Banff Mountain Film Festival

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The Banff Mountain Film Festival is an international film competition and annual presentation of short films and documentaries about mountain culture, sports, and the environment. It was launched in 1976 as The Banff Festival of Mountain Films by The Banff Centre and is held every fall in Banff, Alberta.[1][2][3] Held concurrently is the Banff Mountain Book Festival which brings the spirit of mountain literature to Banff, and features guest speakers, readings, seminars, and an international book competition.

Immediately after the 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. The World Tour visits approximately 305 cities annually in 20 countries,[4] reaching over 220,000 audience members.[5]

Banff Mountain Film Festival is also one of the members of the International Alliance for Mountain Film (IAMF).[6]

Film selection[edit]

Approximately 300 films are entered into the film festival annually, and top 60 films (approximately) are selected by a pre-screening committee to be shown at the festival. During the festival, the international film festival jury chooses the best films and presents awards in various categories.

Every year the Banff World Tour team chooses about 25 films that feature a range of styles and themes, including climbing, skiing, kayaking, biking, adventure, culture, and the environment. The hosts try to choose the films that are best suited for their local audience and event. Most World Tour screenings include a range of different themes (adventure sports, environment, mountain culture, heritage, etc.) and styles (action-filled shorts; longer, more comprehensive films; amateur and professional productions; etc.). The Radical Reels Tour presentations incorporate all these elements, but the focus is on dynamic, high-adrenaline films featuring sports such as skiing, climbing, kayaking, BASE jumping, snowboarding and mountain biking, and new sports such as snow-kiting and speedriding. These activities continue to be included on the World Tour, but the Radical Reels Tour is for audiences who prefer screenings with a focus on action films.

Finding Farley was the top film at the 2009 Banff Mountain Film Festival, receiving both the Grand Prize and People's Choice Award.[7]

Mi Chacra, directed and produced by Jason Burlage, was the top film at the 2010 Banff Mountain Film Festival, receiving the Grand Prize.[4]

Music of Banff[edit]

The music was composed by Jacques Blackstone. He was commissioned in the late 1990s from the Banff Centre to write a theme for the festival. The "voice" for the intro is provided by Richard Armstrong, a New York-based teacher and performer who conducts International Voice Workshops at the Banff Centre. The film clips come from the films that are entered in each year's festival.[8]


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  1. ^ Langer, Adam (2000) The Film Festival Guide: For Filmmakers, Film Buffs, and Industry Professionals Chicago Review Press ISBN 9781556524158 pg 22
  2. ^ Hartemann, Frederic; Hauptman, Robert (2005) The Mountain Encyclopedia: An A to Z Compendium Taylor Trade Publishing ISBN 9781461703310 pg 26
  3. ^ Pashby, Christie (2008). Frommer's Banff & Jasper National Parks (4th ed.). Mississauga, Ontario, Canada: John Wiley & Sons. pp. 70–71. ISBN 978-0-470-15346-8.
  4. ^ a b "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-07-08. Retrieved 2010-11-11. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ The World Tour visits North American and other international destinations
  6. ^ "International Alliance for Mountain Film".
  7. ^ Oke, Chris (7 April 2010). "Banff film fest coming to Whitehorse". Yukon News. Retrieved 24 August 2010.
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