Welcome to the
NATION'S CAPITAL OF ADVENTURE


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FILM SCREENINGS
Saturday, November 18, 12-3pm
Sunday, November 19, 12-3pm

Mayfair Theatre
1074 Bank Street
Ottawa, Ontario K1S 3X3

AFTER-PARTY
Saturday, November 18, 3-6pm
Sunday, November 19, 12-3pm

House of TARG
1077 Bank Street
Ottawa, ON K1S 3W9

 

JUDGES


AWARDS & PRIZES: Best Film • Best Ottawa Film • Environmental Spirit Award • Audience Award

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AMANDA BRANDIMORE

Adventurer and founder of Women’s Trail Festival
Amanda is an avid trail runner, mountain biker, paddler, skier… you name it; if it is outdoor adventure, she has it covered.

Amanda started trail running in April 2012 with Natural Fitness Labs, which led to her role as a fitness advocate when she realized that there’s a need for a friendly and supportive atmosphere for women in learning how to trail run in the Ottawa\Gatineau region. Together with the help of her teammates, she created the Annual Women’s Trail Festival to offer a non-competitive environment to be inspired and encouraged by like-minded trail running enthusiasts. The festival has helped inspire many women in the region to explore nature, meet new people and set new goals for themselves.

 
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MARK SUTCLIFFE

Runner and fitness advocate
As a passionate runner, Mark has completed more than 20 marathons and over the past 12 years has written books, columns and blogs and hosted a regular podcast and radio show about running. He wrote a weekly column about running in the Ottawa Citizen for several years and currently blogs and writes columns for iRun, which he founded in 2008. Mark has also written three books about running—including his latest, Long Road to Boston, the Pursuit of the World’s Most Coveted Marathon—and speaks regularly at running events. Mark is a member of the board of Run Ottawa. With his running, Mark has personally raised over $200,000 for United Way, the Ottawa Hospital and other important community causes. Mark was named 2008 Volunteer Fundraiser of the Year at the Ottawa Philanthropy Awards.

 
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JOEL KOWALSKI

Professional Kayaker
As a whitewater kayaker who grew up just a short paddle away from the mighty Ottawa River’s famous Rocher Fendu rapids it is no surprise that his abilities have earned Joel an international name in the paddling world. As a multi-disciplined athlete in freestyle, creek racing, and exploration, he has traveled to rivers on every continent in search of adventure including many prestigious first descents.

In the spring and summer months, Joel can be found on his home waters of the Ottawa sharing the magic of whitewater with kids from around the world in the Keener program.  Not only does Joel share the paddling discipline but also his positive attitude and contagious spirit as and ambassador of the sport.

 

HOST


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The Ottawa Adventure Film Festival is proud to be hosted by Ray Zahab. Ray is an inspirational adventurer, one of the world’s greatest ultra-runners, and a sought-after motivational speaker.

 

ABOUT RAY ZAHAB

Zahab starred in the 2007 documentary film “Running the Sahara” narrated and produced by Matt Damon and directed by Oscar-winner James Moll, which follows three men as they run across the Sahara Desert, a journey of 111 days and more than 4,300 miles of challenging terrain. To date, he has completed another dozen of the world’s most challenging expeditions and authored two books about his journeys.

In addition to being an adventurer, youth advocate, writer and runner, Ray speaks around the world at events such as TED, IOC World Conference, Idea City, The Economist World events, and World Affairs Council, He has been interviewed and appeared on several talk and news programs including, appeared in print media globally, and has been interviewed on numerous popular podcasts.

He continues today with life as an adventurer and as a volunteer with impossible2Possible. ‘Running The Sahara’ would begin a lifelong journey of discovery. A journey of learning that some of the greatest barriers to achieving our goals are the ones we put upon ourselves. By breaking these down, Ray has learned that we are all capable of achieving truly extraordinary things.

FOUNDER of i2P

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impossible2Possible is a charitable organization dedicated to educating, inspiring, and empowering youth to reach beyond their perceived limits, and to use adventure as a medium to educate, inspire and empower youth all over the world. i2P aims to equip today’s young people with the understanding and belief that they have the ability to achieve the extraordinary in their lives, and positively impact the lives of others. We envision a world of achievers that believe in their hearts that nothing is out of the realm of possibility!

