Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival
Virtual screenings with all-access passes, stream Feb. 19-28
Tickets: Films $7 and Workshops $15 // Access Passes $75-95 (Early Bird Pricing until Feb. 18)
artsPlace is a proud affiliate in bringing the 24th Annual Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival presented by Arc'teryx to the Bow Valley. Join virtually from February 19-28 to enjoy 50+ films (including 3 feature films), 3 interactive workshops with top experts, and 3 engaging panel discussions as you discover new documentaries about climbing, snowsports, the environment, mountain culture and adventure, plus more!
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Climbing Show presented by Arc’teryx
Featuring the world premiere of Crux and the North American premiere of Katherine’s Marathon, this show takes us on an incredible adventure to Siurana in Spain, the Taihang Mountains of China, the Bernese Alps and Squamish, BC. It captures heartfelt stories about struggling with mental health, exploring new routes and achieving goals that were once only a dream.
Snowsports Show presented by Arc’teryx
Enjoy six adventure packed films, including the Canadian premiere, Made in the Mitten and the North American premiere, Exploring the Known. These films share moving stories about overcoming life-changing injuries, paying tribute to a Chamonix legend, learning about the heritage of modern-day snowboarding and exploring local mountains during a pandemic.
Feature Film: Horse Tamer
Taking us virtually to the Darhat valley of northern Mongolia, this feature film shares the spiritual story about the disappearing horses of nomadic tribes. We follow a vigilante horseman, witness tribal rivalries, and discover what horse stealing means in Mongolia today.
Feature Film: Wall of Shadows
This breathtaking film tells the story of an encounter between a young Sherpa boy and an experienced Western mountaineer on the east wall of the sacred mountain of Khumbakarna, in the Himalayas. Will they face the wrath of mountain Gods for climbing the most holy of mountains?
Feature Film: Ocean to Sky
This feature film tells a story of Sir Edmund Hillary as he journeys by jet boat and foot along the entire length of India’s sacred river Ganges. It will cost him his life or it may bring him back to life.
Mountain Culture Show
This show features four poetic films and includes the North American premiere of Irakli’s Lantern. We travel virtually to the Caucasus mountains of Georgia, across the Zagros mountain range, to the hills of Eastern Bosnia & to the remote regions of Nepal. The films tell the stories about living alone in the mountains, teaching the children of Bakhtyari nomads, discovering the bittersweet lives of two grannies & learning how one family tries to find balance in a changing world.
Panel discussion: Climate Change in Cold and High Places
Tues, Feb 23 | 6-7pm PST | via Zoom
Learn and be inspired by four eye-opening environmental films including the world premiere of Leuser: the Last Place on Earth and join us for an engaging panel discussion about climate change. The filmmakers raise pressing issues about receding glaciers, the threat of illegal palm oil, the rewilding of salmon in Vancouver & our vanishing sea ice.
Watch four powerful films including the North American premiere of Eastbound & the world premiere of Fly the Roof. These epic stories of adventure break Guinness World Records, share intimate tales of personal journeys, create change for those in need & offer a meaningful place to connect in the wilderness for LGBTQ youth.
Mountain Sports Show
These four films showcase the stories of wingsuit base jumpers, the origins of mountain biking, the redemption of an ultra-runner and the mysteries of Bernese acrobats. It includes the North American premieres of Spellbound and Out of the Blue, and features hypnotic cinematography, extreme human achievements and embarks on an extraordinary vertical odyssey.
Celebrate Canada and enjoy these eight scenic and wild films that take us virtually to remote rivers and mountains. Through these adventures, we travel on foot and with the support of canoes, bikes, skis, snowboards, monoskis & aerial silks. These stories discover new-found adventures & share memorable journeys to iconic places.
Womxn in Adventure Show
Be entertained by these four films, including the North American premiere of Kakapo Crest. This show tells incredible stories about travelling off-track to a remote peak in New Zealand, gaining wisdom and appreciating the art of highlining, growing to become one of the best big mountain skiers in the world & taking a journey of self-discovery in Nunavik.
Indigenous Identity in the Outdoors
Panel Discussion: Indigenous Identity in the Outdoors
Thurs, Feb 25 | 6-7pm PST | via Zoom
A fundraiser for Indigenous Women Outdoors, this show shares Indigenous perspectives while exploring how their identities are inseparable from the land they live on and how it has shaped their identities. This show features four powerful films and a live panel discussion: Indigenous Identity in the Outdoors.
Family Show presented by British Pacific Properties
Gather the family together and enjoy seven adventurous films including the Canadian premiere of Bandit Hill. The films tell a variety of stories about family journeys and growth, whimsical animated forest characters, the path to stardom as a youth mountain biker, trail perspectives from rescue dogs and more!
Workshop: The Photographer’s Outdoor Toolbox
Sat, Feb 20 | 10-11:30am PST | via Zoom
Join Arc’teryx Senior Outdoor Photographer, Angela Percival, for a rare peek behind the lens. Angela, just dubbed by National Geographic as one of the 9 female adventure photographers you should know about, will be hosting an engaging online photography workshop that takes you behind the scenes.
Workshop: 5 Keys to Making Your Dream Film
Sun, Feb 21 | 10am-noon PST | via Zoom
Join Levi Allen from the Adventure Film Academy for this interactive, virtual workshop which will provide guidance and inspiration for making your first adventure film. In this workshop you are going to walk away with a customized roadmap that will provide a clear path to actually filming and finishing a film you can be proud of.
Finding the Story: An Adventure Writing Workshop
Sat, Feb 27 | 10am-noon PST | via Zoom
Join adventurer, author and feature writer, Frank Wolf for a virtual, dynamic & engaging workshop about adventure writing. Sharing twenty years of experience, Frank will provide tips and ideas to help elevate your storytelling to the next level.
Panel Discussion: Mental Health in the Mountains
Fri, Feb 19 | 6-7pm PST | via Zoom
Join this intimate panel as we discuss personal struggles and the positive effects the great outdoors can have on mental health.
Mental health is no longer a discussion being held behind closed doors and being able to speak about one’s mental health is not easy, and requires vulnerability. The folks on this panel are prime examples of using the power of vulnerability to advocate for the normalization of this important topic.