2017 Banff Film Festival Boise


The 2017 Banff Mountain Film Festival will be back home at the Egyptian Theatre January 30th, 31st and February 1st. Tickets will be available here soon. 


Monday, January 30 


Max Your Days        

(2016, Canada, 4 min)

Filmmaker: Malcolm Sangster

Website:   www.sherpascinema.com 

Classification: General

Film Synopsis: Summer solstice on Canada’s West Coast – the possibilities are endless!


Ace and the Desert Dog 

(2015, USA, 9 min)

Filmmaker: Brendan Leonard, Semi-Rad Media

Website:   www.semi-rad.com 

Classification: General

 Film Synopsis: For his 60th birthday, adventure photographer Ace Kvale and his dog, Genghis Khan, set out on a 60-day trek in Utah’s canyon country. 


Devotion: Libby Peter

(2016, UK, 5 min)

Filmmaker:  Matt Pycroft

Website:   www.coldhousecollective.com

Classification: General

Film Synopsis: Libby Peter, one of the UK's most respected climbers, reflects on how climbing has shaped her life, from childhood through becoming a British Mountain Guide and a mother.


Sea Gypsies: The Far Side of the World (Tour Edit)

(2016, USA, 46 min)

Filmmaker:  Nicholas Edwards

Website:   www.seagypsiesmovie.com

Classification:  PG – Coarse Language and Nudity

 Film Synopsis: The vessel is Infinity, a 120-ft hand-built sailing ketch, crewed by a community of wanderers. The journey – a 12,800-kilometre Pacific crossing from New Zealand to Patagonia, with a stop in Antarctica, weather permitting.  This film epitomizes the spirit of adventure.


Doing It Scared 

(2016, Australia, 11 min)

Filmmaker:  Catherine Pettman Website: www.rummin.com

Classification: General

Film Synopsis: Eighteen years after a catastrophic accident which left him partially paralyzed, climber Paul Pritchard returns to the Totem Pole to find out if he has recovered enough to finish the climb.


Iran: A Skier’s Journey

 (2016, Canada, 1 min)

Filmmaker:  Jordan Manley

Website:   www.askiersjourney.com

Classification: General

 Film Synopsis: Cautioned not to travel to Iran, skiers Chad Sayers and Forrest Coots decide to go, regardless. They find comfort, bedazzlement, and a surprisingly cool ski culture.


Fast Forward

 (2016, USA, 8 min)

Filmmaker: Anna Callaghan

Website:   www.talwegcreative.com

Classification:  General

 Film Synopsis: For bikepacker and ultra-long-distance racer Lael Wilcox, taking on the Arizona Trail – more than 1280 kilometres miles of desert singletrack – is a challenge unlike any other.


The Perfect Flight

 (2016, USA, 5 min)

Filmmaker:  Joshua Izenberg

Website:   www.speculativefilms.com

Classification:  General

 Film Synopsis: When some neighborhood kids gave Shawn Hayes an abandoned red-tailed hawk chick, it launched him on a lifelong journey into the medieval traditions of falconry.


The Accord 

(2016, Iceland, 19 min)

Filmmaker:  RC Cone

Website: www.theaccordfilm.com/

Classification:  General

 Film Synopsis: Being so far removed from the hustle and bustle of the tropical surf world hardens Iceland’s surfers to confront the the harsh reality they all must face – that old and unforgiving North Atlantic wind.


Tuesday, January 31


Danny MacAskill’s Wee Day Out 

(2016, UK, 6 min)

Filmmaker:  Stu Thomson

Website:  www.redbull.com/se-en/danny-macaskill-wee-day-out

Classification:  General

 Film Synopsis: Want to see what Danny MacAskill does on his day off? Explore the rural landscape around Edinburgh in a film that sets out to capture the simple fun of a ride in the country with moments of incredible riding and a touch of humour.


Ruin and Rose (Tour Edit)

 (2016, USA, 7 min)

Filmmaker:  Ben Sturgulewski

Website:   www.skimovie.com

Classification: General

Film Synopsis: Follow these talented freeskiers as they tackle very different terrain in search of gorgeous jumps in Whistler and big lines in Alaska.



(2016, USA, 15 min)

Filmmaker:  Andy Mann, Keith Ladzinski

Website:   www.3stringspro.com

Classification: PG – Coarse Language

Film  Synopsis:  With hopes of summiting the elusive Poumaka Tower, American  bouldering  champion,  Angie Payne,  leaves  everything  she knows behind  as she ventures  deep into the French  Polynesian  jungle with veteran climber and explorer, Mike Libecki.


