Bull Media House and Sender Films

Chris Sharma takes it to the next level while deep-water soloing on the island of Mallorca.

Ascend

Image from the film Ascend
Year: 
2017
Country: 
United States
Duration: 
6 Mins
Director: 
Simon Perkins
Producer: 
Simon Perkins
Production Company: 
Sharptail Media

As a young adult, Jon Wilson lost his leg to cancer. Mountain biking has played a critical role in helping him sink his teeth back into life.

Becoming Who I Was

Image from the film Becoming Who I Was
Year: 
2017
Country: 
South Korea
Duration: 
95 Mins
Director: 
Moon Chang-yong and Jin Jeon
Producer: 
Moon Chang-yong and Jin Jeon
Production Company: 
Sonamu Films & Prosum

ALBERTA PREMIERE

Padma Angdu is a Rinpoche, a reincarnation of a high Tibetan Lama reborn in Ladakh, India.  The trials and tribulations of fifth grade are nothing for 10 year old Padma as he and his elderly guardian seek to overcome existential obstacles when no disciples from his former monastery in Tibet come to claim him. 

Beyond the border, the story of Ettore Castiglioni

Year: 
2017
Country: 
Switzerland
Duration: 
66 Mins
Director: 
Andrea Azzetti* and Federico Massa*
Producer: 
Giuliano Torghele
Federico Massa*
Villi Hermann
Production Company: 
GIUMA
Gooliver
Imago Film Lugano

NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE

A journey suspended between past and present, Beyond the Border tells the story of the remarkable mountaineer Ettore Castiglioni who abandoned his career as a lieutenant in the military to escort refugees and Jews safely from Italy to Switzerland during World War II.

*in person attendance

Beyond the Wall

Image from the film Beyond the Wall
Year: 
2016
Country: 
United Kingdom
Duration: 
10 Mins
Director: 
Ray Wood
Producer: 
Ray Wood and Ed Douglas
NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE

This short film looks at what it means to be a Palestinian climber, living, working, and cragging in the West Bank.

Bison Return

Year: 
2017
Country: 
Canada
Duration: 
44 Mins
Director: 
Dominique Keller*
Producer: 
Kevin Pennock*
Production Company: 
Fireweed Creative

After over a 100 year absence, Bison returned to Banff National Park in 2016. Brush shoulders with these amazing animals, witness history being made, and meet the experts that made it happen.

*in person attendance

Blood Road

Year: 
2016
Country: 
United States
Duration: 
96 Mins
Director: 
Nicholas Schrunk
Producer: 
Sandra Kuhn
Production Company: 
Red Bull Media House

Blood Road follows the journey of ultra endurance mountain bike athlete Rebecca Rusch and her Vietnamese riding partner, Huyen Nguyen, as they pedal 1,200 arduous miles along the infamous Ho Chi Minh Trail through the dense jungles of Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia. Their Goal: to reach the newly discovered crash site and final resting place of Rebecca’s father, a U.S. Air Force pilot shot down over Laos some 40 years earlier. 

Bonington – Mountaineer

Bonington - Mountaineer
Year: 
2017
Country: 
United Kingdom
Duration: 
80 Mins
Director: 
Brian Hall*
Producer: 
Keith Partridge*

WORLD PREMIERE

Bonington – Mountaineer looks retrospectively at the poignant life of one of the world’s best known mountaineers – Sir Chris Bonington*.  From his early rock climbing days in the UK through to visionary expeditions in the high peaks of the Himalaya, this is an intimate journey of friendship, love, risk and devastating loss. 

*in person attendance

The Bothy Project

Year: 
2016
Country: 
United Kingdom
Duration: 
11 Mins
Director: 
Jen Randall*
Producer: 
Alex Messenger
Production Company: 
Light Shed Pictures

ALBERTA PREMIERE

Artists Tessa Lyons* and Natasha Brooks, along with writer Claire Carter* and filmmaker Jen Randall, take themselves into the vast emptiness of the Sheneval bothy in the Scottish Northwest to let go and unwind. Each woman’s experience is about exploring the wilds on your own terms, in your own style.

*in person attendance

Breaking 60 | Challenging the Impossible

Year: 
2017
Country: 
Hong Kong S.A.R., China
Duration: 
45 Mins
Director: 
Robin Lee*
Producer: 
Ben Lee
Production Company: 
Lost Atlas

NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE

A 298 kilometre battle with over 14,000 metres of elevation gain in hills around Hong Kong, Breaking 60 follows the hopes of four ultrarunners who have one goal in mind – to break 60 hours.

