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2017 VIMFF Film Awards

VIMFF 2017 film awards

The 2017 Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival wrapped up on Saturday night after 9 days of films and presentations covering all aspects of mountain sports and culture.

The film competition was particularly fierce this year with 98 amazing films from around the world.

Our distinguished Film Jury deliberated for many days and made some difficult decisions.

A massive THANK YOU to all filmmakers for taking part in this years festival, and a big congratulations to the winners!

Best Short Film

WHAT IF YOU FLY - Directed by Renan Ozturk and Taylor Rees

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Quote from Yves Ma:

“This striking film follows a Hawaiian artist painting a portrait of an Inuit woman, uniquely using the breaking ice off the waters of Baffin Island as a canvas. For its originality, beautiful aesthetic and thoughtful cultural exploration, the award for the 2017 Best Short Film goes to What if You Fly.”

Best Environmental Film

SAMUEL IN THE CLOUDS - Directed by Peter Van Eecke

Quote from Yves Ma:

“This is an allegorical and keenly observational film which explores the dramatic impact of climate change and the disappearance of glaciers in what once was one of the highest ski resorts in the world in the Bolivian Andes. For its restrained yet highly effective portrayal of the human spirit in the face of environmental catastrophe the jury is pleased to award the 2017 Best Environmental Film to Samuel in the Clouds.”

Best Mountain Sport Film

LIKE A WOLF - Directed by Emeka Ngwube

Quote from Tracey Jacobson:

“A journey that invited us into love and adventure, all the while going for an ambitious goal. This was a perfect recipe for inspiration. The drive, determination, and courage of a woman who carries us through what it takes to balance out life with a passion and achieve your dreams.”

Best Adventure Film

SEA GYPSIES: THE FAR SIDE OF THE WORLD - Directed by Nico Edwards

Quote from Tracey Friesen:

“An insiders look at one of the most ragtag teams on one of the most audacious journeys, this film not only inspired, but entertained.  For showing that with a little gumption, guts and duck tape almost anyone can sail the high seas.”

Jury's Award

THE ACCORD - Directed by RC Cone

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Quote from Joni Cooper:

“One might think that accurately representing an awesome force of nature might be difficult. But to do it accurately through first-hand experience, humour, and stunning visuals is a winning combination. Being a completely unique – and entirely entertaining – masterpiece, the jury was unanimous in declaring THE ACCORD directed by RC Cone the winner of this year’s JURY AWARD.”

Best Canadian Film

NORTH OF KNOWN - Directed by Brian Smith

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Quote from Tracey Friesen:

“This film captures the vast beauty of Alaska – largely from the AIR – as two paragliders attempt a journey of several hundred miles.   For its stunning cinematography and compelling story, the Best Canadian Film is Bryan Smith’s “North of Known”. “

BEST CLIMBING FILM (PRESENTED BY THE ALPINE CLUB OF CANADA)

LUNAG RI- Directed by Joachim Hellinger, Hans-Peter Stauber & Christian Schmidt

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Quote from Tracey Jacobson:

“Exploring culture and family roots, this story showed us that you are not born with strength, courage, and success. Training, experience, and mentors are the tools needed to succeed. The film also touches on the disappointment faced when you decide to turn around to climb another day.”

BEST MOUNTAIN CULTURE FILM (PRESENTED BY THE BCMC)

FREEDOM UNDER LOAD - Directed by Pavol Barabas

Quote from Joni Cooper:

“Exquisite in both image and pace, this film opened our eyes to a tradition that has not been abandoned despite contemporary methods. It took us along step by step, so we could experience the wisdom being shared, listen to the sounds and silence, and appreciate the immense beauty along the way.”

FESTIVAL GRAND PRIZE

MIRA - Directed by Lloyd Belcher

Quote from Tracy Friesen:

“The jury was quite simply charmed by this film, specifically its impressive yet humble main character.  She’s a role model for youth in her remote community and for female athletes throughout the world – I know I wanted to lace up my runners and hit the trails!  We are thrilled to award the 2017 VIMFF GRAND Prize to Lloyd Belcher’s inspirational film: “Mira”.”

INSTRUCTIONS

You selected the option to keep this pass for yourself. The billing information below will be used to assign your access to the VIMFF Online Portal where you will be able to login and watch the films when the Festival starts on February 25, 2022. If you haven’t created a login before, you will receive your invitation soon after purchase.

GIFTING INSTRUCTIONS

You selected the option to give this pass as a gift. Please add your gift recipient’s name and email below. This will ensure that they receive an invitation to join our VIMFF Online Portal where they will be able to watch the films when the Festival starts on February 25, 2022. We will send their invitation in late January, 2022, when we launch our Festival Program.

Please note: Once you complete checkout, you will receive a confirmation email which contains a gift certificate and instructions to send to your gift recipient if you’d like to do so.

IN-PERSON

ADVANCE:

Feb 1 – Feb 24

SHOW:
Adult: $25
Youth (16 and under): $23
Senior (65+): $23

FEATURE FILM: $20

WORKSHOP: $30

Regular:

Feb 25 – Mar 6

SHOW:
Adult: $27
Youth (16 and under): $25
Senior (65+): $25

FEATURE FILM: $22

WORKSHOP: $35

ONLINE

EARLY BIRD:

Dec 9 – Jan 31

Online Film Pass: $75

REGULAR:

Feb 1 – Mar 15

Feature Film: $10
Workshop: $10
Live Panel Discussion: $10
Show: $18
Online Film Pass: $90

  • The Online Film Pass gives you access to watch all 50+ films that will be screened as part of the 15 shows during the VIMFF 2022.
  • Tickets sales close on March 15 at 11:59pm (PDT) and you will have until March 27 at 11:59pm (PDT) to view the shows.
  • For those experiencing hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have created a discount code to reduce the price of the film pass by $10, a single show ticket by $4 and a feature film ticket / workshop by $2. Apply the coupon code, COVID at checkout to receive this discount.
  • Please read our Online Screening FAQs or contact tickets@vimff.org if you have any questions.