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Banff Film Festival

Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour, RIT

Go on a big-screen expedition to exotic landscapes, learn about remote cultures and be inspired to explore the world outside. See the best adventure, environmental and cultural films from the most prestigious mountain festival in the world. The 2015/2016 World Tour brings films from the 40th Banff Mountain Film Festival to about 400 communities around the world. From an exploration of remote landscapes and mountain cultures to adrenaline-fueled action sports, films in this year’s world tour are sure to bring out the explorer in you.

February 13th, 14th, and 15th, 2016
Ingle Auditorium
Student Alumni Union, RIT
"SAU" in section F-6 of the RIT campus map:
Campus Map
Doors Open: 6:00pm
Showtime: 7:00pm

Contact/Additional Info
Tom Connelly

On sale Now
RIT University Arenas Box Office
RIT Students: $11 advance/$13 door
RIT Staff/Fac/Alum: $14 advance/$16 door
Public: $17 advance/$19 door
15% discount on 3-night bundle
RIT discount only in person or via phone with RIT UID#.
No RIT discounts online.
Max 4 RIT discounted tickets/bundles per person.
Some fees may apply for phone or online purchases.
Sign language interpreters available by request.


All three nights will be real time captioned.

Please be advised that some films contain material that may not be suitable for young audiences. Refer to the film descriptions for any advisories. Please contact Outdoor Education with any questions or concerns.

To limit the unnecessary use of paper, programs will not be printed. While unlikely, there is a chance that some changes to the programs below will be made.

Saturday, February 13th SOLD OUT

Nature Rx Accordion


(2015, USA, 1 min)
Filmmaker: Justin Bogardus
Classification: General; no Advisory
Film Synopsis: Is life a little too mundane or overwhelming? Feeling tired, irritable or stressed out? Maybe Nature Rx is just the ticket

Operation Moffat Accordion


© Tessa Lyons

Special Jury Mention
(2015, UK, 20 min)
Filmmakers: Jen Randall, Claire Carter, Alex Messenger
Classification: General, no advisory
Film Synopsis:Operation Moffat takes inspiration and wit from the colorful climbing life of Britain’s first female mountain guide Gwen Moffat. Writer Claire Carter and filmmaker Jen Randall scramble, swim and barefoot climb through Gwen’s landscapes, grappling with her preference for mountains over people, adventure over security and wilderness over tick lists.

Unbranded (special edit) Accordion


© Ben Masters

People’s Choice Award – sponsored by Osprey
(2015, USA, 46 min)
Filmmakers: Dennis Aig, Phillip Baribeau
Classification: Parental Guidance; coarse language
Film Synopsis: Four men and 16 wild mustangs set off on a 5000 kilometre journey across the American West from Mexico to Canada. In the spirit of true adventure, whiskey is drunk, tempers fly, tragedy strikes, and the bonds of friendship hold fast. But can the journey help save the plight of the wild horses roaming on public lands? Only time will tell.


Living Rivers - Surf Accordion


© Max Lowe

(2015, USA, 3 min)
Filmmaker: Max Lowe
Classification: General, no advisory
Film synopsis: There is a new and emerging river surfing scene in Montana.

Eclipse Accordion


© Reuben Krabbe

Best Film – Snow Sports – sponsored by Bergans of Norway
(2015, Canada, 31 min)
Filmmaker: Anthony Bonello, Switchback Entertainment
Classification: Parental Guidance; coarse language
Film Synopsis: The odds are low, the risks are high – photographer Reuben Krabbe is determined to capture a photo of a skier in front of the 2015 solar eclipse in Svalbard. But the weather’s bad, the guide is sketchy, the pressure is massive and the skiers just want to ski.

Darklight (special edit) Accordion


© Slorence Sweetgrass

(2015, USA, 5 min) )
Filmmakers: Rachel Franks, Matt O’Connor, Zac Ramras, Mike Brown
Classification: General; no advisory
Film synopsis: In 2014, the award winning film Afterglow followed skiers down impossibly lit, virgin powder slopes in the dead of night. Get ready for the sequel, this time on two wheels.

55 Hours in Mexico Accordion


© Joey Schusler & Max Lowe

(2015, USA, 9 min)
Filmmaker: Joey Schusler, Karl Thompson, Thomas Woodson
Classification: Parental Guidance; coarse language
Film Synopsis: Fly to Veracruz on a Friday, rent a car, climb the third-highest peak in North America, ski down and return to your desk Monday. How hard could it be?

Sunday, February 14th

Paradise Waits (special edit) Accordion


© From the Film Paradise Waits

(2015, USA, 7 min)
Filmmakers: Teton Gravity Research
Film Synopsis: 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.

Climbing Ice: The Iceland Trifecta Accordion


© Tim Kemple

(2015, USA, 17 min)
Filmmakers: : Chris MacAskill, Anton Lorimer
Classification: Parental Guidance; coarse language
Film Synopsis: Join award-winning photographer Tim Kemple and ice climbers Klemen Premrl and Rahel Schelb for an expedition to Iceland’s Vatnajökull Glacier to discover new ways to push the boundaries of climbing ice.