*in person attendance

Bruhwiler Country

Year: 
2017
Country: 
Canada
Duration: 
7 Mins
Director: 
Keith Malloy*
Producer: 
Jennifer Sullivan McBride
Production Company: 
Bimarian Films

CANADIAN PREMIERE

Pro surfer Raph Bruhwiler cut his teeth in the woods and waves of Vancouver Island. Today he teaches his love of the wild to his kids who are more than eager to learn more.

*in person attendance

Cabin Jams

Image from the film Cabin Jams © Z Lynch
Year: 
2017
Country: 
Canada
Duration: 
7 Mins
Director: 
Leah Evans* and Jamie Tanner*
Producer: 
Leah Evans* and Jamie Tanner*
Production Company: 
DFTWD

Deep in the B.C. backcountry, musicians and athletes draw inspiration from nature and shared experience.

*in person attendance

The Canoe

Year: 
2017
Country: 
Canada
Duration: 
27 Mins
Director: 
Goh Iromoto
Producer: 
Goh Iromoto

“If it is love that binds people to places in this nation of rivers and in this river of nations then one enduring expression of that simple truth, is surely the canoe.” – James Raffan

Captain of Utopia

Year: 
2017
Country: 
France
Duration: 
52 Mins
Director: 
Sarah Del Ben*
Producer: 
Pierre-Loïc Precausta, Sarah Del Ben
Production Company: 
Autoproduction / Lumières Numeriques

WORLD PREMIERE

François Bernard has explored the most remote places of the world for more than 30 years. One day, he realized that he was tired of being alone, he wanted to be able to share all the emotions he experienced overtime, with others. So he invested all his life savings in a polar sailboat.

*in person attendance

CHARGED: The Eduardo Garcia Story

Year: 
2017
Country: 
United States
Duration: 
86 Mins
Director: 
Phillip Baribeau
Producer: 
Dennis Aig
Production Company: 
Charged
LLC

CANADIAN PREMIERE

A successful chef and adventurer, Eduardo Garcia’s life was forever changed after he was shocked with 2400 volts of electricity in a back country freak accident while hiking in Montana. Garcia lost his left hand, ribs, muscle mass and nearly his life, but more important than what he lost was what he found.

Chomo

Year: 
2017
Country: 
United Kingdom
Duration: 
42 Mins
Director: 
Maayan Arad*
Producer: 
Khaled Gad and Maayan Arad*
Production Company: 
The National Film and Television School
CANADIAN PREMIERE

High up in the Himalaya of India, Chomo and other exiled Tibetans, live out days filled with meditation, study, hard work, and laughter. As twenty senior nuns prepare to receive their Geshema degrees – the first group of their kind to receive this level of religious education – Chomo, a cheerful young Indian nun finds herself in the midst of her own journey.

*in person attendance

The Curve Of Time

Image from the film The Curve Of Time
Year: 
2017
Country: 
Canada
Duration: 
23 Mins
Director: 
Jordan Manley*
Producer: 
Mike Douglas
Anthony Bonello*
Laura Yale
Mike Gamble
Production Company: 
Switchback Entertainment Inc.

WORLD PREMIERE

Two veteran professional skiers contemplate the impact their love for adventure has on the very environment that sustains and fulfills them. As they peer into the future, they realize there is a more sustainable path ahead, but it won't be easy.

*in person attendance

Dedicate : Diving Free

Image from the film Dedicate : Diving Free © Alex AImard
Year: 
2017
Country: 
France
Duration: 
8 Mins
Director: 
Shams and Alex Aimard
Producer: 
Red Bull
Production Company: 
Satori Factory

Jacques de Vos is an underwater photographer who spends most his time freediving with orcas. This time he ventures North, to the arctic circle in Norway in search of these majestic creatures.

Denali's Raven

Year: 
2016
Country: 
United States
Duration: 
9 Mins
Director: 
Renan Ozturk
Producer: 
Scott Ballew, Taylor Johns
Production Company: 
Camp4 Collective

For climber, skier, and guide Leighan Falley, the mere sight of the Alaskan wilderness elicits an insatiable wanderlust. To reconcile her adventurous spirit with the demands of parenthood, she would need to learn to fly.

Depth Perception

Year: 
2017
Country: 
Canada
Duration: 
63 Mins
Director: 
Chip Taylor*
Producer: 
Travis Rice*
Production Company: 
Rubble Film & Collective Rubble

CANADIAN PREMIERE 

Depth Perception showcases the fantastic layers of the super natural world, which ultimately becomes the perfect backdrop for some of the most empowered free-riding Travis Rice has ever had.

