BANFF is Coming to the Portsmouth Music Hall

WEDNESDAY March 14th & THURSDAY March 15th

7 p.m.

This year marks the 23nd anniversary that Goodwin Community Health is bringing this amazing Festival to the Portsmouth area! After a successful first year of making this a two night event, we are bringing back the second night again this year!

Those of you who have been already know but for first timers… This Festival is a unique, exhilarating and provocative exploration of the mountain world. Films explore all that it means to exist and take you to some of the world’s most captivating and breathtaking mountain environments. Join us for exhilarating landscapes, heart-pounding adventure and glimpses into rare cultures and people. The Festival is a program of The Banff Centre and is the largest, and one of the most prestigious, mountain festivals in the world. With stops planned in about 390 communities and 35 countries across the globe, this is the only Seacoast stop of the tour and for 22 YEARS it stands as the largest fundraiser of the year for Goodwin Community Health. From approximately 300 films entered into the annual festival in Banff, Canada the best-of-the-best are chosen for this show.


Tickets are on sale now! $24.50 for General Admission. Each night will feature different films. Purchase tickets online or call the box office at (603) 436-2400.


2018 Film Line-Up:


Wednesday, March 14


Where the Wild Things Play

2017, USA, 4 minutes

Filmmaker: Krystle Wright


There’s an ongoing discussion of why there aren’t more females in the adventure industry; whether it’s in big mountain skiing, climbing, or whitewater kayaking. Well, it’s about time we found out Where the Wild Things Play!



Kilian Website


2016, Canada, 14 minutes

Filmmaker: Anthony Bonello, Switchback Entertainment Inc


Kilian Jornet is considered the greatest mountain runner ever. But he doesn’t consider himself a runner. Join Kilian in his new backyard in Norway as he attempts to ski and run the Seven Summits of Romsdalen in a single day, a 77 kilometre route with 9,000 metres of elevation gain.



2016, USA, 9 minutes

Filmmaker: Katie Stjernholm, Balcony Nine Media


At the ripe old age of 90, Yvonne Dowlen has been ice skating for as long as she can remember. Edges is a celebration of a life well lived.


DugOut (Tour Edit)

2017, UK, 41 minutes

Filmmaker: Benjamin Sadd


PG – Coarse Language and Nudity

Ben and James decide to travel to the Ecuadorian Amazon, live with an indigenous community, learn from them how to build a canoe from scratch, then take that canoe on a journey… What could go wrong?




Ice Call – Backyards Project – Sam Favret

2016, France, 3 minutes

Filmmaker: PVS Company


Try to keep up to freerider Sam Favret as he gives us a new perspective of the mythical Mer de Glace, at the heart of Mont-Blanc.

Ice Call 06 credit Fabian Bodet



Dreamwalkers – The Faroes Project (Tour Edit)

2017, Australia, 17 minutes

Filmmaker: Chris Eyre-Walker, Chris Eyre-Walker Photography


Four friends set out on an adventure to be the first to highline in one of the most unlikely of places: the Faroe Islands.


The Last Honey Hunter

2017, Canada, 35 minutes

Filmmaker: Ben Knight, Felt Soul Media


PG – Coarse Language

Maule Dhan Rai is the last man in the remote Nepal village of Saadi who’s been visited in a dream by a wrathful forest spirit called Rongkemi. If no one else in the village has the dream, a generations-old tradition may die.


Intersection: Micayla Gatto

2017, USA, 5 minutes

Filmmaker: Lacy Kemp, Juicy Studios

Website: http://juicystudios.com/

Best Film: Mountain Sports

Mountain biker Micayla Gatto takes the viewer into her world as a painter and as an athlete, riding through beautifully created masterpieces where colours come to life and reality blends with art.




Thursday, March 15


Imagination: Tom Wallisch

2017, Canada, 5 minutes

Filmmaker: Sherpas Cinema

Website: www.sherpascinema.com

Best Film: Snow Sports

Have you ever been that little kid sitting in the back seat of your parents’ car, wishing you were somewhere else? So you imagine a skier on the side of the road, your fingers commanding back flips and roof drops, improbable rail slides and huge airs. Well, what if your imagination came to life?



Pedal Resize


2017, USA, 8 minutes

Filmmaker: Scott Hardesty, Ultralite Films


Forty-three countries down, Hera van Willick rides her bicycle across continents, fully self-supported, sharing her journey and what she has learned along the way.



Into Twin Galaxies – A Greenland Epic

2016, Germany, 52 minutes

Filmmaker: Jochen Small, Drehxtrem, Red Bull Media House


PG – Coarse Language

Special Jury Mention

3 National Geographic “Adventurers of the Year” embark on an insane kayaking mission in Greenland. With kite skis, they tow their white water kayaks over 1000 km of the Greenland Ice Cap to reach the most northern river ever paddled.




Surf The Line

2016, France, 3 minutes

Filmmaker: Hello Emotion


For The Flying Frenchies, thinking out of the box isn’t a choice – it’s a way of life.

Surf the Line 04 credit Hello Emotion


My Irnik

2017, Canada, 16 minutes

Filmmaker: Matthew Hood


Originally from Montreal, Conor falls in love with the northern way of life, and a woman, in the Canadian Arctic. Now the young father helps to pass on the native traditions and ancestral culture to his son, as he learns them himself.



2016, UK, 4 minutes

Filmmaker: Ian Derry, Archer’s Mark


Best Short Film

For freediver Johanna Nordblad, diving under the ice provides a surreal, calming environment that helps heal her injuries.

Johanna 04 credit Ian Derry


Loved By All: The Story of Apa Sherpa

2017, Canada, 14 minutes

Filmmaker: Sherpas Cinema


Apa Sherpa has climbed Mount Everest 21 times, but he wouldn’t wish this upon anybody. Having grown up in the remote Khumbu region of Nepal, Apa was forced to leave school and work as a porter at the age of 12. For Nepal’s rural people, the income earned as a high altitude porter conflicts with the dreams made possible only through education and knowledge.



2017, USA, 25 minutes

Filmmaker: Cedar Wright and Taylor Keating


Classification: 14A – Coarse Language & Violence

Maureen Beck has never let the fact that she is missing her lower left arm hold her back from climbing. She doesn’t want to be considered a good one-armed climber, or a good female climber…she just wants to be a plain good climber.

Stumped 01 credit Cedar Wright



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