Banff Centre Mountain Film Festival World Tour, Sept 16-17

Banff Centre Mountain Film Festival World Tour banner depicting the basecamp at Denali National Park in Alaska

On September 16-17, 2022, Rocky Mountain Wild will once again team up with San Juan Citizens Alliance to bring you the Durango stop of the Banff Centre Mountain Film Festival World Tour, a program of Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity.

This event features two nights of award-winning adventure, environmental, exploration, and mountain culture films from around the world. Each night will feature different films, so you’ll want to attend both nights! On top of great films, there are opportunities to win gear, gift cards, classes, and epic adventures in the raffle and silent auction.

Proceeds from this event benefit Rocky Mountain Wild and San Juan Citizens Alliance, and are used to help keep Wolf Creek pass wild!

When: September 16-17, Reception 6:00 pm, Films: 7:00 pm
Where: Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College, 1000 Rim Dr., Durango, CO 81301
Tickets: Tickets are $18 for one day or $31 for both. Purchase your tickets for Friday, September 16 here. Purchase your tickets for Saturday, September 17 here. If you choose both nights, the $5 discount will be applied automatically at checkout.

This year, to save trees, our program guide for the event has gone virtual! Get your copy here.

COVID Considerations

Fort Lewis College’s Concert Hall is operating at normal capacity, with 100 percent of theater seats offered for sale at each event. Proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test are no longer required. Masks are optional at the Concert Hall.

As they continue to hold live performances and public health conditions change, the Community Concert Hall will remain flexible and will adapt to any new applicable health protocols set forth by the CDC, Fort Lewis College, and San Juan Basin Public Health.

Film Schedule

Friday, September 16

Still shot from the film A Dog's Tale

A Dog’s Tale (Tour Edit)
Darren McCullough, Darcy Wittenburg, Anthill Films

There’s something primal about the feeling of the forest floor under your paws and smelling a thousand different smells all at once. The freedom of the trail is what we long for. (2021, Canada, 5 minutes)

Film still of Can't Beat This Place for Fun

Can’t Beat This Place for Fun
Dawn Kish, John Tveten, Dawn Kish Photo and Film LLC
Fretwater Boatworks is keeping the tradition of wooden dory building alive! These beautiful boats honor the dreams of Grand Canyon pioneer Martin Litton and encourage advocacy to help preserve these wild places. (2020, USA, 14 minutes)

Precious Leader Woman
Cassie De Colling, Mack Stannard, Hayley Morin, Kiddo Films, Inc.
This is snowboarder Spencer O’Brien’s story from childhood to the world stage, coming full circle to embrace her identity and Indigenous heritage as she pushes forward, bringing her heart and soul t her next challenge, the backcountry. (2021, Canada, 47 minutes, Advisory: PG – Coarse language)

Jump to Zero
Drew Herder, Jaime Cantarovici, Adin Baird, Poptop Productions, Left of Creek
A story of three BASE jumpers finding new ways to follow their passion while reducing the impact on their environment. (2020, 8 minutes)

Film still from INSIDE - A Hole New Ski Experience

INSIDE – A Hole New Ski Experience
Stefan Ager, Andreas Gumpenberger, Lensecape Productions
After an amazing ski tour at the Grand Ferrand massive in France, where you can ski through stunning rock caves, a few skiers decide to take it to the next level in a huge cave in Slovenia. (2021, Austria, 11 minutes, Advisory: PG – Coarse language)

Film still from REEL ROCK 15: Action Directe

REEL ROCK 15: Action Directe
Zachary Barr, Josh Lowell, REEL ROCK
French powerhouse Melissa Le Nevé spends seven years battling challenging moves, inner doubt, and the burden of history to climb the most revered sport route on earth. (2021, Austria, 11 minutes, Advisory: Coarse language)

Film still from Breaking Trail

Breaking Trail
Jesse Roesler, James Mills, Jen Larson Roesler, Credo Nonfiction
Amidst Covid-19 surges and civil unrest, Emily Ford and sled dog Diggins set out to thru-hike the 1,900 km Ice Age Trail in winter. (2021, USA, 30 minutes)

Saturday, September 17

Film still from Never in the Way

Never in the Way
Colin Jones, Darcy Wittenburg, Antill Films
Chicago-based bike messenger, Nico Deportago-Cabrera, sees city maps like a central nervous system where everything is connected. “The point,” he says, “is to never be in the way. If you’re never in the way, then you’re always right where you need to be.” (2020, Canada, 6 minutes)

Film still from Always Higher

Always Higher
Alexa Fay, Sophie Claivaz-Loranger, La Boîte à Films
Lysanne Richard is one of the world’s best international competition high divers. But the 39 year-old Canadian mother of three is ready to focus on personal projects of her own. First on the list is a 22 meter high dive in the dead of winter over a frozen lake, a feat that has never been done. But will it be enough? (2021, Canada, 12 minutes)

Film still from A Foreign Native

A Foreign Native (Tour Edit)
Jonas Abenstein, Karin Lechner, NINE&ONE, Red Bull Media House
A professional skier leaves his familiar world behind and spends close to a year in Iran. When military activity ramps up in January and Covid-19 hits in February of 2020, his journey takes a very different route. Learning Farsi and playing the Tanbur, he goes to explore the south of Iran with his new and old friends. (2021, Austria, 49 minutes)

Film still from Markus Eder’s The Ultimate Run

Markus Eder’s The Ultimate Run
Christoph Thoreson, Daniel Schiessl, Tobi Reindl, Legs of Steel, Red Bull Media House
What if you could link every powder turn, every rail, every cliff drop, every comp run, and every kicker nailed into one ultimate run? Well, Markus Eder is doing just that! (2021, Austria, 10 minutes)

Film still from IZEMBEK

Gerrit Vyn, Conservation Media at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology
There has been pressure for nearly four decades to build a road through Alaska’s Izembek National Wildlife Refuge. Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s Gerrit Vyn explores the area to document its wildlife and wilderness, before it’s too late. (2020, USA, 14 minutes)

REEL ROCK 15: Deep Roots
Josh Lowell, Nick Rosen, Brett Lowell, Peter Mortimer, REEL ROCK
Lonnie Kauk’s personal journey to honor his Indigenous Yosemite roots, and to connect with his legendary father by repeating his iconic climbs. (2020, USA, 35 minutes, Advisory: Coarse language)


Rocky Mountain Wild and San Juan Citizens Alliance would like to invite you to sponsor the Banff Centre Mountain Film Festival World Tour Durango stop! Check out our sponsorship packet to see how you can get involved. Contact Susan at San Juan Citizen Alliance at or 970-259-3583 to reserve your sponsorship.

A huge thank you to the national presenting partners:

Rab Logo
Buff Logo
Banff & Lake Louise Logo

A huge thank you to the national sponsors:

The Lake Louise Ski Resort & Summer Gondola

Lowe Alpine

Kicking Horse Coffee

Oboz Footwear

Sierra Nevada Brewing Company

World Expeditions

YETI Coolers

A huge thank you to our local sponsors:

Pine Needle Mountaineering
Alpine Bank logo
Tailwind Nutrition logo
Rochester Hotel Bar
Zia Taqueria logo
Solar Works