*in person attendance

Dirtbag: The Legend of Fred Beckey

Image from the film Dirtbag: The Legend of Fred Beckey
Year: 
2017
Country: 
United States
Duration: 
95 Mins
Director: 
Dave O'Leske
Producer: 
Jason Reid*
Andy McDonough
Colin Plank
Production Company: 
Fred Beckey Film LLC
ALBERTA PREMIERE

Hailed as one of the most influential climbers of all time, Fred Beckey is the original “Dirtbag"– one who abandons societal norms and material comforts in pursuit of a nomadic mountaineering lifestyle. Through the 1950s and 60s, Beckey’s accomplishments exceeded anyone in the sport. He shattered records with an unparalleled string of superhuman first ascents, bushwhacking trails, and pioneering direct routes thought previously impassable.

*in person attendance

Le Doigt de Dieu, beyond summits

Image from the film Le Doigt de Dieu, beyond limits
Year: 
2017
Country: 
France
Duration: 
52 Mins
Director: 
Laurent Cistac, Pierre Petit
Producer: 
Yvan Estiennes
Production Company: 
Meije Production-Nomade Production

WORLD PREMIERE

Between philosophy, action,and breathtaking landscapes, we enter an extraordinary vertical world where men and women travel, looking for what mountaineering is all about: self-discovery.

DreamRide 2

Image from the film DreamRide 2
Year: 
2017
Country: 
United States
Duration: 
6 Mins
Director: 
Mike Hopkins
Producer: 
Mike Hopkins
Production Company: 
Juicy Studios
Poetic, artistic, and inspiring, ride along with us as we traverse volcanic fields, explore hidden lava caves, and race down rivers of ice.

Dreamwalkers – The Faroes Project

Year: 
2017
Country: 
Australia
Duration: 
29 Mins
Director: 
Chris Eyre-Walker*
Producer: 
Chris Eyre-Walker*
Production Company: 
Chris Eyre-Walker Photography

NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE

Four friends set out on an adventure to be the first to highline in one of the most unlikely of places: the Faroe Islands.

*in person attendance

DugOut

Year: 
2017
Country: 
United Kingdom
Duration: 
53 Mins
Director: 
Benjamin Sadd
Producer: 
Benjamin Sadd
Production Company: 
Trail to Anywhere

NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE

Ben and James decide to travel to the Ecuadorian Amazon, live with an indigenous community, learn from them how to build a canoe from scratch, then take that canoe on a journey…what could go wrong?

Edges

Image from the film Edges
Year: 
2016
Country: 
United States
Duration: 
9 Mins
Director: 
Katie Stjernholm
Producer: 
Katie Stjernholm
Production Company: 
Balcony Nine Media

At the ripe old age of 90, Yvonne Dowlen has been ice skating for as long as she can remember. Edges is a celebration of a life lived well.

The End of Snow

Year: 
2016
Country: 
United States
Duration: 
20 Mins
Director: 
Morgan Heim
Producer: 
Neil Losin
Nate Dappen
Jane Zelikova
Kori Price
Morgan Heim
Production Company: 
Day’s Edge Productions

CANADIAN PREMIERE

Ecologist Dr. Jane Zelikova embarks on a journey into the mountains to find tales of past, present, and future snow. There will be adventure. Friendships will form. She will dig holes in the name of research and she will fall down those holes.

Eyes of Society

Image from the film Eyes of Society
Year: 
2016
Country: 
Canada
Duration: 
9 Mins
Director: 
Joseph Crawford*, Allison Smith*
Producer: 
Allison Smith*, Joseph Crawford*
Production Company: 
Braid Films

ALBERTA PREMIERE

Filmmakers Allison Smith and Joseph Crawford capture Gwaii Haanas through the eyes of six artists, highlighting the imagery, emotion, and the artistic influence of natural spaces.

*in person attendance

The Frozen Road

Year: 
2017
Country: 
United Kingdom
Duration: 
24 Mins
Director: 
Ben Page
Producer: 
Ben Page

Ben Page sought an adventure of perfect solitude in the Canadian Arctic. Yet, as he came to realize, the harsh truths of travelling in such a formidable environment were a long way from the romanticisms of a Jack London book.

Fruition – The Life and Dreams of Nicolas Mueller

Year: 
2016
Country: 
Switzerland
Duration: 
65 Mins
Director: 
Martin Luchsinger and Sean Fee
Producer: 
Nicolas Mueller*
Production Company: 
Tasty Pictures

NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE

Nicolas Mueller is one of the most revered and iconic snowboarders of all time. In a world which often demands us to obey things we might not believe in, Nicolas shows how he tackled these obstacles in order to find his true path towards self-realization.

