The Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour is returning to the UK and Ireland for 2018, with more shows and more venues than ever before. The tour features two different collections of brand new adventure films, starring the world’s top explorers on mind-blowing journeys in wild and remote parts of the globe.
“This is the first time we’ve topped 100 shows in the UK and Ireland, which is really exciting!” says Tour Director Nell Teasdale.
“UK and Irish audiences have a huge passion for adventure, so we’re delighted to be able to share these amazing films and their intrepid characters with wider audiences and even more venues.
“We guarantee the tour will inspire viewers to start planning their own outdoor adventures too!”
The tour’s films are chosen from hundreds of films entered into the prestigious Banff Mountain Film Festival, which takes place every year in the Canadian Rockies. Each screening offers a real sense of community, bringing together outdoor enthusiasts who are into all sorts of outdoor pursuits, and there are free prize giveaways at every event too.
The tour is part of the wider Banff World Tour, which travels the globe each year, visiting nearly 50 countries and reaching more than 400,000 people worldwide.
Yvonne Dowlen has been ice skating for as long as she can remember – and she insists that, at 90, it’s easier to skate than it is to walk! Her elegance on ice reflects the decades she spent travelling the world as a performer, and then as a teacher. Skating helped her recover from the most challenging times of her life, and the message here is simple: keep doing what you love.
Filmmaker: Katie Stjernholm, Balcony Nine Media, 9 minutes
|The Frozen Road|
Yorkshireman Ben Page sought an adventure of perfect solitude in the Canadian Arctic. But the harsh truths of travelling in such a formidable environment are a long way from the romanticisms of a Jack London book.
On a wild bikepacking journey, as the latitude increases and the mercury falls below -30C, Ben discovers what it truly means to travel alone in this great emptiness.
Filmmaker: Ben Page, 24 minutes
|Ice Call – Backyards Project|
Freeride skier Sam Favret offers a new perspective on the mythical Mer de Glace, a valley glacier at the heart of the Mont Blanc massif – he treats it as if it were a skatepark! With natural features including halfpipes, impressive jumps, ice tunnels and more, Ice Call combines gnarly skiing with magical scenery. All we have to do is keep up!
Filmmaker: PVS Company, 3 minutes
|Imagination: Tom Wallisch|
Imagination taps into the beauty of a child’s daydreams. Sitting in the back of his parents’ car, he imagines being a skier doing all sorts of crazy tricks down the snow-filled urban landscape drifting past the car, when suddenly, his imagination comes to life!
A beautiful, heart-warming and nostalgic film with some mind-blowing skiing, made in memory of Canadian freeskier JP Auclair.
Filmmaker: Sherpas Cinema, 5 minutes
|Intersection: Micayla Gatto|
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.
“I feel that athletics and creativity mesh really well together, and yet it’s not something we shine light on too often,” she says.
With hardcore mountain biking and incredible artwork, this film celebrates anyone who doesn’t fit into a single category.
Filmmaker: Lacy Kemp, Juicy Studios, 5 minutes
|Into Twin Galaxies|
Top adventurers Ben Stookesberry, Sarah McNair-Landry and Erik Boomer are on an extreme mission in Greenland. Using kite skis, the trio tow their white-water kayaks 1,000km over the Greenland Ice Cap to reach the northernmost river ever paddled – and then the challenge gets even tougher. With spectacular cinematography, remote wilderness and a large amount of suffering, this film shows what it’s like to be far out of your comfort zone.
Filmmaker: Jochen Small, Drehxtrem, Red Bull Media House, 52 minutes
Climber Maureen Beck may have been born missing her lower left arm, but that hasn't stopped her from going hard. She pushes her ‘stump’ to the limit, tackling the tough grade of 5.12, while sinking the occasional early morning beer. She isn’t making excuses for herself though. “I don’t want to just be a good one-armed climber,” says Maureen. “I want to be a good climber.”
Filmmaker: Cedar Wright & Taylor Keating, 25 minutes
Title Image - John Price,
Edges - Balcony Nine Media,
Frozen Road - Ben Page,
Ice Call - Fabian Bodet,
Imagination - Jake Dyson,
Intersection - Garret Van Swearingen,
Into Twin Galaxies - Erik Boomer,
Stumped - Taylor Keating