The Film screenings will showcase short and feature films along with award winning exceptional adventure documentaries. The festival goes far beyond the film medium by bringing together a stimulating array of exciting screenings by a host of extreme athletes, explorers, adventurers and adrenaline junkies to display a true celebration of the wild adventurous spirit.
CINEMA KILLARNEY FILM SCREENINGS
(AUSTRALIA) 74 mins
DATE FRIDAY 9th March TIME 8:45pm
MOUNTAIN is a unique cinematic and musical collaboration: an epic odyssey through the Earth’s most awesome landscapes, showing the spellbinding force of high places – and their ongoing power to shape our lives and our dreams.
A unique cinematic and musical collaboration between the Australian Chamber Orchestra and BAFTA-nominated director Jennifer Peedom, MOUNTAIN is a dazzling exploration of our obsession with mountains.
SKYE’S THE LIMIT
One woman’s solo circumnavigation of the Isle of Skye, Scotland, on Stand Up Paddleboard: wild, beautiful and untouched except by plastic.
Date: Saturday 10th March Time: 2pm Venue: Cinema Killarney
THE NEVER MELTING STORY
(CANADA) 22 min
Two men that had never met before, decided to undertake a contemplative skiing adventure together in Canada’s Arctic.
(NETHERLANDS) 2 mins
A young woman seeks the best views of the French alps, conquering heights and enjoying life along the way.
A SOUTHERN QUEST
(UK) 26 mins
Following a winter sailing and dramatic exploratory climbing expedition to the Antarctic island of South Georgia, led by Stephen Venables.
(BELGUIM) 38 mins
After exploring the coast of Baffin on board the famous Dodo’s Delight, Nicolas Favresse & Sean Villanueva return on a big wall free climbing expedition, joined by three Italian climbers.
Date: Saturday 10th March Time: 4pm Venue: Cinema Killarney
(IRL) 19 mins
A short film about eight Irish climbers heading to a remote region of the Sikkim Himalaya to attempt some unclimbed mountains.
RIDING THE RUTA LAGUNAS
(AUSTRALIA) 16 mins
Two adventure cyclists attempt their hardest journey so far. Crossing a high altitude desert in the Bolivia Andes, they struggle with altitude, cold, wind and sand, in order to
experience first hand one of the most epic landscapes on earth and it’s incredible wildlife.
(US) 5 min 49
Three brothers find refuge and redemption through their love of fly fishing and the relationships they forge on the river.
(SCOTLAND) 21 mins
Ultra-marathon runner Alicia Hudelson embarks upon one of Scotland’s toughest long distance challenges – 24 Scottish mountains, 28000 feet of ascent, in 24 hours
INSIDE THE INDUS – A PAKISTANI ODYSSEY
(NZ/PAKISTAN) 26 mins
Follow Aniol, Mike and Ciarán as they kayak their way down the fabled Rondu Gorge, on the Indus river in the northern areas of Pakistan, 8 years after the last expedition.
PLANET EARTH: MOUNTAINS
DATE Saturday 10th March Time 12:00noon
In this sequel to the Emmy-winning “Planet Earth” series, you will be treated to rich and intimate views of the natural diversity of our planet. Climb high into the world’s great mountain ranges where only a few pioneering animals have what it takes to survive and are amongst the most elusive and mysterious animals on the planet. Witness the first time ever four snow leopards filmed together, as a mother and cub become trapped in a desperate fight between two rival males. Grizzly bears comically scratch on pine trees like wild pole dancers, and a bobcat struggles to hunt for ducks without getting its feet wet.
(UK) 64 mins
Date Saturday 10th March Time 9:00pm
Based on his best-selling autobiography Psycho Vertical, this is a raw and emotive study of the complex life and motivations of writer, funnyman and Britain’s unlikeliest hero-mountaineer, Andy Kirkpatrick, woven into an 18 day solo ascent of El Capitan, Yosemite. Directed by Jen Randall
THE LOST SKYTRAIN
(IRL) 16 mins
A documentary following the disappearance of a WW2 Plane in The McGillycuddy’s Reeks in December ’43. Locals share their memories of the event that shook the local community.
Date: Sunday 11th March Time: 2pm Venue: Cinema Killarney
THE FROZEN ROAD
A self-filmed account of cycling through the Canadian Arctic in winter, Ben discovers the won-ders, terrors and frustrations of travelling alone through one of the world’s ‘last great wilderness’
(UK) 10 mins
There will be hard miles, and the miles that fly: we will savour success, sweet with celebration and the days when tired mind and broken body refuse to countenance our dreams. To be a runner is to be all of this.
