BANFF Mountain Film Festival

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BANFF Mountain Film Festival

Banff Centre Mountain Film and Book Festival is the largest, and one of the most prestigious, mountain festivals in the world. Hot on the heels of the festival held every fall in Banff, Canada, the Banff Centre Mountain Film Festival World Tour hits the road.

With stops planned in about 550 communities and more than 40 countries across the globe, this year’s tour features a collection of the most inspiring action, environmental, and adventure films from the festival.

Traveling to exotic landscapes and remote cultures, and bringing audiences up-close and personal with adrenaline-packed action sports, the 2018/2019 World Tour is an exhilarating and provocative exploration of the mountain world.

From approximately 400 films entered into the annual festival, award-winning films and audience favorites are among the films chosen to travel the globe.

Film Line Up:


Saturday, February 23 at 7PM

CHOICES (2017, USA, 2 minutes, PG-Coarse language) Director: Caleb Weaver, Grand Valley resident

A mountain biker has an amazing menu of rides to choose from, but which will he pick?


BROTHERS OF CLIMBING (2018, USA, 7 minutes, General)

How can you be what you can’t see? Mikhail Martin, co-founder of Brothers of Climbing said, “I literally typed, ‘Are there black climbers?’ in Google … someone said, ‘black people don’t climb.'”


THE MOMENT (EDIT) (2018, Canada, 15 minutes, PG-Coarse Language)

In the backwoods of British Columbia, small but dedicated crews of adventure seekers were quietly changing the course of a sport and carving their paths in history. The Moment captures the birth and success of the original free ride mountain bike movement.


FOR THE LOVE OF MARY (2018, USA, 6 minutes, General)

When 97-year-old runner George Etzweiler dons his lucky ancient green running shorts, he's not just running to the summit of Mt. Washington, Etzweiler carries something else special with him, the memory of his late wife of 68 years.



A mother-daughter team set out on a six-month ski traverse in the Coast Mountains of British Columbia, Canada.


INTERMISSION-Rotary Club of Grand Junction Prize Drawing, Mountain House Samples, Sponsors and Beneficiaries in the Encore Hall, Banff Mountain Film Festival Prize Drawing


FAR OUT: KAI JONES (2018, USA, 5 minutes, General)

Eleven-year old Kai Jones isn’t old enough to go to the movies alone or order a sandwich at the pub, but in the mountains age doesn’t matter. He is following in his family’s ski tracks… right into backflips and tricks off cliffs.


VIACRUXIS (2018, USA, 11 minutes, General)

Marcel and Andrezj are a legendary pair of mountaineers. They have been the first ones to conquer the highest and hardest peaks. Despite their different temperaments, they make a great team. Now they face the biggest challenge: reaching the virgin summit of the highest mountain. In order to achieve this, they will have to overcome formidable obstacles, suffer hardships and stand each other for a long time. But Andrezj is no longer willing to continue in Marcel’s shadow.



Sherri Tippie, a hairdresser / Certified Live Beaver Trapper is working to restore the North American Beaver, the most industrious, ingenious, furry little engineer, to the watersheds of the American West.


THE PASSAGE (2018, USA, 25 minutes, General)

In 1974 a small determined team built their own canoes, launched them into the Pacific, and became some of the first people in modern history to canoe from Washington to Alaska up the Inside Passage. The Passage is a story about revisiting that journey, fathers and sons, and the wild places that define us.


SKIER VS. DRONE (2018, Canada, 4 minutes, General)

It's the classic battle of man vs. machine but Olympic Bronze Medalist ski racer, Victor Muffat-Jeandet isn't worried.


Sunday, February 24 at 4PM

CHOICES (2017, USA, 2 minutes, PG-Coarse language) Producer: Caleb Weaver, Grand Valley resident

A mountain biker has an amazing menu of rides to choose from, but which will he pick?


REEL ROCK 12: BREAK ON THROUGH (2017, USA, 26 minutes, PG, Coarse Language)

Margo Hayes, a little-known 19-year old from Boulder, Colorado, has moved to Europe to train and climb with the goal of succeeding on two of the most iconic 5.15s in France and Spain. But by pushing her body and mind to the absolute limit, she risks injury and failure in her quest to be the first.


SURFACE (2018, USA, 7 minutes, General)

In a photographic niche defined by familiar angles, Ben Thouard is driven by his desire to create something original in surf photography.


ICE & PALMS (2018, Germany, 32 MINUTES, PG, Coarse Language-Nudity)

Bikepacking, summiting mountains and skiing some iconic lines along the way, friends Max and Jochen have one dream – 5 weeks, 1,800 km and 35,000 vertical meters self-propelled across the Alps.


INTERMISSION-Sponsors, Beneficiaries and Mountain House Samples in Lobby and Encore Hall


ROGUE ELEMENTS: CORBET’S COULOIR (2017, USA, 4 minutes, General)

Anyone who has ever skied or snowboarded Jackson Hole knows just how nerve-racking it can be to send it into the infamous Corbet's Couloir, even in the best of conditions. Doing it in icy conditions on mountain bikes is nothing short of insane, and that's exactly what we did.


FAST HORSE (2018, Canada, 14 Minutes, PG-Coarse Language)


FAST HORSE follows the return of the Blackfoot bareback horseracing tradition in a new form: the Indian Relay. Siksika horseman Allison Red Crow struggles to build a team with second-hand horses and a new jockey, Cody Big Tobacco, to take on the best riders in the Blackfoot Confederacy at the Calgary Stampede.


HOW TO RUN 100 MILES (2018, USA, 28 minutes, PG, Coarse Language)

The odds were stacked against Jayson Sime early in life: poverty, homelessness, dyslexia, bullying. But he learned to fight. In 2017, he entered his first 100-mile mountain ultramarathon, betting on his lifelong resilience to carry him to the finish line.


THE FRENCHY (2018, USA, 13 minutes, PG-Coarse Language)

Jacques is an 82-year-old, badass athlete, but the real story is how he inspires us with his contagious love of life, epic tales of survival and his ability to counter aging through laughter.



BANFF Mountain Film Festival
Event starts on Feb 23, 2019 at 7:00 pm
Doors open at 6:00 pm
Event ends on Feb 23, 2019 at 10:00 pm
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