40th Banff Mountain Film Festival

Arlington Theatre
Tuesday, February 23, 2016
7:30 PM
The Banff Mountain Film Festival is an international film competition that is held annually in Banff, Alberta, where it was launched in 1976.

Each year approximately 300 short films and documentaries about mountain culture, sports, and the environment are entered into the competition. The top 60 films are shown at the Festival, where the Banff World Tour team chooses 25 films to go on tour. The host organization in each tour location tries to choose the films that are best suited for their local audience and event. The film styles range from action-filled shorts to longer, more comprehensive films and include amateur as well as professional productions. 

This year’s line-up includes:

Paradise Waits, an American film featuring Free-skier Tim Durtschi and big mountain skier Angel Collinson. Free-skiing is a specific type of skiing that involves tricks, jumps, and terrain park features, such as rails, boxes, jibs, or other obstacles. This form of skiing resulted from a combination of the growth in popularity of snowboarding and the progression of Freestyle skiing.

Project Mina is an English film that provides a rare, behind‐the‐scenes look at the life of pro climber Mina Leslie‐Wujastyk during a season on the World Cup bouldering circuit. 

The Last Dragons USA is an intimate glimpse at North America's Eastern Hellbender, an ancient salamander as mythical as it is real. This species of salamander is easily distinguished from other salamander species by its giant size - averaging up to 2 feet in length. 

Chasing Niagara, winner of Best Film in the Mountain Sports category, follows pro kayaker Rafa Ortiz after his decision to paddle over Niagara Falls. Rafa’s plan sets in motion a series of events that lead his team on a remarkable two‐year journey from Mexican rain-forest rivers’ to the waterfalls of the U.S. Northwest. The film comes to a heart‐stopping climax at the iconic Niagara Falls.

The Rocky Mountains Traverse introduces a bold new style of paragliding, as Will Gadd and Gavin McGlurg test their ability to make only forward progress in the air during a 700‐kilometer traverse of the Canadian Rockies.

Salween Spring USA is a film about change, personal struggle, and kayaking along China’s frontier. Travis Winn has run rivers in China for 15 years and watched as many of the rivers disappeared behind dams. His response to the disappearing wilderness was to establish a rafting company to enable the Chinese to see their rivers before they are gone forever.

Climbing Ice: The Iceland Trifecta USA follows award‐winning photographer Tim Kemple and ice climbers Klemen Premrl and Rahel Schelb on an expedition to Iceland’s Vatnajökull Glacier to discover new ways to push the boundaries of climbing ice.

unreal, USA, is a mountain biking film that blurs the lines between the image of riding the perfect trail perfectly and the time at work spent dreaming about mountain biking. The film asks…which life is real?

This year the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour is celebrating its 40th year. The tour visits approximately 305 cities annually in 20 countries and reaches over 220,000 audience members.

Don’t miss the opportunity to participate this year.