Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour Comes to Santa Cruz and Other California Venues

Ignite your passion for adventure, action and travel

The Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour kicks off its California tour in Santa Cruz in February and tickets are now on sale. Journey to exotic locations, paddle the wildest waters and climb the highest peaks. Get your tickets and be taken away to the most captivating places on earth.

The Santa Cruz stop on the world tour is hosted by UCSC Recreation and locally sponsored by: Adventure Sports Journal, Bay Federal Credit Union, the Bicycle Trip, Capitola Veterinary Hospital, Dream Inn & Aquarius, Driscolls, Dr. Ryan Brandt & Family, Five Branches University, Fox, Good Times and SantaCruz.com, greenspace, KZSC, Pacific Edge Climbing Gym, The Print Gallery, Mount Hermon Adventures, Santa Cruz Bicycles, UCSC Colleges, Housing, and Educational Services (CHES).

Tickets on sale Dec. 15 at banffsc2018.brownpapertickets.com, and in person at the Bicycle Trip, 1001 Soquel Avenue in Santa Cruz. More information at recreation.ucsc.edu or riotheatre.com.

PROGRAM A FILMS — THURSDAY AND FRIDAY

Surf the Line
(2016, France, 3 minutes)
Classification: General
For The Flying Frenchies, thinking out of the box isn’t a choice – it’s a way of life.
La Casita Wip
(2016, Ecuador, 7 minutes)
Classification: General
Two girls from Ecuador have a dream of building their own dirt jumping track in their backyard. So they get to work.
My Irnik
(2017, Canada, 16 minutes)
Classification: General
Set in the Canadian Arctic, Conor, a young father and a native of Montreal falls in love with the northern way of life and with a woman from there. Now, with a young family, he helps to pass on the native traditions and ancestral culture to his son, as he learns them himself.
The Space Within
(2017, USA, 6 minutes)
Classification: General
Imagine your mind wanders from the reality of real life and the space that surrounds you is filled with beautiful, soft, Japanese powder snow.
DugOut (Tour Edit)
(2017, UK, 41 minutes)
Classification: PG – Coarse language; nudity
Ben and James decide to travel to the Ecuadorian Amazon, live with an indigenous community, learn from them how to build a canoe from scratch, then take that canoe on a journey…what could go wrong?
Where the Wild Things Play
(2017, USA, 4 minutes)
Classification: General
There’s an ongoing dialogue of asking why aren’t there more females in the adventure industry? Whether it’s in big mountain skiing, climbing, or whitewater kayaking. Well it’s about time we found out Where The Wild Things Play.
Searching For Christmas Tree
(2017, China, 15 minutes)
Classification: General
A university teacher breaks free from a life of routine in China and embarks on a quest to climb a mysterious frozen waterfall that no one knows about.
Dream Ride 2
(2017, USA, 6 minutes)
Classification: General
Poetic, artistic, and inspiring, ride along with us as we traverse volcanic fields, explore hidden lava caves, and race down rivers of ice.
Sky Migrations
(2016, USA, 16 minutes)
Classification: PG – Coarse language
Each fall our skies fill with the wings of migrating raptors, a migration that relies on two hemispheres worth of wild and healthy ecosystems. Join ecologist and filmmaker, Charles Post, as he shines a light on the network of backcountry scientists and sentinels at the front lines of raptor conservation.
Why
(2016, France, 7 minutes)
Classification: PG – Nudity
Iceland. A cold, rugged and forbidding landscape where powerful rivers plunge through bedrock gorges, over massive waterfalls toward the sea. A crew of French kayakers travel here to ask the question, “Why? Why do we do this?”
Imagination: Tom Wallisch
(2017, Canada, 5 minutes)
Classification: General
Have you ever been that little kid sitting in the back seat of your parents car, wishing you were somewhere else? So you imagine a skier on the side of the road, your fingers commanding back flips and roof drops, improbable rail slides and huge airs. Well what if your imagination came to life?

