2022 TOUR 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 2022 RED and BLUE film programmes will feature an all-new collection of films on the upcoming theatre tour in 2022.
RED FILM PROGRAMME
FOLLOW THE LIGHT
Boasting narrow canyons, dramatic sunsets and illuminated hot air balloons, the unique landforms of Cappadocia in Turkey are the dream setting for a mountain biking spectacular. With mesmerising cinematography and phenomenal riding, immerse yourself in this colourful adventure with top riders Kilian Bron, Pierre Henni, Pierre Dupont and JB Liautard.
REEL ROCK - ACTION DIRECTE
French climber and powerhouse Melissa Le Nevé spends seven years battling insane moves, inner doubt and the burden of history to become the first woman to climb the most revered sport route on earth – the 5.14d Action Directe in Frankenjura, Germany.
A FOREIGN NATIVE
Big mountain freerider Fabian Lentsch leaves his familiar world behind to explore the peaks and culture of Iran. It’s a magical place to score incredible snow and experience a different way of life, but his year-long trip takes an unexpected twist in 2020, when military tension ramps up and covid hits. Learning Farsi, playing the Tanbur and skiing fresh powder, Fabian’s journey takes him deeper into the heart of this fascinating country.
WEST HIGHLAND WAY
Stretching from Scotland’s largest city to the iconic highland town of Fort William, the 95-mile West Highland Way is a long-distance path loved by walkers. It’s also the subject of fierce competition between elite mountain bikers, all vying to set a fastest known time record on the challenging route. Enter former pro rider Rab Wardell, who’ll need all of his bike handling skills and endurance to make history in his beloved homeland.
FROM MY WINDOW
From her bedroom window, Melissa Simpson has gazed at the highest peaks in Colorado for her whole life. They stand as a symbol of her greatest dream and her biggest obstacle, because Melissa has cerebral palsy. With the help of her friend and mentor, blind adventurer Erik Weihenmayer, she sets out to conquer something far greater than a summit.
MARKUS EDER: ULTIMATE SKI RUN
Italian freeskier Markus Eder set his sights on a seemingly impossible goal – to push the boundaries of three freeski disciplines in one ultimate top-to-bottom run. The result is a near-perfect ride, where the former Freeride World Tour champ takes us from the high peaks of Zermatt, Switzerland, to the valley bottom of Luttach, Italy, in a display of mind-blowing tricks and cinematic excellence.
BLUE FILM PROGRAMME
INSIDE - A HOLE NEW SKI EXPERIENCE
Most people ski tour across mountains. Fewer people ski tour inside them… but Austrian skiers Andreas Gumpenberger and Stefan Ager are not normal people. Always on the lookout for an unusual adventure, the team embark on a ski tour of a huge cave in Slovenia’s Julian Alps. Damp, steep and technical, the expedition exceeds all expectations!
A DOG'S TALE
A celebration of the joy of mountain biking, as seen through the eyes of our four-legged friends. Join pups of all sizes as they take on gnarly jumps, sweeping corners and berms… with a belly rub at the end. These feisty and loveable trail dogs enjoy being in the outdoors as much as us humans – and often outclass their pro-rider owners.
EXIT THE NORTH POLE
In 24-hour darkness and with temperatures down to -40, polar explorers Børge Ousland and Mike Horn attempt the unimaginable: a 1,500km ski expedition across the frozen Arctic Ocean, via the North Pole. With drifting ice and the threat of polar bears, this gruelling journey has been described as the boldest polar expedition of modern times.
Elite climber Pasang Lhamu Sherpa Akita has had a trailblazing career, summiting K2, Everest and other world-class peaks. Life changed with the birth of her son, but Pasang decides that to be the best mother she can, she needs to follow her dreams again. Defying expectations and returning to her life-long passion, Pasang attempts her dream mountain: the spectacular Nepalese peak Cholatse.
LEARNING TO DROWN
One of the most influential female snowboarders in the world, Jess Kimura was at the top of her career when she lost the love of her life in a tragic accident. Her grief led her in a direction she could have never anticipated. Raw, honest and often laugh-out-loud funny, Learning to Drown is a story for anyone who needs to hear that things can get better.
Legendary Scottish trials rider Danny MacAskill is back. Lockdown saw the Banff favourite return to his homeland of the isle of Skye to tackle the Dubh Slabs – a 500m drop down an exposed rock face usually reserved for climbers and mountaineers. A nail-biting watch, this film shows rider and bike at their absolute limits, where any mistake could leave Danny on the slab.