Four Mums In A Boat (Tour Edit) 

(2015, UK, 30 min)

Filmmaker:  Simon Tucker

Website:  www.bowriverfilms.com

Classification:  General

Film Synopsis: When four middle-aged working British mums announced they wanted to row the Atlantic Ocean, their families thought they had lost their minds.



(2016, Canada, 28 min)

Filmmaker:  Kelly Milner

Website:   www.shiftthefilm.info

Classification:  General

Film Synopsis: Near a sacred mountain in the Yukon, an Indigenous community transforms itself into a world-class mountain biking destination through the hard work of their young trail crews.


Trail Dog 

(2016, South Africa/France, 5 min)

Filmmaker:  Dean Leslie

Website:   www.theafricanattachment.com

Classification:  General

Film Synopsis: In a small village in the south-east of France, a young man explores the mountains with his dogs. Trail Dog is an ode to the beauty and happiness that can be found in the simplest of things – friendship.


Packing It Out: Cleaning America’s Wild 

(2016, USA, 4 min)

Filmmaker:  Colin Arisman and Luke Kantola

Website:   www.wildconfluence.com

Classification:  General

Film Synopsis: Follow the guys from the “Packing It Out” crew as they pick up litter – and inspire everyone they meet – along the Pacific Coast Trail.


The Super Salmon

(2016, USA, 25 min)

Filmmaker:  Ryan Peterson

Website:   www.salmonbeyondborders.org

Classification:  General

Film Synopsis: Those who plan to construct a hydroelectric mega-dam on Alaska’s Susitna River say it wouldn’t affect the salmon runs because of its location – upstream of where fish usually swim. Tell that to the Super Salmon.


Wednesday, February 1


Metronomic (Tour Edit)

(2016, France, 5 min)

Filmmaker:  Vladimir Cellier

Website:   www.barakafilms.com

Classification:  General

Film Synopsis: High above the Gorges du Verdon, a skillful blend of

artists and high-level balancing athletes play a high energy symphony devoted to risk. It’s a hymn that melds visual performance and contemplative poetry into pure entertainment.


For The Love (Tour Edit)

(2016, USA, 14 min)

Filmmaker:  Todd Wells

Website:   www.mountainmindcollective.com

Classification: PG – Coarse Language

Film Synopsis: When you want to make first descents, you have to push the limits of what’s possible and what’s known as you explore the most difficult and remote whitewater in the world.



(2016, Norway, 10 min)

Filmmaker:  Anders Graham

Website:   www.turbinfilm.no

Classification:  PG – Coarse Language

Film Synopsis: Four skateboarders head north above the Arctic Circle to the cold Norwegian coast to apply their urban riding skills to a canvas of beach flotsam, frozen sand, and pastel skies. The result is a beautiful mashup of biting winds, ollies and one ephemeral miniramp.


Dog Power (Tour Edit) 

(2016, USA, 25 min)

Filmmakers:  Kale Casey, Jordan Schevene

Website:   www.dogpowermovie.com

Classification:  General

Film Synopsis: Get a fascinating view of the world of dog-poweredsports and the special bond between dogs and their humans. Both share a passion for living, working and playing together outside in different forms of the sled-dog and musher relationship.


The Great Siberian Traverse

(2016 Canada 2 min)

Filmmaker:  Malcolm Sangster

Website:   www.sherpascinema.com

Classification:  PG – Coarse Language

Film Synopsis: All aboard for the adventure of a lifetime, a 1,200- kilometre ski journey through Russia, along the Trans-Siberian Railway. We’ll stumble upon a fringe backcountry skiing community, deep Siberian powder, and skiing's ancient origins.



(2016, Canada, 5 min)

Filmmaker:  Lacy Kemp (producer), Ryan Gibb (Director)

Website:   http://juicystudios.com

Classification:  General

Film Synopsis: Enter a dream world where the trail never ends. Where the promise of joy and freedom exist around each bend. Take a magical trip  through  beautiful  landscapes  and  join  us  on this  DreamRide,  a mountain bike adventure unlike any other.


Young Guns 

(2016, USA, 27 min)

Filmmaker:  Sender Films

Website:  www.reelrocktour.com

Classification:  General

Film Synopsis: Meet the new faces of climbing: 14-year-old Ashima Shiraishi and 15-year-old Kai Lightner. Pushed outside their comfort zone, Kai and Ashima learn some hard but important lessons that will carry them to even greater heights.