Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour 2017
February 23 – 26 • Santa Cruz

Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour poster featuring outdoor adventure scenes

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 Rio Theatre in Santa Cruz February 23, 24, 25 & 26 at 7pm. Journey to exotic locations, paddle the wildest waters and climb the highest peaks. Get your tickets today and be taken away to the most captivating places on earth. This year the tour debuts a new program format, offering two programs (Program A & B; ratings in descriptions), four shows. See listing below.

This stop on the world tour is hosted by UC Santa Cruz Recreation and benefits the UCSC Wilderness Orientation Scholarship Fund. The Santa Cruz event is proudly sponsored by Adventure Sports Journal, Adventure Sports Unlimited, Allterra Solar, Bay Federal Credit Union, Bicycle Trip, Capitola Veterinary Hospital, Dream Inn and Aquarius Restaurant, Five Branches University, greenspace, KZSC, Pacific Edge Climbing Gym, Mount Hermon Adventures, Santa Cruz Bicycles, UCSC Colleges, Housing and Educational Services, Good Times and

Tickets can be purchased at and in person at Bicycle Trip (1001 Soquel Ave. Santa Cruz 95062). For more information visit

Banff Mountain Film Festival Program A: Thursday/Saturday

Max Your Days
(2016, Canada, 4 min) Classification: General
Summer solstice on Canada’s West Coast – the possibilities are endless!

(2016, Canada, 28 min) Classification: General
Near a sacred mountain in the Yukon, an Indigenous community transforms itself into a world-class mountain biking destination through the hard work of their young trail crews.

The Perfect Flight
(2016, USA, 5 min) Classification: General
When some neighborhood kids gave Shawn Hayes an abandoned red-tailed hawk chick, it launched him on a lifelong journey into the medieval traditions of falconry.

(2016, Hong Kong, 42 min) Classification: General
Growing up in a remote mountain village in Nepal, Mira always dreamed of being successful in sport despite all the challenges that she and other Nepali girls face, which has prepared her perfectly for the sport of running.

Doing It Scared
(2016, Australia, 11 min) Classification: General
Eighteen years after a catastrophic accident which left him partially paralyzed, climber Paul Pritchard returns to the Totem Pole to find out if he has recovered enough to finish the climb.

Packing It Out: Cleaning America’s Wild
(2016, USA, 4 min) Classification: General
Follow the guys from the “Packing It Out” crew as they pick up litter – and inspire everyone they meet – along the Pacific Coast Trail.

Iran: A Skier’s Journey
(2016, Canada, 12 min) Classification: General
Cautioned not to travel to Iran, skiers Chad Sayers and Forrest Coots decide to go, regardless. They find comfort, bedazzlement, and a surprisingly cool ski culture.

Four Mums In A Boat (Tour Edit)
(2015, UK, 30 min) Classification: General
When four middle-aged working British mums announced they wanted to row the Atlantic Ocean, their families thought they had lost their minds.

Danny MacAskill’s Wee Day Out
(2016, UK, 6 min) Classification: General
Want to see what Danny MacAskill does on his day off? Explore the rural landscape around Edinburgh in a film that sets out to capture the simple fun of a ride in the country with moments of incredible riding and a touch of humour.

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Banff Mountain Film Festival Program B: Friday/Sunday

(2016, Canada, 5 min) Classification: General
Enter a dream world where the trail never ends. Where the promise of joy and freedom exist around each bend. Take a magical trip through beautiful landscapes and join us on this DreamRide, a mountain bike adventure unlike any other.

Devotion: Libby Peter
(2016, UK, 5 min) Classification: General
Libby Peter, one of the UK’s most respected climbers, reflects on how climbing has shaped her life, from childhood through becoming a British Mountain Guide and a mother.

 FIFTY – The Movie (Tour Edit)
(2016, New Zealand, 29 min) Classification: PG – Coarse Language
Follow one man’s bold attempt to run 50 mountain marathons over 50 peaks in just 50 days, around the spectacular landscapes New Zealand, in order to raise money for the Mental Health Foundation.

Sea Gypsies: The Far Side of the World (Tour Edit)
(2016, USA, 46 min) Classification: PG – Coarse Language and Nudity
The vessel is Infinity, a 120-ft hand-built sailing ketch, crewed by a community of wanderers. The journey – a 12,800-kilometre Pacific crossing from New Zealand to Patagonia, with a stop in Antarctica, weather permitting. This film epitomizes the spirit of adventure.

(2016, Norway, 10 min) Classification: PG – Coarse Language
Four skateboarders head north above the Arctic Circle to the cold Norwegian coast to apply their urban riding skills to a canvas of beach flotsam, frozen sand, and pastel skies. The result is a beautiful mashup of biting winds, ollies and one ephemeral miniramp.

Dog Power (Tour Edit)
(2016, USA, 25 min) Classification: General
Get a fascinating view of the world of dog-powered sports and the special bond between dogs and their humans. Both share a passion for living, working and playing together outside in different forms of the sled-dog and musher relationship.

(2016, USA, 15 min) Classification: PG – Coarse Language
With hopes of summiting the elusive Poumaka Tower, American bouldering champion, Angie Payne, leaves everything she knows behind as she ventures deep into the French Polynesian jungle with veteran climber and explorer, Mike Libecki.

Metronomic (Tour Edit)
(2016, France, 5 min) Classification: General
High above the Gorges du Verdon, a skillful blend of artists and high-level balancing athletes play a high energy symphony devoted to risk. It’s a hymn that melds visual performance and contemplative poetry into pure entertainment.