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2023-2024 BANFF CENTRE MOUNTAIN
FILM FESTIVAL WORLD TOUR

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Join us in our 19th year of hosting the The Banff Centre Mountain Film Festival World Tour, which will again take place at the Fox Theatre in Redwood City on March 8th and 9th, 2024.

Traveling to remote vistas, analyzing topical environmental issues, and bringing audiences up-close and personal with adrenaline-packed action sports, the 2023/2024 World Tour is an exhilarating and provocative exploration of the mountain world. Join fellow outdoor enthusiasts for entirely different programs on Friday and Saturday nights.

Banff Centre Mountain Film and Book Festival is one of the largest and most prestigious mountain festivals in the world! Hot on the heels of the Festival that is held every fall in beautiful Banff, Alberta, the Banff Centre Mountain Film Festival World Tour hits the road. The Banff World Tour celebrates amazing achievements in outdoor storytelling and filmmaking worldwide.

From the over 400 entries submitted into the Festival each year, award-winners and audience favorites are among the films that are carefully selected in the two programs that we will show.

Snowlands Network is sponsoring the event, and all proceeds will help support Snowlands' advocacy work. We will be working with local sponsors to bring you some great prizes along with those provided by the World Tour sponsoring organizations.

The Details

The World Tour films will be shown over two nights at the Fox Theatre in Redwood City. Different films will be shown each night.

Dates: Friday, March 8, 2024
Saturday, March 9, 2024
Where: Fox Theatre in Redwood City
2215 Broadway St
Redwood City, CA 94063
Time: Doors open at 6:00 PM.
Films begin at 7:00 PM

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Covid-19 Policy

The Fox Theatre will be observing and enforcing all Covid-19 requirements as set by the State of California and San Mateo County in effect at the time of the event. Currently, this means that masks are recommended but not required.

Trailer

2023-24 Banff World Tour INTRO (Canada & USA) from BCMFF World Tour on Vimeo.


Film List

The films scheduled to be shown each day are shown below.*

Friday, March 8, 2024 (Arnica Program)

How Did We Get Here ? (Tour Edit) (2023, Canada, 9 min)

Filmmakers: Clay Mitchell, Simon Shave, CK9 Studios
Advisory: Coarse language

The Blondes, three strange animals. Who are they? What are they thinking? Are they naturally Blonde? This is a film highlighting the ski crew the Blondes through their friendship and adventures in skiing and in life.

Still image from Still Alive ©Santino Martirano
Image from Still Alive ©Santino Martirano

Still Alive (2023, USA, 27 min)

Filmmaker: Santino Martirano
Advisory: Coarse language

Doctors gave him until age twenty-five to live and now 10 years after his expiration date, he is still climbing. Despite having Cystic Fibrosis, Klaas Willems has bolted hundreds of routes in Sardinia, Italy and dedicated his life to climbing.

Sea to Sky Trail Series: Progression (2022, Canada, 12 min)

Filmmakers: Joel Fuller, Michael Overbeck

The trail-running community is constantly evolving. Lately runners have progressed, drawing from the world of alpinism, rock climbing, and running and tackling technical terrain in a way we've never seen. Watch as Emma Cook-Clarke and Jesse McAuley dig deep on the west peak of Ch'ich'iyúy Elxwíkn, the Twin Sisters (or the Lions), an iconic Sea to Sky trail.

Slides on the Mountain (2023, Canada, 30 min)

Filmmakers: Seth Gillis, Aline Mayerhoffer, Sandy Ward
Advisory: Coarse language

Two young brothers from the Lil'wat Nation set out to ski the sacred mountain they were raised beneath, pushing both themselves and their culture to evolve.

Leaving A Tread (2023, USA, 5 min)

Filmmakers: Maxwell Frank, Becky Gardner, WTB

Mountain Biker Israel Carrillo shows us his hometown of Guanajuato, Mexico, and the difficulties and differences of being a mountain biker in Mexico.

Eternal Flame (Best Film: Mountain Sports) (2023, Switzerland, 26 min)

Filmmakers: Nicolas Bossard, MS PROD
Advisory: Coarse language

Following in the footsteps of pioneer jumpers from 1990, French BASE jumpers Eric Jamet and Antoine Pecher jump from the top of the Nameless Tower in Pakistan after climbing the Eternal Flame route, combining one of the most beautiful ascents with one of the most exhilarating descents in the world.

After You've Gone (2022, USA, 12 min)

Filmmakers: Max Erickson, Jared Zissu, Flylords, Fiska Media
Advisory: Coarse language

Rachel Finn, a female fishing guide in the Adirondacks, grapples with life after loss. While taking a once-in-a- lifetime trip to Argentina, she navigates moving forward in an unapologetically true-to-self way, that brings a smile to everyone who crosses her path.

