RED FILM PROGRAMME
41 minutes, contains some subtitles (from French)
On the trail of nomadic peoples and the ancient Silk Roads, three skiers and boarders embark on an expedition to reach one of the most remote parts of Asia: the Tien Shan mountains, on the Kyrgyzstan-China border. With unexplored mountains and faces, the team find themselves propelled into a world where time and space appear to stand still. Facing wild mountain landscapes, wild weather patterns and wild animals, the trio battle hostile conditions to ski stunning lines down truly immaculate peaks.
WINNER: Award for Creative Excellence
Soundscape shares the sightless experience of climbing a mountain via echo location, touch and imagination. It features Erik Weihenmayer, a fully blind adventure athlete and author, as he ascends a massive rock face deep in California’s Sierra Nevada mountains. Using expert camera work and emotive, novel animation to bring to life a concept by adaptive climbing pioneer Timmy O’Neill, the film is a surprising and soulful adventure.
How one woman's passion for design and innovation revolutionised the outdoor industry. Aged 50, Sheri Tingey defied the odds and expectations of those around her by starting a company that changed the way paddle sports in the backcountry are viewed around the world. Sheri is the incredible story of Sheri's life, the hurdles she overcame to launch her company, and the brilliance and commitment she brings to her projects every day. Guaranteed to warm and inspire.
REEL ROCK: DNA
23 minutes, contains some subtitles (from French)
Top climber Seb Bouin attempts to establish an epic route out of an overhanging cave in France's Verdon Gorge. His proposed line is so futuristic, the moves so improbable, that if he can put it all together it may be the most difficult route ever climbed. Battling all conditions, his main climbing partner is his mum Claire (herself an 8b climber) - so it's no surprise that Seb thinks genetics are key to his success.
Mountain biking legend Kilian Bron spends his time travelling the world looking for thrilling routes to ride, and this time he’s crossing North America on some of the continent’s most iconic trails. From urban bike life in New York City, to red rock formations in Moab, to dense Canadian forests, Kilian embarks on the ultimate ride – captured with his signature artistic flair.
PIONEERS: TANDEM XC SKIING
Two friends in search of vindication. After winning the Birkebeiner – the largest cross country ski race in North America – Joe Dubay was disqualified for wearing the wrong bib. Now, 11 years later, Joe and his former roommate Chris (who lent him the bib) return to the Birkebeiner to pioneer a new sport: tandem cross-country skiing. Bouncing between hilarious and 'actually really impressive,' this is a story about bending the rules to compete in a classic American ski race.
BLUE FILM PROGRAMME
WINNER: Best Film: Adventure
Two gritty teams of hobbyist cavers are poised to break records for the longest and deepest caves in Canada. After discovering a flooded underground chamber, Katie Graham, an accountant by day, becomes obsessed with returning to the Bisaro Anima cave to push the caving depth record. At the same time, a passionate Vancouver Island team is attempting to link two tunnel systems to create the longest known cave in the country. From abyssal, muddy crawls to heart-pounding, vertical pits and underwater squeezes, these are places where no person has been before.
26 minutes, contains some subtitles (from French)
WINNER: Best Film: Mountain Sports
Jumping from the top of Nameless Tower in Pakistan (6,200m), after having climbed the Eternal Flame route, is to combine one of the most beautiful climbs in the world with one of the most beautiful BASE jumps imaginable. Following in the footsteps of pioneer jumpers from the early 1990s, BASE jumpers Éric Jamet and Antoine Pecher take on this immense adventure. Beauty, power and fear all contribute to the experience.
REEL ROCK: CENOTE
9 minutes, subtitles (from Spanish)
When young papaya farmer Adolfo ‘Fito’ Trujillo started climbing, he didn’t even know that the sport had a name. The more time he spends at Mexico’s spellbinding cenotes – mystical fresh-water sinkholes on Yucatán Peninsula – the more he begins to explore the walls and rocks surrounding them. His discovery causes him to make a life-changing decision to follow his new passion.
What happens when you combine a renewable energy sailboat with an arctic ski expedition in Greenland for the first time ever? Athletes Rachael Burks and Jessica Baker put the idea to test, and endure a formidable journey along Western Greenland’s fjords and towering mountains. This is a harrowing yet inspiring expedition through wild landscapes and seascapes, as compromise and progress go hand in hand.
12 minutes, subtitles (from French/Turkish)
Meet the underdog of the Swiss ski scene. As a young Turkish immigrant, Mustafa was destined to play football and take over his parents’ kebab restaurant. But one day, fate put a pair of skis in his way. With buckets of natural charisma, an immense passion for skiing and an outrageous ability to take huge bails, this is the story of how Mustafa became an unexpected local hero.
Watch out – there’s a paraglider about! Pro paraglider pilot and video maker Jean Baptiste Chandelier specialises in proximity flying: swooping low to the ground and over natural or man-made obstacles. In this joyful short film, ‘JB’ takes his unique low-flying, ground-skimming art combining paragliding and filmmaking to a whole new level.
Note that the film programmes may be subject to change