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Banff Mountain Film Festival

The world’s most prestigious mountain festival returns to the big screen at Union Chapel, Tuesday 10th March - Saturday 21st March 2015

The Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour is heading back to the UK with films full of adventure from across the world! The extraordinary and inspiring collection of brand new films will be shown at the Union Chapel during March 2015.

Tuesday 10th March - Saturday 21st March


£14.50 standard / £13.50 Concessions + groups of 6 & up adv + booking fee

This year Banff Mountain Film Festival presents two programmes of films. Programme Red and Programme Blue.

For full details please see below.


Louise Falls - Kennan Harvey


Watch the 2015 trailer on YouTube

The Banff Mountain Film Festival is one of the largest and most prestigious mountain festivals in the world. The "mothership" festival has been held at the start of November each year since 1975 in Banff, Canada.  The festival draws some of the world's best film makers and accomplished outdoor heroes to celebrate adventure, the environment, mountain culture and the outdoors through film.

Hot on the heels of the festival each year, the best films head off on the Banff Mountain Festival World Tour with stops in around 285 communities and 30 countries across the globe.  The Banff films toured across the UK for the first time in 2010 and returned in 2011 visiting even more cities across England, Scotland and Wales.  

Through the big screen you see highlights of incredible adventure sports, visit remote cultures and some of the world's last great wild places. We would love to see you at your local festival screening.

An exhilarating evening with great (and free!) prize giveaways, this is a must-see for mountain enthusiasts and those with a spirit of adventure! 
Visit for more details.

Doors and bar opens at 6:30pm so come for a pre-film drink and bite to eat from Margins Cafe!
The films begin at 7.30pm and the event will finish no later than 10.30pm



7 minutes

World renowned trials rider Danny MacAskill is back! He returns to his native home of the Isle of Skye in Scotland for a new challenge: riding a mountain bike on the notorious death-defying Cuillin Ridgeline. An extraordinary film that has to be experienced on the big screen!


14 minutes

Yorkshireman Rob Jarman is a downhill mountain bike specialist and a professional stuntman. Following a near-fatal accident, Rob has battled to stay atop both fields. Now setting his sights on a UK mountain bike downhill speed record down Skidaw in the Lake District, this is a compelling ride with the hilarious Rob Jarman on, and more often than not, off his bike.  


40 minutes


Four years, four cardinal points, four epic adventures. Acclaimed climber and artist Jeremy Collins embarks on four journeys, from the Venezuelan Amazon, to the China-Mongolian Border, to the northern reaches of Canada, and to Yosemite Valley in California. This powerful adventure, with the death of a friend, the struggle of a tribe and the celebration of life; changes everything.


2 minutes

Two friends, one ditch. Nothing has changed, but now everything is different. Watch as two of the world's best kayakers, Ben Marr and Rush Sturges, tackle breakneck speeds down 500 vertical feet of a concrete drainage ditch in British Columbia in Canada.


20 minutes

Wilfred Thesiger was one of Britain's great explorers and writers. His greatest journeys were through the world's largest sand desert: the Empty Quarter of the Arabian Peninsula. Inspired by their hero, adventurers Alastair Humphreys and Leon McCarron attempt a journey of their own into the Empty Quarter. Their trip is hastily-planned and low budget: unable to afford camels they instead hope to drag a homemade steel cart (filled with 300kg of supplies) through the ferocious desert heat.


8 minutes

Surfing photographer Chris Burkard loves capturing cold water surfers. He's prepared to venture to the ends of the earth to snap that once in a lifetime shot.


20 minutes

Banff Award: People's Choice Winner 

This film tells the extraordinary story of Frank Moore; tough as nails, gentle as a poet, and determined as a badger. As a 20-year old in 1944, Frank's life changed forever when he landed on the beaches of Normandy and was surrounded by the cacophony of war. Now, at the age of 90, he returns to France with his wife and son to heal the wounds of his past by fly fishing the streams he once helped free.



5 minutes

Eddie Hunter is 88 years old and has skied over 2,500 days over his life. Follow him out on his skis in Banff as he continues to shred on the home town mountain that he's been skiing for over 80 years. He just can't seem to get enough of it!


27 minutes

Banff Award: People's Choice - Radical Reels

Less than a year after enchaining the 15 tallest peaks in California, by bike, Alex Honnold and Cedar Wright are at it again.This time they embark on an ambitious goal to climb 45 of the American Southwest's most iconic desert towers, via the most difficult routes. Linking it all together is another epic bike journey that takes them through Colorado, Utah, New Mexico and Arizona. This movie has it all: gale force winds, hard climbing, snow, a puppy, huge desert towers, loose rock, and a lot of suffering!


40 minutes  (contains some subtitles)

Banff Award: Best Film - Mountain Culture


On a remote mountaintop in the foothills of the Himalaya a former Buddhist Monk, Lobsang seeks to transform young people's lives through a community that rescues orphaned and neglected children. Tashi is the newest arrival at the orphanage. Wild and troubled, she is struggling to find her place amongst 84 new siblings. Lobsang though, sees a spark inside her that he remembers from his own past, as he too was a troubled and abandoned orphan. This short portrait of an inspirational community shows the transformation of Tashi as she seeks to make her first real friend.


5 minutes

The star of this snow film is two years old and sleeps outside in the cold, rather than inside the ski hut with the other skiers. He is a dog called Conga, and as he carves new lines through untouched snow in the stunning Patagonian mountain range - he proves that the joy of deep powder snow need not only be enjoyed by human riders.


18 minutes

Barely a decade old, speedriding is a high-speed, high stakes mountain sport that fuses elements of skiing and parachute flight. This hybrid approach to the alpine gives its intrepid practitioners access to terrain that would otherwise be inaccessible. Join an elite team of aerial athletes in Alaska as they take their sport to North America's most remote and demanding mountain environment, testing their limits in a massive, volatile landscape of ice and snow.


5 minutes

A colourful and spectacular flying tour that visits some of the most visually spectacular areas in Europe including Santorini, Mont Blanc, and the Col du Galibier in France. This is a unique paragliding adventure that combines the enormous talent and cheekiness of Jean-Baptiste Chandelier.


31 minutes

Yosemite National Park in California - home to towering granite walls - is widely recognised as one of the world's best rock climbing areas. In the 1970's a legendary brash group of climbers known as the "Stonemasters" arrived in Yosemite Valley.They applied their talents to "free-climbing" - ascending the mega-routes in the Valley without the use of artificial aids - and performed some of the most challenging and impressive athletic feats of that era. This portrait of the Stonemasters highlights their meteoric rise to fame and one of the most impressive first ascents in climbing - and by a female.

For more info about Banff Mountain Film Festival's UK & Ireland tour visit


4 minutes

Smile and laugh along with slack-liner Faith Dickey as she shows us just how fun life on the line can be.