The Banff Mountain Film Festival is an international film competition featuring the world’s best footage on mountain subjects. The festival began in 1976 and is held annually on the first weekend in November in Banff, Alberta, Canada.
What is the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour?
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 spans the globe, making its way from Austria to Argentina and from Iceland to India. About 200,000 people attend approximately 530 screenings in about 285 locations.
About fifty percent of the tour screenings benefit an outdoor program, community cause, or a nonprofit organization. Some of the causes supported by the tour are bursaries for outdoor pursuits, adventure programs for disadvantaged children, search and rescue operations, climbing clubs, youth ski programs, and trail maintenance groups.
The Banff Mountain Film Festival website lists the World Tour locations and local contact details. For specific locations and dates, visit our website at www.banffmountainfestivals.ca/tour
What is the Banff Mountain Film Festival Radical Reels Tour?
In addition to the regular World Tour screenings, audiences can see a special selection of high-energy action sports films at screenings of the Radical Reels Tour. The Radical Reels Tour is mainly touring in Canada and the USA; however, we had our first International screenings this year in Germany. For more information and the Radical Reels Tour schedule, please visit www.banffmountainfestivals.ca/radicalreels
What is the Banff Mountain Film Festival Competition?
Each year, the festival receives approximately 300 films in the film festival competition. The films come from more than 35 countries and range from productions created by high school students to professional crews working with companies like the BBC and National Geographic. A pre-screening committee selects approximately 55 finalists for the festival. An international film festival jury chooses the best films from these finalists and awards prizes in eight categories: Grand Prize, Climbing, Mountain Sports, Mountain Environment, Mountain Culture, Short Mountain Film (under 15 minutes), and Feature-Length Mountain Film (documentary or fiction). Audience members select the winner of the People’s Choice Award.
What else does the festival in Banff feature?
The Banff Mountain Film Festival includes lunch-hour seminars, evening presentations by guest speakers, gear demonstrations, a trade show, a book fair, mountain art, a craft sale and a climbing wall. Past speakers include: Reinhold Messner, Sir Edmund Hillary, Alison Hargreaves, Henrich Harrer, Lynn Hill, Catherine Destivelle, Alex Lowe, Sir Christian Bonington, Walter Bonatti, Ed Viesturs, Goran Kropp, Kurt Diemberger, Kitty Calhoun, Carlos Carsolio, Erik Weihenmayer, Tashi Tenzing, Leo Dickenson, Alex Huber, Carlos Buhler and many more.
The film festival is a culmination of several events that include the Banff Mountain Book Festival and the Banff Mountain Photography Competition. All events are presented by Mountain Culture at The Banff Centre.
What is Mountain Culture at The Banff Centre?
Mountain Culture is a unique division of The Banff Centre, one of Canada’s leading cultural and education institutions. Established in 1996, Mountain Culture programming promotes understanding and appreciation of the world’s mountain places by creating opportunities for people to share — and find inspiration in — mountain experiences, ideas and visions.
In addition to the fall festivals, Mountain Culture programs include the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour, Banff Mountain Summits, the Banff Mountain Photography Competition, Mountain Communities Conferences, the Mountain Forum (an electronic communication network), the Adventure Filmmaker’s Workshop, the Adventure Photography Workshop, the Mountain Writing Program, exhibitions by mountain artists, mountain speakers’ series and grants for mountain projects.
What is The Banff Centre?
The Banff Centre is Canada’s only learning centre dedicated to the arts, leadership development, and mountain culture. The Banff Centre serves the needs of accomplished artists, business and community leaders, and members of the global mountain community through year-round programs designed to enrich professional practice beyond the realm of traditional education. The Banff Centre is also home to a world-class conference facility.
Where is Banff?
Banff is located in the province of Alberta, Canada, about 130 km (80 miles) west of Calgary on the Trans-Canada Highway. The town of Banff is situated in Banff National Park, which is part of the UNESCO Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks World Heritage Site. Banff is Canada’s oldest and most popular national park.
How can I get more information?
Details about Mountain Culture at The Banff Centre events and programs may be found on the festival website at www.banffmountainfestivals.ca