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2023 Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour

Photo Credit: Simon Carter.

SATURDAY: SOLD OUT.

The 2023 Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour brings films and stories of exploration from around the world in a 3-day experience featuring a collection of the most exhilarating, provocative and inspiring action, environmental and adventure films.

We are excited to bring back this incredible festival celebrating the outdoors in 2023. The festival will take place at the UVM Davis Center
January 26th, 27th, and 28th.
Doors: 6PM, Films: 7PM






Proceeds will benefit the UVM Outdoor Programs, providing outdoor opportunities for diverse groups of young people.
UVM Outdoor Programs include: People Of Color Outdoors, Outing Club, Summit Sisters, Kayak Club, and Chicks On Sticks.

Ticket sales will benefit the UVM Outdoor Programs, which includes People Of Color Outdoors, Outing Club, Summit Sisters, Kayak Club, and Chicks On Sticks.

Watch the Trailer:


THURSDAY NIGHT WILLOW FILMS:

Approximately 2 hours | Featuring:

Flow | 5 min
An aerial and symphonic journey with skier Sam Favret, in the heart of a closed resort during the winter of 2021, rediscovering a playground in its wild state.

The Fastest Girl in the Village | 6 min
As a girl growing up in Lesotho, Khothalang Leuta never imagined she could become a bike racer. From teaching herself how to ride a bike to becoming “faster than the boys”, see what can be accomplished when opportunity is provided.

Nuisance Bear | 14 min
Best Film: Environment

Churchill, Manitoba, is famous as an international destination for photographing polar bears. We’ve seen the majestic images and classic wildlife series captured here, but what do these bears see of us?

WILD WATERS (Tour Edit) | 45 min
Audience Choice Award

Advisory: Coarse language, sensitive subject matter
Discover the incredible life of Nouria Newman, the most gifted kayaker of her generation.

Creation Theory | 22 min
Creative Excellence Award

Advisory: Coarse language
Nature’s raw elements converge in the Westfjords of Iceland, taking us on a journey from the interstellar birth of gravity and rhythm to their ultimate human creative expression: surfer on wave, snowboarder on peak, and musician on stage.

REEL ROCK 16: Cenote | 9 min
A young papaya farmer discovers the pure joy of climbing in the crystalline limestone sinkholes of Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula.

Free to Run | 31 min
Advisory: Coarse language
UN human rights attorney and mountain runner, Stephanie Case, struggles to find a way forward for the Afghan women of her NGO, Free to Run, while taking on her most challenging ultra-race yet.

Danny MacAskill’s Do A Wheelie | 6 min
Join Danny MacAskill and a host of friends as he pushes the boundaries of the humble wheelie and learns a thing or two from friends old and new.


FRIDAY NIGHT JUNIPER FILMS:

Approximately 2 hours | Featuring:

Alta | 5 min
Advisory: Coarse language
A team of high-performance riders travels to Alta, Utah for a spring freeskiing session that delivers all styles and conditions of skiing.

REEL ROCK 16: Bridge Boys | 28 min
Advisory: Coarse language
A horizontal big-wall adventure on the longest, most ridiculous crack climb ever attempted.

Continuum | 2 min
Everything is connected. Each ride is an extension of the one before and each re-entry is a transition to the next launch. Each experience builds toward a flow state of endless progression.

Before They Fall | 40 min
Advisory: Coarse language
A decades-long battle to protect old-growth forests in British Columbia escalates when conservation groups, First Nations, scientists, and land defenders block a logging company from accessing the last unprotected watershed on southern Vancouver Island.

A Baffin Vacation | 12 min
Advisory: Coarse language
Erik Boomer and Sarah McNair-Landry set off on a 45-day expedition through Baffin Island in search of stunning cliffs to climb and unexplored rivers to kayak.

Wood Hood | 16 min
Best Short Film

DeVaughn (15) from New York City craves a “quiet place” to escape the chaos of his home, the city, and kids that steal from him. On a weekend-long group camping trip, we witness the joy and growth that is possible when kids have an opportunity to find that “quiet place”.

Doo Sar: A Karakoram Ski Expedition Film (Tour Edit) | 20 min
Andrzej Bargiel and Jędrek Baranowski set off to the Karakoram for an adventure full of passion and love that has them freeriding at over 6,000 meters above sea level!

North Shore Betty | 12min
Advisory: Coarse language
Betty Birrell picked up mountain biking at age 45, in the misty forests above North Vancouver, after a career as a mountaineer and professional windsurfer. Three decades later, she is proof that you’re never too old to send.


SATURDAY NIGHT ASPEN FILMS:

Approximately 2 hours | Featuring:

Colors of Mexico | 5 min
Discover Mexico from the tops of its most active volcanoes to the steep and colorful streets of historic villages with rider Kilian Bron and his team.

Eco-Hack! | 17 min
Advisory: Coarse language
Biologist Tim Shields has watched desert tortoise populations in the Mojave Desert plummet since the 1990s. The latest threat? Ballooning populations of ravens. Tim quits traditional observational biology in exchange for direct intervention.

Fabric: A Documentary Series, Ep 4 Heritage (Tour Edit) | 10 min
Embracing identity and tradition to empower future generations of Indigenous youth, Hawaiian surfer Mainei Kinimaka preserves ancestral tradition through stewardship of language and tradition.

Balkan Express | 40 min
Best Film: Snow Sports

Advisory: Coarse language
Freeskiers Max Kroneck and Jochen Mesle of Ice and Palms reunite for another adventure – a 2,500 kilometer journey by bike and ski, exploring the mountains of the Balkans.

The Process | 15 min
Advisory: Coarse language
Climber Tom Randall is known for his commitment to training and outrageous challenges he sets himself. This time, he has set his mind on fell running and a link-up of 15 classic Lakeland rock climbs, 42 summits, and 142 kilometers in 24 hours.

Clean Mountains | 19 min
During the pandemic there were no foreign climbers in the Himalaya. A Sherpa family decides to climb Mount Everest and clean up the garbage left behind – restoring the holiness of the mountain and calming the gods.

Sheri (Tour Edit) | 19 min
Advisory: Coarse language
Sheri Tingey started a company at age 50 that has revolutionized the outdoor industry. This is a film about the hurdles she overcame to launch the company and about the ways she hid from view so that people would judge the boats, not her role in creating them.

Walking on Clouds | 7 min
In the city of Praia Grande, Santa Catarina, Brazil, Rafael Bridi attempts the highest highline record in the world by setting his line above the clouds.