VIMFF 2024 | Remote Adventures

The Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival (VIMFF) returns to the Rio Theatre from February 26 – March 3.

Remote Adventures: Enjoy two extreme, human powered traverses from Iceland to Antarctica:  Plus, guest speakers Ethan Berman and Matteo Agnoloni will share their Waddington Range adventure.

POLHEIM – World Premiere (New Zealand / 60 min): Five young explorers are given a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity; to ski across Antarctica to the South Pole in celebration of 150 years since the birth of Roald Amundsen, the first person to reach the South Pole. Not only will they have the physical challenge of “”man-hauling”” sleds nearly 1000km in extreme weather conditions, they will also face an internal battle – 50 days of isolation in the most remote environment on the planet, with team members who are essentially strangers. The film explores themes of mortality, ambition, family and polar exploration history.

THE FORGOTTEN COAST – World Premiere (USA / 31 min): Inspired by over a decade of documenting Iceland’s glacial river systems and their intersection with the ocean from the seats of a small aircraft, Chris Burkard sets out for an immersive expedition across 41 of these rivers – by connecting a 400km series of exposed sandbars that provide a barrier between the harsh waters of the north Atlantic along Iceland’s southern coast, armed only with a fat bike & inflatable raft and accompanied by two seasoned bike-pack/rafting veterans, Steve “Doom” Fassbinder and Cameron Lawson.

Speakers in attendance: Recipients of the Coast Mountain Adventure grant, Ethan Berman along with Matteo Agnoloni will tell their tale of the circumnavigation of nine major peaks of the Waddington range. From the challenging weather to revisiting the site of an accident, they share it all at the Remote Adventures show.

Monday, February 26
Doors 6:00 pm | First movie at 7:00 pm *Start time subject to change. Please arrive on time.

Complete details and ticketing info can be found at Please direct any questions or concerns about events or tickets to them.

This year’s festival is sharing over 70 curated mountain and adventure stories with the VIMFF community February 23 – March 3. The festival features special guest speakers, filmmaker intros, and expert-led workshops on photography, storytelling, and mountain safety skills.

*Minors permitted. Must be 19+ w/ID for bar service.
*All seating is General Admission. Please arrive early to ensure time for great seats, and to purchase treats at concession.
*Unless noted otherwise, tickets will be available for purchase at the Rio Theatre’s box office at showtime. Please direct all queries regarding ticketing to
*Sorry, Rio Theatre Groupons and passes are n/a for this event.

About The Rio

Voted the #1 Independent Theatre in Vancouver, the Rio Theatre is a multimedia venue featuring arthouse, mainstream and cult-classic cinemas as well as live entertainment. Built in 1938, the Rio has been fully restored with a state of the art digital projector, surround sound, a huge stage and 420 luxurious seats.

1660 East Broadway, Vancouver, BC

Phone: 604.879.3456

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