"Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour"

Presented by National Geographic and sponsored by The North Face
Hosted by Outdoor Essentials

Date:  September 27, 2018
Time:Doors Open at 5:45pm  Start Time 6:30pm
Location: Prestige Hudson Bay Lodge ( 3251 East Highway 16, Smithers, BC )
Adults: $17.00 Youth 14 and under: $11.00
A $2 surcharge applies for tickets purchased at the door. (cash only at the door).

 Welcome to the 42nd annual and 19th annual Smithers Banff Mountain Film Festival. I am proud to have been the host for this awesome event in our beautiful community and hope you will once again join us as we journey around the world with athletes, adventurers, and in some cases just normal people like you.

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2017/2018 Preview Film





2018 Film Line-Up: 





Hosted by Outdoor Essentials and co-sponsored The Prestige Hudson Bay Lodge, Interior News, The Moose Radio Noir's/DonCherry's/The Alpenhorn and Silverking Helicopters.

Thanks to Sasha Hildebrand for offering a 10% off coupon for any food at the Alpenhorn, Noir's or Don Cherry's at the evening of the screening - just show your ticket to get the discount on a great meal and if you don't have time to eat before there will be beer and wine as well as a snack bar available during intermission.


All proceeds go to the Northwest Animal Shelter Society and the Smithers Ski Patrol.


As always we will once again take you around the world in a varied program of 10 films from the top of Greenland across the canadian arctic to Nepal and you'll get to cheer a 90-year old skater, learn the story of APA SHERPA, grab the edges of your seat during a crazy Greenland kite-ski/kayak adventure, see some great wildlife and laugh about the antics of the french in an amazing circus show in the sky.


Of course no Smithers screening of the Banff Mountain Film Festival would be complete with a bunch of great prizes - thanks this year to Silverking Helicopters for sponsoring a helicopter sight-seeing flight.


Here now the details about this year's film selection, please note there is no nudity and only 2 films have an advisory for some coarse language.


1. SURF THE LINE - 3 minutes

2016, France

Filmmaker: Hello Emotion

Website: www.helloemotion.com www.helloemotion.com

Classification: General

Focus: Crazy Highlining

Film Synopsis:

For The Flying Frenchies, thinking out of the box isn’t a choice – it’s a way of life.


2. JOHANNA - 4 minutes

2016, UK

Filmmaker:    Ian Derry, Archer’s Mark

Website:    http://www.archersmark.co.uk


Classification: General

Focus: Freediving under ice

Film Synopsis:

For freediver Johanna Nordblad diving under the ice provides a surreal, calming environment that helps heal her injuries.



2017, Canada

Filmmaker: Sherpas Cinema

Website: https://sherpascinema.com

Classification: General

Focus: Culture

Film Synopsis:

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.



2017, Canada

Filmmaker:    Sherpas Cinema

Website:    www.sherpascinema.com

Classification:    General


Film Synopsis:

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?



2016, Germany

Filmmaker:    Jochen Small, Drehxtrem, Red Bull Media House

Website:    http://www.drehxtrem.de

Classification:    PG - Coarse language

Focus: adventure, kite skiing, kayaking

Film Synopsis:

3 National Geographic “adventurers of the Year” embark on an insane kayaking mission in Greenland. With kite skis they tow their white water kayaks over 1000 km of the Greenland Ice Cap to reach the most northern river ever paddled.


Intermission and prize draws



2017, USA

Filmmaker: Krystle Wright

Website: www.krystlewright.com

Classification: General

Focus: Mountain sports - female leads

Film Synopsis:

There’s an ongoing discussion of why there aren’t 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!


7. THE FROZEN ROAD - , 24 minutes

2017, UK

Filmmaker: Ben Page

Website: www.anotherhorizon.org

Classification: General

Focus: Bikepacking

Film Synopsis:

Ben Page sought an adventure of perfect solitude in the Canadian Arctic. Yet the harsh truths of travelling in such a formidable environment were a long way from the romanticisms of a Jack London book.


8. EDGES - , 9 minutes

2016, USA

Filmmaker: Katie Stjernholm, Balcony Nine Media

Website: http://edgesfilm.com

Classification: General

Focus: culture, skating 

Film Synopsis:

At the ripe old age of 90, Yvonne Dowlen has been ice skating for as long as she can remember. Edges is a celebration of a life lived well.



(2016, UK, 7 minutes) 


Filmmaker: Justin Anderson, BBC Worldwide 


Website: http://bbcearth.ca/show/planet-earth-ii/ http://bbcearth.ca/show/planet-earth-ii/


Classification: General

Focus: wildlife

Film Synopsis:

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 only the most adventurous animals can hope to survive.


10. STUMPED - 25 minutes

2017, USA

Filmmaker: Cedar Wright & Taylor Keating

Website: http://www.cedarwright.com

Classification: 14A - Coarse language & Violence

Focus: Rock Climbing

Film Synopsis:

Maureen Beck has never let the fact that she is missing her lower left arm hold her back from climbing. She doesn’t want to be considered a good one-armed climber, or a good female climber…she just wants to be a plain good climber.



We look forward to seeing you in 2018 for the next show!!!