Banff Mountain Film Festival
Sat 13 January | Festival Theatre
Evening (red) 7.30pm I Matinee (blue) 2.30pm
Experience an extraordinary collection of the latest and best films from the world’s most prestigious mountain film festival.
This year there are two shows that will ignite your passion for adventure, action and travel. For double the adventure come along to both for two entirely different film programmes.
BLUE PROGRAMME (2.30pm matinee):
Ben and James decide to travel to the Ecuadorian Amazon, live with an indigenous community, learn from them how to build a canoe from scratch, then take that canoe on a journey… What could go wrong?
Forty-three countries down, Hera van Willick rides her bicycle across continents, fully self-supported, sharing her journey and what she has learned along the way.
For most climbers, it's safety first. But Brad Gobright is definitely not most climbers. Fueled by day-old donuts and unhindered by a fear of falling, this young talent is pushing the limits of scary trad and free solo ropeless climbing in his backyard playground of Eldorado Canyon. Having survived a few big scares, Brad is determined to make his boldest ascent yet -- a first-ever free solo of one of Eldo’s most exposed and difficult routes.
Surf the Line
For The Flying Frenchies, thinking out of the box isn’t a choice – it’s a way of life.
Where The Wild Things Play
There’s an ongoing discussion of why there aren’t more females in the adventure industry; whether it’s in big mountain skiing, climbing, or whitewater kayaking. Well, it’s about time we found out Where the Wild Things Play!
For freediver Johanna Nordblad, diving under the ice provides a surreal, calming environment that helps heal her injuries.
RED PROGRAMME (7.30pm evening):
Yorkshireman Ben Page sought an adventure of perfect solitude in the Canadian Arctic. Yet the harsh truths of travelling in such a formidable environment are a long way from the romanticisms of a Jack London book.
On a wild bikepacking journey, as the latitude gets greater and the mercury falls below -30C, Ben discovers what it truly means to travel alone in this great emptiness.
Have you ever been that little kid sitting in the back seat of your parents’ car, wishing you were somewhere else? So you imagine a skier on the side of the road, your fingers commanding back flips and roof drops, improbable rail slides and huge airs. Well, what if your imagination came to life?
Maureen Beck may have been born missing her lower left arm, but that hasn't stopped her from going hard. She pushes her “stump” to the limit, takes whippers on 5.12, and crushes overhanging boulders, while shotgunning beers between burns. She certainly isn’t making excuses for herself though, ”I don’t want to just be a good one armed climber,” says Beck. “I want to be a good climber.”
Into Twin Galaxies
Follow three National Geographic ‘Adventurers of the Year’ – Ben Stookesberry, Sarah McNair-Landry and Erik Boomer – as they embark on an extreme kayaking mission in Greenland. Using kite skis, the trio tow their white-water kayaks 1,000km over the Greenland Ice Cap to reach the northernmost river ever paddled – and then the challenge gets even tougher.
With spectacular cinematography, remote wilderness and a large amount of suffering, get ready to be taken beyond your comfort zone.
At the ripe old age of 90, Yvonne Dowlen has been ice skating for as long as she can remember. Edges is a celebration of a remarkable life well lived.
Intersection: Micayla Gatto
Mountain biker Micayla Gatto takes the viewer into her world as a painter and as an athlete, riding through beautifully created masterpieces where colours come to life and reality blends with art.
Please note the film programmes are subject to change
* Ticket prices include a contribution to the Theatres Development Fund. An 80p handling charge will be added if you ask us to post your tickets.
We are grateful to Rowan Glen and the Arts & Business Culture & Business Fund for Scotland for supporting this performance.
Groups (8+) £2 off (Stalls & Dress)
Concessions £2 off
Book both screenings £4 off, not available online, both screenings must be booked at the same time