*in person attendance

Hansjörg Auer – No Turning Back

Image from the film Hansjörg Auer – No Turning Back
Year: 
2017
Country: 
Italy
Duration: 
30 Mins
Director: 
Damiano Levati
Producer: 
Matteo Vettorel
Production Company: 
Storyteller-Labs

NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE

World class alpinist Hansjörg Auer reflects on high altitude achievements and the high cost of losing friends in the mountains he loves.

The Hunt

Image from the film The Hunt
Year: 
2017
Country: 
Nepal
Duration: 
12 Mins
Director: 
Renan Ozturk
Producer: 
Ben Ayers
Production Company: 
Camp4 Collective

WORLD PREMIERE

Two American hunters travel to the remote mountains in Nepal in search of the elusive Blue Sheep.

Hunting Giants

Year: 
2017
Country: 
Canada
Duration: 
24 Mins
Director: 
Sean Horlor* and Steve Adams*
Producer: 
Sean Horlor* and Steve Adams*
Production Company: 
Nootka Street Film Co.

ALBERTA PREMIERE

A wilderness explorer struggles to find the biggest tree in Canada outside a logging town on the brink of collapse. Meanwhile the local aboriginal community's fight to save itself from extinction takes a surprising turn.

*in person attendance

Ice Call – Backyards Project – Sam Favret

Year: 
2016
Country: 
France
Duration: 
3 Mins
Director: 
Antoine Frioux
Producer: 
David LACOTE
Production Company: 
PVS Company

Try to keep up to freerider Sam Favret as he gives us a new perspective of the mythical Mer de Glace, at the heart of Mont-Blanc.

Imagination: Tom Wallisch

Image from the film Imagination: Tom Wallisch
Year: 
2017
Country: 
Canada
Duration: 
4 Mins
Director: 
Dave Mossop
Producer: 
Mitchell Scott
Production Company: 
Sherpas Cinema

Have you ever been that little kid sitting in the back seat of your parents car, wishing you were somewhere else? So you imagine a skier on the side of the road, your fingers commanding back flips and roof drops, improbable rail slides and huge airs. Well what if your imagination came to life?

In Perpetual Motion

Image from the film In Perpetual Motion
Year: 
2017
Country: 
Australia
Duration: 
5 Mins
Director: 
Krystle Wright*
Producer: 
Kate Guaran
Production Company: 
Canon Australia

WORLD PREMIERE

A short film that explores the work of adventure photographer Krystle Wright and the different tangents of fear that weave between her life and her work.

*in person attendance

Intersection: Micayla Gatto

Image from the film Intersection: Micayla Gatto
Year: 
2017
Country: 
United States
Duration: 
5 Mins
Director: 
Lacy Kemp
Producer: 
Lacy Kemp
Production Company: 
Juicy Studios

Mountain biker Micayla Gatto takes the viewer into her world as a painter and as an athlete, riding through beautifully created masterpieces where colours come to life and reality blends with art.

Into Twin Galaxies – A Greenland Epic

Year: 
2016
Country: 
Germany
Duration: 
52 Mins
Director: 
Jochen Schmoll
Producer: 
Niko Jäger (Senior Producer) and Nicola McQuiston (Producer)
Production Company: 
Red Bull Media House
Drehxtrem

3 National Geographic “Adventurers of the Year “ embark on a remarkable kayaking mission in Greenland. Kite skiing over 1000 kilometres of the Greenland Ice Cap, they tow their white water kayaks to reach the most northern river ever paddled.

Johanna

Image from the film Johanna © Ian Derry
Year: 
2016
Country: 
United Kingdom
Duration: 
4 Mins
Director: 
Ian Derry
Producer: 
Ian Derry
Production Company: 
Archer’s Mark

For freediver Johanna Nordblad diving under the ice provides a surreal, calming environment that helps heal her injuries.

Journeys to Adäka

Year: 
2017
Country: 
Canada
Duration: 
58 Mins
Director: 
Fritz Mueller*
Producer: 
Teresa Earle*
Production Company: 
Sagafish Media

ALBERTA PREMIERE

Journeys to Adäka paints a moving portrait of self-empowered Indigenous communities at an inflection point in our history as seven artists look to the past for the strength to overcome a legacy of hurt, while becoming cultural giants and leaders in the process.

