Stuck at home? Can’t wait until the festival in November? Never mind Netflix or Amazon Prime, there are some great free films here!
Update: 26/03/20 – The Banff Centre is making available some films from 2018 and 2019 submissions on their website, and changing these every Wednesday – click here
Films from 2019
Break on Through: From the film collection Reel Rock 12. Teenager Margo Hayes from Boulder, Colorado, moves to Europe to train and climb with the goal of succeeding on two of the the most iconic 5.15s in France and Spain. In doing so she pushes herself to the absolute limit. Film Makers P Mortimer, M Hong, N Rosen, Z Barr. Photo by Greg Mionshe.
Chasing the Sublime: What drives us to get cold and tired in the name of adventure?. Follow the ‘swim twins’ Kate Rew and Kari Furre, in this hauntingly beautiful glimpse at the physicality of UK cold water swimming. Filmed at Loch Hourn. Film maker was Amanda Bluglass.
Dave Macleod – The 24/8: Established by Dave MacLeod on the 19th March 2018, the ’24/8′ might be one of the hardest all-round climbing challenges around; an 8A boulder, 8a sport route, E8 trad route, a Grade VIII winter routes and 8 Munros, all in under 24 hours. The Film maker was Kevin Woods
Far Out – Kai Jones: Kai Jones is eleven, not old enough to go to the movies alone or to order a sandwich in the pub. In the mountains, however, age doesn’t matter, so he can follow his familys’ ski track right into back flips and tricks off cliffs. Made by Teton Gravity Research. Photo by Alegre Jackson.
For the Love of Mary: When 97-year-old runner George Etzweiler dons his lucky ancient green running shorts, he’s not just running to the summit of Mt. Washington, as George carries something else very special with him – the memory of his late wife of 68 years. Film makers Simon Perkins and Kirk Horton. Photo by Simon Perkins.
Ice and Palms: Backpacking, summiting mountains, and skiing some iconic lines along the way – Max and Jochen have a dream. 5 weeks, 1,800 kilometres, 35,000 vertical metres self propelling across the Alps. A dream come true? This is a 32 minute version of the film, we showed a 25 minute festival edit. Film makers were Max Kronech and Jochen Mesla. Photo by Philipp Becker.
Janhukot: In May 2018, three British climbers Malcolm Bass, Paul Figg and Guy Buckingham set out to attempt the first ascent of Janhukot, a mountain buried deep in the heart of the Indian Garwhal Himalaya. Janhukot (6805m) has seen attempts as far back as the 1980s, and is surrounded by some of the jewels of Himalayan summits – Shivling, Meru, Kedar Dome. The film follows the climbers throughout their expedition, as they document their experiences and give an insight into the emotional and physical challenges they encounter throughout their journey. Film makers were Emma Crome and The Coldhouse Collective
Liv along the Way: Ever since she first summited Mont Blanc as a teen, Liv Sansoz knew she would make her life in the mountains. Thirty years later, Liv set out from her base in Chamonix to attempt to climb all 82 of the 4000-metre peaks in the European Alps in a single year. But the best laid plans…Film makers Mike Douglas and Anthony Bonello.
Now or Never: Freeride World Champion Nadine Wallner started early exploring her own limits: skipping school all for the powder. Her passion for “white splendour” still burns but now has a preference for locations far from the spotlight on the untouched cliffs of Arlberg. Film makers Simon Platzer and Jacob Schweighofer. We screened a 21 minute version of this film, this link gives a 15 minute version. There is along a “Making of Now or Never” which is worth watching.
Skier v Drone: It’s the classic battle of man versus machine. However, for Olympic Bronze Medalist skiracer, Victor Muffat-Jeandet this is not a problem. The film maker was Mike Douglas. Photo by Matt Crowley.
The After Work Adventure: People live for the weekend. but why wait for the weekend when there’s so much that can be done after work. After all there’s 16 hours between 5pm and 9am. Film maker James Cave, a local from Perth!
