Banff Mountain Film Festival Finland
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Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour 2016 Finland

Welcome to the filmfestival for everyone that loves the outdoors, mountain culture and mountain sports. The last 10 years we have brougth the best films from the Banff Mountain Film Festival to Helsinki and 2016 will be no exception. This year we will be screening 2 nigths with 2 different programs at the Savoy-teatteri.

The Banff Mountain Film Festival is an international film competition featuring the world’s best footage on mountain subjects. The festival began in 1976 and is held annually on the first weekend in November in Banff, Alberta, Canada.

Immediately after the Festival ends in November, a selection of the best films go on tour across Canada, the United States, and internationally from Scotland to South Africa to China, Lebanon, Chile, New Zealand, Antarctica, and points in between. Each year, the films travel to 40 countries reaching more than 390,000 people at over 840 screenings.

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This years festival is presented by Osprey and Suunto. Media partners in Finland, Retki, help us reach a wider audience.


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Helsinki (Note! New location)

Monday 26 september (RED Program)
Tuesday 27 september (BLUE Program)

kl 18.30, Savoy-teatteri,  (doors open at 18,00).

Tickets will be released 10 August online and available at selected ticket vendors in Helsinki a bit later.

Ticket vendors

(ticket price: 17 euro/night)

  • Amer Sports Brand Store, Konepajankuja 6 (Cash only!)
  • Aventura Matkatoimisto, Lönnrotinkatu 9, Helsinki. P.+358 207 435 100,
  • Mountain Shop Finland, Hämeentie 40, 00500 Helsinki. P.+358 (0)9 680 2996,


An additional ticket & card fee of 1.50 Euro per ticket will be added.


Any left over tickets will be sold at the door @20 euro.

RED Program - Monday 26 September 

Pretty Faces (special edit)

(2014, USA, 11 min)
Filmmaker: Lynsey Dyer
Classification: General; no advisory

Pretty Faces 03 Zoya Lynch

Photo: From the film Pretty faces © Freya Fennwood

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.


Golden Gate

(2015, USA, 17 min)
Filmmaker: Jon Glassberg
Classification: General; no advisory

Golden Gate 01 Jon Glassberg Louder Than Eleven

Photo: From the film Golden gate © Jon Glassberg, Louder Than Eleven

She’s been trad climbing for only three years, but Emily Harrington didn’t let that sway her from the magnetic pull of El Capitan’s ‘Golden Gate’ (5.13 VI). Six days and 40 pitches later, she stood on the summit with broken skin, aching muscles and a smile that stretched across Yosemite Valley.


Unbranded (special edit)

People’s Choice Award – sponsored by Osprey

(2015, USA, 46 min)
Filmmakers: Dennis Aig, Phillip Baribeau
Classification: Parental Guidance; coarse language

Unbranded 19 Ben Masters

Photo: From the film Unbranded © Ben Masters

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.




About 20-30 min intermission. During the intermission you have the opportunity to grab something to eat or drink, visit the exibition, take part in the price draw, chat with people and get ready for the second half!


Nature Rx

(2015, USA, 1 min)
Filmmaker: Justin Bogardus
Classification: General; no Advisory

Nature Rx 03 Dream Tree Films Productions

Photo: From the film Nature Rx © Dream Tree Films & Productions

Is life a little too mundane or overwhelming ? Feeling tired, irritable or stressed out? Maybe Nature Rx is just the ticket.


Chasing Niagara (special edit)

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

Chasing Niagara 02 Marcos Ferro Red Bull Content Pool

Photo: From the film Chasing Niagara © Marcos Ferro Red Bull Content Pool

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.

When choosing the winner of this category we were asked to confront what we are willing to endure as athletes to accomplish our goals. How far can we push ourselves in a pursuit? What are we willing to risk? Why? We are taken on a deeply devoted journey and faced with the realities of consequence. Ultimately, we’re offered the idea that failure is relative…and perhaps walking away can be seen as one of the highest achievements of any athlete.

— Cory Richards, jury member.


Builder (special edit)

(2015, Canada, 9 min)
Filmmakers: Julian Coffey, Scott Secco
Classification: General; coarse language

Builder 01 Julien Grimard

Photo: From the film Builder © Julien Grimard

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.



(2015, USA, 8 min)
Filmmakers: Ben Moon, Ben Knight
Classification: General, no advisory

Denali03 Lisa Hensel

Photo: From the film Denali © Lisa Hensel

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.


Degrees North (special edit)

(2015, Switzerland, 25 min)
Filmmakers: Matthieu Geraud, Matt Hollis, Guido Perrini
Classification: Parental Guidance; coarse language

Degrees North 04 Tero Repo

Snowboarding is more than a sport to world-renowned freerider Xavier De Le
Rue. It’s a quest for adventure. De Le Rue and Samuel Anthamatten use
paragliders to scout and access the biggest lines in the Northern Hemisphere,
and film it all from the air.


