The Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival (VIMFF) concluded its week of films and presentations on Sat., Feb. 21.

Adam Ondra presenting at VIMFF  Photo Filip Pulpan
Adam Ondra presenting at VIMFF Photo Filip Pulpan

The VIMFF had its busiest year to date. With sold out venues every night, festival director Alan Formanek said the turn out was amazing. Some of the top presenters included Sonnie Trotter, Adam Ondra and Will Gadd.

Festival Director Alan  and Programming Manager Tom Wright
Festival Director Alan Formanek and Programming Manager Tom Wright on the final night of the VIMFF 2015

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Gripped’s editor Brandon Pullan had the honour of being a jury member for the 2015 VIMFF. Along with seven summits record holder Pat Morrow and his wife Baiba Morrow and Banff Centre festival director Deb Smythe.

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Deb Smythe, Grand Prize winner Pawel Wysoczanski and Brandon Pullan

Jeff Lowe’s film Metanoia won Jury’s Award after winning best mountaineering film at Kendal Film Festival. Lowe and his partner Connie Self were on hand to receive the award.

Deb Smythe, Brandon Pullan, Jeff Lowe and Connie Self  Photo Filip Pulpan
Deb Smythe, Brandon Pullan, Jeff Lowe and Connie Self Photo Filip Pulpan

Jeff Lowe’s Metanoia

Grand Prize went to Jurek, directed by Pawel Wysoczanski.

Best Short Film: Afterglow – directed by Nick Waggoner

Best Environmental Film: The Little Things – directed by Darcy Turenne

Best Mountain Sports Film: Finding Traction – directed by Jaime Jacobsen

Best Adventure Film: Sufferfest 2 – directed by Cedar Wright

Best Climbing Film: Redemption – directed by Paul Diffley

Hot Aches Redemption Teaser from Hot Aches Productions on Vimeo.

Best Mountain Culture Film: Tashi and The Monk – directed by Andrew Hinton and Johnny Burke

Jury’s Award: Metanoia – directed by Jim Aikman

Best Canadian Film: The Hand of Franklin – directed by Frank Wolf

‘The Hand of Franklin’ trailer from Frank Wolf on Vimeo.

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