The Alpine Club of Canada

Banff Mountain Film Festival 2014/2015


Ignite your passion for adventure, action, and travel! The Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour will exhilarate you with amazing big-screen stories when it comes to the Centennial Theatre in North Vancouver on Friday, December 05, and The Centre (Westside Church) Theatre in downtown Vancouver on Saturday, December 06. Journey to exotic locations, paddle the wildest waters, and climb the highest peaks. Be taken away to the most captivating places on earth.

The 2014/15 Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour brings films from the 39th annual Banff Mountain Film Festival to about 400 communities in 40 countries around the world. From an exploration of remote landscapes and mountain cultures to adrenaline-fueled action sports, films in this year’s World Tour are sure to captivate and amaze the explorer within you.

Be moved. Be inspired. Don’t miss out. Last year’s shows were sold out. This stop on the World Tour is hosted by the Alpine Club of Canada, Vancouver Section.

Program A will be shown on
Friday Dec 05 • Centennial Theatre, 2300 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver 

Please note these films screened last year. This year’s films will be posted after mid-November. 

Split of a Second

99.9% of time is spent in preparation for living a few moments of joy. The other .1% is to only be here now, and step off that cliff!

Down the Line

None of these deep slot canyons and magnificent waterfalls have ever been explored – and once in, the only way out is down.

Flow: The Elements of Freeride

Delight in the flowing symbiosis of freeriding.

North of the Sun (Nordfor Sola)

Grand Prize Winner Sponsored by MEC
People’s Choice Award Sponsored by Treksta
Dolby Audio Award
Tucked between the cold Atlantic Ocean and the rocky slopes of a remote, arctic island, two young Norwegian adventurers discover their own private playground. They build themselves a cabin out of flotsam while clearing the beach of debris, then spend the long winter skiing and surfing in the haunting low light.


Intermission – 20 minutes


Poor Man’s Heli

A group of skiers launch themselves across a valley via paragliders to the remote slopes.


Alex Honnold and Cedar Wright embark on a wholly human-powered adventure to link all of California’s
14,000 foot peaks. Utterly new to biking, the quirky yet endearing duo push themselves to their absolute limits
in pursuit of success.

  • 2013, USA, 18 mins
  • Filmmaker: Cedar Wright
  • Classification: General, no advisory
Return to the Tepuis

A wee pebble toad living in the crevices of the Tepuis of South America is the missing link to understanding the age of the species as well as the age of the Tepuis themselves.

Into the Mind special edit

Amazing skiing, stunning imagery, and fabulous music are showcased in this high-energy excerpt from the feature film.

  • 2013, Canada, 12 min
  • Filmmakers: Malcolm Sangster and Dave Mossop, Sherpas Cinema
  • Classification: General, coarse language
Sensory Overload

Blind kayaker Erik Weihenmayer turns whitewater into a new form of braille.

  • 2013, USA, 8 min
  • Filmmaker: Robert Raker, Raker Productions Inc
  • Classification: General, no advisory

Best Short Mountain Film Sponsored by The North Face
35 routes in one day to celebrate 35 years of life? Why not? Take the birthday challenge!



Program B will be shown on
Saturday Dec 06 • The Centre (Westside Church), 777 Homer Street, Vancouver 

Please note these films screened last year. This year’s films will be posted after mid-November. 


Paddler and cinematographer alike explore a world beyond the unexpected… and find perfection.

  • 2012, USA, 8 min
  • Filmmakers: Anson Fogel, Skip Armstrong, Shannon Ethridge 
  • Classification: General, no advisory
The Last Great Climb special edit

Best Film — Climbing ponsored by the Alpine Club of Canada
Are rock stars Leo Houlding, Sean “Stanley” Leary, and Jason Pickles up to their old tricks again? Maybe so, but they’ve brought along a few new friends and hopes of a bold new line on a remote spire in Queen Maud Land, Antarctica. They’re going big again – the majestic unclimbed Ulvetanna Peak is their goal this time. But they’re in the middle of nowhere, miserably cold, a bit delirious. Hopefully it’s nothing a little adrenaline can’t cure.

