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Banff Film Festival: Willow Films

Compton Union Building
CUB Auditorium
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$12 for UREC members/$20 for non members Purchase Tickets

About the event

If you are an outdoor enthusiast or appreciate adventure films, you won’t want to miss this spectacular event! The Banff Centre Mountain Film Festival highlights the many aspects of mountain culture throughout the world. This year we are fortunate to be hosting 2 nights with 2 different film line-ups!

Each showing at WSU will be comprised of several films varying in lengths from two minutes to full-length feature film productions. The majority of films feature stunning cinematography of adventure-based activities such as skiing, climbing, kayaking, base jumping, mountain biking, and more, to highlight the nuances of civilization, and shed light on areas less traveled.

Willow Film Line up:


  • 2021, France, 5 min
  • An aerial and symphonic journey with skier Sam Favret, in the heart of a closed resort during the winter of 2021, rediscovering a playground in its wild state.

**The Fastest Girl in the Village**

  • 2021, UK, 6 min
  • As a girl growing up in Lesotho, Khothalang Leuta never imagined she could become a bike racer. From teaching herself how to ride a bike to becoming “faster than the boys”, see what can be accomplished when opportunity is provided.

**Nuisance Bear**

  • 2021, Canada, 14 min
  • Churchill, Manitoba, is famous as an international destination for photographing polar bears. We’ve seen the majestic images and classic wildlife series captured here, but what do these bears see of us?

**WILD WATERS (Tour Edit)**

  • 2022, Switzerland, 45 min
  • Discover the incredible life of Nouria Newman, the most gifted kayaker of her generation.

**Creation Theory**

  • 2022, USA, 22 min
  • Nature’s raw elements converge in the Westfjords of Iceland, taking us on a journey from the interstellar birth of gravity and rhythm to their ultimate human creative expression: surfer on wave, snowboarder on peak, and musician on stage.

**REEL ROCK 16: Cenote**

  • 2022, USA, 9 min
  • A young papaya farmer discovers the pure joy of climbing in the crystalline limestone sinkholes of Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula.

**Free to Run**

  • 2022, USA, 31 min
  • UN human rights attorney and mountain runner, Stephanie Case, struggles to find a way forward for the Afghan women of her NGO, Free to Run, while taking on her most challenging ultra-race yet.

**Danny MacAskill’s Do A Wheelie**

  • 2021, UK, 6 min
  • Join Danny MacAskill and a host of friends as he pushes the boundaries of the humble wheelie and learns a thing or two from friends old and new


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