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Banff Mountain Film Festival – Virtual Edition @ Virtual Event
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2021 Banff Mountain Film Festival, Huntsville

Banff Centre Mountain Film Festival World Tour is coming to Huntsville, Ontario virtually starting Thursday, November 26th, 2020!

Banff Centre Mountain Film and Book Festival is one of the largest and most prestigious mountain festivals in the world. Held every fall in Banff, Alberta, the 2020 Festival went virtual for the first time in its 45-year history. Following in the Festival’s footsteps, the 2020-21 World Tour is hitting the virtual road and heading to a living room near you!

From the over 400 entries submitted into the Festival each year, award-winning films and audience favourites are carefully selected to travel the globe. This year’s tour will feature a collection of the most inspiring action, environmental, and adventure films, curated into online programs to be enjoyed from the comforts of home. Typically, the World Tour has stops planned in about 550 communities and more than 40 countries across the globe. Travelling to stunning landscapes and remote vistas, the 2020/2021 World Tour is an exhilarating and provocative exploration of the mountain world.

After hosting the World Tour in Huntsville for over 26 years, Algonquin Outfitters is not able to show the film festival at the Algonquin Theatre this January due to pandemic-related restrictions. While we are very disappointed about not being able to present the films in person, we are very excited to be a virtual host. Join Algonquin Outfitters when the Banff Centre Mountain Film Festival World Tour brings the spirit of outdoor adventure to Huntsville virtually on Thursday, November 26th.

Starting November 26th two programs of films will be available. Stay tuned for updates, as the Banff Centre will release more programs as the season progresses. A single program ($15USD) will have a 3-day rental period, and a bundle of two programs ($28USD) will have a rental period of 14 days. You can view the films as many times as you like during the rental period, which begins as soon as you hit “play.”

By using the referral link below, a portion of the proceeds will go to support local organizations like the Algonquin Theatre, the Huntsville Mountain Bike Association and the West Wind Highlands Ski Touring Association.

Available starting Thursday, November 26th. (program guide PDF)

The single program ($15USD) will have a 3-day rental period, and our bundle of two programs ($28USD) will have a rental period of 14 days.  You can view the films as many times as you like during the rental period which begins immediately upon viewing (ie – as soon as you hit play).

2020 BMFF Program PDF

Collectors Edition Buffs

Pick up your own collector’s edition Buff for the 2020/21 Banff Mountain Film Festival season.  We have a limited quantity available, so be sure to place your order today or visit our Bracebridge, Haliburton, Huntsville or Oxtongue stores to pick one up before they are gone.  Just $24.98+tx and shipping (free shipping within Canada on orders over $50 on most items) in our online store.

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2020/21 Banff Mountain Film Festival Trailer


NEW February 2021 Programs

The single program ($15USD) will have a 3-day rental period, and our bundle of two programs ($28USD) will have a rental period of 14 days.  You can view the films as many times as you like during the rental period which begins immediately upon viewing (ie – as soon as you hit play).

See the FAQ section at the bottom of this page if you have questions.

Available for rental in Canada, USA and other select countries starting Nov 26th, 2020.
Once you click ‘start watching, you have 3 days to finish the program.
Film Program Length: 2hrs | Film Descriptions | Price: $15 USD

Mother Earth

2018, France, 6 minutes
Filmmaker: Damien Vergez, FASTFOKUS
Narrated by Daniel Wells, a member of Lil’wat First Nation, the film showcases the deep connection both bikers and First Nations have with nature and the necessity to listen and protect their environment

Pretty Strong – Fernanda

2019, USA, 17 minutes
Filmmaker: Colette McInerney, Julie Ellison, Leslie Hittmeier, Never Not Collective
In this segment of Never Not Collective’s feature-length film, we follow Fernanda Rodriguez in El Salto, Mexico, as she runs a campground, owns a climbing gym, and picks her hardest climbing objective in 5 years.

The Long Today

2020, Canada, 17 minutes
Filmmaker: Niobe Thompson, Handful of Films
My Dad turned 70 this summer. So he found a “river” on a map, repaired one of his old wood canoes, and invited his family to help him celebrate the big day. Only a few of us showed up

12 000 km

2019, Sweden, 28 minutes
Filmmaker: Erik Nylander, Blizzard Visuals
Advisory: Coarse language The prevailing climate threat inspires a group of Swedish friends to travel by train and ferry from Stockholm all the way to Japan, in search of deep powder and the adventure of a lifetime.

