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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

      Imagination: Tom Wallisch
      Jake Dyson ©
      • Canada 2017, 4 minutes
      • Directed by: Dave Mossop
      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

      The Frozen Road
      Ben Page ©
      • UK 2017, 24 minutes
      • Directed by: 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.
    • Edges

      Balcony Nine Media ©
      • USA 2016, 9 minutes
      • Directed by: Katie Stjernholm
      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

      Dreamwalkers – The Faroes Project
      Chris Eyre Walker ©
      • Australia 2017, 16 minutes
      • Directed by: Chris Eyre-Walker
      Our friends set out on an adventure to be the first to highline in one of the most unlikely of places: the Faroe Islands.
    • Mammoth

      from the movie "Mammoth" ©
      • USA 2017, 26 minutes
      • Directed by: Grant Slater
      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.
    • DreamRide 2

      DreamRide 2
      Bruno Long ©
      • USA 2017, 6 minutes
      • Directed by: Mike Hopkins
      Poetic, artistic, and inspiring, ride along with us as we traverse volcanic fields, explore hidden lava caves, and race down rivers of ice. 
    • Denali's Raven

      Denali's Raven
      Renan Ozturk ©
      • USA 2017, 9 minutes
      • Directed by: Renan Ozturk
      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.
    • Stumped

      Cedar Wright ©
      • USA 2017, 25 minutes
      • Directed by: Cedar Wright
      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

    • Breaking 60

      Breaking 60
      Lloyd Belcher ©
      • China 2017, 35 minutes
      • Directed by: Robin Lee
      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

      Scott Markewitz ©
      • Canada 2016, 14 minutes
      • Directed by: Mike Douglas & Anthony Bonello
      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

      Planet Earth II - Mountain Ibex
      BBC Natural History Unit ©
      • UK 2017, 7 minutes
      • Produced by: BBC
      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.
    • Johanna

      Ian Derry ©
      • UK 2016, 4 minutes
      • Directed by: Ian Derry 
      For freediver Johanna Nordblad diving under the ice provides a surreal, calming environment that helps heal her injuries. 
    • Ascend

      Simon Perkins ©
      • USA 2017, 6 minutes
      • Directed by: Simon Perkins
      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

      Winter on the Blade
      Simon Bischoff ©
      • Australia 2017, 30 minutes
      • Directed by: Simon Bischoff
      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

      The Space Within
      Oskar Enander ©
      • USA 2017, 5 minutes
      • Directed by: Frank Pickell
      Imagine your mind wanders from the reality of real life and the space that surrounds you is filled with beautiful, soft, Japanese powder snow.
    • Safety Third

      Safety Third
      Taylor Keating ©
      • USA 2017, 29 minutes
      • Directed by: Cedar Wright 
      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.

The Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour is a program of Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity. Find out more on