Adventure Films

A Line Across the Sky
Official Selection 2016
Directors: Josh Lowell & Peter Mortimer
USA, 2016, 40m
Completing Patagonia’s Fitz Roy Traverse, a journey across seven peaks and 4,000m of vertical climbing, is one of alpinism’s most elusive achievements. Tommy Caldwell and Alex Honnold are world-class sport climbers, but are they ready for this?

Age of Ondra
Official Selection 2019
Directors: Josh Lowell, Peter Mortimer, Zachary Barr
USA, 2018, 46m

Every so often an athlete comes along who redefines their sport. Adam Ondra, the 25-year-old Czech crusher, is exploring a new realm of human potential in climbing. We follow Adam as he innovates new training methods, establishes upper echelon first ascents, and attempts to be the first person to send 5.15 on the first try. Age of Ondra is a rare, intimate journey with one of the greatest athletes at the peak of his powers.

And Then We Swam
Best Adventure 2015
Producer: Ben Finney
2013, 37m
And Then We Swam is the true story of two friends who set out to cross the Indian Ocean in a secondhand boat, having never rowed before in their lives. Nobody thought they’d make it. 116 gruelling days later, off the coast of Mauritius and just five miles from the finish line, things started to go horribly wrong.

Break on Through
Official Selection 2018
Directors: Matty Hong, Peter Mortimer, Nick Rosen
USA, 2017, 26m
In high-end modern rock climbing, 5.15 is the top of the difficulty scale, a grade achieved by only a few men and never by a woman. Margo Hayes, 19-year-old from Boulder, Colorado, is determined to change that. By pushing her body and mind to the absolute limit, she risks injury and failure in her quest to be the first.

Camel Finds Water
Best Craft Film 2020
Directors: Ian Durkin
USA, 2019, 9m
Trevor Gordon found the hull of an abandoned fishing boat in a field. He brought it home and built it back to a sea-worthy state over the course of a summer. Then, he took it on its maiden voyage to British Columbia in search of waves.

Official Selection 2014
Director: Anson Fogel & Skip Armstrong
USA, 2013, 8m
Tangled vines. Endless rain. Dodgy hotel rooms. Mud. Biting flies. Aggressive viruses…Perfection.
Is this a vacation? Erik Boomer, Tyler Bradt, Galen Volckhausen, Tim Kemple, Anson Fogel, Blake Hendrix and Skip Armstrong hunt the remote Mexican jungle for the perfect waterfall…and the perfect shot. Paddler and cinematographer alike explore a world beyond the expected.

Degrees North
Official Selection 2016
Director: Guido Perrini
Switzerland/ USA, 2015, 48m
World-renown freerider Xavier de le Rue, Samuel Anthamatten and Ralph Backstrom undertake a two year adventure to fulfil a harebrained idea to access big mountain lines without using helicopters… or their feet!

Best Adventure 2016
Director: Anthony Bonello
USA, 31m
It was a ridiculous idea from the start. Travel to the high arctic to document one of the planet’s rarest events – a total solar eclipse. Despite this, a team of Salomon skiers and filmmakers set out on an expedition to realize photographer Reuben Krabbe’s grand vision to capture an image of a skier against a solar eclipse.

Four Mums in a Boat
Best Adventure Film 2017
Director: Simon Tucker
UK, 2016, 45m
Four working mums from Yorkshire attempt to break a world record by becoming the oldest rowers to cross the Atlantic. The Mums are thrilled but their families think they are crazy. With absolutely no adventure or endurance experience, will they make it to the finish line?

Into Twin Galaxies – A Greenland Epic
Best Exploration Film 2018
Director: Jochen Schmoll
Germany, 2016, 52m
Three National Geographic “Adventurers of the Year” embark on an insane kayaking mission in Greenland. Propelled by kite skis, they tow their whitewater kayaks over 600 miles of the Greenland Ice Cap to reach unexplored territory in the northernmost river ever paddled.

Best Feature Film 2016
Directors: Jimmy ChinElizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi
USA, 2015, 90m
Renowned alpinists Conrad Anker, Jimmy Chin and Renan Ozturk attempt the impossible climb: the Shark’s Fin on Mount Meru, a 21,000 foot peak above the Ganges River in Northern India and the ultimate challenge in the high-stakes world of big-wall climbing.

Mission Antarctic
Best Adventure 2014
Director: Guido Perrini
USA, 2013, 39m
Mission Antarctic is the story of an expedition to the world’s end for Xavier de Le Rue, multiple freeride world champion and former olympian, along with Lucas Debari in search of a new paradise for steep riding.

Surviving The Outback
Best Exploration Film 2020
Director: Michael AtkinsonProducer: Michael Atkinson
Australia, 2018, 43m
Could you survive alone across hundreds of kilometres of remote outback for a whole month, trekking and sailing on a makeshift raft, with nothing but a time capsule of antique stuff from 1932? Mike wasn’t sure he could pull it off either!

Queen Maud Land
Official Selection 2019
Directors: Taylor Keating, Cedar Wright
USA, 2018, 27m
A dream team of six elite climbers mount an expedition to one of the world’s last great climbing frontiers: the remote frozen towers of Antarctica. Queen Maud Land — the name of this icy region — showcases a stunning, rarely visited wilderness, and the suffering and vision needed to climb at the bottom of the world.

The Frozen Road
Best Adventure Film 2018
Director: Ben Page
UK, 2017, 25m
Ben Page is bicycling around the world and seeking an adventure of perfect solitude in the Canadian Arctic. Yet, as he comes to realize, the harsh truths of traveling in such a formidable environment are a long way from the romanticism of a Jack London book.

Best in Festival 2016
Director: Phillip Baribeau
USA, 2015, 106m
Unbranded follows four men and sixteen mustangs on an epic 3,000-mile journey from Mexico to Canada through the American West to inspire adoptions for the 50,000 wild horses and burros in government captivity.