The Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour hits Durango on February 28-29 with another stellar line-up of mountain culture films

On February 28-29, 2020, the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour is making a stop in Durango. For a kicker, Adventure Pro Magazine is a sponsor of the event. The San Juan Citizens Alliance and Rocky Mountain Wild have teamed up to put on this year’s film festival, a program of the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity. Proceeds from this film event benefit the team and will be used to help keep Wolf Creek Pass wild!

Adventure Pro Editor Jan Nesset attended the event in January in Bozeman, Montana, and was gobsmacked yet again with awe, inspiration and a need to prance. Try to attend both nights if you can to double up on award-winning adventure, environmental, and mountain culture films from around the world. Each night will feature different films, and each night there are opportunities to win gear, gift cards, classes, and epic adventures in the raffle and silent auction. Adventure Pro Magazine will have a table at the event and be giving out swag.


When: February 28-29, 2019, Reception 6:00 p.m., Films: 7:00 p.m.

Where: Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College, 1000 Rim Dr., Durango, Colorado

Tickets: Tickets are available through Durango Concerts for $15 per night plus applicable fees. Get your tickets for Friday and/or Saturday before they run out!

Film Schedule
Friday, February 28

Charge – Mike Douglas, Mike Gamble, Anthony Bonello (Switchback Entertainment)

Charge – Four top freeskiers and a World Champion drone pilot are dropped at Chatter Creek, British Columbia, for one week. Their instructions: charge as hard as you can everyday. (2019, Canada, 5 minutes)

Life of Pi
Life of Pie – Felt Soul Media – Ben Knight, Travis RummelCarl Zoch

Life of Pie – When Jen Zeuner and Anne Keller moved to the tiny, conservative high desert town of Fruita, Colorado, almost 20 years ago, it was not on the map as far as mountain biking was concerned and they were on the fringe and a bit ostracized. Now they’re at the very heart and soul of the community. (2019, USA, 12 minutes)

Surfer Dan
Surfer Dan – Tim Kemple, Camp4 CollectiveTK Merrell

Surfer Dan – In a time when it can feel like you need to fly to the opposite side of the globe to find adventure and challenge, Surfer Dan proves that with dedication, grit, and a little creativity, you might already have all you need outside your own backdoor. (2018, USA, 8 minutes)

Into the Canyon
Into the Canyon (Tour Edit) – Pete McBride, Amanda Pollak (Insignia Films)Pete McBride

Pete McBride and Kevin Fedarko tell a story of extreme physical hardship where the bonds of friendship are stretched and the timeless beauty of the Grand Canyon becomes medication and ultimately a cautionary tale for our complex relationship with the natural world. (2019, USA, 45 minutes)

Siblings – Mike Hopkins, Scott Carlson

Siblings – A short coming of age film that celebrates childhood and the relationship between siblings. (2019, Canada, 3 minutes)

Eli – Patagonia Films, Monika McClureAce Kvale

Eli – As a rancher growing up in the rugged northeast corner of the Navajo Nation with no electricity or running water, Eli Neztsosie learned through years of work what it meant to rely on discipline and endurance. Now he relies on those same skills, running long distances. (2019, USA, 6 minutes)

The Ladakh Project
The Ladakh Project – David Arnaud and Corinna Halloran (Red Bull)

The Ladakh Project – Seven days, three rivers, one woman. This is the story of Nouria Newman’s solo kayak adventure in the Indian Himalaya. (2019, Austria, 13 minutes)

A Nordic Skater
A Nordic Skater – Paulius Neverbickas

A Nordic Skater – The story of a man who uses every sense he has to travel on thin ice while Nordic skating in the Oslo region of Norway. He tells the story of how the little known sport of Nordic skating came to play a big part of his life. (2018, Lithuania, 5 minutes)

The Flip
The Flip – Reed Rickert

French Skydiver Remi Angeli must face his fears in order to explore new expressions of movement while BASE jumping in Mexico. On the other side of his fear he discovers life in its purest form. (2019, USA, 3 minutes).

