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Banff Mountain Film Festival

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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 the world’s top films on the great outdoors and mountain culture. For nineteen years the best films from the festival have thrilled enthusiastic audiences at National Geographic.

This year, due to audience demand, we’ve increased the number of screenings—four evenings repeated over two weeks—curated for you by the tour’s expert hosts. Each evening will include an intermission.

Browse the film lineups below to select which nights you would like to attend.

Program Schedule

All programs start at 7 p.m.

Wednesday Program

01/25/2017, 02/01/2017

Metronomic (2016, France, 5 min.) Filmmaker:  Vladimir Cellier

High above the Gorges du Verdon, artists and high-level balancing athletes play an energetic symphony devoted to risk resulting in an entertaining hymn melding visual performance and contemplative poetry.

Northbound (2016, Norway, 10 min.) Filmmaker: Anders Graham

Four skateboarders 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. This film contains graphic language.

Fast Forward (2016, USA, 8 min.) Filmmaker: Anna Callaghan

For bikepacker and ultra-long-distance racer Lael Wilcox, taking on the Arizona Trail—more than 800 miles of desert singletrack—is a challenge unlike any other.

Mira (2016, Hong Kong, 42 min.) Filmmaker:  Lloyd Belcher

Growing up in a remote mountain village in Nepal, Mira dreamed of being successful in sports—and the challenges she and other Nepali girls faced ultimately prepared her perfectly for the sport of running. 

For the Love (2016, USA, 14 min.) Filmmaker:  Todd Wells

When making first descents, one is forced to test the limits of what’s possible and what’s known while paddling the most difficult and remote whitewater in the world. This film contains graphic language.

The Great Siberian Traverse (2016, Canada, 27 min.) Filmmaker: Malcolm Sangster

A 750-mile ski journey through Russia, along the Trans-Siberian Railway uncovers a fringe backcountry skiing community, deep powder, and skiing's ancient origins. This film contains graphic language.

Doing It Scared (2016, Australia, 11 min.) Filmmaker: Catherine Pettman

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

Danny MacAskill’s Wee Day Out (2016, UK, 6 min.) Filmmaker: Stu Thomson

Explore the rural landscape around Edinburgh in a film that captures the simple fun of a ride in the country with moments of incredible mountain biking and a touch of humor.
 

01/25/2017 Sold Out   02/01/2017 Sold Out

Thursday Program

01/26/2017, 02/02/2017

DreamRide (2016, Canada, 5 min) Filmmakers: Lacy Kemp and Ryan Gibb

A mountain bike adventure rolls into a dream world where the trail never ends and the promise of joy and freedom exist around each bend.

Trail Dog (2016, South Africa, 5 min.) Filmmaker: Christian Denslow

In a small village in southeast France, a young man explores the mountains with his dogs. 

When We Were Knights (2016, USA, 12 min.) Filmmaker: Anson Fogel

For BASE jumpers, the risk of death sometimes results in something amazing and unexpected. This film contains graphic language.

Sea Gypsies: The Far Side of the World (2016, USA, 46 min.) Filmmaker: Nicholas Edwards

Infinity, a 120-foot hand-built sailing ketch, crewed by a community of wanderers epitomizes the spirit of adventure in an 8,000-mile Pacific crossing from New Zealand to Patagonia. This film contains graphic language and nudity.

Ruin and Rose (2016, USA, 7 min.) Filmmaker: Ben Sturgulewski

Watch talented freeskiers as they tackle new terrains in search of gorgeous jumps in Whistler and big lines in Alaska.

Shift (2016, Canada, 28 min.) Filmmaker: Kelly Milner

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

Poumaka (2016, USA, 15 min.) Filmmakers: Andy Mann, Keith Ladzinski

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. This film contains graphic language.

Max Your Days (2016, Canada, 4 min.) Filmmaker: Malcolm Sangster

The summer solstice on Canada’s west coast offers endless possibilities.
 

01/26/2017 Sold Out   02/02/2017 Sold Out

Friday Program

01/27/2017, 02/03/2017

Metronomic (2016, France, 5 min.) Filmmaker: Vladimir Cellier

High above the Gorges du Verdon, artists and high-level balancing athletes play an energetic symphony devoted to risk resulting in an entertaining hymn melding visual performance and contemplative poetry.

Elk River (2016, USA, 27 min.) Filmmaker: Jenny Nichols

A modern band of explorers join a herd of elk 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.

Fast Forward (2016, USA, 8 min.) Filmmaker: Anna Callaghan

For bikepacker and ultra-long-distance racer Lael Wilcox, taking on the Arizona Trail—more than 800 miles of desert singletrack—is a challenge unlike any other.

Four Mums in a Boat (2015, UK, 30 min.) Filmmaker: Simon Tucker

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

Packing It Out: Cleaning America’s Wild Trails (2016, USA, 4 min.) Filmmakers:  Colin Arisman and Luke Kantola

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

Dog Power (2016, USA, Tour Edit 25 min.) Filmmakers: Kale Casey and Jordan Schevene

Get a fascinating view of the world of dog-powered sports and the special bond between dogs and their humans, both sharing a passion for living, working, and playing together.

Devotion: Libby Peter (2016, UK, 5 min.) Filmmaker: Matt Pycroft

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

Iran: A Skier’s Journey (2016, Canada, 12 min.) Filmmaker: Jordan Manley

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

Danny MacAskill’s Wee Day Out  (2016, UK, 6 min.) Filmmaker:  Stu Thomson

Explore the rural landscape around Edinburgh in a film that captures the simple fun of a ride in the country with moments of incredible riding and a touch of humor.
 

01/27/2017 Sold Out   02/03/2017 Sold Out

Saturday Program

01/28/2017, 02/04/2017

Ace and the Desert Dog (2015, USA, 9 min) Filmmaker: Brendan Leonard

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.

The Accord (2016, Iceland,19 min.) Filmmaker: RC Cone

Being so far removed from the hustle and bustle of the tropical surf world hardens Iceland’s surfers to confront the harsh reality of the unforgiving North Atlantic wind.

Being Hear (2016, USA,10 min.) Filmmaker: Matt Mikkelsen

World-renowned nature sound recordist and acoustic ecologist Gordon Hempton works to protect the globe’s few remaining quiet places from noise pollution.

Young Guns (2016, USA, 27 min.) Filmmakers: Nick Rosen, Josh Lowell, and Peter Mortimer

The faces of climbing, 14-year-old Ashima Shiraishi and 15-year-old Kai Lightner, move beyond their comfort zones to learn hard, but important, lessons that will carry them to even greater heights.

The Perfect Flight (2016, USA, 5 min.) Filmmaker: Joshua Izenberg

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

Gyalmu’s House (2016, UK, 19 min.) Filmmaker: Gavin Carver

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.

The Super Salmon (2016, USA, 25 min) Filmmaker: Ryan Peterson

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.

Max Your Days (2016, Canada, 4 min) Filmmaker: Malcolm Sangster

The summer solstice on Canada’s west coast offers endless possibilities.
 

01/28/2017 Sold Out   02/04/2017 Sold Out

 

Top Image: Thomas Senf

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