The Questions We Ask 

Bruce Kirkby crosses the Pacific from Vancouver to Victoria on a stand-up paddleboard, and ponders what adventure means to him.

  • 2013, Canada, 3 min
  • Filmmakers: Kalum Ko, Bruce Kirkby, Jeff Pew 
  • Classification: General, no advisory
Heaven’s Gate 

Best Film — Mountain Sports Sponsored by Live Out There 
A group of wingsuit pilots gather at Tianmen Mountain in China, the birthplace of the dream of human flight, to attempt an intimidating feat – flying through the sacred site known as Heaven’s Gate, an archway carved out of the mountain. As Jeb Corliss drops from a helicopter and soars toward the opening, nearly a half-billion people hold their breath.

  • 2013, Finland, 48 min
  • Filmmakers: Iiro Seppanen, Nic Good, Pan Pacific Entertainment
  • Classification: Parental Guidance, coarse language


Intermission – 20 minutes


The Burn 

Fire frees new lines for skiers, who revel in the newly-charred forest.

  • 2012, Canada, 6 min 
  • Filmmakers: Mike Douglas, Jeff Thomas, Switchback Entertainment 
  • Classification: General, no advisory
I am Red

A visual poem of the Colorado River delivers a simple yet powerful message.

  • 2013, USA, 4 min
  • Filmmaker: Peter McBride, Peter McBride Productions
  • Classification: General, no advisory
Spice Girl Reel Rock 8 

The UK climbing scene is known for its strict traditional ethic, yielding super sketchy, dangerous routes, and a competitive machismo. It’s the last place you’d expect to find a nice little blond girl putting all the lads to shame, but Hazel Findlay is doing just that. The first woman to climb the British grade of E9, Hazel is a connoisseur of loose rock, dodgy gear, and big runouts.

  • 2013, USA, 24 min
  • Filmmakers: Josh Lowell, Alex Lowther, Peter Mortimer, Nick Rosen
  • Classification: Parental Guidance; coarse language
Kayak Free Kayaking 

World Kayak champion Trip Deacon pushes the limits of the new sport he created- Kayak Free Kayaking. Follow him as he searches for his life’s meaning and attempts to conquer his dream in the Heart of Northern California.

  • 2013, USA, 5 mins
  • Filmmakers: Mark Odlum and John Dabrowski 
  • Classification: General, no advisory
Not Bad (special edit)

Seven brave riders set out from the four corners of the globe for thirty days of outrageous fun and bicycle tomfoolery in New Zealand.

  • 2013, Canada, 10 min 
  • Filmmakers: Darcy Wittenburg, Darren McCullough, Colin Jones and Ian Dunn 
  • Classification: General, no advisory
Valhalla (special edit) 

From naked chairlift riding to cliff airs wearing nothing more than an avalanche beacon and a smile, Valhalla’s naked snow segment sparks laughter from skiers and non-skiers alike.

  • 2013, USA, 3 min 
  • Filmmakers: Ben Sturgulewski, Nick Waggoner,
  • Michaal Brown, Zac Ramras
  • Classification: Parental Guidance, nudity




How and where to buy your tickets:

  • Online ticket sales will begin in October (click on Add to Cart buttons below), $20 per ticket 
  • NOTE: To claim your tickets, bring your email confirmation of payment to the WILL CALL TABLE one hour before the performance.
Friday Dec 05

Saturday Dec 06

Showtime 7:30 pm.

As in previous years, we will offer 2 distinct programs. Program A will be offered at the Centennial Theatre on Friday evening doors open at 6:30pm. A completely different Program B will be offered at The Centre Theatre on Saturday evening doors open at 6:00pm. Watch this space for details as they become available. For more information E-mail:

Click below to see the promotional video from last year’s World Tour.