FILMS

The Banff Mountain Film Festival UK & Ireland Tour features collections of the best films from the world's most prestigious mountain film festival. 

 

The  RED  and  BLUE  Film programmes were shown in theatres prior to lockdown in 2020 and are also showing virtually in Winter 2020/21. The  PURPLE  film programme is showing virtually only in early 2021.

The next instalment of Tour films - the  YELLOW  and  GREEN  film programmes - will be announced in February 2021 and (subject to ongoing restrictions) will be shown in theatres in late Spring or Autumn 2021.

2021 PURPLE PROGRAMME

SHOWING VIRTUALLY - AVAILABLE IN ON DEMAND SOON

 
ZEPPELIN SKIING

4 minutes

You’ve heard of heli-skiing, but what about skiing by zeppelin? In a world-first, three free-skiers fly by zeppelin to the Eastern Alps in Austria, to abseil, ski and snowboard on gnarly terrain. On this ground-breaking mission, every millimetre and gram will be the difference between failure and success…

KENTUCKY ICE CLIMBING

20 minutes

Ice climbing… in Kentucky?! Join a raucous, bourbon-fuelled adventure deep into the valleys of Appalachia with a crew of harmless misfits as they race to search out and climb new ice routes before they're gone. Bushwhacking for two hours to climb 30ft of elusive ice shows that you really can find adventure wherever you look – and belly laughs are guaranteed

MYRTLE SIMPSON: A LIFE ON ICE

25 minutes

Scottish adventurer Myrtle Simpson is a pioneer, mountain climber, polar explorer, writer and mother who was named by the National Geographic as one of four women who ‘defied expectations and explored the world.’ Blazing her own trail, Myrtle experienced places most people only dream about, while writing 13 books, collecting specimens for museum botanical collections and raising four children. Here, this unsung hero narrates the story of three of her most dramatic and significant expeditions.

THE LEGEND OF TOMMY G

6 minutes

Get set for some outrageous biking action! Belgian slopestyle rider Thomas Genon is reaching legendary status with his super-human biking tricks and, in the stunning Swiss Alps, this film also features cameos from some of the world’s best mountain bikers, commentators and stars.

INTO THE CANYON

45 minutes

Filmmaker/photographer Pete McBride and writer Kevin Fedarko tell a story of extreme physical hardship where the bonds of friendship are stretched. Winning best feature-length mountain film at the Banff Festival, Into the Canyon describes how the timeless beauty of this sacred place, the Grand Canyon, becomes meditation and ultimately a cautionary tale for our complex relationship with the natural world.

ELI

6 minutes

As an indigenous rancher growing up with no electricity or running water on the Navajo Reservation in rugged Arizona, Eli Neztsosie learnt through years of hard work what it means to rely on discipline and endurance. Now he relies on those same skills running long distances— striving every day to be better than he was the day before.

LIFE OF PIE

12 minutes

When Jen Zeuner and Anne Keller moved to the tiny, conservative high desert town of Fruita, Colorado, it was solely a hub of agriculture and oil and gas development. But with passion and perseverance, the singletrack shredders and pizza chefs helped transform this high-desert town into a mountain biking hotspot, turning their Hot Tomato Cafe into the living room of the Grand Valley’s outdoor community.

Please note that some of the films do contain a small amount of coarse language.

 

2020/21 RED PROGRAMME

SHOWING VIRTUALLY 

CHARGE

5 minutes

 

Question: what do you get when you drop four top freeskiers and a world champion drone pilot at Chatter Creek, British Columbia, for a week and instruct them to charge as hard as they can, every day? Answer: unique footage of next level skiing from a world-class skiing area, with trees, chutes, steeps, flips and unlimited powder…

THE FLIP

3 minutes

 

What drives us to step beyond the bounds of what we know, even when the stakes are so high they are possibly fatal? French Skydiver Remi Angeli faces his fears to explore new expressions of movement while BASE jumping in Mexico. On the other side of his fear he discovers life in its purest form.

HOME (Tour Edit)

46 minutes

Oxfordshire adventurer Sarah Outen embarks on a four-year, human-powered traverse of the globe, travelling by bike, kayak and rowing boat across Europe, Asia, the Pacific Ocean, North America and finally the Atlantic. The punishing elements, months of solitude and storms push Sarah to the mental and physical brink, and Home intimately and unflinchingly captures her 20,000-mile odyssey.

