RED Film program

We’re stoked to announce this year’s two film programs! Get ready to witness a selection of the best festival entries, award-winners, and crowd favorites straight from the Canadian festival scene.

The RED film program brings you 8 films straight from the Canadian festival scene. It’s a diverse mix of films with different themes and lengths that will keep you glued to the screen. Our awesome host will be there to introduce the festival and each film, plus they’ll be rockin’ some sick giveaways and more. We’ll take a chill break around halfway through the evening for about 20 minutes. And don’t worry about the language barrier, because all the films either have English audio or English subtitles.

RED program – 8 epic mountain stories


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

2022, Switzerland, 4 minutes
Director:Etienne Mérel
Producer:Tim Harty
Photo: Rocko Menzyk
Photo: Rocko Menzyk


The misty forests above North Vancouver, British Columbia are hallowed ground for mountain biking, a place so harrowing it’s influenced every aspect of the sport for over 30 years.

2021, USA & Canada, 12 minutes
Director:Travis Rummel, Darcy Hennessey Turenne
Producer:Travis Rummel, Darcy Hennessey Turenne
Focus:Mountain biking

It’s also where Betty Birrell, at age 45, picked up mountain biking after a career as a mountaineer and professional windsurfer. Three decades later, the single mother is a role model for her son, her friends and anyone she’s met along the way – and proof that you’re never too old to send.

Photo: Travis Rummel
Photo: Travis Rummel


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? Through a shift in perspective Nuisance Bear reveals an obstacle course of tourist paparazzi and wildlife officers whom bears must navigate during their annual migration.

2021, Canada, 14 minutesBest Film: Environment
Director:Jack Weisman, Gabriela Osio Vanden
Producer:Will Miller, Jack Weisman

Photo: Courtesy Banff Mountain Festivals

Photo: Courtesy Banff Mountain Festivals


Adventurer, competitor, daughter, friend, pioneer, hero, and badass human are all words used to describe French kayaker, Nouria Newman. In Wild Waters, we follow Nouria as she prepares to become the first female to run a 100-foot (30 m) waterfall; we watch her grow from a young, keen Olympic hopeful to one of the greatest kayakers of all times – male or female.

However, running some of the world’s hardest whitewater isn’t Nouria’s biggest life challenge. Realizing that the expectations placed upon her as both an athlete and as a woman weight heavily on her decisions and ambitions, she pushes back to make her own path. It is this central aspect of her life – this refusal to conform to others’ expectations – where Nouria is able to use kayaking as a way to transform into her truest self and become a once-in-a-generation kayaker.

2022, Switzerland, 45 minutesAudience Choice Award
Filmmaker:David Arnaud
Focus:Kayaking, human story
Photo: Carl Zoch

Nouria Newman riding down a waterfall during a photo shoot in France on March 22, 2022. // Carl Zoch

Paus – intermission

We’re hitting the halfway mark, and it’s time to take a chill break for about 20 minutes. Step outside and soak up that fresh air, grab some delicious bites and sips, and make the most of this intermission.

Plus, don’t miss the chance to mingle with our awesome exhibitors and partners who are on-site. It’s the perfect opportunity to connect, get some insider tips, and maybe even score some sweet deals. So, take a breather, refuel, and enjoy the lively atmosphere with fellow outdoor enthusiasts.


When the Taliban takes over Afghanistan threatening the basic human rights of women across the country, UN human rights attorney and mountain runner, Stephanie Case, must fight to find a way forward for the Afghan women of her NGO, Free to Run, in the midst of taking on the longest and hardest ultra-trail race of her life.

2022, USA, 31 minutes
Filmmaker:Carrie Highman, Tim Highman
Focus:Running, culture
Photo: Carrie Highman
Photo: Luke Jarmey


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.

2021, Brazil, 6 minutes
Director:Renan Kamizi
Producer:João Juchem
From the film Walking on Clouds


Camille and Antoine, two French slackliners and alpinists have a dream, to walk between two iconic rock towers. Arves-En-Ciel tells the story of an amazing project, which required a huge team of invested people to be fulfilled.

2021, France, 4 minutes
Director:Maxime Moulin
Producer:Sam Favret, Maxime Moulin
Photo: Maxime Moulin


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

2022, USA, 28 minutes
Director:Nick Rosen, Peter Mortimer
Producer:Zachary Barr
Focus:Urban climbing
Photo: Ray Wood

Festival partners


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