Friday Evening

Bonar Hall – 7pm

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Slope Angel

This session is brought to you in association with the Scottish Mountaineering Trust and Slope Angel.



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Seven great films from the Banff World Tour followed by a presentation by our National Treasure Cameron McNeish, makes for an unmissable Friday evening of entertainment and storytelling.


Surf The Line

2016, France, 3 minutes. Filmmaker – Hello Emotion

From the film Surf the LineTo get us started, another madcap short film from The Flying Frenchies. For them, thinking out of the box isn’t a choice – it’s away of life.



Dug Out (Tour Edit)

2017, UK, 41 minutes. Filmmaker – Benjamin Sadd

From the film DugoutBen 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?



2016, UK, 4 minutes. Filmmaker – Ian Derry, Archer’s Mark

From the film JohannaFor freediver Johanna Nordblad diving under the ice provides a surreal, calming environment that helps heal her injuries.

This film was the winner of the Best Short Mountain Film at the Banff Mountain Festival 2017


This film is presented is association with Slope Angel.



2016, Canada, 14 minutes. Filmmaker – Anthony Bonello, Switchback Entertainment Inc

From the film KilianKilian 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.



Intersection: Micayla Gatto

2017, USA, 5 minutes. Filmmaker – Lacy Kemp, Juicy Studios

From the film IntersectionMountain 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.



2016, France, 7 minutes. Filmmaker – Hugo Clouzeau, We Are Hungry

From the film WhyIceland. 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?”


Imagination: Tom Wallisch

2017, Canada, 5 minutes. Filmmaker – Sherpas Cinema

From the film ImaginationHave 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?


There will be an interval for 30 minutes. Refreshments are available upstairs and downstairs in the foyers. Don’t miss the trade stands and voluntary organisations in the Ustinov Room (upstairs). There are also art exhibitions downstairs.

Cameron McNeish – There’s Always The Hills

CameronAward-winning mountaineering writer and television presenter Cameron McNeish reflects on a life dedicated to mountaineering, hill-walking and long distance backpacking. Following his career as an international long jumper he has for over forty years written, edited magazines and presented television programmes about walking and climbing, meeting some of the greatest characters of the mountaineering world.

He was awarded The Scottish Award for Excellence in Mountain Culture 2018, presented at the Fort William Mountain Festival.


camerons bookA prolific author, he has also led numerous treks to the Greater Ranges of the world and was editor of The Great Outdoors Magazine for over 20 years. He recently candidly recalled the ups and downs of a full life in his best-selling autobiography, There’s Always the Hills. Cameron should have some copies to sell, and sign, at the festival. A great Christmas present for yourself or the hill-goer in your life!

As well as his blog on the Walkhighlands website, Cameron has his own website at