2019 FILMS

After a yearlong search, we received over 120 films from around the world. Our audience was impressed by the spectacular filmmaking.

View our interactive program to check out all of the films.


Prestige Award


Born on the island of La Réunion, Julie Gautier grew up as a child of the ocean. Free diving and spear fishing became second nature to her but her passion lies in the creative process – as an award-winning lm filmmaker and a dancer. Fusing free diving and dance, Gautier leads us into a new territory of ocean life. JULIE is Gautier’s powerful story of finding her creative voice beneath the surface.

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Directed by Stefanie Brockhaus

Audience Award

Dream Job

A comedy documentary about a girl working in the ski industry who decides to become one of the stars, DREAM JOB begs the question – they go up, they go down, how hard can it be? The film follows comedian Katie Burrell through “days in the life” with three of the industry’s biggest names: Leah Evans, founder of Girls Do Ski, Christina Lustenberger, ex-Olympian and big mountain skier, and Diny Harrison, the first fully certified female guide in North America. Needless to say, Katie finds out how hard it really can be.

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Directed by Katie Burrell & Colleen Gentemann

613km Award

In the Footsteps of our Ancestors

What many call the ‘worlds toughest hike’, the Canol Heritage Trail is a 355km rugged alpine path that weaves its way through vast canyons, rivers and thicket deep within the Mackenzie Mountains of the Sahtú region, NWT. In The Footsteps Of Our Ancestors is an epic documentary feature that follows the journey of 11 brave hikers during a 37-mile traverse of the trail as part of the 2017 Canol Youth Leadership Hike.

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Directed by Nicholas Castel & Erinn Drage

Spirit Award

The Imaginary Line

In February 2019, the United States government declared a ‘national state of emergency’ on the southern border… in an act of solidarity, a team from Mexico and a team from the U.S.A assembled with the sole purpose of establishing a slackline that crossed the border between them.

In a world that is constantly tearing us apart, we came together to cross those imaginary lines and tell a different story. Hoping to create an example of people from different lands coming together in a time of conflict, to say, that despite where you may come from, we are all humans here.

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Directed by Kylor Melton

Vision Award


Treeline is about our oldest living companions on earth: trees. The film brings extraordinary forests in British Columbia, Japan and Nevada “to life” through a cinematic exploration of playful, yet powerful experience of gliding through each forest on snow.
We accompany scientists who translate what the oldest trees have to teach us, illuminating the reciprocal bond between humanity and nature — a relationship we can’t survive without

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Directed by Jordan Manley



2018 Program

Best in Show & Audience Award

The Passage

In 1974, my 20-year-old parents and uncle Andy built their own canoes, launched them into the Pacific, and became some the first people in modern history to canoe from Washington to Alaska up the Inside Passage. My brother and I grew up paddling those wooden canoes in the Virginia rives and the 1974 adventure became legend in our family – shaping who we’ve become, how we view our parents, and how our parents view themselves. In the summer of 2017, we renovated those canoes and with our aging parents completed their 1974 journey. The Passage is a story about the dreams of aging brothers, fathers and sons, and the wild places that define us.

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Directed by Nate Dappen

Environmental Spirit

Shangku Shelter

Zanskar is a remote kingdom in the northwest Indian Himalaya, where local people are snow-bound for six months of the year. About 10,000 Zanskaris live in the isolated valley. In winter, mountain passes are blocked, the summer Jeep road closes and buses stop.
Two decades ago, three friends founded a ski school – to enable winter travel in the valley, improve quality of life, and to encourage young people to stay in Zanskar by helping establish a culture of mountain sports.
The film tells the story of this friendship, the ski school and the development of skiing in the area. Along the way, a bigger question is raised.

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Directed by Ben Stephenson, Vera Neverkevich and Yana Kehrlein



JaBig, a Montreal-based DJ, buys a bike on a whim and decides to attempt to beat the record for the longest continuous bike ride in a single country. What’s more, he’ll ride a single speed, fixed-gear bicycle and finish in the winter, approaching the Arctic Ocean by way of Canada’s northernmost continental hamlet, Tuktoyaktuk in the Northwest Territories. In his final kilometres, he falls more times than he has in the previous 17,000km combined. JaBig knows he is where he is meant to be, but the final hours will push him further than he ever imagined. The journey is bleak and beautiful at the same time, and Jean’s story will make you pause, asking yourself, “where would I go from here?”

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Directed by Anjali Nayar


Best in Show

40 Winters

40 Winters follows adventurer Simon Donato, professional obstacle course racer Ryan Atkins and ultra-runner Adam Campbell as they attempt to traverse the 11 peaks of the iconic Mt. Rundle ridge in a single day. Facing snow, ice, and quickly changing early spring conditions, the trio set out along the iconic Rundle ridge between Canmore and Banff, Canada, to try and post a fastest known time for the traverse in winter conditions.

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Directed by Drew Goldsack & Simon Donato

Audience Award

At What Price

Professional adventure and climbing photographer John Price explores the myth of ‘the perfect life’ that’s so pervasive in social media. Set in the breathtaking Canadian Rockies this film ponders how to strike the balance as an artist between self-promotion and authenticity.

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Directed by Tommy Day

Environmental Spirit


Shift is a half-hour documentary about a group of indigenous youth from Carcross, Yukon who have spent the past 10 years converting historical trails in the mountains around their community into a world-class mountain biking destination – and transforming themselves along the way.

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Directed by Kelly Milner



The Jondachi river cuts its way through the jungles of the Napo Valley in Ecuador. For those who live with the river, it provides more than a physical connection. It provides a connection that fills the spirit.

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Directed by Mike McKay

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