National Geographic
Film Festival

Banff Centre Mountain Film Festival

January 23, 2019 - January 26, 2019, 7 PM - 10 PM
January 30, 2019 - February 2, 2019, 7 PM - 10 PM
Film Festival

Banff Centre Mountain Film Festival

January 23, 2019 - January 26, 2019, 7 PM - 10 PM
January 30, 2019 - February 2, 2019, 7 PM - 10 PM

Photograph by Ben Tibbetts

About this Event

Every year, during the first week of November, hundreds of explorers, adventurers, and filmmakers gather in the picturesque town of Banff, in the Canadian Rockies, to view some of the world’s top films on the great outdoors and mountain culture. For 20 years the best films from the festival have thrilled enthusiastic audiences at National Geographic.

This year, we will have four evenings of screenings repeated over two weeks—curated for you by the tour’s expert hosts. Each evening will include an intermission.

Due to the popularity of the Banff Centre Mountain Film Festival, we've added additional nights! [SOLD OUT]

  • Gilbert H. Grosvenor Auditorium

    National Geographic Campus


Some films contain graphic content. Schedule is subject to change.

January 23 [SOLD OUT] & February 2 [SOLD OUT]

Rogue Elements: Corbet’s Couloir
(2017, USA, 4 minutes)
Anyone who has ever skied or snowboarded Jackson Hole knows how nerve-racking it can be to ski the infamous Corbet's Couloir, but doing it in icy conditions on mountain bikes is nothing short of insane.

Sacred Strides
(2018, USA, 12 minutes)
A group of Native Americans put their tribal differences aside and run almost 800 miles to Bears Ears National Monument to send a message of unity in support of the threatened sacred site.

Far Out: Terrace BC
(2018, USA, 5 minutes)
Three pro skiers head to Terrace, British Columbia, to fly off jumps, smash pillows, and search for perfect ski lines.

Surviving the Outback
(2018, Australia, 44 minutes)
A survival instructor and former military pilot retraces the harrowing 1932 survival journey of two German aviators whose plane crashed on Australia’s Kimberley coast during an around-the-world flight.


Brothers of Climbing
(2018, USA, 7 minutes)
How can you be what you can’t see? Mikhail Martin, co-founder of Brothers of Climbing, said, “I literally typed, ‘Are there black climbers?’ in an online forum…someone said, ‘black people don’t climb.'” This film shows how he and a group of Queens-based climbers are disproving that notion.

How to Run 100 Miles
(2018, USA, 27 minutes)
The odds were stacked against Jayson Sime early in life: poverty, homelessness, dyslexia, bullying. But he learned to fight, and in 2017, he entered his first 100-mile mountain ultramarathon, betting on his lifelong resilience to carry him to the finish line.

Reel Rock 12: Break on Through
(2017, USA, 26 minutes)
A little-known 19-year-old from Boulder, Colorado, has moved to Europe to train and climb with the goal of succeeding on two of the most iconic 5.15s—the most difficult climbing rating—in France and Spain. But by pushing her body and mind to the limit, she risks injury and failure in her quest to be the first.

January 24 [SOLD OUT] & February 1[SOLD OUT]

Far Out: Kai Jones
(2018, USA, 5 minutes)
Eleven-year-old Kai Jones isn’t old enough to go to the movies alone or order a sandwich at the pub, but in the mountains age doesn’t matter as he follows in his family’s ski tracks, right into backflips and tricks off of cliffs.

Grizzly Country
(2018, USA, 12 minutes)
After serving in the Vietnam War, author and eco-warrior Doug Peacock spent years alone in the Wyoming and Montana wildernesses observing grizzly bears. This time in the wild changed the course of his life. With the protection of Yellowstone grizzlies now under threat, Peacock reflects on the importance of habitat and why he continues to fight for wild causes.

My Mom Vala
(2017, USA, 10 minutes)
Vala lives in Reykjavik, Iceland, and travels to Greenland for work and to immerse herself in rivers thick with migrating char. But for Vala’s 10-year-old daughter, Mathilda, Greenland lives only in the stories that her mother tells and her own imagination.

Ice and Palms
(2018, Germany, 32 minutes)
Bikepacking, summiting mountains, and skiing some iconic lines along the way, friends Max and Jochen have one dream—five weeks, 1,118 miles in length, and 22 vertical miles self-propelled across the Alps.


RJ Ripper
(2018, USA, 19 minutes)
The chaotic streets of Kathmandu may not seem like a typical breeding ground for world-class mountain bikers, but then again nothing is typical about Rajesh (RJ) Magar and his beat-up clunker.

