The 2021-2022 Banff Mountain Film Festival is underway, bringing dozens of adventure documentaries to locations worldwide and online.
For those partial to outdoor adventure, documentary films can hold a lot of power. Tragedy, inspiration, excitement, landscapes, memoirs — done correctly, a documentary can transmit raw experience and bright insights from the lens to its spectators.
Since the 1980s, the Banff Mountain Film Fest (BMFF) has presented audiences with the best of the genre. In recent years, the festival’s showrunners have taken it on tour around the globe.
This year’s main festival, hosted by the Banff Centre, ran from Feb. 28 to March 2, but the World Tour will be on the road until the end of March.
Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour
For 2022, screenings of BMFF films will take place at community centers, gear shops, and theaters throughout the U.S., Canada, and beyond.
A list of all 2022 BMFF stops is available on the World Tour Screenings page. (Note: Ticket prices to in-person events will vary by location, so check with your local host.)
For in-home screenings, BMFF also offers the Virtual World Tour. Pricing varies according to the film bundle you choose, with bundles ranging between $18 and $40.
Notable Films for 2022
This year’s BMFF features nearly 40 films. Each World Tour stop will show around six or seven, and the mix of films will vary by location.
We asked Banff Centre folks for some category recommendations from this year’s festival. Here are just a few.
Climbing: ‘Action Directe Extrait‘ (15 minutes)
French climber Melissa Le Neve sinks mind, body, and psyche into climbing the most revered sport route in the world.
Biking: ‘West Highland Way: Rab Wardell’s Record Attempt‘ (21 minutes)
Outspoken mountain biker Rab Wardell vies to set a new speed record across Scotland’s stunning 95-mile West Highland Way.
Hiking/Exploration: ‘Breaking Trail‘ (30 minutes)
Emily Ford, accompanied by her sled dog Diggins, becomes the first woman and POC to thru-hike the 1,180-mile Ice Age Trail in winter.
Snowsports: ‘Learning to Drown‘ (40 minutes)
After snowboarder Jess Kimura loses her partner in a tragic accident, her grief takes her down a new course.