Zeppelin Skiing (Tour Edit)

2019, Austria, 5 minutes
Filmmaker: Stefan Ager, Andreas Gumpenberger, Lensecape Productions
It’s a world first: three athletes fly with a huge zeppelin to the Eastern Alps in Austria to abseil and ski and snowboard on steep terrain.

Fly Spiti – The Short Odyssey

2020, Belgium, 25 minutes
Filmmaker: Benoit Delfosse, Thomas de Dorlodot, Search Projects
Two of the most experienced paragliding pilots engage in exploration of the Spiti Valley in the Indian Himalaya. The pair find out why few have tried to fly in this place where, according to local folklore, the gods live.

Silks

2020, Canada, 4 minutes
Filmmaker: James Frystak
Driven by the powerful movements of three Squamish adventure athletes, stunning locations and hair raising exposure, Silks showcases the art of aerial silk performance in a way never seen before.

Frozen in Time

2020, USA, 16 minutes
Filmmaker: Benjamin Sanford, Matchstick Productions
Lured by the vibe of a bygone era in skiing, three of the sport’s pre-eminent stars — Eric Hjorleifson, Mark Abma and Chris Rubens — venture to Mt. Cain, a small, community-run hill on northern Vancouver Island, BC.

Available for rental in Canada, USA and other select countries starting Nov 26th, 2020.
Once you click ‘start watching, you have 3 days to finish the program.
Film Program Length: 2hrs | Film Descriptions | Price: $15 USD

Attla

2019, USA, 61 minutes
Filmmaker: Catharine Axley
Explore the life and persona of dog sled racer George Attla, from his childhood as a tuberculosis survivor in the Alaskan interior, to his rise as ten-time world champion and mythical state hero, to a village elder resolutely training his grandnephew to race his team one last time.

My Last Day of Summer

USA, 9 minutes
Filmmaker: Kristina Wayte, Luke Allen Humphrey
It’s the last day of summer and Julia is at the local bike shop hoping her bike can be fixed. While checking out the flashy displays, a comic book catches her eye and she soon finds herself on a ride like no other.

Piano to Zanskar (Tour Edit)

2018, UK, 53 minutes
Filmmaker: Jarek Kotomski, Michal Sulima, Between Friends
Facing his future in retirement, “sitting in deck chairs and eating lemon drizzle cake”, 65-year-old piano tuner, Desmond O’Keeffe, decides instead to transport a 100-year-old, 80-kilogram, upright piano, from bustling London to the remote heart of the Indian Himalayas.

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November 2020 Programs

The single program ($15USD) will have a 3-day rental period, and our bundle of two programs ($28USD) will have a rental period of 14 days.  You can view the films as many times as you like during the rental period which begins immediately upon viewing (ie – as soon as you hit play).

See the FAQ section at the bottom of this page if you have questions.

Available for rental in Canada, USA and other select countries starting Nov 26th, 2020.
Once you click ‘start watching, you have 3 days to finish the program.
Film Program Length: 2hrs | Film Descriptions | Price: $15 USD

The Legend of Tommy G

2020, Canada, 6 minutes
Filmmaker: Darcy Wittenburg, Scott Jewett, Anthill Films
Where in the world is Tommy G? The Belgian freerider has been a bit aloof lately and wild rumours have been spreading throughout the mountain bike world. Rumours about breaking the sound barrier, riding on water, and detonating berms with the sickest of styles.

The Elder (The Winter)

2020, USA, 11 minutes
Filmmaker: Tim Kemple, Aimee Tetreault, Camp4 Collective
The Ainu are an ancient people of Japan, who largely inhabit Hokkaido, the northernmost of Japan’s four main islands. For centuries, Ainu elders have passed down important history, songs, and dances through oral lore. In a remote Kotan called Lake Akan, these traditions live on today.

Climbing Blind (Tour Edit)

2019, UK, 46 minutes
Filmmaker: Alastair Lee, Posing Productions
Jesse Dufton was born with 20% central vision. As his sight degenerates, his climbing continues to make remarkable progress. Despite his devastating condition Jesse takes on bigger challenges by attempting to be the first blind person to lead climb the iconic Old Man of Hoy in Scotland.

