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Film Awards 2022

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We are incredibly proud to announce the VIMFF 2022 Film Awards.

This year’s international film jury included Canadian adventure filmmaker Ryan Wilkes, award-winning directors Darcy Hennessey Turenne & Keith Partridge, literary award winning author Maria Coffey and Film Program Director for the Ladek Mountain Festival in Poland, Kasia Biernacka.

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VIMFF 2022 JURY SPECIAL MENTION
10 mins |
United States |
2021
DIRECTOR:
Faith E. Briggs
This film was screened in February / March 2022, as part of the VIMFF 2022 and is no longer available. Please checkout our World Tour to see if this film is coming to a location near you!
Through Vasu Sojitra's personal journey, we hear his truth as he seeks to inspire you to move mountains.

This important film about intersectionality, representation and finding belonging in the outdoors, challenges the preconceived notions that some have about adventuring with a disability. Through his infectious, never-quit attitude, Vasu highlights that his outdoor pursuits are not about overcoming disability, but rather it’s about bringing awareness to the barriers faced by members of various marginalized communities so that the outdoors can be made more accessible for all. Through following his attempt to ski “The Skillet” on Mt Moran, Vasu shows us that no matter where you come from and what barriers you may have faced in the past, there is a place for everyone to play in the outdoors.

The VIMFF Jury is proud to present “Ascend: Reframing disability in the outdoors”, directed by Faith E. Briggs, with a Special Jury Mention.

— Ryan Wilkes

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VIMFF 2022 GRAND PRIZE
95 mins |
United States |
2021
DIRECTORS:
Jared Drake, Steven Siig
This film was screened in February / March 2022, as part of the VIMFF 2022 and is no longer available. Please checkout our World Tour to see if this film is coming to a location near you!
Buried is a miracle survival story about a deadly avalanche in the 1980's on a ski patrols' watch.

From the minute you press play on this year’s Grand Prize winner “Buried”, directors Jared Drake and Steven Siig make it so you do not want to press pause (or even breath until the third act!). This retrospective documenting the 1982 Alpine Meadows avalanche is brimming with human spirit in a way that most retrospectives never come close to. With a plot twist that actually makes you gasp — the combination of masterful storytelling, heartfelt characters, and a narrative that is so unbelievable it bridges on fiction, made Buried a unanimous jury choice to win the 2022 VIMFF grand prize.

— Darcy Hennessey Turenne

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VIMFF 2022 BEST MOUNTAIN CULTURE FILM
30 mins |
United States |
2021
DIRECTOR:
Jesse Roesler
This film was screened in February / March 2022, as part of the VIMFF 2022 and is no longer available. Please checkout our World Tour to see if this film is coming to a location near you!
Emily Ford sets out to become the first woman and person of color to thru-hike the 1,200 mile Ice Age Trail during winter.

As the first woman and person of colour to thru-hike Wisconsin’s 1200 mile Ice Age Trail in winter – and a particularly brutal winter at that – Emily Ford broke through social and historical barriers. She challenged deep-rooted racial inequities, and helped redefine what is and should be possible for everyone in the outdoors. She also showed the power of vulnerability and of discarding stereotypes, refusing to be fearful and keeping her heart open to everyone she met along the way. In a world beset by division and strife, this is an inspiring and hopeful film. The award for the Best Mountain Culture Film goes to Breaking Trail, directed by Jesse Roesler.

— Maria Coffey

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VIMFF 2022 BEST CLIMBING FILM
92 mins |
United States |
2021
DIRECTOR:
Max Lowe
This film was screened in November 2021, as part of the VIMFF Fall Series and is no longer available. Please checkout our World Tour to see if this film is coming to a location near you!
This story gives a profoundly intimate look at the Lowe-Anker family.

This year’s winner for the category of Best Climbing film is an intimate portrayal of a legendary character from the climbing world. It’s a story told powerfully but sensitively from the inside and through delicate pacing it allows much needed ‘room to breathe’ not only for the protagonists and the filmmaker but also for the audience. The inclusion of the filmmaking process with its pre-roll moments lends a ‘very real’ feel to a film that is ultimately moving and deeply affecting. It is a brave and compelling film. The winner of Best Climbing Film goes to Torn, Directed by Max Lowe.

