The 2013 Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour

The 2012 Banff Mountain Film Festival Tour - SOLD OUT

Friday March 2nd and Saturday, March 3, 2012


Wendy Williamson Auditorium 7:00pm (2.5hrs)

For 35 years the mountain community has celebrated the spirit of adventure at the BANFF Mountain Film Festival.  This annual festival features some of the best films about mountain sports and culture from around the world.

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Program for Friday, March 2
All.I.Can: The Short Cut (11 minutes)

Stunning time-lapse sequences, creative visuals, great skiers, and deep powder are highlights of this excerpt from the award-winning feature film that looks at snow sports and the environment

On Assignment: Jimmy Chin (6 minutes)

A brief portrait of a passionate athlete who has melded climbing and photography. Jimmy Chin believes that “the most honest photos happen when both the subject and the photographer are just in the moment, and the rest of the world has just fallen away.”

On the Trail of Genghis Khan: The Last Frontier (46 minutes)

On an epic journey of truly historic proportions, Australian Tim Cope, his band of horses, and his dog Tigon travel overland 10,000 km from Mongolia to Hungary, following the footsteps of legendary warrior and nomad Genghis Khan. Cope visits distant parts of the world rarely seen, places on the cusp of modernity yet proud of nomadic traditions. The Last Frontier captures the culmination of his stunning three-year journey, the crossing of the Carpathian Mountains.


Reel Rock: Sketchy Andy (22 minutes)

American climbing dirtbag Andy Lewis is taking the discipline of slacklining into the future as he solos the world’s longest high-lines and masters the hardest aerial tricks, while pushing his equipment to the limit. As Andy goes higher, harder, and faster with climbing, slack, and B.A.S.E., we all wonder how far he can go before it’ll be one step over the line.

Solitaire (16 minutes)

In the high desert of South America, winter takes hold, and a handful of drifters emerge from the whiteout, ready to cast their lot onto inhospitable lands and forsaken peaks. Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness is the inspiration for a poetic and visually stunning film that ventures beyond the frontiers of most mountain sports films.

Treeverse (16 minutes)

Follow two intrepid tree climbers on a pioneering one-kilometre transect through the forest canopy over five days.

Cold (19 minutes)

Experience Gasherbrum II in the middle of a deep, dark winter as seen from the raw, honest perspective of alpinist Cory Richard’s camera. This film deftly captures the interwoven roles of pain, fear, and doubt – and reveals a harrowing descent that amplifies their isolation and exposure.

Program for Saturday, March 3
The Freedom Chair  (15 minutes)

Josh Dueck was an aspiring skier and coach until a ski accident in 2004 changed his life for good. Despite his comeback and success in the world of competitive sit-skiing, he wasn't content. Josh's dream is to tackle the backcountry and the steepest and wildest mountains in the world – and with his infectious outlook, he may just catch his dream.

Blue Obsession (8 minutes)

The beautiful and ever-changing icefalls of Alaskan glaciers provide a stunning setting for some unusual ice climbing adventures

Kadoma (42 minutes)

 “Kadoma” is the nickname for Hendri Coetzee, a legendary South African kayaker who is known for exploring some of Africa’s wildest rivers. In December 2010, American pro kayakers Chris Korbulic and Ben Stookesbury followed Coetzee into the Democratic Republic of Congo for a first descent of the dangerous Lukuga River. Seven weeks into the expedition, tragedy struck.


Journey on the Wild Coast (30 minutes)

A young married couple with a passion for adventure turn their camera on themselves, even in their weakest moments, as they attempt to walk, paddle and ski under their own power from Seattle to the Aleutians. Filmed over the period of a grueling year, this film reveals the rugged beauty of the wild northwest coast of North America – and the true meaning of intrepid.

Towers of the Ennedi(14 minutes)

The Ennedi Desert of Chad is a hot, sand-scoured and unfriendly place. But from its vast belly rise clusters of breathtakingly lovely spires, towers, and rock formations. Veteran climber Mark Synnott – known more for his far-flung adventures than his technical accomplishments – brings young climbing stars Alex Honnold and James Pearson to the Ennedi to explore its untouched landscapes.

Chasing Water (18 minutes)

Pete McBride grew up on a ranch in Western Colorado, a child of the Colorado River. After a life spent visiting other countries to tell stories as a National Geographic photojournalist, in 2008 Pete decided to follow the water from his family’s ranch to see where it ends up. This is the story of Pete’s journey, and a story about the lifeblood of the American West.

C.A.R.C.A (8 minutes)

One man's quest to revolutionize the world of animal avalanche rescue.

ring one-kilometre transect through the forest canopy over five days.

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*Prices are subject to change

UAA Students - $5.00 advance/$10.00 door

(Must show valid UAA ID and take 6 or more credits)

Youth (12 and under) - $5.00 advance/$10.00 door

General Public - $11.00 advance/$16.00 door

*Doors open at 6:00pm


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