Imagine

2020, India, 11 minutes
Filmmaker: Prashant Bhatt, 4Play Media And Communication LLP
For years Kieren D’Souza has been planning a new speed record on the 53-kilometre route up Mt. Friendship, a peak towering above Manali, the town in Himachal Pradesh where he lives. Hoping to set a snowball in motion, Kieren sets off with the goal of inspiring Indians to experience mountains in a different way.

Tempo. Movements in Mountains

2020, USA, 4 minutes
Filmmaker: Thomas Woodson
A conceptual exploration of the connection Kyle Richardson finds between his athletic pursuits in Boulder’s Flatirons, and his background as a musician. Experienced through three short movements, Kyle performs a live score in a visceral interpretation of his expression in the hills.

Natural Mystic

2019, France, 3 minutes
Filmmaker: Maxime Moulin, Sam Favret, Invade Media
Come aboard for three minutes of thundering skiing with Sam Favret through the Aiguilles Rouges of Chamonix: no gimmicks, no tricks, and no music.

Slack Sisters

2020, USA, 4 minutes
Filmmaker: Kelly Greenheart, Jefe Greenheart, Circus Picnic
Four female highliners share thoughts about the art and sport of highlining and the wisdom each have gained from their time on the line.

Return to El Guayas

2020, USA, 32 minutes
Filmmaker: Ben Stookesberry
Ben Stookesberry, Rafa Ortiz, and Lane Jacobs attempt the first descent of one of Colombia’s wildest rivers: El Rio Guayas. In the middle of night two, rain pours down, leaving the team stranded in the most remote part of the canyon. With rumors of armed groups in mind, they paddle blindly into the unknown.

The Secret of Bottom Turn Island

2019, USA, 3 minutes
Filmmaker: Ian Durkin, Alex Yoder
Snowboarder Alex Yoder searches to the ends of the earth for the lost art of “snow-surfing” only to find the answers he seeks on Bottom Turn Island.

Available for rental in Canada, USA and other select countries starting Nov 26th, 2020.
Once you click ‘start watching’ you have 3 days to finish the program.
Film Program Length: 2hrs | Film Descriptions | Price: $15 USD

Charge 2

2020, Canada, 4 minutes
Filmmaker: Anthony Bonello, Mike Douglas, Mike Gamble, Switchback Entertainment
Five top freeskiers and one World Champion drone pilot go cat skiing in BC for a week. Their instructions: charge as hard as you can everyday.

Where I Belong

2019, USA, 9 minutes
Filmmaker: Chris Cresci, Greg Balkin, Wondercamp
Chris Hill, an environmental lobbyist and angler, never saw people like herself on the river until recently. Through social media platforms like Instagram, traditionally underrepresented voices are creating communities to encourage one another and amplify their message – we belong here too.

Running the Roof (Tour Edit)

2019, UK, 45 minutes | Advisory: Coarse language, nudity
Filmmaker: Alexis Tymon, Ben Crocker, Jody Bragger, Sourcy Film
This is a story without finish lines or medals. Instead, it’s about what happens when you trust in nothing but your own two feet to carry you across one of the last truly wild landscapes on earth.

Free as Can Be

2020, USA, 31 minutes | Advisory: Coarse language
Filmmaker: Samuel Crossley, Justin Sweeney
When Jordan Cannon, a young climber infatuated with climbing history, meets climbing legend Mark Hudon, he commits to helping Mark accomplish his lifelong goal of free-climbing El Capitan.

Far Far Est

2020, Canada, 8 minutes
Filmmaker: Zacharie Turgeon
Most students spend spring break soaking up sun on the beach, but not Charles and Olivier. The duo show us how much fun you can have skiing and surfing on the North American east coast, instead of chasing the sun.

Madman Trails of Bhutan

2020, Canada, 4 minutes
Filmmaker: Scott Secco
Join Wyn Masters, Cody Kelley, and Florent Poilane as they explore Bhutan by bike.

Voice Above Water

2020, USA, 12 minutes
Filmmaker: Dana Frankoff, Eric Ebner, Turning Tides Films
This is the story of Wayan, a 90-year-old fisherman who can no longer fish because of the amount of plastic piling up in the ocean. Instead he uses his fishing boat and net to pull trash from the water in hopes of being able to fish again.

One Star Reviews: National Parks

2020, USA, 1 minute
Filmmaker: Alex Massey, Dalia Burde, Avocados and Coconuts
They say National Parks are America’s greatest idea. A symbol of excellence and inspiration. Well for some… there’s still plenty of room for improvement!


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