Banff Mountain Film Festival UK and Ireland World Tour

9th Jan 2016

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Great news.  The Banff Mountain Film Festival UK and Ireland Tour is back.  This annual celebration of adventure awesomeness returns to a wide range of venues from the end of January and, as well as more screenings than ever, this years programme looks to be even more fantastic than before.  As usual there are 2 programmes (red and blue) and, although both contain a brilliant range of films, many venues also have consecutive screenings so you can see the whole set......

The red programme has winner of the Banff Best Film Award Line Across the Sky which, with both wit and jaw dropping commitment, charts Alex Honnold and Tommy Caldwell’s ground breaking traverse of the Fitzroy Skyline.  Then the film Curiosity follows a group of ultra marathoners as they prepare for the Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc which is widely regarded as one the wold’s toughest and most prestigious ultra marathons. 

Pretty Faces is an all female ski film featuring, among other talented female skiers, larger than life big mountain skier Rachel Burks as she chases her dream of skiing in Alaska for the first time.  Four young Texas horseman hatch an outrageous plan to adopt, train and ride a string of wild horses 3,000 miles from the Mexican border to Canada in the endearing film Unbranded and we are really looking forward to mountain biking film Unreal which explores the obsessives, dreamers and rule breakers who push the sport and, seemingly never grow up.  Lastly, the red programme features Denali, which is a beautiful short film celebrating the intense bond between humans and dogs.

The blue programme is just as impressive.  We are really looking forward to 55 hours in Mexico which explores the limits of the weekend warrior and dives deep into type 2 fun as four friends take off to Mexico for an outlandish adventure on the continent’s highest volcano. Builder tells the story of the addicts and enthusiasts who build the biking trails and structures that the mountain biking elite love to ride.

In Chasing Niagra, pro kayaker Rafa Ortiz makes the daring and potentially deadly decision to paddle over the 167-foot Niagara Falls. His decision sets in motion a series of events leading his team on a remarkable two-year journey and concludes when Rafa’s mission comes to a heart-stopping climax at the iconic Falls.

Eclipse looks fascinating.  Photographer Reuben Krabbe is determined to capture an impossible photo of a skier in front of the 2015 solar eclipse in Svalbard, Norway. Up in the high arctic though, the weather is bad and the pressure is massive. To add to the difficulty of the project, the guide is sketchy, there’s an active polar bear out there somewhere and the group of skiers that accompany him just want to ski.  

We really can’t wait to see Operation Moffat, an endearing film taking inspiration and wit from the colourful climbing life of Britain’s first female mountain guide Gwen Moffat as writer Claire Carter and filmmaker Jen Randall scramble, swim and barefoot climb through Gwen’s favourite mountain landscapes.

We’ve seen Showdown at Horseshoe Hell before but will be delighted to see it again. The wildest event in the climbing world is a mash-up of ultramarathon and Burning Man where elite climbers and novices alike go for broke in a sun up-to-sun up orgy of lactic acid and beer. Can the team of Nic Berry and Mason Earle stand up against the all-powerful Alex Honnold?

Lastly, The film Important Places, which won the best short film award at Banff, follows filmmaker Forest Woodward as takes his 77 year old father, Doug on a Grand Canyon River trip to recapture the past.  The trip will be Doug’s first visit back to the Grand Canyon since he paddled it in a homemade kayak 43 years ago and Forest hopes the trail will help him learn what his father was like as a young man.

It really does promise to be a brilliant event.  Full details and tickets are available from the festival website here and we really hope you can make the chance to enjoy this brilliant event.  Oh, and just incase you need any more inspiration, check out the event trailer below…..

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