The BANFF Mountain Film Festival

Posted on March 18, 2011


By: Akshata Rao

If watching wild adventurous videos thrills you and if you’re craving for some real adrenaline rush then Banff Mountain Film Festival is something you shouldn’t miss.

The Banff Mountain Film Festival is an international film competition and an annual presentation of short films and documentaries about mountain culture, sports, and environment. It was launched in 1976 as The Banff Festival of Mountain Films by The Banff Centre. It is held every fall in Banff, Alberta. Now in its 35th year, the Banff Mountain Film Festival enlivens the spirit of mountain literature and features guest speakers, readings, seminars, and an international book competition.

“After the main festival in November, a selection of the best films entered in the festival goes on tour. The host organization in each tour location chooses a program that reflects the interests of their community. Each community creates a unique celebration of local adventure and adventurers,” says Simon Piper, Tour Director of Banff. The World Tour visits approximately 305 cities annually in 20 countries, reaching over 220,000 audiences.

“The first UK tour took place in early 2010 and we had an amazing time bringing the festival to audiences around the country. Now the festival has returned once again, all bigger and better in 2011 with 5 new screening locations in the United Kingdom,” adds Simon. Through their vast collection of movies Banff aims to highlight the spirit and essence of adventure sports and lets one visit remote cultures and some of the world’s greatest wild places.

The Banff film festival held screenings on Feb 9, 10 and 11 at the Union Chapel in Islington. All the tickets were sold out on the first day of the screening itself as people queued up to watch some award winning movies that were being screened including Eastern rises, Fly or Die, Crossing the ditch, Swiss machine etc. “The venue is an incredible gothic chapel which is a unique place to sit and enjoy inspiring, adventurous films from all over the world,” admits Caroline Ronten an adventure sports lover and an ardent fan of Banff.

Every year the Banff World Tour team chooses about 25 dynamic, high-adrenaline films featuring a range of styles and themes, including climbing, skiing, kayaking, biking, adventure, culture, and the environment. Speaking about the overwhelming success of the screenings in London Simon Piper exclaims, “Banff tries to choose the films that are best suited for their local audience and event. These activities continue to be included on the World Tour which caters to audiences who prefer screenings with a focus on action films”.

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