Featuring a selection of short films from the week long Banff Mountain Film Festival in the Canadian Rockies, the Australian tour includes captivating short films shot in some of the most wild and remote corners of the world.
Audiences will experience incredible highs and agonising lows through the lenses of some of the most accomplished climbers, paddlers, skiers, snowboarders, mountaineers, mountain bikers, explorers and adventure filmmakers alive today.
Featuring films on the cycling wonderman, ‘The Ridge’ – Danny MacAskill, night skiing in Alaska, free-climbing the Cerro Torre, Climber Alex Honnold’s adventures in Africa and many more.
This year, the Australian line-up features two-and-a-half hours of sublime footage shot in some of the most wild and remote corners of the world. Sure to get hearts racing, it showcases films packed full of mesmerising cinematography, thought-provoking storylines and adrenalin-inducing action sequences.
Presented by World Expeditions.
2015 Banff Mountain Film Festival – Australian Program 2015 movies
Danny MacAskill: The Ridge
Focus: Biking | Duration: 7 mins | Classification: General
Filmed on the stunning Isle of Skye in Scotland, world-renowned trials rider Danny MacAskill returns to his childhood haunt for a new challenge: riding a mountain bike on the infamous Cuillin Ridge.
Return to the Tepuis
Focus: Environmental, adventure | Duration: 9 mins | Classification: General
What do a 71 year old scientist, a professional climber and a National Geographic photographer have in common? Unbelievably it is a tiny toad living in the Tepuis of South America. Follow the team into the depths of crevices in search of this elusive pebble toad and unlock the mysteries of the Tepuis.
Afterglow (special edit)
Focus: Skiing | Duration: 3 mins | Classification: General, no advisory
What do you get when you combine some of the world’s best free skiers, ski suits covered in 3000+ LED lights and enormous Alaskan mountains in the middle of the night? One of the best light shows that has ever been filmed on the snow.
Cerro Torre – A Snowball’s Chance in Hell (special edit)
* Best Climbing Film
Focus: Climbing | Duration: 53 mins | Classification: Parental Guidance; coarse language, nudity
Set against the backdrop of breathtaking Patagonia, David Lama, climbing’s wunderkind, sets out to climb the infamous south-east face of Cerro Torre. No one has ever free climbed this needle of granite. But this is exactly what David and his partner Peter aim to do.
Sculpted in Time: The Wise Man
Focus: Skiing, Human story | Duration: 5 mins | Filmmaker: Dave Mossop, Malcolm Sangster, Sherpas Cinema | Classification: General, no advisory
Eddie Hunter is 88 years old and has skied over 2,500 days during the past 79 years. Follow him as he continues to shred on the hometown mountain he just can’t seem to get enough of.
* Best Short Mountain Film
Focus: Exploration, environmental | Duration: 16 mins | Classification: General, no advisory
During an experimental pulse flow in the spring of 2014, filmmaker Pete McBride packed up his stand-up paddle board and headed to the Colorado River Delta to investigate how we use and abuse Western water – and how restoration is possible.
Focus: Paragliding | Duration: 5 mins | Classification: General, no advisory
A colorful and spectacular flying tour of Santorini in Greece, the Aiguille di Midi above Chamonix and the Col du Galibier in France, with a bit of cheekiness added in, just for fun. Jean-Baptiste Chandelier
Vasu Sojitra: Out on a Limb
Focus: Skiing, Human story | Duration: 7 mins | Classification: General, no advisory
Vasu Sojitra lost his right leg to a blood infection at 9 months old. Rather than letting his disability define him, Vasu has always treated his amputation as a mere hiccup in life. Follow Vasu’s inspiring story as he ventures deeper into the backcountry to summit peaks, drop into avalanche zones, send cliffs, and ski deep powder lines, all completely unassisted.
Africa Fusion (special edit)
Focus: Climbing | Duration: 20 mins | Classification: General
Climbers Alex Honnold (USA) and Hazel Findlay (UK) team up for a journey through the exotic landscapes of southern Africa. Join them as they uncover some of the best climbing on the planet, in an unforgettable setting.
Focus: Skiing | Duration: 5 mins | Classification: General, no advisory
What could be better than riding gorgeous lines of untouched snow with your best friend at your side? Sun Dog captures this unique and joyful bond between skier Santiago Guzman and his dog Conga in the rugged and wild peaks overlooking Bariloche, Argentina.