Still image from Pioneers: Tandem XC Skiing ©Ben Dubay
Image from Pioneers: Tandem XC Skiing ©Ben Dubay

Pioneers: Tandem XC Skiing (Tour Edit) (2023, USA, 20 min)

Filmmakers: Chris Parr, Flutter Brothers Productions
Advisory: Coarse language

After winning the American Birkebeiner, the largest cross country ski race in North America, Joe Dubay was disqualified for wearing the wrong bib. Now, 11 years later, Joe and his former roommate who lent him the bib — Chris — document their return to the Birkebeiner to pioneer a new sport: tandem cross country skiing.


Saturday, March 9, 2024 (Paintbrush Program)

Desert Wings (2023, USA, 4 min)

Filmmakers: Nathan McBride, NVisualMedia
Advisory: Coarse language

Paramotoring is a niche, largely undocumented, and little-known flying sport. This piece brings it to light in a rightfully epic way. Shot over 6 days, with multiple paramotor pilots, Desert Wings highlights some of the most dramatic desert landscapes in the American Southwest.

Soundscape (Creative Excellence Award) (2023, USA, 14 min)

Filmmakers: Timmy O'Neill, Sarah Lee Steele, Well Travelled Collective

Soundscape features Erik Weihenmayer, a global adventure athlete and author who is fully blind, as he ascends a massive alpine rock face deep in the Sierra Nevada.

Still image from Blackcountry Journal ©Patrick Elmore
Image from The Blackcountry Journal ©Patrick Elmore

The Blackcountry Journal (Best Film: Snow Sports) (2023, USA, 10 min)

Filmmakers: Mallory Duncan, Patrick Elmore, Uhuru Mountain Collective

A skier contemplates his connection to skiing and the mountains. As he hurries through the streets of L.A., his path takes a turn after bumping into a jazz musician who helps him discover the correlation between jazz and skiing — an expression of art, skiing, and black culture.

Georgia Astle: Flip The Switch (2023, Canada, 3 min)

Filmmakers: Scott Secco, Scott Secco Films

Watch Georgia Astle explore some of British Columbiaís most striking landscapes, on a search for terrain to push her riding, inspired by a rising tide of female freeriders around the world.

Canada Vertical (Tour Edit) (2023, Canada, 35 min)

Filmmaker: Laurent Poliquin, Nicolas Roulx
Advisory: Coarse language

Follow a team of highly motivated Quebeckers on one of the longest wilderness expeditions ever documented. Stage one involves skiing in relentless polar conditions from Ellesmere Island to the Northwest Passage. Cue canoes for a 2,000 km journey across Nunavut and North West Territories until they get on bikes and pedal 4,000 km to Point Pelee in Ontario.

Leo & Chester (Best Film: Mountain Culture) (2022, Canada, 8 min)

Filmmaker: Andrea Wing, Aline Mayerhoer, MMGY Origin

Leo, a sought-after rock star with a promising career, turns his back on the industry to pursue a life on the land with a herd of buffalo.

Still image from Earthside ©Drew Smith
Image from Earthside ©Drew Smith

Earthside (2023, USA, 33 min)

Filmmaker: Kaki Orr, Rob Wassmer, Aidan Haley, Christina Lustenberger, The North Face
Advisory: Coarse language

In 2022, Hilaree Nelson, Emily Harrington, Christina Lustenberger, and Brette Harrington embarked on an expedition above the Arctic circle. What they found was a celebration of where they've been and of where they're going - and the trip's success was contingent not on what they skied but the time they had together.

Near The River (2023, USA, 11 min)

Filmmakers: Darby McAdams, Ashley Peel, Rush Sturges, McAdams Films

In the tourism town of Livingstone, Zambia, a group of local men who make their living portering kayaks aspire to become safety kayakers on the Zambezi River. The proposed Batoka Gorge Hydroelectric Scheme threatens to flood the famous rapids of the Zambezi and eliminate river related jobs.

El Gavilán (2022, USA, 20 min)

Filmmakers: Bronwyn Hodgins, Savannah Cummins, Savy Media
Advisory: None

Rising out of the arid Mexican desert lies a 900 ft ship's prow of elegant limestone sporting a 9-pitch 5.13 established in the 90s by Jeff Jackson. Shrouded in mysticism, the bolts rusted and the holds collecting dust until a couple of young gals from Canada decided to give it a try.

* Scheduled films susceptible to change without notice.


More information and clips of selected films are available at the Banff website.

Screenings of the Banff Centre Mountain Film Festival World Tour in Canada and the USA are presented by: Rab, and Banff & Lake Louise Tourism, Sponsored by: Lowe Alpine, Oboz Footwear, YETI Coolers, BUFF©, Kicking Horse Coffee, The Lake Louise Ski Resort & Summer Gondola, World Expeditions, Happy Yak, Doña Paula (Canada only)

The World Tour is a program of Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity

A benefit for Snowlands Network