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Banff Mountain Film Festival 2018

Photograph by Thomas Senf

  • January 24, 2018 - January 27, 2018

  • 7 PM
  • January 31, 2018

  • 7 PM
  • February 01, 2018 - February 03, 2018

  • 7 PM
  • National Geographic Campus

    Gilbert H. Grosvenor Auditorium

About this Film

Every year, during the first week of November, hundreds of explorers, adventurers, and filmmakers gather in the picturesque town of Banff, in the Canadian Rockies, to view some the world’s top films on the great outdoors and mountain culture. For 20 years the best films from the festival have thrilled enthusiastic audiences at National Geographic.

Confirmed films have been listed below. Check back soon to see the full film line-up and sign up to be notified when Banff Mountain Film Festival tickets go on sale.

Interested in purchasing tickets for multiple nights? Follow this link. 

On-sale: Wednesday, December 6, at 10 a.m.
On-sale: Wednesday, December 6, at 10 a.m.

Program Schedule

Wednesday Program

01/24/2018, 01/31/2018

First Half

Where The Wild Things Play (4 minutes)

There’s an ongoing discussion of why there aren’t 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!

Kilian (14 minutes)

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 the Seven Summits of Romsdalen in a single day, a 77 kilometre route with 9,000 metres of elevation gain.

Dreamwalkers - Faroes Project (Tour Edit) (17 minutes)

Four friends set out on an adventure to be the first to highline in one of the most unlikely of places: the Faroe Islands.

WHY (7 minutes)

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?”

Loved By All: The Story of Apa Sherpa (14 minutes)

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. 

15-minute intermission

Second half

Pedal (8 minutes)

Forty-three countries down, Hera van Willick rides her bicycle across continents, full self-supported, sharing her journey and what she has learned along the way.

Edges (9 minutes)

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.

Walk on the Mountain (19 minutes)

Junior Walk, an anti-coal activist in southern West Virginia, takes us through his battle with mining companies and why he believes mountaintop removal methods should stop immediately on this land that he loves.

Above the Sea (17 minutes)

Chris Sharma remains the world’s greatest practitioner of deep water soloing — climbing ropeless above the sea. Ten years after his generation-defining ascent of a majestic arch, Chris returns to the Mediterranean island of Mallorca where he discovers a beautiful, sweeping wall with small holds running up its face. If he can link the moves, and endure the numerous heart-stopping plunges into the sea, he will establish what may be the world’s hardest deep water solo climb.

Imagination: Tom Wallisch (5 minutes)

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?

Thursday Program

01/25/2018, 02/01/2018

First Half

DreamRide 2 (6 minutes)

Poetic, artistic and inspiring, ride along as we traverse volcanic fields, explore hidden lava caves, and race down rivers of ice.

Ascend (6 minutes)

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.

Into Twin Galaxies – A Greenland Epic (52 minutes)

3 National Geographic “adventurers of the Year” embark on an insane kayaking mission in Greenland. With kite skis they tow their white water kayaks over 1000 km of the Greenland Ice Cap to reach the most northern river ever paddled.

15-minute intermission

Second half

Johanna (4 minutes)

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

Sky Migrations (16 minutes)

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. 

Safety Third (29 minutes)

Brad Gobright is beyond bold. From his runout and poorly protected trad climbs to his unimaginable free solos, watch as Gobright recovers from a back-breaking fall and attempts some of the hardest ascents of his career.

Friday Program

01/26/2018, 02/02/2018

First Half

Surf the Line (3 minutes)

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

My Irnik - with filmmaker, Matthew Hood (16 minutes)

Originally from Montreal, Conor falls in love with the northern way of life, and a woman, in the Canadian Arctic. Now the young father helps to pass on the native traditions and ancestral culture to his son, as he learns them himself.

DugOut – Tour Edit (41 minutes)

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?

15-minute intermission

Second half

Intersection: Micayla Gatto (5 minutes)

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.

Searching for Christmas Tree (15 minutes)

A university teacher breaks free from a life of routine in China and
embarks on a quest to climb a mysterious frozen waterfall that no one knows about.

Tsirku (Tour Edit) (16 minutes)

A team of athletes sets out to tackle the fabled Corrugated spine lines of the Tsirku Glacier, located deep in the Saint Elias mountains where Alaska, British Columbia, and the Yukon converge. Needless to say, it was no easy task.

Planet Earth II – Mountain Ibex (Tour Edit) (7 minutes)

Only a few pioneering animals have what it takes to survive in the world's highest mountain ranges and they tend to be some of the most elusive and mysterious animals on the planet. Climb to a world that is beautiful but full of danger, where only the most adventurous animals can hope to survive.

The Frozen Road (24 minutes)

Ben Page sought an adventure of perfect solitude in the Canadian Arctic. Yet the harsh truths of travelling in such a formidable environment were a long way from the romanticisms of a Jack London book. 

Saturday Program

01/27/2018, 02/03/2018

First Half

Ice Call – Backyards Project (3 minutes)

Try to keep up to freerider Sam Favret as he gives us a new perspective of the mythical Mer de Glace, at the heart of Mont-Blanc.

2.5 Million (22 minutes)

American skier Aaron Rice sets out to ski 2.5 million, human-powered,
vertical feet in the backcountry and set a new world record.

The Last Honey Hunter (36 minutes)

Maule Dhan Rai is the last man in the remote Nepal village of Saadi who's been visited in a dream by a wrathful forest spirit called Rongkemi. If no one else in the village has the dream, a generations-old tradition may die.

15-minute intermission

Second half

Tarfala (27 minutes)

Far north of the Arctic Circle, next to Sweden's highest mountain, one old man has chosen to spend his life as the caretaker of a lonely alpine hut. Retreating from obligations and everyday routines into the cold arctic winter storms, he's set on finding peace of mind with the life he has lived and those he has chosen to leave

The Space Within (6 minutes)

Imagine your mind wanders from the reality of real life and the space that surrounds you is filled with beautiful, soft, Japanese powder snow.

La Casita Wip (7 minutes)

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

Stumped (25 minutes)

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.

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