Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Banff Mountain Film Festival - Still Stunning

You know that saying of (I'm paraphrasing here) "the more you come to know the more you realize how much you don't know"?

Each year that I attend the Banff Mountain Film Festival when the film tour passes through Salt Lake City, I watch images and adventures that make me realize how little I have seen and experienced. Truly there are limitless adventures and paths to pursue in the mountains and the mountain sports we enjoy.

If you're not familiar with Banff Film Festival, it is an annual presentation of short films and documentaries about mountain culture, sports and environment. It began in 1976 as The Banff Festival of Mountain Films hosted by the The Banff Centre.

The actual festival takes place in Banff, Alberta, Canada during the last week of October. The film festival goes on tour showing the best of Banff and has done so every year since 1986. Each tour stop is different as the venue chooses which films it wants to show. As of 2006, the tour visits 30 countries worldwide. Essentially, there is no excuse for missing out on one of the many tour stops.

Check out the Banff film tour stop nearest you. I can bet you'll come away with some new perspectives on adventures and issues happening in our mountain culture worldwide. I still remember a film from a couple of years ago of two guys who floated a river from it's beginnings high in Mongolia to it's end in the North Sea after cutting north through Siberia. What an amazing film that was, exposing me to cultures and conditions half way around the world. And it was just one of seven films I saw that night!

For a list of this years winning films check the Banff Mountain Festival site where they have short previews of each award winning film.

Check out the intro video. The first 2:45 is short takes while the rest is a composition of short takes and sponsor introductions.

Image credit Banff Centre



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