Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival: The Trailers

As the The Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival kicks into high gear this weekend, we bring you an extensive sampling of trailers from the Film Competition finalists.

The festival is a nine day event featuring stories of profound journeys, unexpected adventures and ground-breaking expeditions told by renowned authors, photographers, adventurers and filmmakers from around the globe. See all the finalists here.


Citadel is the new film from adventure filmmaker Alastair Lee.  It follows UK alpinists Matt Helliker and Jon Bracey as they tackle one of the hardest mixed lines ever conceived, deep in the Alaskan wilderness.  Impeccably shot, this North American premiere will have you hanging on the edge of your seat.


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A Line Across the Sky
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


Hadwin’s Judgement
A spellbinding account of environmentalism, obsession and myth, Hadwin’s Judgement chronicles logging engineer and survivalist Grant Hadwin’s resolute struggle to reconcile what he regarded as an intolerable and conspiratorial affront—not just to the land, but to humanity as well.


55 Hours in Mexico
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?


Antarctica on the Edge
Traveling the coast of Antarctica by sailboat, sea kayak, small plane, on foot, and with dive gear gives writer and director Jon Bowermaster and his team a complete and beautiful portrait of a place unlike anywhere else you will ever visit.


Beat Down
Two bikers, one steep trail.  It’s a race straight to the bottom in Moab.  A slayer-heavy short from Camp4 Collective films.


Natasha Brooks swims naked year-round in the cold mountain lakes of Snowdonia, Wales. Through this she finds solitude, grounding and a deep connection to the natural environment. Winner of the British Mountaineering Council’s 2014 Women in Adventure Film Competition.


Cholagang, never stop joking! A team of four Swiss alpinists with the aim of opening a new route on the north face of the Cholatse, Nepal.


Chris Bonington: Life and Climbs
One of the great mountaineers of the second half of the twentieth century – retraces the stories and adventures of a lifetime exploring and climbing the world’s mountains.


Climbing Ice
An expedition into the Vatnajökull glacier in Iceland in hopes of finding unique environments in which to climb. We follow award winning photographer Tim Kemple and ice climbers Klemen Premrl & Rahel Schelb while they discover new ways to push the boundaries of climbing ice.


Degrees North
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.


There’s no easy way to say goodbye to a friend, especially when they’ve supported you through your darkest times.


First Ascent – Kunyang Chhish East
July 18, 2013. A story of chopped fingers, fun, friendship and the First Ascent of Kunyang Chhish East (7,400m). Following the rules of true alpine style Hansjörg Auer, Matthias Auer and Simon Anthamatten embark on an adventure for the summit and for survival on Kunyang Chhish East.


The Great Alone
The Iditarod may be the hardest race in the world.  The Great Alone captures the inspiring comeback story of champion sled dog racer Lance Mackey.  From his sunniest days as a boy to his darkest hours trapped in the arms of substance abuse, dog sledding just may be his road to salvation.


The Important Places
Using a mix of old 16mm footage and new footage…we document the special bond of father and son while exploring the necessity of returning to “The Important Places” in our lives.


Thanks to his perserverence, the Italian Simone Moro has written pages of alpinism history, above all of winter alpinism on peaks over 8000 meters high. I-VIEW also tells us about his adventure as a helicopter pilot and his dream of bringing helicopter rescue to the Himalayas.


K2: Touching the Sky
In the summer of 1986, several dozen alpinists from all over the world met to climb K2. Very soon the season transforms into a series of tragic events called “black summer”, leaving 13 climbers dead. Almost 30 years later the children of acclaimed alpinists, who died on K2,undertake an expedition to answer the question: what is the price of passion.


Kroger’s Canteen
In 2014, Kilian Jornet won the Hard Rock 100 mile run 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 that make it happen, and about the spirit one can only find at The Hard Rock 100.


Memory Trap: The Herd That Wouldn’t Disappear
Allan Code, Yukon filmmaker, goes on a northern journey to Yukon and Alaska’s most remote wilderness areas. For a year, Code follows the FortyMile Caribou Herd in its migration in order to tell their story of survival and how traditional knowledge and science saved them from extinction in 1970.


After suffering dramatic set backs in their lives, three close friends who are among the world’s best climbers battle their inner demons and nature’s harshest elements in an attempt to confront the Shark’s Fin on Mount Meru, the most technically complicated and dangerous peak in the Himalayas, one that has never been scaled to completion.


Noatak: Return to the Arctic
40 years after their first visit to the Noatak River in Alaska’s wild and spectacular Brooks Range, two adventurers in their 70’s explore a lifetime of outdoor experiences and what adventures await them.


Project Mina
A rare, intimate, behind-the-scenes look at the life of pro climber Mina Leslie-Wujastyk during a season on the world cup bouldering circuit.


Redemption: The James Pearson Story
James Pearson is one of the UK’s most famous climbers.  When the grading of his routes is questioned,
controversy haunts him and Pearson has to face his demons to fight for his place back in the climbing community.


The Rockey Mountain Traverse
In the summer of 2014, two of the world’s finest adventurers met in McBride, BC and set flight for the US border, pushing the sport of paragliding or more precisely vol-bivy or “fly camping”, as they flew 640 kilometres along and above the Canadian Rockies.  Will Gadd and Gavin McClurg were named National Geographic Adventurers of the Year in 2014 for their 35-day journey.  In the new film The Rocky Mountains Traverse, their pure elation at the adventure can’t help but make you smile


The Search for Freedom
The Search for Freedom is the story of a cultural revolution fueled by 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, visionaries and champions of surfing, snowboarding, skiing, skateboarding, mountain biking.


A brawl on Everest? Director Jennifer Peedom set out to uncover tension in the 2014 Everest climbing season from the Sherpas’ point of view. Instead, she captured a tragedy when an avalanche killed 16, all Sherpas. Sherpa tells how the Sherpas united after the tragedy in the face of fierce opposition, to reclaim the mountain they call Chomolungma.


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 whom roam on public lands?  Only time will tell.