VIMFF—Best of the Fest is back! This year’s Fest expanded to Friday night, Saturday matinee and Saturday night.
Clayoquot Action is excited to have Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival tour back again this year. An amazing selection of mountain sport, culture, adventure and environment films awaits you.
3 Screenings : Nov 24 & 25
Nov 24 Evening : Doors 7pm Films 8pm
Nov 25 Matinee : Doors 1pm Films 2pm
Nov 25 Evening : Doors 7pm Films 8pm
Clayoquot Sound Community Theatre, 380 Campbell St, Tofino
Tickets $13 in Advance & $15 at the Door
Available @ Common Loaf Bakery in November
Refreshments and raffle will fundraise for Clayoquot Action’s local conservation projects.
WINTER : Friday Eve November 24
Directed by RC Cone
Iceland, 2016, 20 minutes
The reality of growing up a surfer in Iceland is different from anywhere else in the world. It’s a harsh place. There are no surf shops, guidebooks or webcams. But being so far removed from the hustle and bustle of the known surf world hardens Iceland’s surfers to confront the issue they all must face: the North Atlantic wind.
THE NEVER MELTING STORY
Directed by Guillaume Bertocchi
Belgium, 2016, 22 minutes
They had never met before, but they shared the exact same dream. So the two young Frenchmen Guillaume and Manu left together for an island far from home, covered in snow, ice and white isolation: Baffin Island in Canada’s Arctic. Their ski expedition was as demanding as it was magical, after a false start that almost made the whole expedition fail from the very beginning…
CONQUERING GHOST ICE
Directed by Craig Hall
Canada, 2016, 7 minutes
2016 is a year of mixed emotions for Sarah Hueniken; winning the North American Ice Climbing Champion title and suddenly losing her mother within a matter of weeks left her in a state of mourning and reflection. It should have been a year to celebrate and yet, there is a deep hole in her life. In this intimate portrait of an extreme athlete reconciling mortality, we learn about her mother’s role in her path to success, and understand Sarah’s will to continue with her passion for the mountains and for climbing ice.
Directed by Pete Takeda
USA, 2016, 9 minutes
A short film profiling exploratory ice climbing in Quebec, Canada.
SNOWMADS – A Journey Towards Eastern Suns
Directed by Jonas Abenstein and Fabian Lentsch
Austria, 2016, 52 minutes
Snowmads is a film about Austrian freeskier and big mountaineer Fabian Lentsch making his dream come true to discover the Middle East with a group of friends. In order to find unspoiled skiing lines they transform an old fire truck into the perferct all-terrain vehicle to access unchartered terrain. Fabian and his crew dive into the colourful cultures of Turkey, Iran and Georgia, becoming friends with the locals and experiencing an unforgettable time exploring new landscapes.
SUMMER : Saturday Matinee November 25
ACE & THE DESERT DOG
Directed by Brendan Leonard
USA, 2015, 9 minutes
For his 60th birthday in 2015, adventure photographer Ace Kvale dreamed up a 60-day backpacking trip leaving from his back door in the Utah desert. He invited friends to join him for different segments, and one friend for the entire trip: his 10-year-old blue heeler, Genghis Khan. “Ace and the Desert Dog” follows their journey and illuminates a special friendship built on canyon country bushwhacking, harmonized howling, and dog treats.
FLASHES OF THE ALTAI
Directed by Joey Schusler
USA, 2016, 5 minutes
Three childhood friends set out for the far western corner of Mongolia to combine mountain biking and packrafting in a self-supported adventure into the unknown. Never having attempted a mountain bike to packraft link-up, they decided it was a great idea to travel to one of the most remote and sparsely populated places in the world to try it out.
Directed by Mike Gamble
Canada, 2016, 3 minutes
LIGHT CYCLES began as a dream, developed into a problem and spawned into a burning desire to create something that had never been done before. – “How can we create a Tron Light Bike effect, on a mountain bike?”
DEVOTION: LIBBY PETER
Directed by Matt Pycroft
UK, 2016, 5 minutes
Libby Peter is one of the UK’s most respected climbers, with years of experience in expeditions, instructing, coaching and guiding around the world. Throughout her astounding career Libby has been consistently committed to fulfilling her personal and professional objectives, whilst raising her daughters Ruby and Zoe in the climbing hub of North Wales, UK. In “Devotion” Libby reflects on how – quite unintentionally – climbing has shaped her life.
