|Thurs 8th Feb||7.30pm|
The Banff Mountain Film Festival features an exhilarating selection of short films that will take you to the most captivating places on earth. Through the big screen be transported to the world’s last great wild places, follow the expeditions of some of today’s most incredible adventurers, see amazing footage of adrenaline-packed action sports and be inspired by thought provoking pieces shot from the far flung corners of the globe.
Films start at 7:30pm. There is a bar that will be open from 6:30pm.
Yvonne Dowlen has been ice skating for as long as she can remember – and she insists that, at 90, it’s easier to skate than it is to walk! Her elegance on ice reflects the decades she spent travelling the world as a performer, and then as a teacher. Skating helped her recover from the most challenging times of her life, and the message here is simple: keep doing what you love.
Filmmaker: Katie Stjernholm, Balcony Nine Media, 9 minutes
The Frozen Road
Yorkshireman Ben Page sought an adventure of perfect solitude in the Canadian Arctic. But the harsh truths of travelling in such a formidable environment are a long way from the romanticisms of a Jack London book. On a wild bikepacking journey, as the latitude increases and the mercury falls below -30C, Ben discovers what it truly means to travel alone in this great emptiness.
Filmmaker: Ben Page, 24 minutes
Ice Call – Backyards Project
Freeride skier Sam Favret offers a new perspective on the mythical Mer de Glace, a valley glacier at the heart of the Mont Blanc massif – he treats it as if it were a skatepark! With natural features including halfpipes, impressive jumps, ice tunnels and more, Ice Call combines gnarly skiing with magical scenery. All we have to do is keep up!
Filmmaker: PVS Company, 3 minutes
Imagination: Tom Wallisch
Imagination taps into the beauty of a child’s daydreams. Sitting in the back of his parents’ car, he imagines being a skier doing all sorts of crazy tricks down the snow-filled urban landscape drifting past the car, when suddenly, his imagination comes to life!
A beautiful, heart-warming and nostalgic film with some mind-blowing skiing, made in memory of Canadian freeskier JP Auclair.
Filmmaker: Sherpas Cinema, 5 minutes
Intersection: Micayla Gatto
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.
“I feel that athletics and creativity mesh really well together, and yet it’s not something we shine light on too often,” she says.
With hardcore mountain biking and incredible artwork, this film celebrates anyone who doesn’t fit into a single category.
Filmmaker: Lacy Kemp, Juicy Studios, 5 minutes
Into Twin Galaxies
Top adventurers Ben Stookesberry, Sarah McNair-Landry and Erik Boomer are on an extreme mission in Greenland. Using kite skis, the trio tow their white-water kayaks 1,000km over the Greenland Ice Cap to reach the northernmost river ever paddled – and then the challenge gets even tougher. With spectacular cinematography, remote wilderness and a large amount of suffering, this film shows what it’s like to be far out of your comfort zone.
Filmmaker: Jochen Small, Drehxtrem, Red Bull Media House, 52 minutes
Climber Maureen Beck may have been born missing her lower left arm, but that hasn’t stopped her from going hard. She pushes her ‘stump’ to the limit, tackling the tough grade of 5.12, while sinking the occasional early morning beer. She isn’t making excuses for herself though. “I don’t want to just be a good one-armed climber,” says Maureen. “I want to be a good climber.”
Filmmaker: Cedar Wright & Taylor Keating, 25 minutes
Tickets are non-refundable. Unallocated seating. Please bring along your ticket for the evening, either as a printed version or e-ticket accesible through the Eventbrite App on your smart phone or tablet. For concession tickets, please bring along proof of your concession eligibility along on the evening.
If you have any access requirements please contact us or the venue directly.
All times listed are the programme start time unless otherwise stated. Films start approx 30 mins after the programme start time.