European Outdoor Film Tour 17/18


29 August 2017


European tour starts 6 October | more than 330 venues | 7 films | total length: 120 minutes

Since its launch in 2001, the European Outdoor Film Tour has been screening carefully selected outdoor sports, adventure, and travel documentaries from all over the world. Stories of real people who live their dream of outdoor adventure and give the viewer unfettered access.

As founders and creators of the tour, our aspiration has always been to unearth the best films and compile them into an exclusive programme year after year. A composition of 6 – 10 films that can only be experienced in this format at E.O.F.T. events.

Quick glance of the programme 17/18

THIS IS REAL. Everything is real. Handmade, raw, and honest. At organic food shops you’d call it first-class quality —a self-imposed hallmark the E.O.F.T. adheres to year after year. For 17 years! In over 200 hundred films, we’ve watched as world-class athletes, nonconforming dropouts, odd couples, and everyday adventurers fail miserably or experience thrilling highs. We’ve followed them to the far corners of the earth and have discovered the (im)possible facets of outdoor sports. The individual stories and adventures differ every year, but the realness endures. This year is no exception. The E.O.F.T. 17/18 programme is made up of the most inspiring, compelling, and heartbreaking films whose unifying theme is wild places, human resilience, and risking it all.

The first films:

Ice Call
Ski: Freeskier Sam Favret follows the call of the ice and shows us the Mer de Glace from an entirely new perspective. For him, France’s largest glacier is basically a terrain park with natural half-pipes, kickers, and tunnels. We accompany him on his ride through a world of ice and snow, from high-speed descents to the depths of the glacier and back up again, with lots of freestyle tricks along the way. (France 2016 // PVS Company // directors: Antoine Frioux, Alexis Blaise, Maxime Moulin // protagonist: Sam Favret // 3 minutes)

Dug Out
Expedition: The dugout canoe is the oldest type of boat archaeologists have found. For thousands of years it has been used by the indigenous people of South America to navigate the jungle. With such a boat—basically made from hollowed out tree trunk—Benjamin Sadd and James Trundle have chosen to explore the mystical Amazon region. Making this dream come true starts with a lot of hard work— first step, felling a massive tree. With the help of a Huaorani man named Bay Nenquiqwi, their dugout canoe gradually takes shape. Amidst the screaming monkeys and swinging lianas, the two Brits embark on a journey into the mysterious world of the jungle and discover themselves in an unexpected way. (UK 2017 // The Trail to Everywhere // director: Benjamin Sadd // protagonists: Benjamin Sadd, James Trundle // 20 minutes)

Into Twin Galaxies
Expedition: Ben Stookesberry, Sarah McNair-Landry, and Erik Boomer are heading north. They want to cross Greenland’s gigantic ice sheets with snow kites, followed by a kayaking first descent in a meltwater stream down the glacier. But Greenland is tough terrain—it’s a journey into a fragile yet dangerous paradise. During the snowkiting leg, Sarah must deal with a serious crash on the ice. Later, Boomer deliberately risks his skin on an enormous multilevel waterfall, and even Ben, the nard-nosed expedition expert, must ultimately concede that it can be officially too cold to kayak. (Austria 2017 // Red Bull Media House // director: Jochen Schmoll // protagonists: Ben Stookesberry, Sarah McNair-Landry, Erik Boomer // 35 minutes)

Portrait: Steph Davis chose climbing. The law student left school in her early twenties and followed her passion for the sport, earning a number of climbing achievements from Yosemite to Patagonia. For a while she called her car home before eventually settling in Moab, Utah, and discovered her second passion: BASE jumping. Although she’s suffered many losses, including the death of her husband Mario Richards in a wingsuit accident, she’s never regretted having chosen her unconventional way of life—a life full of extraordinary choices proving that what seems to be a wrong decision at first can be the right one. (Germany 2017 // HelliVentures Filmproduktion // director: Teresa Hoerl // protagonists: Steph Davis, Ian Mitchard // 15 minutes)

La Congenialità
Portrait: Simone Moro and Tamara Lunger are an odd pair. As an alpinist, Simone prefers to take the hard way and has nearly 30 years of winter climbing experience. Tamara, on her way to achieving a long and successful career in ski mountaineering, is just 30 years old. Despite the age difference, these two shared a similar goal and their roles were clear—he the wise mentor, she the eager student. But as the team heads for Kangchenjunga to attempt the highest traverse across 8000-meter peaks, their roles begin to shift. (Germany 2017 // HelliVentures Filmproduktion // director: Christian Schmidt // protagonists: Simone Moro, Tamara Lunger // 20 minutes)

More films will follow. The final programme will be fixed in early september. More information about films and dates at WWW.EOFT.EU.

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