A revisit to the 2014 Banff Mountain Film Festival – Australian Program 2014 movies via YouTube.
Canada, 2012, 6 minutes
Every summer, forest fires burn wildly across the temperate mountain regions of the world. As destructive as they are, they have a purpose and beauty that often goes unappreciated. As winter arrives in the burned forest, so do the skiers. They have come to celebrate new lines opened up by the previous summer's fires that have now burned themselves out — or have they?
The Questions We Ask
Canada, 2013, 3 minutes
In the spring of 2013, Canadian adventurer Bruce Kirkby crossed the Georgia Straight from Vancouver to Victoria on an inflatable standup paddleboard. In this award-winning short film, he contemplates the true meaning of adventure.
Bruce Kirkby has been shot at in Borneo, and taken hostage in Ethiopia; he has survived crocodile attacks on the Nile and weathered high-altitude storms in Alaska. Offering mesmerizing stories based on 20 years as an explorer, writer, and photographer, he encourages audiences to get out of their comfort zones, think creatively, and take calculated risks. A weekly columnist with The Globe and Mail, his belief in human potential is contagious
Bruce's journeys span 80 countries—and include some of the wildest corners of the planet. He has crossed Iceland by foot, explored Mongolia on horseback, traversed Arabia on a camel, and was captured by the Myanmar army while on assignment. Adding to his adventure, he has leapt from planes, dove with sharks, and fought off Nile crocodiles (using a damp copy of the Utne Reader).
In addition to his writing with The Globe and Mail, Bruce is a contributing editor for Explore, as well as a bestselling author; his work also regularly appears in Canadian Geographic, Outside Magazine, and Time. He is an award-winning photographer, and the former host of CBC's No Opportunity Wasted.
Sea of Rock
Switzerland, 2012, 12 minutes
Harald Philipp & Tom Oehler reveal a story long lost. A bicycle hanging in a climbing route guards the entrance to a vast mountain range. The story leads us to two guys who almost invented the mountainbike and killed themselves in only one day. Watch the story unfold…
ÖBF AG: "Radfahren ist in Salzburg im alpinen Ödland generell gesetzlich verboten. Die im Film befahrenen Strecken sind nicht für Radfahrer freigegeben."
USA, 2013, 5 minutes
Pamela Shanti Pack is one of the most accomplished off-width climbers in the world (male or female). In recent year’s Pamela has focussed on establishing first acents in the unique and particularly brutal style of climbing known as off-width. (You may have seen her featured in last year’s Best Climbing Film winner, WideBoyz, commenting on Pete Whittaker and Tom Randall’s ascent of Century Crack).
Off-Width Outlaw follows Pamela in her quest to establish new routes in the desert climbing meca of Indian Creek in southeastern Utah while providing a glimpse into what makes Pamela tick.
Can’t do Off-Width Outlaw, but here’s Pamela Shanti Pack on Outside Today
North of the Sun
Norway, 2012, 46 minutes
GRAND PRIZE WINNER – PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD – DOLBY AUDIO AWARD
Inge Wegge (25) and Jørn Ranum (22) spent nine months of cold, Norwegian winter in the isolated and uninhabited bay of a remote, arctic island by the coast of Northern-Norway, facing nothing but the vast Atlantic Ocean. There they built a cabin out of driftwood and other cast-off materials that washed up on shore, and ate expired food the stores would otherwise have thrown away. But the boys brought with them two items of utmost importance: Their surfboards – perhaps their biggest motivation for the arctic adventure. Because the remote bay holds a well kept secret; Some of the worlds finest surfing waves..
Full film on Vimeo on Demand
USA, 2013, 5 minutes
WINNER OF THE BEST SHORT MOUNTAIN FILM
Every year we get a little older. How you choose to celebrate is up to you. Take the birthday challenge. Writer Brendan Leonard delivers a dedication to the joys — both big and small — of the climbing life. What are your 35? Creative by Duct Tape Then Beer
The Last Great Climb
UK, 2013, 26 minutes
WINNER BEST CLIMBING FILM
The 2013 film from Alastair Lee is an epic to end all mountain epics set in the stunning mountains of Queen Maud Land, Antarctica. The feature documentary follows top adventure climber Leo Houlding with his tried and tested team of Jason Pickles and Sean 'Stanley' Leary as they attempt to make the first ascent of the NE ridge of 'the master piece of the range'; the majestic Ulvetanna Peak (2931m). One of the most technically demanding climbs in one of the world's harshest environments.
Split of a Scond
Sweden, 2012, 8 minutes
Wingsuit World Champion Espen Fadnes and Project Managers Goovinn team up again for "SPLIT OF A SECOND" after last year's film "SENSE OF FLYING", this time for an up close, personal look at Espen's thoughts and motives behind flying and some never-before-seen footage of human flight.
Keeper of the Mountains
USA, 2013, 16 minutes
SPECIAL JURY MENTION
Elizabeth Hawley bucked the conventions of her time by settling alone in Kathmandu in 1960, where she began chronicling Himalayan expeditions for The Himalayan Database. Even as she turns 90, she continues to update these records with rigorous accuracy and dedication.
Beyond the Drop
USA, 2013, 7 minutes
Six pro kayakers from around the world meet up in the rainforests of Southern Mexico to run the Rio Tulijá. Also known as the Agua Azul, the river features impossibly blue water and a series of five large waterfalls. Led by Rafa Ortiz, the kayak team, including Rush Sturges, Evan Garcia, Aniol Serrasolses, Martina Wegman and Casper Van Kalmthout, have fun exploring the river and the local culture, showing us that when it comes to running waterfalls there's a lot more to it than just the drop.
Valhalla (Naked Ski and Snowboard Segment)
USA, 2013, 3 minutes
From iconic shots of bare-assed chairlift riding to cliff airs wearing nothing more than socks and a smile, Valhalla's naked ski segment is already sparking laughter through dark cinemas across the world, with skiers and non-skiers alike. For the full feature length film, head here: georiot.co/1ZKv
Starring Cody Barnhill, Sierra Quitiquit, Alex Monot, Pep Fujas, Zack Giffin, Eric Hjorleifson, Molly Baker, and Kazushi Yamauchi
Beyond action sports– with Valhalla's totally unique style and structure, we've recognized an opportunity to put a daring new spin on the ski film, exploding the boundaries of the genre, opening the eyes and melting the hearts of any story-loving soul. With hard-hitting ski and snowboard action complimenting a more narrative-driven approach than our past films, or perhaps any other ski movie before it, we follow one man's escape into the Northern woods, and his wild journey towards satisfaction, understanding, and love in some of the deepest snows on earth.
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