PROGRAM B FILMS — FRIDAY AND SATURDAY

Ice Call – Backyards Project – Sam Favret
(2016, France, 3 minutes)
Classification: General
Try to keep up to freerider Sam Favret as he gives us a new perspective of the mythical Mer de Glace, at the heart of Mont-Blanc.
Planet Earth II: Mountain Ibex (Tour Edit)
(2016, UK, 7 minutes)
Classification: General
Only a few pioneering animals have what it takes to survive in the World’s highest mountain ranges and they tend to be some of the most elusive and mysterious animals on the planet. Climb to a world that is beautiful but full of danger, where ibex live and thrive.
Johanna
(2016, UK, 4 minutes)
Classification: General
For freediver Johanna Nordblad diving under the ice provides a surreal, calming environment that helps heal her injuries.
Into Twin Galaxies – A Greenland Epic
(2016, Germany, 52 minutes)
Classification: PG – Coarse Language
3 National Geographic “Adventurers of the Year “ embark on a remarkable kayaking mission in Greenland. Kite skiing over 1000 kilometres of the Greenland Ice Cap, they tow their white water kayaks to reach the most northern river ever paddled.
Intersection: Micayla Gatto
(2017, USA, 5 minutes)
Classification: General
Mountain biker Micayla Gatto takes the viewer into her world as a painter and as an athlete, riding through beautifully created masterpieces where colours come to life and reality blends with art.
Loved By All: The Story of Apa Sherpa
(2017, Canada, 14 minutes)
Classification: General
Apa Sherpa has climbed Mount Everest 21 times, but he wouldn’t wish this upon anybody. Having grown up in the remote Khumbu region of Nepal, Apa was forced to leave school and work as a porter at the age of 12. For Nepal’s rural people, the income earned as a high altitude porter conflicts with the dreams made possible only through education and knowledge.
Tsirku (Tour Edit)
(2016, Canada, 16 minutes)
Classification: PG – Coarse Language
Having to endure particularly adverse conditions preventing this team of skiers access onto the Tsirku Glacier at the Yukon/Alaskan border, the athletes face bigger obstacles once at the base of their mountain, Corrugated. Mammoth cornices block their intended lines and mountain guide Sam Anthmatten helps them find a way onto the snowy spine wall.
The Frozen Road
(2017, UK, 24 minutes)
Classification: General
Ben Page sought an adventure of perfect solitude in the Canadian Arctic. Yet, as he came to realize, the harsh truths of travelling in such a formidable environment were a long way from the romanticisms of a Jack London book.

Click here for more information about the Santa Cruz show.

See below for info for the full list of California dates and locations.

  • February 22, 23, 24, 25 // Santa Cruz
831-459-2806
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  • February 22, 23 // Redwood City
650-508-2330
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  • February 24, 25 // Berkeley
510-527-4140
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  • February 26, 27, 2018 // San Rafael
415-927-1938
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  • February 27, 28 // Santa Barbara
805-893-3535
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  • February 28 & March 1 // San Francisco
415-934-1938
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  • March 2, 3 // Redlands
909-382-2906
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  • March 3 //  Monterey
831-883-8048
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  • March 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 // San Diego
Venue: San Diego Natural History Museum
619-283-2374
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  • March 13 // Pasadena 
Caltech Ticket Office
626-395-4652
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  • March 16, 17 // Santa Monica (Los Angeles)
Venue: Lincoln Middle School
310-473-4574
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  • March 20, 21 // Costa Mesa
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  • March 23, 24, 25 // Encinitas
Venue: La Paloma Theatre
619-283-2374
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  • March 30, 31 // Bishop
760 873 8014
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  • April 6, 7, 8 // Downieville
Venue: Yuba Theater
530-289-9822
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  • April 10, 11 // Davis
530-757-2902
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  • April 12, 13 // Chico
530-898-4011
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  • April 14  // Redding
Catalyst Redding Young Professionals
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  • April 17, 18, 19 // Arcata
707-822-4673
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