From kite-skiing across Antarctica with Leo Houlding, to hair-raising ‘highball’ bouldering with top female climber Nina Williams and more, the 2020 Blue Film Programme is a night of wild adventure in the most remote corners of the planet!
The Blue Film programme is available to watch for 7 days from the date of purchase.
Only available to watch in the UK & Ireland.
Single viewing passes £10 | Multiple passes – use code EPIC-TEN at checkout & save 10%.
Includes access to bonus content and interactive virtual foyer.
Buying a Gift Pass? A voucher will be sent to the email address on the order. The recipient can choose any Banff Film Festival programme from the Encore Channel when redeeming.
Note the Blue Films were shown in some theatres in early 2020 & as part of the virtual Winter 2020/21 series.
Nina Williams is drawn to climbing the most beautiful lines… which also happen to be the tallest. Nina specialises in highball bouldering – climbing tall boulders of extreme difficulty, without a rope – which combines the physicality of bouldering with the mental discipline of free soloing. Watch in awe as she flexes her guns and tests her nerves well into the no-fall zone.
1,000 miles, 200+kg loads, 65 days, 3 mates, 1 mountain. Using snow-kites to travel great distances, with massive loads at speeds up to 60kmph, this is the epic tale of Leo Houlding, Jean Burgun and Mark Sedon’s daring dream to reach the summit of the most remote mountain on earth: The Spectre, Antarctica.
THE RUNNING PASTOR – 9 minutes
As a shepherd’s son, Sverri Steinholm grew up chasing sheep around the dramatic, otherworldly Faroe Islands. Today he is a pastor of the Lutheran Church, the dominant religion on the islands. He is also a compulsive runner, finding solace and spiritual refuge from personal conflicts and the burdens of priesthood on rugged, exposed trails of his homeland.
HORS PISTE – 6 minutes
The two best mountain rescue workers of the region are called in to save a skier stranded on the top of an imposing mountain. Despite their professionalism and determination, not everything goes according to plan in this riotous six-minute animation.
THE FRENCHY – 11 minutes
Jacques Houot, 82, may just have found the fountain of youth. The Colorado-based French ski racer, downhill mountain biker, road cyclist and incorrigible flirt is the embodiment of joie de vivre. Jaques has survived countless close calls, including avalanches, cancer, car accidents, a heart attack and even attempted murder. As a survivor, he tries to enjoy every day he has, ripping through the mountains with his signature catchphrase, “No problem!”
THE LONG RIVER HOME – 20 minutes
Three friends come together for a mission to guide blind Navy veteran Lonnie Bedwell on a 14-day river trip through the Grand Canyon. Battling powerful rapids including the daunting Lava Falls, this is a film about overcoming the residual impacts of war through kayaking – forming a team, kicking out in the current and finding a line through the chaos.
A NORDIC SKATER – 5 minutes
Nordic skating is the art of long-distance skating on natural ice and, on the spellbinding frozen fjords and lakes of Norway, Per Sollerman has found his calling. A former action sports fan, Per now uses all of his senses to journey safely over the ice and feel part of the landscape. An enticing portrayal of this little-known sport.