— Keith Partridge

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VIMFF 2022 BEST CANADIAN FILM
35 mins |
Canada |
2021
DIRECTOR:
Jay Macmillan
This film was screened in February / March 2022, as part of the VIMFF 2022 and is no longer available. Please checkout our World Tour to see if this film is coming to a location near you!
Jay Macmillan travels to Langtang to reconcile his trauma, by retracing his parents' footsteps and exploring the land where they passed.

The best Canadian film this year is one that was unanimously acclaimed by the judges across all of its categories. Director Jay Macmillan leads the viewers so eloquently into his personal journey that his experience transcends the screen and becomes the viewers’ own. The editing is nothing short of brilliant, mixing deeply personal archival footage and soundscapes in a way that is so deeply moving that it will stay with you forever. Stunning cinematography, patient storytelling, and an unbelievable story make Sonder one of the most compelling films of this year’s festival.

— Darcy Hennessey Turenne

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VIMFF 2022 BEST ADVENTURE FILM
28 mins |
United Kingdom |
2021
DIRECTOR:
Chris Prescott
This film was screened in February / March 2022, as part of the VIMFF 2022 and is no longer available. Please checkout our World Tour to see if this film is coming to a location near you!
Bob Shepton repays the presence that his wife, who has Alzheimer’s, gave the family during his 50 years of sailing trips.

This verité film was quiet, understated, poignant and charming. As the story unfolds, we are left under no doubt that its inspiring main character’s love of adventure is deeply engrained and, through the beautifully paced scenes, we journey to a dawning realisation that the thing that ‘floats our boat’ cannot last forever. Those who have supported years of globe-trotting endeavours must now have their turn at coming first. The film’s universal truths of love, health and aging are beautifully observed and sensitively portrayed. This year’s winner of the Best Adventure Film award goes to Farewell to Adventure, Directed by Chris Prescott.

— Keith Partridge

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VIMFF 2022 BEST MOUNTAIN SPORTS FILM
43 mins |
United Kingdom |
2021
DIRECTOR:
Matt Pycroft
This film was screened in February / March 2022, as part of the VIMFF 2022 and is no longer available. Please checkout our World Tour to see if this film is coming to a location near you!
The Akawaio and Leo Houlding and team, support each other to try to summit Mount Roraima.

In this film the director captures the team’s arduous journey both to and up a remote and almost mythical objective. In difficult-to-film conditions we observe the characters at their physical and mental limits as they seek to break free from the squalor that surrounds them.

High on the cliff, lowering out over the abyss, we see those who helped to guide the adventurers through their lands now as fully-fledged members of the team. Through the Director’s lightness of touch, Edward and Troy add local knowledge, culture and strength to allow this epic adventure, described by as the ultimate in masochism by the first ascensionists, to succeed

With this film you feel the struggles. You live the adventure; not only through the pictures and words but also through its evocative sound track.

The award for Best Mountain Sports Film goes to House of The Gods, Directed by Matt Pycroft.

— Keith Partridge

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VIMFF 2022 BEST ENVIRONMENTAL FILM
93 mins |
United States |
2021
DIRECTOR:
Elizabeth Unger
This film was screened in February / March 2022, as part of the VIMFF 2022 and is no longer available. Please checkout our World Tour to see if this film is coming to a location near you!
In Tigre Gente, a Bolivian park ranger and a young Hong Kongese journalist go undercover to investigate a jaguar trade.

The six year commitment from director Elizabeth Unger to make this year’s best environmental film “Tigre Gente” pays off in spades as she documents the commitment of her protagonists who put their lives at risk to protect the South American jaguar. But her commitment didn’t stop in the Bolivian rainforest — this film takes viewers to China and Hong Kong to explore the cultural divide that unexpectedly interconnects wildlife and the hidden risks that await them halfway across the world. Although focusing on the jaguar specifically, this film is an allegory for the interconnectedness of all living things. Tigre Gente’s gripping storytelling hooks the viewer into the dramatic stakes of what it means to care for and protect this important and endangered keystone species.

— Darcy Hennessey Turenne

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VIMFF 2022 BEST SHORT FILM
10 mins |
Canada |
2021
DIRECTORS:
Bryan Smith, Cameron Sylvester
This film was screened in November 2021, as part of the VIMFF Fall Series and is no longer available. Please checkout our World Tour to see if this film is coming to a location near you!
Exploring the stories and past of Fortress Mountain, an iconic Alberta ski destination.

