The Banff Centre Mountain Film Festival World Tour which returns to Portland for its 19 year is the largest and the most prestigious mountain festival in the world. The World Tour showcases award-winning films and audience favorites from approximately 400 films entered from over 35 countries with stops planned at 600 locations in 43 countries in all seven continents, before 550,000 fans.
Traveling from remote landscapes and cultures to up close and personal with adrenaline-packed action mountain sports, the tour is an exhilarating exploration and celebration of the spirit of adventure.
Exhilarating and thought provoking, this is a must-see for mountain enthusiasts and those with a spirit of adventure. Through the big screen, audiences can visit remote cultures and the world’s last great wild places as well as experiencing footage of adrenaline packed action sports.
THE FLIP (2019, USA, 3 minutes) Filmmaker: Reed Rickert • French Skydiver Remi Angeli must face his fears in order to explore new expressions of movement while BASE jumping in Mexico. On the other side of his fear he discovers life in its purest form.
CAMEL FINDS WATER (2019, US, 9 minutes) Filmmaker: Ian Durkin and Trevor Gordon • Trevor found the hull of an abandoned fishing boat in a field. He brought it home and built it back to a sea-worthy state over the course of a summer. Then, he took it on its maiden voyage to British Columbia in search of waves.
THE MOTIVATOR (2019, US, 5 minutes) Filmmaker: Rockhouse Motion – Aaron Hitchins • Filmmaker Aaron Hitchins turns his camera on the person who has motivated him to lead a life connected to the outdoors: his mother, Maureen.
THE LADAKH PROJECT (2019, Austria, 13 minutes) Filmmaker: David Arnaud and Corinna Halloran (Red Bull) • Seven days, three rivers, one woman. This is the story of Nouria Newman’s solo kayak adventure in the Indian Himalaya.
SPECTRE EXPEDITION – MISSION ANTARCTICA (2019, UK, 36 minutes) Filmmaker: Sender Films, Leo Houlding; Some profanity. • 1000 miles, 200+ kgs, 65 days, 3 mates, 1 mountain. Unsupported, using snow-kites to travel great distance, with massive loads at speeds up to 60 kmph this is the epic tale of Leo Houlding, Jean Burgun & Mark Sedon’s daring dream to reach the summit of the most remote mountain on Earth; The Spectre, Antarctica.
A NORDIC SKATER (2018, Lithuania, 5 minutes) Filmmaker: Paulius Neverbickas • The story of a man who uses every sense he has to travel on thin ice while Nordic skating in the Oslo region of Norway. He tells the story of how the little known sport of Nordic skating came to play a big part in his life.
GONE TOMORROW: KENTUCKY ICE CLIMBING (2019, US, 20 minutes) Filmmaker: Mike Wilkinson; Some profanity • A bourbon-fueled ride deep into the bushy hollers of Appalachia with a crew of harmless misfits as they race to search out and climb new ice routes before they’re gone.
SIBLINGS (2019, Canada, 3 minutes) Filmmakers: Mike Hopkins, Scott Carlson • A short coming of age film that celebrates childhood and the relationship between siblings.
LHOTSE (2019, USA, 23 minutes) Filmmaker: Dutch Simpson, Rob Wassmer, Kaki Or (Field Day Studios) • It’s not always what we achieve that defines us, rather it is why we achieve such things that creates clarity in our existence. In 2018, Hilaree Nelson and Jim Morrison completed the first ski descent of the 27,940-foot Lhotse, the fourth highest mountain in the world. This is their story.
DANNY DAYCARE (2019, UK, 4 minutes) Filmmaker: Cut Media, Stu Thomson • In his latest film Danny MacAskill takes on some child care the only way he knows how… by taking them for a wee bike ride around Scotland!
SURFER DAN (2018, USA, 8 minutes) Filmmaker: Camp4 Collective • In a time when it can feel like you need to fly to the opposite side of the globe to find adventure and challenge, Surfer Dan proves that with dedication, grit and a little creativity you might already have all you need outside you own backdoor.
SAFE HAVEN (2018, US, 8 minutes) Filmmaker: Wondercamp; Tim Kressin, Davis Goslin • Founded on the belief that everyone is welcome, Memphis Rox opened a climbing gym to challenge stereotypes and be at the center of the city’s revitalization.
CIRCLE OF THE SUN (2019, Germany, 5 minutes) Filmmaker: Lena Stoffel • Steep mountains, the ocean, the sun and the aurora borealis. One rotation of the sun high in the Arctic on skis equals one day of magic.
INTO THE CANYON (TOUR EDIT) (2019, USA, 45 minutes) Filmmaker: Pete McBride, Amanda Pollak (Insignia Films); Some profanity. • Pete McBride and Kevin Fedarko tell a story of extreme physical hardship where the bonds of friendship are stretched and the timeless beauty of the Grand Canyon becomes meditation and ultimately a cautionary tale for our complex relationship with the natural world.
CHARGE (2019, Canada, 5 minutes) Filmmaker: Mike Douglas, Mike Gamble, Anthony Bonello (Switchback Entertainment) • Four top freeskiers and a World Champion drone pilot are dropped at Chatter Creek, BC for one week. Their instructions: charge as hard as you can everyday.
MYRTLE SIMPSON: A LIFE ON ICE (TOUR EDIT) (2019, US, 25 minutes) Filmmaker: Andrew Cahill & Leigh Anne Sides • Myrtle Simpson – trailblazer, pioneer, adventurer, mountain climber, polar explorer, writer, and mother. From Spitzbergen to Greenland, from the North Pole to the Highlands of Scotland, from New Zealand to Peru, Myrtle blazed her own trail. She experienced places most people only dream about, all while writing 13 books, collecting specimens for museum botanical collections and raising four children.
HORS PISTE (2018, France, 6 minutes) Filmmaker: Ecole des Nouvelles Images: Léo Brunew, Loris Cavalier, Camille Jalabert, Oscar Malet • The two best mountain rescue workers of the region are ready for their new mission. Despite their professionalism and their determination, it will not go as planned…
REEL ROCK 13: UP TO SPEED (2018, USA, 20 minutes) Filmmaker: Peter Mortimer, Zachary Barr, Nick Rosen (Sender Films) • When climbing was announced as part of the 2020 Olympics, it was a monumental occasion for the sport. But many climbers were shocked to learn that one of three combined events required to compete for a speed medal is …speed climbing.