Check out these noteworthy films from the 2017 Banff Mountain Film Festival

Each fall since 1976, adventurers, naturalists and filmmakers have flocked to the Canadian Rockies to the picturesque mountain town of Banff in Alberta, Canada.

The lead image of the 2017 Banff Mountain Film Festival. Larry Shiu climbing Cascade Mountain in Banff National Park. Photo: Courtesy of John Price

They come for the prestigious Banff Mountain Film Festival, which showcases a selection of films and books on the spirit of mountain culture and all it entails — think ski movies, films about the Amazon, shorts on environmental issues and epic heart-racing climbing films. Chances are some of your favorite outdoor flicks where first premiered at the Banff Film Festival.

Each festival brings new variety — epic powder shots, tragedy, triumph, education and beauty, though the results are always the same: inspirational.

Below is a sneak peak of a few of the standout films included in this year’s festival, taking place October 28- November 5. For those who can't make it to Banff, don't worry. You’ll still have a chance to check out all the action during their World Tour.

Mothered by Mountains premieres this year. Photo: Courtesy of Renan Ozturk

Mothered by Mountains

– Directed by Renan Ozturk

Shrouded in mystery, we don’t know much about this film, but what we do know is that the film features a punk rock singer from Kathmandu, a world class Sherpani and it is directed by renaissance man of all things ‘mountains’, Renan Ozturk, set to make what will surely be a compelling combination.

Behind the scenes shot of DPS Cinematic – The Space Within and The Time Within. Photo: Courtesy of Oskar Enander

The Time Within and The Space Within

– Directed by Ben Sturgulewski and Frank Pickell

The Time Within and The Space Within, directed by Ben Sturgulewski and Frank Pickell, respectively, is a double feature produced by DPS Cinematic (the filmmaking arm of Utah ski brand DPS) that uses a non-traditional filming technique where both directors would simultaneously film separately each day for two weeks in constant blizzard conditions. The result was two films using the same DPS athletes, same mountain, but very different visions. These films feed those who have an incessant hunger for powder, but great appreciation for cinematic craft.

Dirtybag: The Legend of Fred Beckey

– Directed by Dave O’Leske

We have been waiting for this film and as Joanna Croston, Programming Director of the Banff Film Festival says, “Fred is the original ‘Dirtbag’ and so the film carries that name too. Fred is quite a legend in North American climbing circles and spent quite a bit of time in the Rockies.” If you think we’re being cryptic, we suggest you watch the trailer to get the idea.

Getting air in La Casita Wip . Photo: courtesy of Juan Reece and Jose Cobo.

La Casita Wip

– Directed by Juan Reece and Jose Cobo

Many of us have had the dream to build a dirt jump track in our backyard. A few of us have done it and know how rewarding it can be. La Casita Wip shows the journey of two Ecuadorian girls who build their own dirt jumping track and sharing the stoke with other younger girls.

Helping raptors travel in Sky Migrations. Photo: Courtesy of Max Lowe and Forest Woodward.

Sky Mirgrations

– Directed by Max Lowe and Forest Woodward

Sky Mirgrations is a film about the vast migration of raptors that crosses two hemispheres (see here to get an idea). The film features ecologist Charles Post and other backcountry scientists and their conservation efforts with the raptor population.

Pertemba Sherpa and Chris Bonigton after ascent of Everest. Photo: Courtesy of Sir Chris Bonigton

Bonington – Mountaineer

– Directed by Brian Hall Bonington

Bonington – Mountaineer is an intimate retrospective of Sir Chris Bonington's remarkable life and career as a mountaineer. The film touches on his early rock climbing days and follows his memories and moments on his historic high-alpines. All while showing his emotional experiences from love and lose that still surround him.

The Banff Mountain Film Festival runs October 28 – Nov 5, 2017. For more information visit – Banff Centre

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