BLUE Program - Tuesday 27 September


unReal (special edit)

(2015, USA, 12min)
Filmmaker: Teton Gravity Research
Classification: General; no advisory

unReal TOUR Edit 08 From the film unReal Tour Edit

Photo: From the film UnReal © 

Imagine a world where you ride the perfect trail perfectly, and sometime snow isn’t the only stuff that falls from the sky. When you spend all of your time at work dreaming about mountain biking, which life is real?


Operation Moffat

Special Jury Mention

(2015, UK, 20 min)
Filmmakers: Jen Randall, Claire Carter, Alex Messenger
Classification: General; no advisory

Operation Moffat 10 James France

Photo: From the film Operation Moffat © James France

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.

The search for joy in nature doesn’t change over generations, neither do the challenges in climbing. When you are asked after an entire life in the mountains, if you have regrets, you might want to say as the main character in the film says: “I have no regret. I would have liked to do certain things where I retreated from, but no regret at all. I had my moments and I don’t miss them because they are there a part of me.” This film beautifully shows the fusion between the young and old generations and their passion for the mountains.

— Peter Popall, jury member.


55 Hours in Mexico

(2015, USA, 9 min) 
Filmmakers: Joey Schusler, Karl Thompson, Thomas Woodson 
Classification: Parental Guidance; coarse language

55 Hours in Mexico 05 JSchusler MLowe

Photo: From the film 55 hours in Mexico ©  J.Schusler & M.Lowe

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?



Best Film – Snow Sports – sponsored by Bergans of Norway

(2015, Canada, 31 min)
Filmmaker: Anthony Bonello, Switchback Entertainment
Classification: Parental Guidance; coarse language

Eclipse 05 Reuben Krabbe

Photo: From the film Eclipse ©  Reuben Krabbe

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. 

I see skiing as the joy of playing with gravity by gliding on nature’s artwork of snow. We all live it differently, we all have different motors which drive us to go out there. Filmmakers and photographers are challenged to catch the right moment. Certain filmmakers will attempt to achieve things that are deemed by most to be too difficult and inaccessible, like capturing a full solar eclipse that can only happen once or twice in their lifetime. This film demonstrates this concept perfectly; that a dream connected to believing, to self-will and to engagement may move weather and clouds in the right moment.

— Peter Popall, jury member.



About 20-30 min intermission. During the intermission you have the opportunity to grab something to eat or drink, visit the exibition, take part in the price draw, chat with people and get ready for the second half!


The Warmth of Winter

(2015, USA, 6 min)
Filmmakers: Ben Sturgulewski, Philip Drake, Erme Catino, Stephan Drake
Classification: General; no advisory

The Warmth of Winter 07 From the Film The Warmth of Winter

Photo: From the film The Warmth of Winter ©

Outside, the snow flies and the wind roars. But here, quiet and safe in the candlelight, the warmth and the wood wrap around you like a blanket, and the mind melts into reflections of days gone by. Take shelter from the storm. Sit down by the fire, have a drink, and take a load off. There is no warmth like a warmth found in winter.


The Important Places

Best Short Mountain Film – sponsored by The North Face

(2015, USA, 9 min)
Filmmaker: Gnarly Bay, Forest Woodward
Classification: General; coarse language

The Important Places 01 Doug Woodward Forest Woodward

Photo: From the film The Important Places ©  Doug Woodward, Forest Woodward

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 joy found in nature has no age limit. No matter our stage in life, we search for those special moments that can only be found through our connection to nature. In this film we learn about ourselves, our sense of place and how despite our age or life experiences, we all have more to learn and to live.

— Sarah Hueniken, jury member.


Paradise Waits (special edit)

(2015, USA, 7 min)
Filmmakers: Teton Gravity Research
Classification: General; no advisory

Paradise Waits TOUR Edit 08 From the Film Paradise Waits Tour Edit

Photo: From the film Paradise Waits ©

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.


A Line Across the Sky

Best Film – Climbing – sponsored by Alpine Club of Canada

(2015, USA, 40 min)
Filmmakers: Peter Mortimer, Josh Lowell
Classification: Parental Guidance; coarse language

REEL ROCK 10 A Line Across the Sky 02 Austin Siadak

Photo: From the film A line Across the Sky ©  Austin Siadak

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.

Judging the Climbing category is difficult as climbing itself. The art of the filmmaker then is to sculpt a story out of spontaneous and directed footage. Breaking down barriers to discover new horizons demands a creative and curious mind and starts with dreams and desires. Established people sometimes call it crazy, irresponsible or even insane. The author Richard Bach wrote it so well: You're never given a dream without also being given the power to make it true. But there are two conditions, you have to accept to suffer and you have to accept all of the possible consequences. This concept is demonstrated so well in A Line Across the Sky.

— Peter Popall, jury member.

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