A revisit to the 2016 Banff Mountain Film Festival – Australian Program 2016 movies via YouTube.
55 hours in Mexico
2015 | USA | 9min
Fly to Veracruz, rent a car, climb the third-highest peak in North America, ski down and return to work Monday – all over the course of a weekend. How hard could it be? 55 Hours in Mexico explores the limits of the weekend warrior and dives deep into type 2 fun with four friends who take off to Mexico for an outlandish adventure on the continent’s highest volcano, Orizaba.
unReal (special edit)
2015 | USA | 12min
Imagine a world where you ride the perfect trail perfectly, and sometime snow isn’t the only stuff that falls from the sky. When you spend all of your time at work dreaming about mountain biking, which life is real?
2015 | USA | 7 min
How do you celebrate winter when snow finally falls? Freeskier Tim Durtschi takes tram laps at Jackson Hole and big mountain skier Angel Collinson rips up some Alaskan lines.
Unbranded (special edit) * People’s Choice Award Winner
2015 | USA | 46min
Four young Texas horseman hatch an outrageous plan to adopt, train and ride a string of wild horses 5,000 kilometres from the Mexican border to Canada through some of the American West’s wildest terrain. Their aim is to prove the worth of wild horses and raise awareness about their plight.
2015 | USA | 1min
Is life a little too mundane or overwhelming? Feeling tired, irritable or stressed out? Maybe Nature RX is just what you need. But be warned side effects may include confidence, authenticity, remembering you have a body, and being in a good mood for no apparent reason. Nature RX, it’s potent stuff.
Builder (special edit)
2015 | Canada | 9min
Some people grow up and leave childish things behind. Others just take their childhood dreams and turn the dial up to 11 as they age. Building trails and tricks for your mountain bike never gets old, no matter what your age.
Builder tells the story of building and enjoying those trails through the eyes of some of the sports best riders and builders.
2015 | USA | 8min
There’s no oeasy way to say goodbye to your best friend. Especially if that best friend stuck by your side during the darkest time in your life – licking your feet, shadowing your footsteps and going insane with joy every time he saw you. Denali celebrates the bond between humans and dogs and highlights the incredible strength our friends can provide.
Women’s Speed Ascent
2015 | USA | 4min
Some records are just meant to be broken. Mayan Smith-Gobat and Libby Sauter knew that the women’s speed record for the ascent of The Nose on El Capitan in Yosemite National Park, California was their’s for the taking. Crushing the old record and standing atop El Capitan at 5 hours 02 minutes after their first test run and 4 hours 43 minutes after the final attempt just a few days later, Mayan and Libby put their names in the books of the infamous route in the Yosemite National Park, California.
Eclipse * Best Film: Snow Sports
2015 | Canada | 31min
The odds are low, the risks are high – photographer Reuben Krabbe is determined to capture an impossible photo of a skier in front of the 2015 solar eclipse in Svalbard, Norway.
Up in the high arctic though, the weather is bad and the pressure is massive. To add to the difficulty of the project, the guide is sketchy, there’s an active polar bear out there somewhere and the group of skiers that accompany him just want to ski.
★ 2015 Banff Mountain Film Competition Finalists [Banff Centre]