The 2018 films
The Banff Mountain Film Festival is the world’s most famous outdoor film festival. Afterwards, a selection of the best films of the festival goes on a world tour.
The film program has a total length of 120 minutes. There will be a break of around 30 minutes in between. One event has a total duration of around 2.5 to 3 hours, including the supporting program with the host’s presentation and sweepstakes.
Please note: In the Netherlands the films will be shown in English - without Dutch subtitles.
Here's a first look on the new program:
Banff Tour 2018
Imagination: Tom Wallisch
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 became a reality? Watch day dreams come to life as Tom Wallisch shreds the snowy streets of Nelson, British Columbia.
The Frozen Road
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.
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.
Dreamwalkers – The Faroes Project
Our friends set out on an adventure to be the first to highline in one of the most unlikely of places: the Faroe Islands.
from the movie "Mammoth" ©
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.
Poetic, artistic, and inspiring, ride along with us as we traverse volcanic fields, explore hidden lava caves, and race down rivers of ice.
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.
Maureen Beck is not here to be your inspiration. "People say, ‘look a one-armed climber, now I have no excuses.’ I'm like dude, you never had any excuses in the first place." And she is not making excuses for herself. Maureen 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. ”I don’t want to just be a good one armed climber,” says Maureen. “I want to be a good climber.”
Radical Reels 2018
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.
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.
Planet Earth II - Mountain Ibex
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 ibex live and thrive.
For freediver Johanna Nordblad diving under the ice provides a surreal, calming environment that helps heal her injuries.
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.
Winter on the Blade
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.
The Space Within
Imagine your mind wanders from the reality of real life and the space that surrounds you is filled with beautiful, soft, Japanese powder snow.
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.