Best of Banff Mountain Film Fest this Friday


Experience the adventure of mountain expeditions, extreme and passionate outdoor exploits, remote cultures, and the world’slast great wild places – all brought to life this Friday evening when the Best of the Banff Mountain Film Festival returns to town.
Our feature film this year North of the Sun won the 2013 Banff Mountain Film Competition Grand Prize! We have a 136 minutes of great films all for you this Friday night at the Civic Centre! Doors at 7pm.
Tickets at AGOG. Call 250 344-6186
Championed by:
Columbia Diesel
River House Tavern
Dreamcatcher Hostel
Here’s the line-up:
(2012, USA, 8 min)
Filmmakers: Anson Fogel, Skip Armstrong, Shannon Ethridge (Camp4 Collective) Website:
Paddler and cinematographer alike explore a world beyond the unexpected … and find perfection.
Keeper of the Mountains
Cultural. 16min
Special Jury Mention (2013, USA, 16 min) Filmmakers: Allison Otto, Scott McElroy
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.
Split of a Second
Wing suit flying. 8min
(2012, Sweden, 8 min) Filmmakers: Björn Fävremark and John Boisen Website:
99.9% of time is spent in preparation for living a few moments of joy. The other .1% is to only be here now, and step off that cliff!
North of the Sun 
Adventure. 46min

Grand Prize Winner – sponsored by MEC People’s Choice Award – sponsored by Treksta Dolby Audio Award (2012, Norway, 46 min)
Filmmakers: Inge Wegge and Anne Bergseng Website:
Tucked between the cold Atlantic Ocean and the rocky slopes of a remote, arctic island, two young Norwegian adventurers discover their own private playground. They build themselves a cabin out of flotsam while clearing the beach of debris, then spend the long winter skiing and surfing in the haunting low light.


Into the Mind

(2013, Canada, 12 min)
Filmmakers: Dave Mossop, Eric Crosland, JP Auclair, Malcolm Sangster, Sherpas Cinema Website:
Amazing skiing, stunning imagery, and fabulous music are showcased in this
high-energy excerpt from the feature film
Spice Girl 
Climb. 24min
(2013, USA, 24 min) Filmmakers: Josh Lowell, Alex Lowther, Peter Mortimer, Nick Rosen Website:
The UK climbing scene is known for its strict traditional ethic, yielding super sketchy, dangerous routes, and a competitive machismo. It’s the last place you’d expect to find a nice little blond girl putting all the lads to shame, but Hazel Findlay is doing just that. The first woman to climb the British grade of E9, Hazel is a connoisseur of loose rock, dodgy gear, and big runouts.
I am Red
(2013, USA, 4 min)
Filmmaker: Peter McBride Website:
A visual poem of the Colorado River delivers a simple yet powerful message.

Not Bad
(2013, Canada, 10 min) Filmmakers: Darcy Wittenburg, Darren McCullough, Colin Jones and Ian Dunn Website:
Seven brave riders set out from the four corners of the globe for thirty days of outrageous fun and bicycle tomfoolery in New Zealand.
Story/climb. 5min
Best Short Mountain Film — Sponsored by The North Face (2013, USA, 5 min)
Filmmakers: Nasa Koski, Austin Siadak, Matthe Van Biene, Fitz Cahall Website:
35 routes in one day to celebrate 35 years of life? Why not? Take the birthday challenge!

Naked skiing 3min
(2013, USA, 3 min) Filmmakers: Ben Sturgulewski, Nick Waggoner, Michaal Brown, Zac Ramras (Sweetgrass Productions) Website:
From naked chairlift riding to cliff airs wearing nothing more than an avalanche beacon and a smile, Valhalla’s naked snow segment sparks laughter from skiers and non-skiers alike.