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Banff Mountain Film Festival to Take Armchair Adventurers from the Balkans to Baffin Island
Monday, January 30, 2023


Mountain biker Killian Bron takes viewers from active volcanoes to the narrow historic villages that lie far below in the beautiful film “Colors of Mexico.”

Two mountaineers book a one-way train ticket from Munich to Thessaloniki, returning to the start of their 1,500-mile journey by skis and bikes through communities in the Balkan Mountains in the film “Balkan Express.”

And Sarah McNair-Landry and Erik Boomer spend a month kayaking, climb--and freezing--on Canada’s Baffin Island in “A Baffin Vacation.”

These are three of the films among three stories that will be showcased as the Banff Centre Mountain Film Festival World Tour 2023 screens three nights of films in Ketchum showcasing mountain sport, culture and humor.

There will be three nights of films beginning Sunday, Feb. 5, and running through Tuesday, Feb. 7. Shows will start at 6:30 p.m. at The Argyros, and each night will feature a different lineup of films.

Tickets are $25 in advance, available at or at The Argyros box office. They will cost $29 at the door the night of the show.

The Banff Centre Mountain Film Festival has made a yearly stop in Sun Valley since 2000. It started with two nights of films. The enthusiasm ran so high with tickets selling out far in advance that Michael Boge, who organizes shows for Sun Valley, Coeur d’Alene and Sandpoint, talked film festival organizers into staging three nights of films for Sun Valley audiences.

That means that, while most cities will host only one or two nights of films, Ketchum/Sun Valley audiences will have the opportunity to view the Banff Centre’s entire offerings of 24 films.

The Festival World Tour is the offshoot of the Banff Centre Mountain Film and Book Festival in November, with the top films submitted to the festival going on tour around the world. Typically, the Banff Centre receives nearly 400 submissions a year.

The tour reaches more than 550,000 audience members through more than 1,100 screenings in 500 locations in 40 countries.




Discover Mexico from the tops of its most active volcanoes to the steep and colorful streets of historic villages with rider Kilian Bron and his team.

ECO-HACK! USA, Advisory: Coarse language

Biologist Tim Shields has watched desert tortoise populations in the Mojave Desert plummet since the 1990s. The latest threat? Ballooning populations of ravens. Tim quits traditional observational biology in exchange for direct intervention.


Embracing identity and tradition to empower future generations of Indigenous youth, Hawaiian surfer Mainei Kinimaka preserves ancestral tradition through stewardship of language and tradition.

BALKAN EXPRESS, Germany, Advisory: Coarse language -- Freeskiers Max Kroneck and Jochen Mesle of Ice and Palms reunite for another adventure – a 1,500-mile journey by bike and ski, exploring the mountains of the Balkans.

THE PROCESS, UK, Advisory: Coarse language

Climber Tom Randall is known for his commitment to training and outrageous challenges he sets himself. This time, he has set his mind on fell running and a link-up of 15 classic Lakeland rock climbs, 42 summits, and 142 kilometres in 24 hours.


During the pandemic there were no foreign climbers in the Himalaya. A Sherpa family decides to climb Mount Everest and clean up the garbage left behind – restoring the holiness of the mountain and calming the gods.

SHERI, USA, Advisory: Coarse language

Sheri Tingey started a company at age 50 that has revolutionized the outdoor industry. This is a film about the hurdles she overcame to launch the company and about the ways she hid from view so that people would judge the boats, not her role in creating them.


In the city of Praia Grande, Santa Catarina, Brazil, Rafael Bridi attempts the highest highline record in the world by setting his line above the clouds.


ALTA, Switzerland, Advisory: Coarse language

A team of high-performance riders travels to Alta, Utah for a spring freeskiing session that delivers all styles and conditions of skiing.

REEL ROCK 16: BRIDGE BOYS, USA, Coarse language

A horizontal big-wall adventure on the longest, most ridiculous crack climb ever attempted.


Everything is connected. Each ride is an extension of the one before and each re-entry is a transition to the next launch. Each experience builds toward a flow state of endless progression.

BEFORE THEY FALL, Canada, Advisory: Coarse language

A decades-long battle to protect old-growth forests in British Columbia escalates when conservation groups, First Nations, scientists, and land defenders block a logging company from accessing the last unprotected watershed on southern Vancouver Island.

A BAFFIN VACATION, Canada, Advisory: Coarse language

Erik Boomer and Sarah McNair-Landry set off on a 45-day expedition through Baffin Island in search of stunning cliffs to climb and unexplored rivers to kayak.

WOOD HOOD, USA, Advisory: Sensitive subject matter

DeVaughn, 15, from New York City craves a “quiet place” to escape the chaos of his home, the city, and kids that steal from him. On a weekend-long group camping trip, we witness the joy and growth that is possible when kids have an opportunity to find that “quiet place.”


Jakub Gzela, Andrzej Bargiel, Andrzej Bargiel Sport Promotion Andrzej Bargiel and Jędrek Baranowski set off to the Karakoram for an adventure full of passion and love that has them freeriding at over 6,000 metres above sea level!

NORTH SHORE BETTY, USA & Canada, Advisory: Coarse language

Betty Birrell picked up mountain biking at age 45 in the misty forests above North Vancouver after a career as a mountaineer and professional windsurfer. Three decades later, she is proof that you’re never too old to send.


FLOW, France

An aerial and symphonic journey with skier Sam Favret, in the heart of a closed resort during the winter of 2021, rediscovering a playground in its wild state.


As a girl growing up in Lesotho, Khothalang Leuta never imagined she could become a bike racer. From teaching herself how to ride a bike to becoming “faster than the boys,” see what can be accomplished when opportunity is provided.


Churchill, Manitoba, is famous as an international destination for photographing polar bears. We’ve seen the majestic images and classic wildlife series captured here, but what do these bears see of us?

WILD WATERS, Switzerland, Advisory: Coarse language, sensitive subject matter

Discover the incredible life of Nouria Newman, the most gifted kayaker of her generation.

CREATION THEORY, USA, Advisory: Coarse language

Nature’s raw elements converge in the Westfjords of Iceland, taking us on a journey from the interstellar birth of gravity and rhythm to their ultimate human creative expression: surfer on wave, snowboarder on peak, and musician on stage.

REEL ROCK 16: Cenote, USA

A young papaya farmer discovers the pure joy of climbing in the crystalline limestone sinkholes of Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula.

FREE TO RUN, USA, Advisory: Coarse language

UN human rights attorney and mountain runner Stephanie Case struggles to find a way forward for the Afghan women of her NGO, Free to Run, while taking on her most challenging ultra-race yet.


Join Danny MacAskill and a host of friends as he pushes the boundaries of the humble wheelie and learns a thing or two from friends old and new.

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