 

FILMS


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WHERE THE WILD THINGS PLAY

An homage to all the awesome, talented and adventurous ladies we know.

DIRECTOR
Krystle Wright

PRODUCERS
Krystle Wright & Aidan Haley

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN
United States

FILMING LOCATION
Multiple

RUNTIME
4:05min


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Kilian Jornet is considered the greatest mountain runner ever. But he doesn’t consider himself a runner. Join Kilian in his new backyard in Norway as he attempts to ski and run in a single day the Seven Summits of Romsdalen, a 77km route with 9000m of elevation gain.

DIRECTOR
Anthony Bonello

PRODUCERS
Anthony Bonello, Mike Douglas & Oscar Almgren

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN
Canada

FILMING LOCATION
Norway

RUNTIME
13:45min


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AISTHAN


Aisthan faces his inner self, oscillating over a void with grace and caution...eventually completing a cycle in life.

DIRECTOR
Kevin Kok

PRODUCER
Kevin Kok

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN
Italy

FILMING LOCATION
Norway

RUNTIME
7:54min


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SHIFT


“SHIFT” is a half-hour documentary about the indigenous youth from Carcross, Yukon who have spent the past 10 years transforming traditional trails around their community into a world-class mountain biking destination - and changing themselves along the way.

DIRECTOR
Kelly Milner

PRODUCER
Kelly Milner

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN
Canada

FILMING LOCATION
Canada

RUNTIME
28:20min


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DOWN

One of the most exhilarating aspects of trail running is letting go and charging down a trail. It may sound crazy but running down is often harder and more challenging than running up. As with most things in life, practice makes perfect. British Fell Runners, Ricky Lightfoot and Tom Owens head to Iceland in search of the perfect downhill.

DIRECTOR
Dean Leslie

PRODUCERS
Dean Leslie, Hannah Slezacek
& Greg Fell

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN
United States

FILMING LOCATION
Iceland

RUNTIME
3:07min


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AT WHAT PRICE

Success in today’s adventure world is tied closely to promotion through social media. Often times more ‘likes’ equates to commercial success through sponsorship and exposure. In this short documentary, emerging professional climbing photographer John Price reveals, with searing honesty, what it takes to make it in an era of 24 hour social media without selling your soul as an artist.

Beautiful mountain imagery accompanies this unique and potentially discomfiting message that will challenge viewers to re-think their own social media habits.

DIRECTOR
Tommy Day

PRODUCER
Tommy Day

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN
United States

FILMING LOCATION
Canada

RUNTIME
11:46min


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CHINA: A SKIER’S JOURNEY

Skiing as sport is in it’s infancy in China, a phenomenon of the country’s exploding middle class.

As a means of survival however, it is thousands of years old, a stone age hunter-gatherer technology born in the Altai mountains where China, Mongolia, Kazakhstan and Siberia merge.

On a vast trajectory that spans 11,000km of northern China, Chad Sayers and Forest Coots touch down into the rich past and dizzying future of these two respective chinese ski cultures. As one rapidly expands, they find the other is at risk of disappearing.

DIRECTOR
Jordan Manley

PRODUCER
Jordan Manley

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN
Canada

FILMING LOCATION
China

RUNTIME
16:20min


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JONDACHI

The Jondachi river cuts its way through the jungles of the Napo Valley in Ecuador. For those who live with the river it provides more than a physical connection. It provides a connection that fills the spirit.

DIRECTOR
Mike McKay

PRODUCER
Mike McKay & Guy Erb

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN
Canada

FILMING LOCATION
Ecuador

RUNTIME
12:50min


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40 WINTERS

40 Winters follows adventurer Simon Donato, professional obstacle course racer Ryan Atkins and ultra-runner Adam Campbell as they attempt to traverse the 11 peaks of the iconic Mt. Rundle ridge in a single day. Facing snow, ice, and quickly changing early spring conditions, the trio set out along the iconic Rundle ridge between Canmore and Banff, Canada, to try and post a fastest known time for the traverse in winter conditions.