*in person attendance

Karl Meltzer: Made To Be Broken

Image from the film Karl Meltzer: Made To Be Broken
Year: 
2016
Country: 
United States
Duration: 
41 Mins
Director: 
Matt Katsolis
Producer: 
Tronica Johnson*
Production Company: 
Interpret Studios/Red Bull Media House

Ultrarunner Karl Meltzer has dreamed of setting the speed record for completing the Appalachian Trail as long as he's been running. Now Karl sets out for his third and final attempt to run the 3,523 kilometres from Maine to Georgia in less than 46 days, 8 hours and 6 min.

*in person attendance

Kilian

Year: 
2016
Country: 
Canada
Duration: 
14 Mins
Director: 
Mike Douglas and Anthony Bonello
Producer: 
Mike Douglas
Production Company: 
Switchback Entertainment Inc.

Kilian Jornet is considered the greatest mountain runner ever. But he doesn't consider himself a runner. Join Kilian in his new backyard in Norway as he attempts to ski and run in a single day the Seven Summits of Romsdalen, a 77 kilometre route with 9000 metres of elevation gain.

La Casita Wip

Year: 
2016
Country: 
Ecuador
Duration: 
7 Mins
Director: 
Juan Reece and Jose Cobo
Producer: 
Afuera Ecuador
Production Company: 
Afuera Productions

Two girls from Ecuador have a dream of building their own dirt jumping track in their backyard. So they get to work.

The Last Honey Hunter

Image from the film The Last Honey Hunter
Year: 
2017
Country: 
United States
Duration: 
36 Mins
Director: 
Ben Knight
Producer: 
Ben Ayers
Renan Ozturk
Travis Rummel
Production Company: 
Felt Soul Media

Maule Dhan Rai is the last man in the remote Nepal village of Saadi who's been visited in a dream by a wrathful forest spirit called Rongkemi. If no one else in the village has the dream, a generations-old tradition of honey gathering may die.

Lindsey Ross: A Less Convenient Path

Year: 
2017
Country: 
United States
Duration: 
12 Mins
Director: 
Andrew Schoneberger*
Producer: 
Brett Williams*
Production Company: 
Bimarian Films

CANADIAN PREMIERE

In an age of speed, convenience, and ease, artist Lindsey Ross does things the hard way. Packing her truck with unwieldy vintage cameras and gallons of chemicals, she makes arresting portraits and lovely pictures of iconic Yosemite landmarks using century old techniques.

*in person attendance

Living with Wildlife

Year: 
2017
Country: 
Canada
Duration: 
23 Mins
Director: 
Leanne Allison*
Producer: 
Leanne Allison*
Production Company: 
Necessary Journeys

Can people and grizzly bears still coexist? This is the story of how communities in the Bow Valley have come together over the past 20 years to make room for large carnivores and other wildlife.

*in person attendance

Loved By All: The Story of Apa Sherpa

Image from the film Loved By All: The Story of Apa Sherpa
Year: 
2017
Country: 
Canada
Duration: 
14 Mins
Director: 
Eric Crosland
Producer: 
Malcolm Sangster
Production Company: 
Sherpas Cinema

Apa Sherpa has climbed Mount Everest 21 times, but he wouldn't wish this upon anybody. Having grown up in the remote Khumbu region of Nepal, Apa was forced to leave school and work as a porter at the age of 12. For Nepal’s rural people, the income earned as a high altitude porter conflicts with the dreams made possible only through education and knowledge.

Lunag Ri

Image from the film Lunag Ri
Year: 
2016
Country: 
Germany
Duration: 
18 Mins
Director: 
Christian Schmidt, Hans-Peter Stauber, Joachim Hellinger
Producer: 
Christian Gisi, Joachim Hellinger
Production Company: 
HelliVentures Filmproduktions GmbH and Moving Adventures Medien GmbH

ALBERTA PREMIERE

Austrian alpinist David Lama and his family have come to Nepal to see the green valleys and the little village where his father grew up. Accompanied by American alpine legend Conrad Anker, David’s plan is to conquer the unclimbed peak of Lunag Ri along the way.

Mammoth

Image from the film Mammoth
Year: 
2017
Country: 
United States
Duration: 
26 Mins
Director: 
Grant Slater
Producer: 
Grant Slater
Production Company: 
Zaum Productions

In the remote Russian Arctic, an aging scientist and his son are trying to recreate the Ice Age. They call their experiment Pleistocene Park – a perfect home for woolly mammoths, resurrected by modern genetics. But the mammoths are only a means to a bigger end: defusing a carbon timebomb frozen in the permafrost to slow the effects of global warming.

Mothered By Mountains

Image from the film Mothered by Mountains
Year: 
2017
Country: 
Nepal
Duration: 
16 Mins
Director: 
Renan Ozturk
Producer: 
Ben Ayers
Production Company: 
Camp4 Collective

WORLD PREMIERE

When a punk rock singer from Kathmandu and a world class Sherpani get together to climb a peak in the Himalaya, they discover what being women in modern day Nepal can really mean.