This year’s winner of the award for best short film is an unexpectedly beautiful tale of the impending reincarnation of a once iconic Alberta ski hub. As we take in the scene of an abandoned clubhouse through the eyes of two adventurous skiers, the directors do exceptionally well to develop a hopeful and inspirational tone by weaving in the story of Fortress Mountain and cast of quirky characters who have dedicated themselves to returning the resort to its original state. Backed by impressive cinematography, sound design and pacing, the film keeps the audience engaged and guessing throughout as more and more of the spirit of Fortress Mountain is revealed.

The award for Best Short Film goes to The Fortress Ghosts, Directed by Bryan Smith and Cameron Sylvester.

— Ryan Wilkes

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VIMFF 2022 BEST OF BC AWARD presented by the BCMC
43 mins |
Canada |
2021
DIRECTOR:
Heather Mosher
This film was screened in February / March 2022, as part of the VIMFF 2022 and is no longer available. Please checkout our World Tour to see if this film is coming to a location near you!
Sarah Hueniken is questioning her life in the mountains after an ice climbing avalanche takes her friend's life.

By examining the emotional fall-out for mountain guides when tragedy strikes on their watch, Not Alone brings the issue of risk and responsibility into sharp focus, and offers important lessons about recovering from loss and trauma. The film follows the intense personal journey of an elite guide whose world fell apart after a close friend perished in an avalanche. With raw honesty, it shows her struggles with grief, guilt and shame, the crucial help she received from mental health professionals and peers, and how she found a way to redefine her relationship with the mountains.

The Best of BC Award goes to Not Alone, directed by Heather Mosher.

— Maria Coffey

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VIMFF 2022 JURY SPECIAL MENTION
93 mins |
Canada |
2021
DIRECTORS:
Gloria Pancrazi, Elena Jean
This film was screened in November 2021, as part of the VIMFF Fall Series and is no longer available. Please checkout our World Tour to see if this film is coming to a location near you!
The impending extinction of the Southern Resident killer whales sparks a stunning journey across the Pacific Northwest.

Coextinction is a heartbreaking story showing the correlation between the shrinking orca population, the wild salmon’s fate and heavy industry industry in the Pacific Northwest.

The young filmmakers Gloria Pancrazi and Elena Jean are also passionate and courageous conservationists. They meet with First Nations’ tribal leaders, activists and scientists in order to understand the interconnection between these topics and to find solutions to the threats.

Beautiful and serene underwater images of the orca and the fish contrast with the environmental disaster caused by the construction of pipelines. The film is a call to action in defense of the precious ecosystems that we are all part of.

— Kasia Biernacka

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VIMFF 2022 JURY SPECIAL MENTION
19 mins |
Canada |
2021
DIRECTOR:
Lara Shea
This film was screened in February / March 2022, as part of the VIMFF 2022 and is no longer available. Please checkout our World Tour to see if this film is coming to a location near you!
After surviving a skydiving accident, Tyler Turner's reality transitions to survival and a wholesale healing process.

Sixty Seconds tells us a real and painful story of recovering from a traumatic injury: in an accident during a skydive, Tyler Turner became a bilateral amputee.

The film shows failure and progress, darkness and light. It depicts Tyler’s new reality in a very honest way. It walks us through his physical and mental suffering, follows the struggle to accept his new identity, to regain personal independence and to find again passion and purpose in life.

The debutante director Lara Shea proved a big talent and great intuition on how to translate the compassion and understanding she had for Tyler into a subtle, moving, universal and visually compelling film.

— Kasia Biernacka

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VIMFF 2022 JURY SPECIAL MENTION
86 mins |
Canada |
2020
DIRECTOR:
Jennifer Abbott
This film was screened in February / March 2022, as part of the VIMFF 2022 and is no longer available. Please checkout our World Tour to see if this film is coming to a location near you!
The Magnitude of All Things draws intimate parallels between the experiences of grief—both personal and planetary.

The Magnitude of All Things links a story of personal grief for a sister lost to cancer to globally felt grief for our beleaguered planet. With stunning cinematography and skilful editing, it gives voice not just to scientists and activists but also to people in communities around the world who are suffering the full force of the climate crisis. Poetic and nuanced, the film conveys the magnitude of nature, the magnitude of damage already done to it, and the need to channel ecological grief into change. A Special Jury Mention goes to The Magnitude of All Things, directed by Jennifer Abbott.

