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Banff Films 2018

Friday, April 20 & Saturday, April 21, 2018
7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
McCosh Hall, Room 10
General seating, doors open at 6:30

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Free parking is available in the West Garage after 5 PM.

Friday Night

Title, Running Time

  • Where the Wild Things Play (4)
  • Johanna (4)
  • Kilian (14)
  • Ascend (6)
  • DugOut (41)
  • WHY (7)
  • Intersection: Micayla Gatto (5)
  • Sky Migrations (16)
  • Winter on the Blade (30)
  • Imagination: Tom Wallisch (5)

Saturday Night

Title, Running Time

  • Surf the Line (3)
  • Loved By All: The Story of Apa Sherpa (14)
  • Into Twin Galaxies - A Greenland Epic (52)
  • La Casita Wip (7)
  • The Frozen Road (24)
  • Edges (9)
  • Stumped (25)

Friday Night

Where The Wild Things Play


4 Mins

There's an ongoing dialogue of asking why aren't there more females in the adventure industry? Whether it’s in big mountain skiing, climbing, or whitewater kayaking. Well it's about time we found out Where The Wild Things Play.

Year: 2017
Country: United States
Director: Krystle Wright
Producer: Aidan Haley
Advisory: General


4 Mins

For freediver Johanna Nordblad diving under the ice provides a surreal, calming environment that helps heal her injuries.



Year: 2016
Country: United Kingdom
Director: Ian Derry
Producer: Ian Derry
Production Company: Archer’s Mark
Advisory: General
Awards: Best Short Mountain Film (2017 Banff Mountain Film Competition)




14 Mins

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.

Year: 2016
Country: Canada
Director: Mike Douglas and Anthony Bonello
Producer: Mike Douglas
Production Company: Switchback Entertainment Inc.
Advisory: General




6 Mins

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.

Year: 2017
Country: United States
Director: Simon Perkins
Producer: Simon Perkins
Production Company: Sharptail Media
Advisory: General

DugOut (Tour Edit)



41 Mins

Ben and James decide to travel to the Ecuadorian Amazon, live with an indigenous community, learn from them how to build a canoe from scratch, then take that canoe on a journey…what could go wrong?

Year: 2017
Country: United Kingdom
Director: Benjamin Sadd
Producer: Benjamin Sadd
Production Company: Trail to Anywhere
Advisory: Coarse Language & Nudity





7 Mins

Iceland. A cold, rugged and forbidding landscape where powerful rivers plunge through bedrock gorges, over massive waterfalls toward the sea. A crew of French kayakers travel here to ask the question, “Why? Why do we do this?”

Year: 2016
Country: France
Director: Hugo Clouzeau
Producer: We Are Hungry Production Company: We Are Hungry
Advisory: Nudity

Intersection: Micayla Gatto



5 Mins

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.

Year: 2017
Country: United States
Director: Lacy Kemp
Producer: Lacy Kemp
Production Company: Juicy Studios
Advisory: General
Awards: Best Film: Mountain Sports (2017 Banff Mountain Film Competition)

Sky Migrations



15 Mins

Each fall our skies fill with the wings of migrating raptors, a migration that relies on two hemispheres worth of wild and healthy ecosystems. Join ecologist and filmmaker, Charles Post, as he shines a light on the network of backcountry scientists and sentinels at the front lines of raptor conservation.

Year: 2016
Country: United States
Director: Max Lowe, Forest Woodward, and Charles Post
Advisory: Coarse Language

Winter on the Blade (Tour Edit)



30 Mins

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.

Year: 2017
Country: Australia
Director: Simon Bischoff
Producer: Simon Bischoff
Production Company: Video Compass
Advisory: Coarse Language & Nudity

Imagination: Tom Wallisch



4 Mins

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 came to life?

Year: 2017
Country: Canada
Director: Dave Mossop
Producer: Mitchell Scott
Production Company: Sherpas Cinema
Advisory: General
Awards: Best Film: Snow Sports (2017 Banff Mountain Film Competition)




Surf the Line



3 Mins

For The Flying Frenchies, thinking out of the box isn’t a choice – it’s a way of life.

Year: 2016
Country: France
Director: Jérémy Frey
Producer: Arnaud Hiltzer
Production Company: Hello Emotion
Advisory: General

Loved By All: The Story of Apa Sherpa



14 Mins

Apa Sherpa has climbed Mount Everest 21 times, but he wouldn't wish this upon anybody. Having grown up in the remote Khumbu region of Nepal, Apa was forced to leave school and work as a porter at the age of 12. For Nepal’s rural people, the income earned as a high altitude porter conflicts with the dreams made possible only through education and knowledge.

Year: 2017
Country: Canada
Director: Eric Crosland
Producer: Malcolm Sangster
Production Company: Sherpas Cinema
Advisory: General

Into Twin Galaxies – A Greenland Epic



52 Mins

3 National Geographic “Adventurers of the Year “ embark on a remarkable kayaking mission in Greenland. Kite skiing over 1000 kilometres of the Greenland Ice Cap, they tow their white water kayaks to reach the most northern river ever paddled.

Year: 2016
Country: Germany
Director: Jochen Schmoll
Producer: Niko Jäger (Senior Producer) and Nicola McQuiston (Producer)
Production Company: Red Bull Media House, Drehxtrem
Advisory: Coarse Language
Awards: Special Jury Mention (2017 Banff Mountain Film Competition)


The Frozen Road



24 Mins

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.

Year: 2017
Country: United Kingdom
Director: Ben Page
Producer: Ben Page
Advisory: General
Awards: Special Jury Mention (2017 Banff Mountain Film Competition)

La Casita Wip



7 Mins

Two girls from Ecuador have a dream of building their own dirt jumping track in their backyard. So they get to work.

Year: 2016
Country: Ecuador
Director: Juan Reece and Jose Cobo
Producer: Afuera Ecuador
Production Company: Afuera Productions
Advisory: General




9 Mins

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.

Year: 2016
Country: United States
Director: Katie Stjernholm
Producer: Katie Stjernholm
Production Company: Balcony Nine Media
Advisory: General




25 Mins

Maureen Beck has never let the fact that she is missing her lower left arm hold her back from climbing. She doesn’t want to be considered a good one-armed climber, or a good female climber…she just wants to be a plain good climber.

Year: 2017
Country: United States
Director: Taylor Keating, Cedar Wright
Producer: Cedar Wright
Production Company: Cedar Wright Productions
Advisory: Coarse Language & Violence