Mountain

Year: 
2017
Duration: 
74 Mins
Director: 
Jennifer Peedom
Producer: 
Jennifer Peedom
Jo-anne McGowan
Production Company: 
Stranger Than Fiction Films

Using some of the most visually stunning cinematography ever shot, Mountain is a collaboration with Banff Centre alumnus Richard Tognetti, the Australian Chamber Orchestra, and award winning filmmaker Jennifer Peedom, that explores the nature of our fascination with mountains. Mountain shows us the spellbinding force of high places – and their ongoing power to shape our lives and our dreams.

My Irnik

Year: 
2017
Country: 
Canada
Duration: 
16 Mins
Director: 
Francois Lebeau
Matthew Hood
Producer: 
Matthew Hood
Production Company: 
Hood Visuals

Set in the Canadian Arctic, Conor, a young father and a native of Montreal falls in love with the northern way of life and with a woman from there. Now, with a young family, he helps to pass on the native traditions and ancestral culture to his son, as he learns them himself.

Numinous

Year: 
2017
Country: 
Canada
Duration: 
45 Mins
Director: 
Nicolas Teichrob* and Kye Petersen*
Producer: 
Athan Merrick* and Nicolas Teichrob*
Production Company: 
Dendrite Studios

Born and raised in the BC backcountry from a bloodline alive with adventure, Kye Petersen* is about to blow the doors off of big mountain skiing. With a style carved from the mystery of the supernatural, Peterson seeks connectivity with the wilds, bringing him into the purest state of being.

*in person attendance

Otemanu

Image from the film Otemanu
Year: 
2017
Country: 
France
Duration: 
14 Mins
Director: 
Rodolphe Cassan and Mathieu Rivoire
Producer: 
Rodolphe Cassan
Production Company: 
Airshowevent

NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE

Otemanu rises abruptly from the turquoise waters surrounding the tropical island of Bora Bora and for two wingsuit pilots it’s the perfect peak to jump off.

Pedal

Year: 
2017
Country: 
United States
Duration: 
8 Mins
Director: 
Scott Hardesty
Producer: 
Hera van Willick
Production Company: 
Ultralite Films

Forty-three countries down, Hera van Willick rides her bicycle across continents, fully self-supported, sharing her journey and what she has learned along the way.

Person of the Forest

Year: 
2017
Country: 
United States
Duration: 
17 Mins
Director: 
Tim Laman, Melissa Lesh*
Producer: 
Trevor Frost, Tim Laman
Production Company: 
Emerging Earth Films

ALBERTA PREMIERE

In the vanishing rainforests of Borneo, research is underway to uncover and understand the unique cultural behaviors in wild orangutans.

*in person attendance

Planet Earth II, Mountains

Image from the film Planet Earth II, Mountains
Year: 
2017
Country: 
United Kingdom
Duration: 
60 Mins
Director: 
Justin Anderson*
Producer: 
Justin Anderson*
Production Company: 
BBC Natural History Unit

Only a few pioneering animals have what it takes to survive in the World's highest mountain ranges and they tend to be some of the most elusive and mysterious animals on the planet. Climb to a world that is beautiful but full of danger, where snow leopards, grizzly bears and high altitude flamingos live and thrive.

*in person attendance

Psycho Vertical

Year: 
2017
Country: 
United Kingdom
Duration: 
64 Mins
Director: 
Jen Randall
Producer: 
Jen Randall
Production Company: 
Light Shed Pictures

Follow Britain’s unlikeliest hero-mountaineer and funny-man, Andy Kirkpatrick on an 18 day solo ascent of El Capitan, Yosemite. Psycho Vertical is a raw and intimate portrait of one of climbing’s most interesting figures. Inspired by the best-selling autobiography of the same name, the film explores themes of identity, fatherhood, and how our pasts shape us.

Safety Third

Image from the film Safety Third
Year: 
2017
Country: 
United States
Duration: 
29 Mins
Director: 
Cedar Wright and Taylor Keating
Producer: 
Cedar Wright
Production Company: 
Cedar Wright Productions

Brad Gobright is beyond bold. From his runout and poorly protected trad climbs to his unimaginable free solos, watch as Gobright recovers from a back-breaking fall and attempts some of the hardest ascents of his career.