— Maria Coffey

VIMFF 2022 JURY

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Keith Partridge

Capturing the essence of adventure in over 60 extreme films has taken cameraman and film-maker Keith Partridge to some of the world’s most hostile and spectacular environments. His background has enabled him to develop shooting techniques that have catapulted the viewer to the steepest of rock faces, the most challenging of ice and the remotest of locations where strong team work, extreme levels of motivation and dynamic leadership are vital for success. At the forefront of extreme film-making, his work has been shown on the BBC, Discovery, Channel 4, ITV, National Geographic, Pathe Films and 20th Century Fox.

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Darcy Hennessey Turenne

Darcy Hennesey Turenne is the most awarded and prolific female action-sports filmmaker in the outdoor world today.

Although a staple in the outdoor, environmental, and action sports communities, her work extends far beyond the sports world. Her quirky short film about a philanthropic hoarder premiered at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival, and she regularly writes, shoots, and directs commercial spots for clients ranging from Audi to Patagonia.

Her first feature-length film,“The Moment”, – a documentary about the inception of extreme mountain biking- was the closing film of the 2017 Whistler Film Festival, sold out over100 screenings worldwide, and debuted at #3 on the US iTunes Independent Film charts.

Known for her whimsical visuals and nuanced storytelling, her interests and scope as a director span from narrative to fiction, to documentary, and everything (weird and wonderful) in between.

Her love of exploration is evident in her work and experience filming in over 25 countries. Darcy is also well-regarded internationally from her past career as a professional mountain biker, she has been featured in hundreds of publications worldwide, including Rolling Stone and Men’s Journal.

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Ryan Wilkes

Ryan Wilkes is an emerging documentary cinematographer and director, and holds a PhD in Bioengineering. Through documenting adventurous pursuits, new discoveries and conservation-related endeavors, Ryan enjoys exploring the relationship between people and the natural world. His passion for filmmaking was born when he moved to New Zealand to pursue his PhD at the University of Canterbury. Inspired by the beautiful scenery around him, he and his camera became regulars in the backcountry of the South Island. Since then, Ryan’s adventures have included swimming with humpback whales in Tonga, exploring the remote fjords of Northern Norway, tracking mountain gorillas in the impenetrable forest of Uganda, and paragliding off of the world’s tallest freestanding mountain, Mt. Kilimanjaro. His adventure documentary, Fly The Roof, won a People’s Choice Award at the VIMFF 2021. Ryan was a 2021 Jackson Wild Media Lab fellow and a 2021 Being Black in Canada filmmaker.
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Kasia Biernacka

Kasia Biernacka is an outdoor photographer and filmmaker based in Poland.

When not in the outdoors, Kasia works for the Ladek Mountain Festival as the Film Program Director, translates the mountain films from English, French and Spanish into Polish and organizes their screenings throughout her country.

Kasia’s biggest passions are expedition caving, caving photography and filming. In the last 20 years she has spent almost every spring in Mexico, participating in two long term projects led by the US Deep Caving Team: exploring Sistema Huautla and Sistema Cheve, respectively the 1st and 2nd deepest caves of the western hemisphere. Kasia worked on for two documentary films about caving: for Discovery Channel in 2013 and for National Geographic in 2021.

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Maria Coffey

Maria Coffey is an internationally published author of twelve books, and is currently working on her next title. Following the death of her partner Joe Tasker on Everest, Maria wrote her first book Fragile Edge which won two prizes in Italy, the 2002 Premio Letterario Nazionale “Leggimontagna”, and a Special Jury Prize at the 2002 Premio ITAS del Libro de Montagne. Where the Mountain Casts its Shadow won the Jon Whyte Literature Prize at the 2003 Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival and a 2004 National Outdoor Book Award. For these books and Explorers of the Infinite, Maria was honored with the 2009 American Alpine Club H. Adams Literary Award.

Originally from the UK, Maria lives with her husband, veterinarian and photographer Dag Goering, in British Columbia, Canada. Expedition kayakers and world-wide explorers, they are the founders of Hidden Places, a boutique adventure travel company, and Elephant Earth, which advocates for elephant welfare and conservation.

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