The Ant and the Whale: Ian Almond, whilst in Torridon and on An Teallach, looks back on the achievements and sacrifices of a life spent in the hills, and what happens when that privilege is taken away. Film maker, Dom Bush.
The Passage. In 1974 a small determined team built their own canoes, launched them into the Pacific, and became some the first people in modern history to canoe from Washington to Alaska up the Inside Passage. The Passage is a story about revisiting that journey, fathers, sons, and the wild places that define us. For a number of reasons, we did not actually show this film at the festival, but you can watch it here now. We replaced The Passage with Craigs Reaction, which you can watch on a number of paid platforms, although it is free on Amazon Prime at the moment (March 2020). The Passage film makers were Nathan Dappen and Neil Losin.
Wide Boyz – All Tooled Up: In this light hearted film, Tom Randall and Pete Whittaker learn the art and language of ice climbing from Kev Shields – where better than on Ben Nevis. Film maker was Paul Diffley.
Films from 2018
Surf the Line (we screened a 3 min excerpt, this is a 52 minute epic!)
Why? (We screened a 7 minute edit, this version is 13 minutes).
Films from 2017
This was a talk by Richard Else about Alfred Wainwright. I thought it may be useful to put up links to some of the films that Richard made with Wainwright on this page.
Coast to Coast – part 1 (St Bees Head to Haweswater)
Coast to Coast – part 2 (Shap Abbey to Keld)
Coast to Coast – part 3 (Gunnerside to Danby Wiske)
Coast to Coast – part 4 (Mount Grace Priory to Robin Hood’s Bay)
Wainwright on the Isle of Skye (part 1)
Wainwright on the Isle of Skye (part 2)
Friday Evening Films
Saturday Morning Films
The Bothy Project
Saturday Afternoon Films
Saturday Evening Films
Films from 2016
55 Hours in Mexico
Mountain Bikes and Bothy Nights
Defiance – the Eiger Paraclimb
Hannah Barnes – Northwest
The Important Places
Sounds of Paragliding
Climbing Ice – The Iceland Trifecta
Via Ferrata on a Mountainbike
Showdown at Horseshoe Hell
Films from 2015
Some are not available, some you will have to pay for (indicated). Some of these films are a slightly different edit to that shown at DMFF.
Little Red Bus (buy from Reelhouse)
Valley Uprising (buy from Amazon, includes all episodes)
Into The Ditch
Wild Women – Faith Dickey
All My Own Stunts (buy from Posing Productions as part of the DVD/Download Brit Rock 2014)
Sufferfest 2 (watch on demand, looks like payment in dollars)
Sup it and See
The Black Cuillin
Transition (pay for download from Steepedge
Arctic Air (pay for download from Steepedge
And Then we Swam (pay for download from Steepedge)
Films you may have missed in 2014 –
Dream Lines IV (Full version 16 minutes)
Dream Lines IV (Highlights 5 mins – not quite the same edit as shown on Saturday afternoon)
Meall a Bhuiridh (4 mins – as shown at festival – Saturday morning)
A Man in a Hurry (13 mins – shown Saturday morning)
Five Months (25 mins – shown Saturday morning – download $5)
Sensory Overload (10 mins – slightly different edit from that shown on Friday evening)
Dubai – A Skiers Journey (10 mins – shown Friday evening)
Cascada (8 mins – Shown Saturday afternoon)
Flow – The Elements of Freeride (3 mins – shown Saturday afternoon)
The Last Great Climb (60 min full version download £19.99 – we screened a 26 min version on Saturday afternoon)
Films from previous years, or films we liked but did not use
A Downhill Affair
As it Happens
British University Kayaking Expedition to Venezeula – full 17 minute video
Living the Dream
Los Fabulosus Dos
Scottish Ice Trip
A Walk in the Park
Biscuit the Climbing Dog! (From Front Range Freaks)
In Conversation with Dave Macleod
In Conversation with Katie L’Herpiniere
In Conversation with Peter Habeler
In Conversation with Reinhold Messner
Sense of Flying
The Cable Car
The Longest Way
The Trail Collector
What is Mountain Biking About?