Samuel in the Clouds

Year: 
2016
Country: 
Belgium
Duration: 
70 Mins
Director: 
Pieter Van Eecke
Producer: 
Hanne Phlypo
Production Company: 
Clin d’oeil Films

In Bolivia, the glaciers are melting. Samuel is an old ski lift operator whose family has lived and worked for generations in the snowy mountains, but now the snow fails to fall. While scientists are discussing and measuring ominous changes, Samuel honors the ancient mountain spirits as clouds continue to drift by.

Searching for Christmas Tree

Year: 
2017
Country: 
China
Duration: 
15 Mins
Director: 
Lie Feng
Producer: 
He Chuan
Production Company: 
Liefeng TV Studio

A university teacher breaks free from a life of routine in China and embarks on a quest to climb a mysterious frozen waterfall that no one knows about.

Shifting Dreams

Image from the film Shifting Dreams
Year: 
2016
Country: 
United Kingdom
Duration: 
30 Mins
Director: 
Chris Prescott
Producer: 
Chris Prescott
Production Company: 
Dark Sky Media

NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE

Shifting Dreams is the story of Caroline Ciavaldini's move from world class competition climber to trad climber and alpinist as she tackles the Voie Petit on the Grand Capucin.

Sky Migrations

Year: 
2016
Country: 
United States
Duration: 
15 Mins
Director: 
Max Lowe
Forest Woodward
and Charles Post

Each fall our skies fill with the wings of migrating raptors, a migration that relies on two hemispheres worth of wild and healthy ecosystems. Join ecologist and filmmaker, Charles Post, as he shines a light on the network of backcountry scientists and sentinels at the front lines of raptor conservation.

Slacker

Image from the film Slacker
Year: 
2016
Country: 
United States
Duration: 
9 Mins
Director: 
Max Lowe*
Producer: 
Lindsey Hagen
Production Company: 
Stept Studios

CANADIAN PREMIERE

Slacklining is a mystery to many, a line where impossible and possible collide. For Terry Acomb it’s simply a way of life.

*in person attendance

The Space Within

Year: 
2017
Country: 
United States
Duration: 
5 Mins
Director: 
Frank Pickell
Producer: 
Dan Benshoff and Stephan Drake
Production Company: 
DPS Cinematic and Futuristic Films

Imagine your mind wanders from the reality of real life and the space that surrounds you is filled with beautiful, soft, Japanese powder snow.

Still Alive...Drama on Mount Kenya

Image from the film Still Alive
Year: 
2016
Country: 
Austria
Duration: 
86 Mins
Director: 
Reinhold Messner
Hans-Peter Stauber
Producer: 
Ewerhard Engels
Riva Film
Production Company: 
Servus TV

NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE

On September 5th, 1970 two young Austrian climbers summit Mount Kenya and begin their descent down the North Face. Suddenly, a rock breaks loose and sends one of them plummeting downwards. With his leg severely injured, there is no chance of getting him down the mountain to medical attention any time soon.

Surf the Line

Year: 
2016
Country: 
France
Duration: 
3 Mins
Director: 
Jérémy Frey
Producer: 
Arnaud Hiltzer
Production Company: 
Hello Emotion

For The Flying Frenchies, thinking out of the box isn’t a choice – it’s a way of life.

The Tales Of Vienna

Year: 
2017
Country: 
Canada
Duration: 
15 Mins
Director: 
Riley Leboe*
Mike Henitiuk
Joe Schuster*
Matt Margetts
Producer: 
Seeking Nirvana
Edge TV
Production Company: 
Seeking Nirvana

ALBERTA PREMIERE

The inlets of the British Columbia coast are especially prone to winter storms, gale force winds and relentless precipitation. Five big line skiers embark on a journey aboard the Vienna, a 36-foot sailboat, in search of rough seas and secluded mountainous areas.

*in person attendance

Tarfala

Year: 
2016
Country: 
Germany
Duration: 
26 Mins
Director: 
Johannes Östergård
Producer: 
Johannes Östergård
Production Company: 
Underlandet Films

Far north of the Arctic Circle, next to Sweden's highest mountain, one old man has chosen to spend his life as a caretaker of a lonely alpine hut. Retreating from obligations and everyday routines into the cold Arctic winter storms, he's set on finding peace of mind with the life he has lived and those he has chosen to leave behind.

The Time Within

Image from the film The Time Within
Year: 
2017
Country: 
United States
Duration: 
5 Mins
Director: 
Ben Sturgulewski
Producer: 
Dan Benshoff and Stephan Drake
Production Company: 
DPS Cinematic and SturgeFilm

WORLD PREMIERE

Minutes, hours, and days pass. Summer moves into winter. Snow falls and awaits. What will you do with your time on this planet?

