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rider Danny Macaskill catching some air with kid in bike trailer behind himBanff Mountain Film Festival featured film with rider Danny MacAskill; photo credit: Banff Centre
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Banff Centre’s annual Mountain Film Festival goes virtual this year. But there’s still a whole lot of cool films to look forward to.

The “virtual edition” of this year’s 45th-annual Banff Centre Mountain Film and Book Festival will take place exclusively online, from October 31 to November 8, 2020.

The festival will host 9 days’ worth of films, filled with thrilling adventures and expeditions, plus events. There’s also an option for film screenings near you.

“I am so proud of our festival team for the incredible work and vision to reorient plans for this year’s festival year in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said CEO of the Banff Centre Janice Price. “This year, we’re excited to bring the festival to homes worldwide.”

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

Feature Films

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

  • Bear-Like” (91 minutes)
    Two adventurers engage in close contact with grizzly bears in Alaska, experiencing first-hand the struggle for survival and dramatic fighting scenes. Driven by a desire to explore the unknown, the film tells a personal story of wilderness, framed through breathtaking footage of these amazing creatures.
  • K2: The Impossible Descent” (65 minutes)
    K2, the Savage Mountain, holds a mythical place in the hearts of climbers around the world, 1 in 4 do not return from it. On July 22, 2018, Polish ski mountaineer Andrzej Bargiel makes “the impossible descent” from its summit. He does it solo and without supplemental oxygen. This feature documentary explores the man behind the achievement and the circumstances he endured to get there.
  • Will Power” (40 minutes)
    Will Power follows Red Bull Athlete Will Gadd as he travels with local friends to the Taihang Mountains of China in the hopes of finding new ice climbing routes. Along the way, warm weather challenges the climbers, and cultural openness and friendship prove more valuable than ever.
  • Lost at Sea” (47 minutes)
    An epic tale of the sea told through one young man’s personal journey to understand his father, who died while rowing the Pacific.
  • Cholitas” (80 minutes)
    Five Indigenous Bolivian women embark on a unique expedition as a symbol of liberation and empowerment. Their goal? The highest peak in the Americas, Aconcagua.

Short Films

  • The Chairlift” (60 minutes)
    An ode to the often-overlooked device that enabled a sport and still acts as a central pillar of ski culture to this day.
  • FKT” (10 minutes)
    We follow Salomon athlete Jeanelle Hazlett as she attempts to establish a fastest known time (FKT) record on Mount Brunswick, British Columbia. One wrong step could mean serious injury or death.

    Mt. Logan Banff film
    Mt. Logan Film; photo credit: Alexandre Marchesseau/Banff Centre
  • Canada Short Film Program” (65 minutes)
    This adventure-packed program (a series of short films) all about Canada takes us climbing on Baffin Island, exploring visual beauty in Squamish, British Columbia, on a heartfelt family canoe trip, and on an insane multisport expedition to Canada’s highest peak, Mt. Logan.

Virtual Banff Mountain Film Festival: How to Watch

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

Early-bird tickets are $125 and include full festival content access. These passes are available for purchase until October 15. Regular tickets ($150) go on sale on October 16 and are available through the festival, or you can buy single screening tickets starting at $10.

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