Travel the world and experience breath-taking views, hear inspirational stories and have some unforgettable adventures without even leaving the comfort of your seat. The seventh edition of the 2016 UK and Ireland leg of the Banff World Tour is the largest Tour to date, gathering more that 50,000 adventure fans with 85 screenings and 55 tour locations across the UK and Ireland. Globally, the World Tour has been enjoyed by more that 400,000 people from 40 different countries!
The Tour showcases a collection of the best films from the global mountain culture and sports community. The two different film programmes, each approximately two and a half hours in length, have been selected from over 350 films that were entered into the prestigious 40th anniversary edition of the Banff Mountain Film Festival, held in the Canadian Rockies in November 2015. The films explore remote cultures, highlight intense expeditions and put a sharp focus on adrenaline-packed action sports.
Here are just a few of the 13 films featuring on the Banff Tour:
31 mins – Best Film – Snow Sports
The odds are low, the risks are high – photographer Reuben Krabbe is determined to capture an impossible photo of a skier in front of the 2015 solar eclipse in Svalbard. Up in the high arctic though, the weather is bad, the guide is sketchy, the pressure is massive, and the skiers just want to ski.
20 mins – Special Jury Mention
Operation Moffat takes inspiration and wit from the colorful climbing life of Britain’s first female mountain guide Gwen Moffat. Writer Claire Carter and filmmaker Jen Randall scramble, swim and barefoot climb through Gwen’s landscapes, grappling with her preference for mountains over people, adventure over security and wilderness over tick lists.
A LINE ACROSS THE SKY
40 mins – Best Film – Climbing
The Fitz Roy traverse is one of the most sought after achievements in modern alpinism. Long considered impossible, coveted by many and attempted by a few, the Fitz Traverse has fueled the imaginations of climbers in Patagonia for decades. Tracing the iconic skyline of Cerro Fitz Roy and its six satellite peaks, it spans four miles and 13,000 feet across snow and ice-covered rock. Seizing their chance during a rare extended weather window, Tommy Caldwell and Alex Honnold went big. The pair completed the first ascent in a five-day push, earning them the prestigious Piolet d’Or award.
43mins – People’s Choice Award
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 through some of the American West’s wildest terrain. Their aim is to prove the worth of wild horses and raise awareness about their plight. What ensues is an epic journey of self-discovery, danger, friendship and big landscapes that entails runaway horses, perilous mountain passes, debilitating injuries, and one sassy donkey.
Wednesday 11th May sees the Banff Mountain Film Festival travel to Poole Lighthouse, where it will then be travelling onto the the following locations from:
- 13, 14 May Exeter, Corn Exchange
- 18 May Dublin, National Concert Hall
- 19 May Galway, Town Hall Theatre
- 22 May Cork, The Everyman
- 26, 27 May Newtownabbey, Theatre at the Mill
- 28 May Kilkenny, Watergate Theatre
There’s still time to catch the Tour, and grab tickets – so don’t miss out. Head to the Festival website for tickets and more info.