With interviews from mountain legends such as Chic Scott, Charlie Locke, Will Gadd and Jack Firth, 40 Winters takes a cinematic look what it means to live and play in the mountains, have adventures, and most importantly come home safely.

DIRECTOR
Simon Donato & Drew Goldsack

PRODUCERS
Simon Donato & Drew Goldsack

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN
Canada

FILMING LOCATION
Canada

RUNTIME
11:40min


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THE JORDAN TRAIL

With the help of local guides and the welcoming nature of the Bedouin people we explore the newly developed ‘Jordan Trail’— a 450-mile hiking trail that crosses the country and passes through some of the world’s most inspiring landscapes and historical sites, including the ancient city of Petra.

DIRECTOR
Anthony Poulin

PRODUCER
Ken Whiting

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN
Canada

FILMING LOCATION
Jordan

RUNTIME
5:00min


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LUNATIC

Lunatic tells the story of a man’s quest (Ian Evans) to walk in the footsteps of his childhood Antarctic heroes (Shackleton, Scott and Amundsen) and his attempt to become the oldest Canadian to reach the South Pole.

Ian reflects on what stirs his spirit of adventure, and questions whether, at 58, he can still keep exploring. We hear what friends, business associates and his daughter think about Ian walking to the South Pole. “He’s a strange little man” says one. “There’s nothing normal about Ian” says another.

Eighteen months of preparations and three flights later a small Canadian twin otter airplane takes off from the frozen surface of Antarctica leaving behind four new comrades to start their 1,000 km (500 nautical miles) journey from the Ronne Ice Shelf to the Pole - a climb of over 9,000 feet into the southerly headwind. The team’s experiences are compared to one of the first expeditions from 1911/1912 with selected voice clips from “The Worst Journey in the World” by Apsley Cherry Garrard and archival images and footage from those pioneer expeditions.

 

DIRECTOR
Kent Allison

PRODUCER
Kent Allison

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN
Canada

FILMING LOCATION
Antarctica, Canada

RUNTIME
50:00min


DON’T MISS
THE OAFF
AFTER-PARTY SHOWCASE

THE FALL
DIRECTOR: Anchit Thukral

GASPÉ 500
DIRECTOR: Navid La Bomba

MUSCLE & DREAMS - CREATING THE OLD GHOST ROAD
DIRECTOR: David Kwant

PADDLING INTO THE ARCTIC CIRCLE - INTO THE WAVES II
DIRECTOR: Eike Köhler

IRAN: A SKIER'S JOURNEY
DIRECTOR: Jordan Manley

CHASING WILD: JOURNEY INTO THE SACRED HEADWATERS
DIRECTORS: Colin Arisman, Tyler Wilkinson-Ray and Luke Kantola

 

CREDITS


Without partnership in the Ottawa outdoor community we would not be able to put on events such as this one.  

We would like to thank the below partners for their continued support:

 

ORGANIZER

MIKE McKAY
OAFF Founder and Festival Director
Building on a pastime as an adventure sports athlete, Mike transitioned from a career in finance to a full time adventure filmmaker and hasn’t looked back.  As a result, Mike’s company Five2Nine is now established in the capital region and has produced films that have gone on to win awards around the world.

DAVE McMAHON
Program Director
Dave McMahon is a staple and a legend in the adventure, sports, and endurance community, having inspired thousands of athletes in the capital region through his coaching, film work, and overall incredible attitude. Dave is the founder of O2Films, XCZone, and Natural Fitness Labs.

JORDAN KENT
Media Relations

Jordan Kent is an outdoor adventurer and educator with experience in digital marketing and project management. He teaches in the Ottawa Valley and runs a digital marketing company, Medium Message.

 

VENUES

MAYFAIR
Built in 1932 in the depths of the Great Depression, the Mayfair Theatre is one of Ottawa’s last two neighborhood cinemas, and one of the oldest surviving independent movie houses in all of Canada.

HOUSE OF TARG
Ottawa’s only true classic arcade. Over 35 pinball & classic Arcade games, a tantalizing perogie menu and the best live rock, punk, metal & indie music in town.

 

AWARD DESIGN

ANDREW SZETO
Andrew is a photographer and maker, creating unique, quality-made everyday goods at maruthecirclebrand.com

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2017 OAFF