The annual North Valley Mountain Film Festival is back. This year’s festival will be hosted online and will be available for viewing from March 4th through March 13th. “We were hoping to return to an in person event this year”, said event coordinator Myles Berney, “but in the end, we decided this was not the best way to move forward at this time. We are hopeful that next year we can return to a live event, but for the time being we are happy to be able to share another exciting and diverse online festival with our community.”
Desire Lines follows world record highliner, Mia Noblet, as she returns to her hometown of Nelson, British Columbia, to combine highlining and backcountry skiing near her local ski resort, Whitewater. With the support of her family and friends, Mia pushes the limits of her sport in a way that she could never have imagined had she not come back home. For Mia, coming home is a progression, not a regression.
Hobnails and Hemp Rope from filmmaker Greg Gransden,follows a group of amateur climbers as they set out to re-enact one of the most daring feats in Canadian mountaineering history – the 1916 ascent of Bugaboo Spire in British Columbia’s Purcell Range by the legendary mountain guide Conrad Kain. The four climbers strive for historical accuracy by using only mountaineering equipment from the early 1900’s: wooden ice axes, a hemp rope, hobnail boots, a canvas tent and vintage woolen clothing. As bad weather moves in, they learn the hard way that their antique gear is no match for the elements.
The Monarch is the world’s furthest migrating butterfly. Between Mexico and Canada, the paper thin pilots navigate a record breaking distance with a pin point precision that baffles science to this day. How do they do it? What secrets do they hold? Last summer, record breaking paraglider pilot Benjamin Jordan risked everything to crack the code. Fly Monarca follows Benjamin as he attempts the holy grail of paraglider expeditions: an unbroken line from Mexico to Canada and the first ever sequence of non-motorized flights across the United States of America.
As an added bonus to this year’s festival, the organizing committee has decided to rescreen a small selection of films from past festivals. These include a few of our past People’s Choice Award winners and also a few of our personal favourites. To view this year’s full festival lineup please visit the Lineup page on our website.
This year’s festival goes live starting at 5 pm on Friday March 4th on the festival Vimeo page. Tickets and more information will be available through our websites ONLINE festival page starting February 24th. This year’s festival will be held as a fundraiser for the North Slocan Trails Society to help with their ongoing work to maintain and develop local trails. In addition, part of the proceeds will also go to the Bouldering Wall project at Lucerne School in New Denver. Initiated by the school’s Parent Advisory Council (PAC), the objective is to raise funds to purchase a custom 240 square foot bouldering wall to be installed in the school gym. This initiative will enrich the recreational opportunities of children, youth and individuals of all abilities and will provide a fun and safe environment that requires no climbing experience.
The North Valley Mountain Film Festival organizing committee would like to recognize our 2022 sponsors; the Columbia Basin Trust, Ambler, Valhalla Mountain Touring and Ice Creek Lodge. Thank you for your continued support and making this event possible.