THE LADAKH PROJECT

14 minutes

Join French athlete Nouria Newman as she embarks on a 375km solo kayaking expedition down the most remote and daunting rivers in the Indian Himalaya. With some hair-raising moments, Nouria is forced to push herself to the edge of her limits, saying “I felt really vulnerable. I had a proper look at what my guts were made of.”

UP TO SPEED

20 minutes

 

Until recently speed climbing was seen as an obscure sub-discipline of the sport, but with climbing’s inclusion in the 2020 Olympics, it’s about to be thrust on to the biggest athletic stage in the world. Self-proclaimed old-fashioned trad climber Zach Barr investigates this intriguing activity and meets the climbers who literally run up walls… with euphoric crowds cheering them on.

THE IMAGINARY LINE

10 minutes

During the longest government shutdown in American history, a team from Mexico and the USA assemble to establish a slackline that crosses the border between them. Risking grave consequences, they hope to spread a message about the importance coming together and using our passions to connect cultures. “We are people from different lands, but we are all one.”

THABANG

13 minutes

Thabang Madiba lives in the South African township of Ga-Rankuwa, without a mountain in sight… nor a physio, chiro or dietician. But through hard work, dedication and passion, he became the first black South African to represent the country in trail running, and has won the South African Trail Running Championships multiple times. A hero in his community, Thabang is hoping to inspire a new generation of youth through the sport of trail running.

 

2020/21 BLUE PROGRAMME 

SHOWING VIRTUALLY - AVAILABLE ON DEMAND SOON

THE HIGH ROAD

18 minutes

Nina Williams is drawn to climbing the most beautiful lines… which also happen to be the tallest. Nina specialises in highball bouldering – climbing tall boulders of extreme difficulty, without a rope – which combines the physicality of bouldering with the mental discipline of free soloing. Watch in awe as she flexes her guns and tests her nerves well into the no-fall zone.

SPECTRE EXPEDITION - MISSION ANTARCTICA

36 minutes

1,000 miles, 200+kg loads, 65 days, 3 mates, 1 mountain. Using snow-kites to travel great distances, with massive loads at speeds up to 60kmph, this is the epic tale of Leo Houlding, Jean Burgun and Mark Sedon's daring dream to reach the summit of the most remote mountain on earth: The Spectre, Antarctica.

THE RUNNING PASTOR

9 minutes

 

As a shepherd’s son, Sverri Steinholm grew up chasing sheep around the dramatic, otherworldly Faroe Islands. Today he is a pastor of the Lutheran Church, the dominant religion on the islands. He is also a compulsive runner, finding solace and spiritual refuge from personal conflicts and the burdens of priesthood on rugged, exposed trails of his homeland.

HORS PISTE

6 minutes

 

The two best mountain rescue workers of the region are called in to save a skier stranded on the top of an imposing mountain. Despite their professionalism and determination, not everything goes according to plan in this riotous six-minute animation.

THE FRENCHY

11 minutes

 

Jacques Houot, 82, may just have found the fountain of youth. The Colorado-based French ski racer, downhill mountain biker, road cyclist and incorrigible flirt is the embodiment of joie de vivre. Jaques has survived countless close calls, including avalanches, cancer, car accidents, a heart attack and even attempted murder. As a survivor, he tries to enjoy every day he has, ripping through the mountains with his signature catchphrase, “No problem!”

THE LONG RIVER HOME

20 minutes

 

Three friends come together for a mission to guide blind Navy veteran Lonnie Bedwell on a 14-day river trip through the Grand Canyon. Battling powerful rapids including the daunting Lava Falls, this is a film about overcoming the residual impacts of war through kayaking – forming a team, kicking out in the current and finding a line through the chaos.

A NORDIC SKATER

5 minutes

 

Nordic skating is the art of long-distance skating on natural ice and, on the spellbinding frozen fjords and lakes of Norway, Per Sollerman has found his calling. A former action sports fan, Per now uses all of his senses to journey safely over the ice and feel part of the landscape. An enticing portrayal of this little-known sport.

 

2021 YELLOW PROGRAMME

SHOWING IN THEATRES IN 2021

Films in the yellow film programme will be announced in February 2021.

2021 GREEN PROGRAMME

SHOWING IN THEATRES IN 2021
 

Films in the green film programme will be announced in February 2021.

Please note the film programmes may be subject to change.

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