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Banff Film Tour kicks off in Scotland

Scotland will host the first UK screenings from this year’s Banff Mountain Film Festival tour.

Still from Into Twin Galaxies

The tour kicks off in Edinburgh on 13 January, Glasgow on 14 January, Inverness on 31 January and 1 February, Stirling on 2 February and Pitlochry on 3 February. The Macrobert Arts Centre in Stirling is a new venue for the tour this year.

The tour’s films are chosen from hundreds of films entered into the prestigious Banff Mountain Film Festival, which takes place every year in the Canadian Rockies. With two different programmes of short adventure films to choose from, the tour features today’s up-and-coming explorers on journeys in the most remote and spectacular corners of the globe. There are free prize draws at every screening too.

The full programme and tickets are available at the Banff website, but below is a wee sample of the films that will be showing:

Into Twin Galxies – A Greenland Epic – Top adventurers Ben Stookesberry, Sarah McNair-Landry and Erik Boomer are on an extreme mission in Greenland. Using kite skis, the trio tow their white-water kayaks 1,000km over the Greenland Ice Cap to reach the northernmost river ever paddled – and then the challenge gets even tougher. With spectacular cinematography, remote wilderness and a large amount of suffering, this film shows what it’s like to be far out of your comfort zone.

The Frozen Road – Yorkshireman Ben Page is embarking on a solo bikepacking journey in the Canadian Arctic. He starts with romantic visions of perfect solitude, but as the latitude increases and the mercury falls below -30C, he discovers what it truly means to travel alone in this great emptiness.

2.5 Million – Every ski bum dreams of clocking 100 days in on the mountain. How about skiing 332 days of the year? Follow 26-year-old skier Aaron Rice as he sets out to ski 2.5 million human powered, vertical feet in one calendar year.

Still from 2.5 Million

Dreamwalks – The Faroes Project – In the middle of the North Atlantic Ocean, the Faroe Islands are renowned for wild weather and swirling winds – not ideal when you’re perched on a wire between towering sea cliffs.This doesn’t deter four Dutch friends attempting to be the first people to highline in these desolate islands

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