Banff Mountain Film Festival Returns to Portland February 11-12

We’re proudly sponsoring Banff Mountain Film Festival’s Portland stop, February 11 and 12 at State Theater! Buy tickets at Salt Pump for $18 in advance (students $15 with school ID), or at the door.


The official Press Release:

Hot on the heels of the largest and most prestigious mountain film festivals in the world, the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour will return for its eighteenth year to Portland on Sunday, February 11 and Monday, February 12, 2018 at 7pm at the State Theatre in Portland. There will be different film menus each night. Complete menus for each night can be found at the bottom of this release.  The Banff program, including the intermission, is approximately three hours.

This year’s selection of eight films showcases over 2 hours of magnificent cinematography telling powerful stories that reflect a wide range of mountain experiences and portraits from mountain sports, culture and mountain environment to adventure. Some highlights of the eight films that will be previewed:

Join three intrepid explorers, their kite-skis and their kayaks and head Into Twin Galaxies: A Greenland Epic (2016, Germany, 52 minutes). Where are all the women in the adventure industry? Here’s your chance to find out in Where the Wild Things Play (2017 USA, 4 min). Meet The Last Honey Hunter (2017 Canada, 36 minutes), the only remaining man in a remote Nepalese village with the blessing of a powerful forest spirit that allows him to harvest honey. When you bring together art and mountain biking, you get Intersection: Micayla (2017, USA, 5 minutes), Gatto and her story of chasing her dreams – and not just one of them.

Selected from 400 entries, this year’s tour features a collection of the most inspiring and thought-provoking action, environmental, and adventure mountain films with stops in 550 locations in 40 countries in all seven continents.



2018 Banff Intro video:

The Banff Mountain Film Festival is sponsored locally by Eastern Mountain Sports, Nomads, Salt Pump Climbing Co.,   evoRock+ Fitness , and Leki.


FILM MENU for Sunday, February 11, 2018

SURF THE LINE (2016, France, 3 minutes) 
Filmmaker: Hello Emotion; Website:, Classification: General  The Flying Frenchies, thinking out of the box isn’t a choice – it’s a way of life.
EDGES (2016, USA, 9 minutes)
Katie Stjernholm, Balcony Nine Media;; Classification: General
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
PLANET EARTH II – MOUNTAIN IBEX (Tour Edit) (2016, UK, 7 minutes) Filmmaker: Justin Anderson, BBC Worldwide Website:; 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 only the most adventurous animals can hope to survive.
INTO TWIN GALAXIES – A GREENLAND EPIC (2016, Germany, 52 minutes) Jochen Small, Drehxtrem, Red Bull Media House;;
Classification:  PG – Coarse language 
Three 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.
Lacy Kemp, Juicy Studios; 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.
KILIAN (2016, Canada, 14 minutes) Classification: General
Anthony Bonello, Switchback Entertainment Inc;,
Kilian Jornet is considered the greatest mountain runner ever. But he doesn’t consider himself a runner. Join Kilian in his new backyard in Norway as he attempts to ski and run the Seven Summits of Romsdalen in a single day, a 77 kilometre route with 9,000 metres of elevation gain.
THE LAST HONEY HUNTER (2017, Canada, 36 minutes) Classification: PG – Coarse language, Ben Knight, Felt Soul Media;;
Maule Dhan Rai is the last man in the remote Nepal village of Saadi who’s been visited in a dream by a wrathful forest spirit called Rongkemi. If no one else in the village has the dream, a generations-old tradition may die.
ICE CALL – BACKYARDS PROJECT –SAM FAVRET (2016, France, 3 minutes) Filmmaker: PVS Company Website:, 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.

FILM MENU for Monday, February 12, 2018

Krystle Wright;; Classification: General
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!
2.5 MILLION (2017, USA, 22 minutes) Classification: General
Tyler Wilkinson-Ray, T-Bar Films;
American skier Aaron Rice sets out to ski 2.5 million, human-powered, vertical feet in the backcountry and set a new world record.
JOHANNA (2016, UK, 4 minutes) Classification: General 
Filmmaker: Ian Derry, Archer’s Mark;;
For freediver Johanna Nordblad, diving under the ice provides a surreal, calming environment that helps heal her injuries.
DUGOUT (TOUR EDIT) (2017, UK, 41 minutes) 
Benjamin Sadd; 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?
MY IRNIK (2017, Canada, 16 minutes) 
Filmmaker: Matthew Hood; Classification: General 
Originally from Montreal, Conor falls in love with the northern way of life, and a woman, in the Canadian Arctic. Now the young father helps to pass on the native traditions and ancestral culture to his son, as he learns them himself.
WHY (2016, France, 7 minutes) Classification: PG – Nudity
Filmmaker: Hugo Clouzeau, We Are Hungry;
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?”
THE FROZEN ROAD (2017, UK, 24 minutes)
Ben Page;; Classification: General
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.
IMAGINATION: TOM WALLISCH (2017, Canada, 5 minutes) 
Sherpas Cinema; 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?
Film menu and order of films subject to change. 
The Banff program, including intermission, is approximately three hours.