Banff Mountain Movie Competition Publicizes Digital Solid

The Banff Mountain Film Festival showed a film with driver Danny MacAskill. Photo credit: Banff Center

The Banff Center's annual Mountain Film Festival will be virtual this year. But there are still a ton of cool movies to look forward to.

The “virtual edition” of this year's 45th Banff Center Mountain Film and Book Festival takes place exclusively online from October 31 to November 8, 2020.

The festival offers 9 days worth of films with exciting adventures and expeditions as well as events. There is also an option for movie screenings in your area.

"I am so proud of our festival team for the incredible work and vision of realigning plans for this year's festival year amid the COVID-19 pandemic," said Janice Price, CEO of the Banff Center. "This year we're excited to bring the festival home worldwide."

Check out the trailer to see a preview or check out the lineup below.

Feature films

This year's Banff Film Festival will show 75 films and 40 events over 9 days so we can't tease them all, but here's a starting grid.

  • "B.ear-like”(91 minutes)
    Two adventurers are in close contact with grizzly bears in Alaska and experience firsthand the struggle for survival and dramatic fight scenes. Driven by the desire to explore the unknown, the film tells a personal story of the wilderness framed by breathtaking shots of these amazing creatures.
  • "K2: The impossible descent”(65 minutes)
    K2, the Savage Mountain, has a mythical place in the hearts of climbers all over the world, one in four never returns from it. On July 22nd, 2018, Polish ski mountaineer Andrzej Bargiel made "the impossible descent" from his summit. He does it alone and without additional oxygen. This documentary explores the man behind the success and the circumstances in which it got there.
  • "Willpower" (40 minutes)
    Will Power follows Red Bull athlete Will Gadd on his trip with local friends to the Taihang Mountains in China in hopes of finding new ice climbing routes. On the way there, warm weather challenges the climbers, and cultural openness and friendship are proving more valuable than ever.
  • "Lost at sea”(47 minutes)
    An epic tale of the sea, tells the personal journey of a young man to understand his father who died rowing in the Pacific.
  • "Cholitas”(80 minutes)
    Five indigenous Bolivian women embark on a unique expedition symbolizing liberation and empowerment. Your goal? The highest peak in America, Aconcagua.

Short films

  • "The chairlift" (60 minutes)
    An ode to the often overlooked device that made sport possible and still functions as a central pillar of ski culture today.
  • "FKT" (10 mins)
    We follow Salomon athlete Jeanelle Hazlett trying to set a fastest known time (FKT) record on Mount Brunswick, British Columbia. One wrong step could result in death or serious injury.
    Mt. Logan Banff filmMt. Logan Movie; Photo credit: Alexandre Marchesseau / Banff Center
  • "Canada short film program”(65 minutes)
    This adventurous program (a series of short films) all about Canada takes us to Baffin Island, explores the visual beauty of Squamish, British Columbia, on a warm family canoe tour and on an insane multisport expedition to Canada's highest peak, Mt. Logan.

Virtual Banff Mountain Film Festival: How to See It

The online format includes a virtual marketplace, a beer tent and exclusive content for festival pass holders.

Early bird tickets are $ 125 and include full access to festival content. These passes are available until October 15th. Regular tickets ($ 150) go on sale on October 16 and are available through the festival. You can also purchase individual demonstration tickets starting at $ 10.

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