Land of the Wind
(2017, UK, 18 minutes)
In Patagonia, a land of infinite vastness and beauty fine-art photographer Eliseo Miciu explores this mythical place, and also learns a bit more about himself.

The Beaver Believers: Meet Sherri Tippie
(2018, USA, 12 minutes)
Sherri Tippie, a hairdresser and certified live beaver trapper, works to restore the North American beaver to the watersheds of the American West.

Life of Glide
(2017, USA, 16 minutes)
Big mountain rider Jeremy Jones dissects his lifelong passion for the simple and sacred feeling he calls "The Glide.”

DreamRide 3
(2018, Canada, 6 minutes)
Inspired by a Dr. Seuss narrative, this mountain bike film is sure to take you places like no other.

January 25 [SOLD OUT] & January 31 [SOLD OUT]

Boy Nomad
(2018, Canada, 21 minutes)
Nine-year-old Janibek lives with his family in Mongolia’s Altai Mountains. His first love is racing horses, but this winter, his father is bringing him on the toughest journey in a nomad’s life: the winter migration.

This Mountain Life: Coast Range Traverse Segment (Tour Edit)
(2018, Canada, 39 minutes)
A mother-daughter team sets out on a six-month ski traverse in the Coast Mountains of British Columbia, Canada.


(2018, USA, 7 minutes)
In a photographic niche defined by familiar angles, Ben Thouard is driven by his desire to create something original in surf photography.

The Ario Dream ( Tour Edit)
(2017, UK, 24 minutes)
This is a gripping account of expedition-style cave exploration—at the apex are the cave divers, pushing into the unknown into realms where rescue is not an option.

For the Love of Mary
(2018, USA, 6 minutes)
When 97-year-old runner George Etzweiler dons his lucky ancient green running shorts, he's not just running to the summit of Mount Washington. Etzweiler carries something else special with him: The memory of his late wife of 68 years.

Liv Along the Way
(2018, Canada, 22 minutes)
Ever since she first summited Mont Blanc as a teen, Liv Sansoz knew she would make her life in the mountains. In 2017, at 40 years old, Liv set out from her base in Chamonix, France, to attempt to climb all 82 of the 4,000-meter peaks in the European Alps in a single year. As she’s learned several times throughout her life, things don’t always go as planned.

Skier vs Drone
(2018, Canada, 4 minutes)
In the classic battle of man vs. machine, French Olympic bronze medalist ski racer Victor Muffat-Jeandet isn't worried.

January 26 [SOLD OUT] & January 30 [SOLD OUT]

The Brotherhood of Skiing
(2018, USA, 10 minutes)
Since 1973, the National Brotherhood of Skiers has overcome barriers by bringing soul, smiles, and a party to the mountain. At a time when African Americans on the ski slopes were a rarity and black ski clubs were an exception, Ben Finley and Art Clay were not deterred from their vision to create a national Black Ski Summit.

Fast Horse
(2018, Canada, 14 Minutes)
Native Americans from the Blackfeet tribe revive bareback horse-racing tradition in a new form: the Indian Relay. Follow Allison Red Crow, a Siksika horse-woman, as she struggles to build a team with second-hand horses and a new jockey, and takes the best riders in the Blackfoot Confederacy at the Calgary Stampede.

(2018, Scotland, 39 minutes)
Two cyclists offer an intimate look at the extreme duress, laughter, deep emotion, and dedication they experience as they ride 118 miles a day from Banff to Mexico.


(2018, USA, 11 minutes)
Animated characters Marcel and Andrezj, a legendary pair of mountaineers of vastly different temperaments, offer a unique perspective on climbing as they face their biggest challenge.

The Mirnavator
(2017, USA, 11 minutes)
Mirna Valerio, founder of the heralded blog Fat Girl Running, battles body shaming, sexism, and racism to become a force of nature in the world of ultra running.

Craig’s Reaction
(2018, USA, 24 minutes)
Since a 100-foot fall in 2002 that took his right leg and left him with spinal injuries, Colorado climber Craig DeMartino has led one hell of a life, including lauded First Disabled and In-a-Day Ascents on El Capitan. But his day-to-day life story is the one that should be making headlines.

The Frenchy
(2018, USA, 13 minutes)
At 82 years of age, Jacques is an amazing athlete, but the real story is how he inspires all with his contagious love of life, epic tales of survival, and ability to counter aging through laughter.

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