Tour of Ara

Image from the film the Tour of Ara
Year: 
2016
Country: 
South Africa
Duration: 
34 Mins
Director: 
Rick Wall
Producer: 
Daniel Siegler
Production Company: 
Word

NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE

There are few more challenging cycle races on the planet than the Tour of Ara in South Africa. The 800 kilometre quest takes place annually over six days, primarily ridden on gravel roads while riding vintage steel bikes.

Tsirku

Year: 
2016
Country: 
Canada
Duration: 
20 Mins
Director: 
Tim Symes*, Eric Crosland*
Producer: 
Malcolm Sangster*
Production Company: 
Sherpas Cinema

Having to endure particularly adverse conditions preventing this team of skiers access onto the Tsirku Glacier at the Yukon/Alaskan border, the athletes face bigger obstacles once at the base of their mountain, Corrugated. Mammoth cornices block their intended lines and mountain guide Sam Anthmatten helps them find a way onto the snowy spine wall.

*in person attendance

Tupendeo – One Mountain, Two Stories

Year: 
2016
Country: 
Switzerland
Duration: 
25 Mins
Director: 
Robert Steiner
Producer: 
Hans Ambuehl
Production Company: 
Visual Impact GmbH

ALBERTA PREMIERE

While making a first ascent of Tupendeo in the Kashmir region of India in 2015, Stephan Siegrist and Thomas Senf find a rope and an abseil device just short of the summit. These clues lead them on a journey to solve a thirty-year-old mystery of tragedy and reconciliation.

La Vallée des Loups

Image from the film La Vallée des Loups
Year: 
2016
Country: 
France
Duration: 
90 Mins
Director: 
Jean-Michel Bertrand
Producer: 
Jean-Pierre Bailly
Production Company: 
MC4 Productions

ALBERTA PREMIERE

This is a personal quest and the story of crazy gamble taken on by a passionate dreamer. The goal is to encounter wolves in the wild, wolves who have finally returned to their natural habitat of the Alps. But will his encounters put the wolves at risk?

Under An Arctic Sky

Image from the film Under An Arctic Sky
Year: 
2017
Country: 
United States
Duration: 
40 Mins
Director: 
Chris Burkard
Producer: 
Elliott Perrigo
Production Company: 
Chris Burkard Films

Take a journey to the most remote corner of Iceland in the middle of winter in search of perfect surf. A few days in, the worst storm in twenty five years blows through and shuts down the country, turning the search for waves into a life-threatening prospect.

Walk on the Mountain

Year: 
2017
Country: 
United States
Duration: 
19 Mins
Director: 
William Gregg
Producer: 
Julia Keahey
Production Company: 
3 Point Productions Crew

Junior Walk, an anti-coal activist in southern West Virginia, takes us through his battle with mining companies and why he believes mountaintop removal methods should stop immediately on this land he loves.

Waters of the Greenstone

Year: 
2017
Country: 
New Zealand
Duration: 
26 Mins
Director: 
Simon Waterhouse
Producer: 
Arthur Machado
Production Company: 
Resonate Ltd.

Through the lens of one of New Zealand's most important cultural symbols – Pounamu – two women, Robyn and Hollie, attempt to tackle the world’s oldest adventure race, The Kathmandu Coast to Coast.

Where The Wild Things Play

Image from the film Where the Wild Things Play
Year: 
2017
Country: 
United States
Duration: 
4 Mins
Director: 
Krystle Wright
Producer: 
Aidan Haley

There's an ongoing dialogue of asking why aren't there more females in the adventure industry? Whether it’s in big mountain skiing, climbing, or whitewater kayaking. Well it's about time we found out Where The Wild Things Play.

Why

Year: 
2016
Country: 
France
Duration: 
7 Mins
Director: 
Hugo Clouzeau
Producer: 
We Are Hungry
Production Company: 
We Are Hungry

Iceland. A cold, rugged and forbidding landscape where powerful rivers plunge through bedrock gorges, over massive waterfalls toward the sea. A crew of French kayakers travel here to ask the question, “Why? Why do we do this?”

Winter on the Blade

Year: 
2017
Country: 
Australia
Duration: 
46 Mins
Director: 
Simon Bischoff*
Producer: 
Simon Bischoff* and Andy Szollosi*
Production Company: 
Video Compass

NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE

It’s not the tallest mountain in the world, it’s not even the tallest in Australia, but fewer people get to the summit of Tasmania’s Federation Peak these days than get to the summit of Mt Everest. And Mark Savage and his intrepid team of climbers hope to summit during the wettest winter on record.

*in person attendance