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Banff Mountain Film Festival – Virtual Edition

November 26, 2020 – October 1, 2021 all day
Virtual Event
$15USD - $28USD
Algonquin Outfitters

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 collectors 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.

Banff Mountain Film Festival Buff – Summer

Banff Mountain Film Festival Buff Summer

Banff Mountain Film Festival Buff – Winter

Banff Mountain Film Festival Buff - Winter

2020/21 Banff Mountain Film Festival Trailer


November 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.


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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Frequently asked questions

Q: Why are the prices in USD?
Q: How long do I have to watch them?


Q: Can I give tickets as a gift?
Q: How do I watch on my Smart TV?
Q: What browsers are supported?
Q: How do I turn off subtitles while watching on the computer?
Q: How do I watch via Chromecast?
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Q: What about troubleshooting a skipping or legging video?
Q: How do I download videos to my iPhone or iPad?
Q: How do I get a refund?

More help documents here.


  • Michelle Bendeck says:

    I’d like to get notice of tickets

  • Sally McClelland says:

    Why are these prices posted in US dollars?

    • Sally, thanks for asking, we had the same question when we received the information for this year’s show from the Banff Centre. The official response from the Banff Centre is “Unfortunately we cannot change the currency to CAD at this stage, as we need some functionality in the background that, currently, is only available in the default currency, the US Dollar.” This year’s World Tour is virtual, online, and the streaming solution they are using only allows USD.

      Past years price at the Algonquin Theatre was $20CDN per person so 2 people would have cost you $40 per evening. This year’s pricing is per rental (3-day rental period), $15USD or $19.58CDN at today’s exchange rate covers everyone in your household, or even better, a bundle of two programs ($28USD or approx $36.57CDN) will have a rental period of 14 days. We really wish that we could all get together and see the film festival in the Algonquin Theatre like we normally do but we want to make sure everyone stays safe and healthy so they can enjoy their own adventures this season.

  • Beth Ward says:

    For 25 years (we missed AOs 1st!) we have given tickets as stocking stuffers to all of our immediate family…and would like to continue doing so. Is it possible with the virtual format?

    • Thanks for asking Beth, I’ve updated this page to answer this question for everyone but here’s a direct answer for you. Yes you can gift the virtual film festival to friends and family.

      If you want to send a World Tour product to someone special, you can gift a transaction to them.

      You will make the purchase, enter the recipient’s email, a short message if you want, and when the gift is supposed to be sent. The recipient receives an email with information about how to watch the product. They will need to ‘redeem’ the gift, which takes them through a checkout page with a $0 price tag (via an automatically-applied promo code). After that, they will have the program in their account. From there, the same viewing restrictions apply – once they hit play the first time, the viewing period starts.

      Which countries? These gifts can be redeemed in Canada, the US and select countries.

      You can see the full FAQ from BMFF here:

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