The Banff film festival showcases the best of the latest films from the global mountain sports community including climbing, alpinism, mountain biking, adventure travel, skiing and kayaking. New activities to the line-up this year are base-jumping, surfing and trail running. Now in its fifth edition, the 2014 UK & Ireland Banff Tour will be the biggest tour to date – 56 screenings will be showing at 40 locations, including 12 new venues.
The diverse film programme is selected from the 360 films, including award-winners and audience favourites, entered into theprestigious Banff Mountain Film Festival held in the Canadian Rockies in November 2013.
The Tour is much more than a series of incredible film nights. It brings together people with all kinds of outdoor passions who come back every year to enjoy the fantastic community feeling and leave with new enthusiasm and inspiration for their own next adventure.
With the increased number of venues plus increased size of venues, the expected audience figure is 28,000 (compared to 18,500 in 2013) – 6,000 of those will be from London’s outdoors community who will enjoy a night of adrenalin in the atmospheric Union Chapel, Islington which now has nine screenings and three different film programmes.
The World Tour travels the globe every year, visiting more than 400 communities and over 40 different countries from Australia through to Antarctica, being enjoyed by more than 300,000 people.
For a taste of the action, watch the trailer here: http://youtu.be/gYSgG9qSQ1I
2014 Highlights include:
Best Film Mountain Sports
A group of wingsuit pilots gather at Tianmen Mountain in China, the birthplace of the dream of human flight, to attempt an intimidating feat – flying through the sacred site known as Heaven’s Gate, an archway carved out of the mountain. As Jeb Corliss drops from a helicopter and soars toward the opening, nearly a half-billion people hold their breath.
Best Film Mountain Culture
Flying fists, obscenities, and death threats at 23,000 feet? Is this the new Everest reality? This film takes a closer look at the 2013 incident at Camp II that made international headlines and had climbers Ueli Steck, Simone Moro, and Jonathan Griffith running for their lives.
North of the Sun
Grand Prize and People’s Choice Award
Tucked between the cold Atlantic Ocean and the rocky slopes of a remote, arctic island, two young Norwegian adventurers discover their own private playground. They build themselves a cabin out of flotsam while clearing the beach of debris, then spend the long winter skiing and surfing in the haunting low light.
Keeper of the Mountain
Special Jury Mention
Elizabeth Hawley bucked the conventions of her time by settling alone in Kathmandu in 1960, where she began chronicling Himalayan expeditions for The Himalayan Database. Even as she turns 90, she continues to update these records with rigorous accuracy and dedication, challenging the truth of even the most adamant of mountaineers.
The UK climbing scene is known for its strict traditional ethic, yielding dangerous routes and a competitive machismo among the driven young climbers risking it all to prove their boldness. It’s the last place you’d expect to find a nice little blond girl putting all the lads to shame, but Hazel Findlay is doing just that. The first woman to climb the British grade of E9, Hazel is a connoisseur of loose rock, dodgy gear, and big run-outs. Having mastered the scrappy seacliffs at home she teams up with Emily Harrington to tackle the massive, untamed bigwalls of Taghia Gorge, Morocco.
UK and Ireland 2014 Tour dates are as follows:
· 30 January Empire Theatre, Eden Court Theatre, Inverness
· 31 January Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh – Films A
· 1 February Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh – Films B
· 5 February Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury
· 6 February Theatre by the Lake, Keswick – Films A
· 7 February Theatre by the Lake, Keswick – Films B
· 8 February Theatre, Venue Cymru, Llandudno
· 12 February The Carriageworks, Leeds – Films B
· 13 February The Carriageworks, Leeds – Films A
· 14 February Grand Hall, City Halls, Glasgow
· 15 February Plaza Cinema, Stockport – Films A and B
· 19 February Dorking Halls, Dorking
· 20 February Komedia, Bath – Films A
· 21 February Birmingham Town Hall, Birmingham
· 22 February Great Hall, Derby Live, Derby
· 26 February Amey Theatre, Abingdon
· 27 February Gatehouse Theatre, Stafford
· 28 February Forum Theatre, Malvern Theatres, Malvern
· 1 March Plaza Community Cinema, Liverpool
· 4 March Lady Mitchell Hall, Cambridge
· 5- 15 March Union Chapel, London – Films A, B and C
· 18 March Komedia, Bath – Films B
· 20 March Electric Cinema, Bridport
· 21 March Hall for Cornwall, Truro
· 22 March City Hall, Salisbury
· 26 March Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells
· 27 March Grand Pavilion Porthcawl, Bridgend
· 28 March The Ffwrnes, Llanelli
· 29 March Cheltenham Town Hall, Cheltenham
· 2 April Corn Exchange, Exeter
· 3 April Tivoli Theatre, Wimborne Minister
· 4 April Lighthouse, Poole
· 5 April Theatre 1, UEA, Norwich
· 8 April The Torch Theatre, Milford Haven
· 9 April Victoria Rooms, Bristol – Films A
· 10 April Victoria Rooms, Bristol – Films B
· 11 April Concert Hall, Brighton Dome, Brighton
· 12 April Gulbenkian Cinema, Canterbury
· 24 April Harrogate Theatre, Harrogate
· 25 April Playhouse, Whitley Bay
· 26 April Princess Alexandra Auditorium, Yarm
· 6 May Everyman Theatre, Cork
· 7 May The Watergate Theatre, Kilkenny
· 8 May Town Hall Theatre, Galway
· 9 May Theatre at the Mill, Belfast
· 10 May The Helix, Dublin – Films A and B
This year we are pleased to welcome Osprey and Jöttnar as a new Principal Partners to the 2014 Tour as well as Cotswold Outdoor, Buff, Keen and Banff Lake Louise Tourism. The upcoming Tour is also supported by Sea to Summit, Black Diamond, World Expeditions, Clif Bar and Artemis.
For Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour tickets and information go to www.Banff-uk.com.