WE NEED TRAILS. AND TRAILS NEED US.

2023

SEPTEMBERNITERÓI, BRAZIL

FILM FESTIVAL

The World Trails Film Festival is created by and for trail-loving communities. We are inspired by nature and culture and want to make an impact on the future of trails and our planet. We are in awe of the human spirit and all that is wild. To all of this, we dedicate our festival. 

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World Trails Network

The World Trails Network is a global non-profit association committed to the sustainability and enjoyment of the world’s trails for all people, through a powerfully engaged international network of organizations and individuals.

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The World Trails Film Festival is created by and for trail-loving communities. We are inspired by nature and culture and want to make an impact on the future of trails and our planet. We are in awe of the human spirit and all that is wild. To all of this, we dedicate our festival. 
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A WORLD TRAILS NETWORK PROJECT

The World Trails Network is a global non-profit association committed to the sustainability and enjoyment of the world’s trails for all people, through a powerfully engaged international network of organizations and individuals.

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HOST TRAILS FILM

In addition to screening at our premiere festivals, selected films join the Trails Film World Tour. Together with local community hosts, we screen films in theaters, community halls, and trail sides across the globe.

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Trails Film 2022 OFFICIAL SELECTIONs

Solace | Running the Alps in 30 Days

In the summer of 2021, Karel Sabbe ran the Via Alpina in just 30 days, the actual Fastest Known Time. Averaging two marathons on a daily basis, he navigated the route 14 days faster than anybody else. As well as the Alps, Karel overcame sleep deprivation, illness and extreme weather. And he did it all with a camera crew in tow, documenting every step.

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The Forgiving Path

The Forgiving Path is a series of short vignettes giving an intimate insight into three personal stories and connection with the surrounding landscape. Inspired by Slow Ways, a grassroots initiative to create a network of walking routes that connect all of Great Britain’s towns and cities.

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Riding the Shadow

20 years after his involvement at a school shooting one man wrestles for answers while bikepacking the Colorado trail across Colorado.

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Home Waters

Three high school girls trek 50 miles from Florida’s Rainbow Springs State Park to the Gulf of Mexico to explore the hidden rivers, springs, and forests in their backyards.

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The Beach of Dreams

Beach of Dreams was an epic journey to walk 500 miles over 35 days along the east coast of England. The purpose – to explore how we could take care of the environment, take care of the coast, take care of the community and ourselves.

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Confessions of a Runner

A blend of eye-popping scenery, extreme human achievement, and revealing personal stories, Confessions of a Runner features Patrick Vaughan, an accomplished trail runner as he shares his story of healing and redemption while pursuing the record for completing the 470-kilometre Lebanon Mountain Trail, traversing from Syria to the Israeli border.

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Sole Trail

Follow Connor’s day-to-day routine as he tests his physical and spiritual endurance and runs for the woman who taught him to walk.

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Break The Record, Break The Stigma

This film features three different ultra runners that discuss their personal experiences with mental health related issues. The purpose of this documentary is to bring awareness and acceptance to mental health being an integral part of our overall wellbeing.

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Trail Mix

A middle aged teacher gleans meaning and wonder from the natural world on a suburban hiking trail in Los Angeles.

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Madeira Outdoor Stories

Madeira Outdoor Stories is an action and adventure-packed film, that portrays Francisco Lufinha’s rush to adrenaline while he explores the endless adventures Madeira has do offer, in land and on sea, as we see the contrast between the almost poetic beauty of Madeira’s nature and the authentic down-to-earth feelings of Lufinha’s missions.

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Seasons on the Kyoto Trail

A stunning journey through the sacred mountains and temples surrounding Kyoto, ‘Seasons on the Kyoto Trail’ takes audiences through the spiritual heart of Japan.

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Skógafoss

While on vacation with his girlfriend, Gijs receives a phone call from his mother, that reveals her troubled mental state and their complex relationship.

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Lost on Purpose

A gravel exploration of the Lost Sierra region of Northern California highlighting the existing roads in advance of the Connected Communities trail project.

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Trans Bhutan Trail

The video offers a taste of what the Trans Bhutan Trail has to offer as it follows two young men walking across the country. It also highlights various sights and sounds along the trail.

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Full Circle

Full Circle is a film about the Black Forest National Park in Germany. It shows the life cycle of the forest ecosystem and the conservation efforts the National Park makes in order to protect the unique and delicate environment.

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Mythwalker

This is a call to adventure!
You are invited to gather by the driftwood fire and catch a word from the language of the wild.

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Meandering Thru

Everett Brandt aims to set a 1,400-mile record on Ohio’s Buckeye Trail, facing physical, mental and emotional challenges.

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Don’t think about tomorrow

Only a few months into remission from breast cancer, three friends set Marine on a new challenge: run nearly 100 km in the heart of the French Alps in four days.

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Musher

Musher peels back the veil behind the bond that four women have between their dogs and the world of sled-dog racing.

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Why We Walk

Follow the journey of three Black men, from across the globe, united to empower and de-stigmatize urban communities of color and their participation in the great outdoors.

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Stoneman Dolomiti Trail

The Stoneman Trail goes along the edge of the Sexten Dolomites. It is an interesting MTB challenge on the border of Italy and Austria, where it is necessary to collect checkpoints and meet the time limit.

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Adventure Buddies

Professional Adventure Photographers Isaac and Alex bonded over a love of pursuing excitement, but had a falling out. Now they bike 500 miles and explore not only the wilderness but their deepened friendship and the value of a shared adventure.

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The Privilege of Movement

Ultra runners Clyde Berning and Damien Schumann decided to utilise their Privilege of Movement in November 2020 to run on behalf of all species that once followed this ancient elephant migration route, in the hope to reunite the last remaining elephant in the Garden Route National Park with her herd in the Addo.

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Secrets of the Raknus Selu Trail

Hosted by British photographer, Chris Stowers, and award-winning Taiwanese food and travel writer, Danny Wen Shi-Kai, the one-hour episode special takes viewers through Danny’s ancestral family’s journey through the forgotten paths of the iconic Raknus Selu Trail.

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Moving Upstream: Ganga

Filmed over 6 months on a 3000km walk along River Ganga in India, this documentary explores the idea of walking, people’s responses to a walking traveler in this fast paced era and an evolving relationship with the natural world.

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Dance with Rocks

Volunteers from around the world maintain trails on the four southern Penghu Islands through the “eco-craft trail” method. By utilizing natural materials on site, and harnessing only manpower and hand tools, the goal is to repair the trails “as is” in order to preserve their natural form and enrich the island’s pristine and poetic beauty.

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The Last Last Hike

83-year-old Nimblewill Nomad is on a journey to become the oldest person to thru-hike the entirety of the Appalachian Trail in a single year. Watch him as he starts his trek on Flagg Mountain in Alabama,the true southern terminus of the Appalachian Mountain Range.

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RIO by Unique Sights

The nature and adventure photographer Rafael Duarte goes on a journey across the city of Rio de Janeiro seeking exclusive angles through the perspectives of five characters that have special connections with the city’s natural and diverse landscapes.

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The Great Connector

“The Great Connector” : The Story of The Lawrence Hopewell Trail showcases how local governments and big corporations can come together to create something wonderful.

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FILMMAKERS

Accepted films will be shown at the flagship festival and have the potential to join the Trails Film World Tour, a traveling festival that screens films in theaters and along trail sides across the world.

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Festival

Join us September 26-30 in Skiathos, Greece at the 2022 World Trails Conference for workshops, screenings, or multi-day Trail Journeys before the festival.

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