REEL ROCK 10: A Line Across the Sky Accordion


© Austin Siadak

Best Film – Climbing – sponsored by Alpine Club of Canada
(2015, USA, 40 min)
Filmmakers: Peter Mortimer, Josh Lowell
Classification: Parental Guidance; coarse language
Film Synopsis: Long considered impossible, coveted by many and attempted by a few, the Fitz Traverse has fueled the imaginations of climbers in Patagonia for decades. Tracing the iconic skyline of Cerro Fitz Roy and its six satellite peaks, it spans four miles and 13,000 feet across snow and ice-covered rock, with epic route finding and endless rapelling. Seizing their chance during a rare extended weather window, Tommy Caldwell and Alex Honnold went big. The pair completed the first ascent in a five-day push during February 2014.


Denali Accordion


© Vivian Moon

(2015, USA, 8 min)
Filmmakers: Ben Moon, Ben Knight
Classification: General, no advisory
Film Synopsis: There's no easy way to say goodbye to a friend, especially when they've supported you through your darkest times. A collaboration between Ben Knight, Skip Armstrong and Ben Moon.

Chasing Niagara (special edit) Accordion


© Marcos Ferro Red Bull Content Pool

Best Film – Mountain Sports – sponsored by Sea & Summit
(2015, USA, 31 min)
Filmmakers: Red Bull Media House GmbH, Rush Sturges
Classification: Parental Guidance; sports accident, coarse language
Film Synopsis: When pro kayaker Rafa Ortiz decides to paddle over Niagara Falls, he sets in motion a series of events leading his team on a remarkable two-year journey from Mexican rainforest rivers to the waterfalls of the U.S. Northwest before coming to a heart-stopping climax at the iconic falls.

Kroger’s Canteen Accordion


© The African Attachment

(2015, South Africa, 8 min)
Filmmaker:Greg Fell, Dean Leslie
Classification: General; coarse language
Film Synopsis: In 2014, Kilian Jornet won the Hardrock 100 mile race through the San Juan’s of Colorado. Along the way he stopped at Kroger’s Canteen – an aid station perched on a tiny ledge, 13,100ft above sea level. This is a story about that aid station, about the people who make it happen, and about the spirit one can only find at the Hardrock 100.

Women’s Speed Ascent Accordion


© John Dickey

(2015, USA, 4 min)
Filmmakers: Keith Ladzinski, Chris Alstrin
Classification: Parental Guidance, coarse language
Film Synopsis: Mayan Smith-Gobat and Libby Sauter knew that the women's speed record for the ascent of The Nose on El Cap was theirs for the taking. Crushing the old record after just a few days of attempts, Mayan and Libby put their names in the record book of the infamous route in the Yosemite National Park.

Monday, February 15th

Pretty Faces (special edit) Accordion


© Rachael Burks

(2014, USA, 11 min)
Filmmaker: Lynsey Dyer
Classification: General, no advisory
Film Synopsis: Celebrate women who thrive in the snow! Follow her as she chases snow, from the time she needs to be lifted onto the chairlift to her first Alaskan dream line and beyond.

The Important Places Accordion


© Doug Woodward Forest Woodward

Best Short Mountain Film – sponsored by The North Face
(2015, USA, 9 min)
Filmmakers: Gnarly Bay, Forest Woodward
Classification: General; coarse language
Film Synopsis: Using a mix of old 16mm footage and new visuals, a son rediscovers the necessity of returning to and protecting “the important places” in our lives.

The Search for Freedom (special edit) Accordion


© ITM Film Inc

(2015, Canada, 44 min)
Filmmakers: : Jon Long, Laura Zeman
Classification:General; no advisory
Film Synopsis: The Search for Freedom is the story of the human desire to live in the moment and do what makes you feel the most alive. This is a visceral, visual experience told through the eyes some of the brightest pioneers, legends and cultural visionaries in the realm of outdoor sports.


Sounds of Paragliding Accordion


© Vigi Rodier

(2015, New Zealand, 27 min)
Filmmaker: Shams
Classification: General; no advisory
Listen to nature's harmony while aerobatic paragliding pilot Théo de Blic dances to the sounds of the sky.

Paddle for the North (special edit) Accordion


© Scott Sinton

(2015, New Zealand, 27 min)
Filmmakers: Alexander Behse, Simon Lucas
Classification: Parental Guidance; coarse language
Film Synopsis: On an adventure of a lifetime, six young guys paddle to some of the most remote rivers in North America. It's a 1,500 km, 63- day mission to truly discover the secrets of the north and to show the world why some places are worth preserving before they are changed forever.

The Last Dragons Accordion


© David Herasimtschuk, Freshwaters Illustrated

(2014, USA, 10 min)
Filmmakers: Jeremy Monroe, David Herasimtschuk
Classification: General; no advisory
Film Synopsis: An intimate glimpse at North America's Eastern Hellbender, an ancient salamander as mythical as it is real. And in many waters, myths are all that remain of these sentinel stream-dwellers.

Builder (special edit) Accordion


© Julien Grimard

(2015, Canada, 9 min)
Filmmakers: Julian Coffey, Scott Secco
Classification: General; coarse language
Film Synopsis: Some people grow up and leave childish things behind. Others just take their childhood dreams and turn them up to 11 as they age. Building trails and tricks for your mountain bike never gets old, no matter your age.

Prize-draw Information here