Banff Mountain Film Festival

The Banff Mountain Film Festival has hit the road – if you want to catch it in your area check out the lists below.

The Film Festival covers all mountain issues – from mountaineering to rock and ice climbing, ski-ing, snowboarding, kayaking, mountain biking, backcountry skiing, paragliding, BASEjumping, and this year broadening its horizons a little more to include wildlife and environmental issues.

The World Tour will continue for nearly a year to 305 cities and 20 countries covering territory across Canada, the USA, Europe, Asia, South America, Africa and the South Pacific.

Whether you are a serious mountain adventurer or merely an armchair one you will find something to inspire, fascinate and enthrall you.

“If there’s a trend, I’d say there’s a little less hucking-off-a-cliff-type stuff and maybe a tendency to focus more on the environment this year,” said Mountain Gear’s Phil Bridger, who coordinates the Spokane stop for the tour. “But I tell you, the films are fantastic. People are out there in some sketchy situations.”

Bridger’s top picks are Journey to the Center,” named the festival’s Best Film on Mountain Sports and which features thrillseekers plunging into the largest natural hole in the planet; “If You’re Not Falling,” named the best short mountain film, tells a whole story of desire, failure and triumph in eight minutes and “Seasons” – a 24-minute film all about mountain bikers and how they stay competitively alert for a sport that has no off-season.

‘Journey to the Centre’ is about exploring an immensely deep hole in China – big enough and deep enough for base jumpers to have a bit of fun in. “This film conveyed what it is really like to participate in an extreme sport, and the real emotions of athletes, without exaggerating,” said Christian Trommsdorff, one of the film festival judges. “It’s not just a film about an ego trip.”

‘If You’re Not Falling’ shows Canadian rock climber, Sonnie Trotter, in Scotland taking on the “hardest rock climb in the world.” “He works a horrendous 5.14 route and instead of top roping and taking little falls as he works it out, he does everything from the ground up,” Bridgers said.

Trotter’s comment to that? “Well, if you’re not falling, you’re not trying,”

2008 Film Award Winners

The 2008 awards were announced at the Best of the Festival Screening on November 9.

Grand Prize The Last Nomads

Alpine Club of Canada Award for Best Film on Climbing Committed 2: Grit Kids

Best Film on Mountain Culture Tracking the White Reindeer

Best Film on Mountain Environment The Meadow

Best Feature-length Mountain Film Stranded — I’ve Come from a Plane That Crashed on the Mountains…

Best Film on Mountain Sports Journey to the Center

Best Short Mountain Film If You’re Not Falling

Special Jury Awards

Saving Luna,

Seasons

Psyche: Patagonian Winter

People’s Choice Award

Red Gold

THE CANADIAN LOCATIONS ARE:

Alberta
British Columbia
Manitoba
New Brunswick
Newfoundland
Northwest Territories
Nova Scotia
Nunavut
Ontario
Quebec
Saskatchewan
Yukon

THE UNITED STATES LOCATIONS ARRE:

Alaska
Arizona
California
Colorado
Connecticut
D.C.
Georgia
Idaho
Illinois
Indiana
Kansas
Maine
Maryland
Massachusetts
Michigan
Minnesota
Missouri
Montana
Nevada
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New Mexico
New York
North Carolina
Ohio
Oklahoma
Oregon
Pennsylvania
South Carolina
South Dakota
Tennessee
Texas
Utah
Vermont
Virginia
Washington
West Virginia
Wisconsin
Wyoming

THE INTERNATIONAL LOCATIONS ARE:

…I am afraid the international locations have not yet been updated – I shall keep an eye on them and post them as soon as they have!

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