Reel Rock 13
Reel Rock 13: Up to Speed – Peter Mortimer, Zachary Barr, Nick Rosen (Sender Films)Eddie Fowke

Reel Rock 13: Up to Speed – When climbing was announced as part of the 2020 Olympics, it was a monumental occasion for the sport. But many climbers were shocked to learn that one of three combined events required to compete for a medal is…speed climbing. (2018, USA, 20 minutes)

Saturday, February 29

Hors Piste
Hors Piste – Ecole des Nouvelles Images: Léo Brunel, Loris Cavalier, Camille Jalabert, Oscar Malet

Hors Piste – The two best mountain rescue workers of the region are ready for their new mission. Despite their professionalism and their determination, it will not go as planned… (2018, France, 6 minutes)

Opening the Earth: The Potato King
Opening the Earth: The Potato King – Eric Ebner, Aaron Ebner (Directors), Paul J Lynch, Jenna Semenoff (Producers)Aaron Ebner

Opening the Earth: The Potato King – Julio Hancco is a guardian of biodiversity, critical to the survival of humanity. He represents a people, a culture, and a way of life that is being lost to modernization. Will their culture survive? Or will it all be lost with the last Potato King? (2018, USA, 13 minutes)

Camel Finds Water
Camel Finds Water – Ian Durkin and Trevor GordonJeremy Koreski

Camel Finds Water – Trevor found the hull of an abandoned fishing boat in a field. He brought it home and built it back to a sea-worthy state over the course of a summer. Then, he took it on its maiden voyage to British Columbia in search of waves. (2019, US, 9 minutes)

Spectre Expedition: Mission Antarctica
Spectre Expedition: Mission Antarctica – Alastair Lee, Sender Films, Leo Houlding

Spectre Expedition: Mission Antarctica – 1000 miles, 200+ kilograms, 65 days, 3 mates, 1 mountain. Unsupported, using snow-kites to travel great distance, with massive loads at speeds up to 60 kmph, this is the epic tale of Leo Houlding, Jean Burgun, and Mark Sedon’s daring dream to reach the summit of the most remote mountain on Earth: The Spectre, Antarctica. (2019, UK, 36 minutes)

Good Morning
Good Morning – PVS Company, Maxime Moulin, Antoine Frioux, Richard PerminNiels Saintviteux

Good Morning – Every day, skier Richard Permin falls into his mundane morning routine. Right after getting out of bed, he clicks on his skis and rides down the snow-covered rooftops of Avoriaz. (2018, France, 4 minutes)

Billder – Catherine Legros, Scott SeccoScott Secco

Billder – Billder tells the story of Bill McLane, a mountain bike trail builder. We’ll find out what trails mean to him and how his work impacts his community. (2019, Canada, 6 minutes)

The Long River Home
The Long River Home – Timmy O’Neill, Big Cedar Media – Seth DahlWill Stauffer-Norris

The Long River Home – U.S. veterans who were injured in war come together for another mission as they guide blind Navy veteran, Lonnie Bedwell, on a 14-day river trip in the Grand Canyon (2019, USA, 20 minutes)

The Motivator
The Motivator – Rockhouse Motion, Aaron HitchinsAaron Hitchins

The Motivator – Filmmaker Aaron Hitchins turns his camera on the person who has motivated him to lead a life connected to the outdoors: his mother, Maureen. (2019, USA, 5 minutes)

Reel Rock 14: The High Road
Reel Rock 14: The High Road – Peter Mortimer, Zachary Barr, Nick Rosen (Sender Films)Brett Lowell

Reel Rock 14: The High Road – Highball bouldering ace Nina Williams flexes her guns and tests her nerves well into the no-fall zone. (2019, USA, 18 minutes)

Danny Daycare
Danny Daycare – Cut Media, Stu ThomsonDave Mackison

Danny Daycare – In his latest film, Danny MacAskill takes on some child care the only way he knows how…by taking them for a wee bike ride around Scotland! (2019, UK, 4 minutes)