DOING IT SCARED
Directed by Matthew Newton
Australia, 2016, 12 minutes
British climber – now resident of Tasmania – Paul Pritchard, was one of the leading climbers and mountaineers of the 1980s and 1990s, renowned for his hard and extremely bold first ascents. In 1998 Paul was abseiling in to climb the Totem Pole in Tasmania when he dislodged a rock with his rope that hit him on the head, leaving him with a severe head injury that he was lucky to survive. Eighteen years later Paul returns to the Totem Pole to find out if he has recovered enough to finish the climb.
Directed by Dan Holz
USA, 2016, 8 minutes
Wyoming’s remote and vast wilderness provides the perfect canvas for Alpinists Kim Havell and Julia Heemstra to redefine preconception of the feminine. Isolated and exposed, their presence breathes life into this bleak yet breathtaking landscape as they navigate sheer granite walls and explore the fabric of experience.
THE CROWN TRAVERSE
Directed by Matthew Irving
USA, 2016, 12 minutes
Three ultra runners set out on a journey from Missoula, Montana to Banff, Canada; traversing 600 miles north through the Crown of the Continent. Over the course of 23 days, Wolfe, Foote, and Gnam traveled up and over mountain ranges, across treacherous spine ridges, bushwhacked through dense forests, forded rivers, and connected perfect single track, game trails and ATV roads as they worked their way North.
THE HARD WAY
Directed by Jeremy Lurgio
USA, 2016, 20 minutes
The Hard Way is the inspirational story of Bob Hayes, an 89-year-old who runs 30 races each year, cuts his firewood by hand and does things the hard way to remain active and alive. The Hard Way follows Bob as he trains for the Bighorn 50k ultramarathon. As Bob pushes 90, longer races take a larger toll. How will Bob’s cadence of hard work and intention help him navigate the challenges of aging? The film takes us on a journey that’s about more than running, it teaches us to live life with purpose and momentum.
Directed by Kelly Milner
Canada, 2015, 28 minutes
SHIFT is a half-hour documentary about the indigenous youth from Carcross, Yukon who have spent the past 10 years converting traditional trails around their town in to a world-class mountain biking destination — and transforming their community and themselves along the way.
WATER : Saturday Eve November 25
SEA GYPSIES: THE FAR SIDE OF THE WORLD
Directed by Nico Edwards
USA, 2016, 46 minutes
The vessel is Infinity, a 120 ft hand-built gypsy boat, crewed by a band of miscreants. The journey, an 8,000 mile pacific crossing, from New Zealand to Patagonia, with a stop in Antarctica. Unlike all the other boats heading to Antarctica though, Infinity is no well-financed, ice-reinforced super yacht, crewed by well-paid professional sailors, with carefully thought out agendas. Infinity lives in the moment and sails on a whim, without permission or insurance of any kind. What can to be found in abundance onboard, is blood, sweat, enthusiasm, disdain for authority and an ample supply of alcohol, a mad voyage of reckless adventure just for the thrill of it.
GO BIG OR GO HOME
Directed by Olaf Obsommer
Germany, 2015, 26 minutes
Freestyle Kayak World Champion Nick Troutman from Canada is on the hunt for the best whitewater in the world, joined by his three best buddies. Tag along on as they travel from Africa to North America, pushing their sport to the limit. How much air can they get off a wave, and how many times can they rotate an airborne kayak? This foursome is determined to find out, no distance nor wave is too great! Their motto? “Go big or go home!”
Directed by Rok Rozman
France, 2016, 7 minutes
A film about exploring beautiful rivers of Chile and ourselves while in or next to a kayak. The true sense of adventure appears when you have no plan at all – living from day to day will bring you closer to places and experiences that you once unconsciously dreamed about. It is spontaneous living and coincidence that know the paths to the most astounding places, people and experiences…A never ending intimate relation between human being and Mother Nature becomes even more evident in tight gorges and remote valleys where you feel so amazingly insignificant – just as small as we really are.
THE SUPER SALMON
Directed by Ryan Peterson
USA, 2016, 25 minutes
It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s…the Super Salmon? Not your typical superhero, perhaps, but this singly courageous king salmon is at the centre of an incredibly touching short. As plans for building the second tallest dam in America are underway, The Super Salmon reveals the local residents’ concerns about the consequences of constructing the outdated megastructure on the Susitna River in order to meet Alaska’s need for renewable energy. Interjected is the story of Fish 241, also known as the Super Salmon, which has made an incredible journey on “the Mount Everest of rivers,” dodging hungry seals and braving icy waters. It is a journey that, activists argue, would never happen if the proposed dam is erected.