MY BIG WHITE THIGHS AND ME
(UK) 25 mins
A story about womanhood, miscarriage, healing, loving your own skin & freezing your bum off in cold water.
THE ARIO DREAM
(UK/SPAIN) 42 mins
Paul Diffley’s new film profiles the exploration of the deep caves of Ario in the Picos de Europa mountains, Northern Spain and follows the latest 2016/17 expeditions as they try to make the last few connections that could result in the deepest cave system in Europe.
THE SILVER BRANCH
(IRL) 80 mins
Date Sunday 11th March Time 5:00pm
Nominated for Best Feature Documentary in the IFTA Awards.
The Silver Branch is a philosophical vision-poem about one man’s journey through life which underpins a search to reconnect with nature and culture as primary sources from which we learn a deeper understanding of ourselves and our surroundings.
An uplifting and emotional celebration of people and place, which captures the delicacy of the natural world; the heart and soul of a peasant farmer-poet, Patrick McCormack; and the ancient rural spirit of Ireland which stands behind him.
The Story is centred around Patrick and the land, The Burren, Western Ireland. A wild place where Mesolithic tombs, famine villages and present-day small rocky fields are like jewels telling of our long human story on these hills.
“Filmmaking as it should be in Ireland, finding the universal in the local – with a sure footedness that is most unusual, magical … a unique and an important cinematic gift” Brendan Gleeson
(UK) 85 mins
Date: Sunday 11th March Time: 8:30pm
Described by Sir Chris Bonington as, “fascinating and very moving”, Magnetic Mountains is an independent documentary that follows the story of an everyman who, after falling from an Alpine north face, is struggling to find a balance. Featuring some of the biggest names in mountain sports, it will explore the psychology of risk taking in the mountains, asking – is it really worth it?
Venue: St. Mary's, Church of the Sloes
DHAULAGIRI, ASCENT TO THE WHITE MOUNTAIN
(ARGENTINA) 75 mins
Venue:St. Mary’s, Church of the Sloes
Date: Friday 9th March Time: 7:15 pm
ARRIVE EARLY. LIMITED SEATS
A mountaineer and audiovisual director begins a trip through Argentina to reconvene with the two friends with whom he tried to make a summit in the Himalayas. Alone and with them, he will try to understand what happened to Dario, the fourth friend, who decided to keep going up, the only one who did not return alive from the expedition.
THE NAHANNI WHISPERER
(CANADA/BELGIUM) 53 mins
St. Mary’s, Church of the Sloes
Date: Saturday 10th March Time: 7.00 pm
ARRIVE EARLY. LIMITED SEATS
Four young climbers dream of climbing the Lotus Flower Tower, a legendary big wall, somewhere in the Cirque of the Unclimbables in the furthest outreaches of Northern Canada. For 800 m of climbing, they will have to face 550 km of dangerous Nahanni river over a whole month of total independence.
BASECAMP FILM SCREENINGS
BEYOND THE BORDER, THE STORY OF ETTORE CASTIGLIONI
A journey suspended between past and present, Beyond the Border tells the story of the remarkable mountaineer Ettore Castiglioni who abandoned his career as a lieutenant in the military to escort refugees and Jews safely from Italy to Switzerland during World War II.
In the Southern Andes,a thousand year old tree, the Araucaria Araucana survives for 200 million years. It’s story is little known and forever linked to an Amerindian people of Chile: the Pehuenches. This isolated community has survived for centuries thanks to the Araucaria. But the perfect harmony between man and nature will soon be disturbed by invasion of the Spanish settlers, territorial conflicts, logging and the fires.
Ara River is the last wild river of the Pyrenees. Natural artery of the territory. This river’s water is part of the DNA and the blood of these mountains. Kilometres of stories telling us about what the Pyrenees are and about what they were.
Film Competition Awards
At the heart of the Killarney Mountain Festival is the International Film Competition, awarding 4 sought-after film prizes through our independent jury.
This year we narrowed down a hugely impressive selection of submissions to the very best film entries received and these will be screened in three festival venues over the course of the weekend.
Come along and see some of the very best in outdoor adventure films, celebrating the great outdoors and taking us on a journey to the places that inspire us most and proclaiming the deep primal spirit of adventure which burns in us all.
Film Award Categories
• Killarney Mountain Festival Grand Prize
• Best Mountain Film
• Best Short Film
• Best Adventure Award