Banff Film Festival
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The Banff Film Festival or known as the Banff Mountain Film Festival is quite an event.

Over 10,000 attend this well known event.

You can experience more than 30 events over nine days.

This includes screenings of the world's best mountain films, enjoy readings from adventure writers or experience noon-hour seminars tackling current mountain issues.

Participate in panel discussions and presentations by prominent mountain personalities, filmmakers, and industry figures. During the film festival they have a great trade show. Here you can find out about the latest outdoor equipment, clothing, and books. Lots to see!

As well as the trade show there is an arts and craft event. You can find one-of-a-kind handcrafted items during mountain film weekend. Great Christmas gifts for friends by local artisans, or just maybe a unique something for you. Artwork, pottery, jewellery, weavings, handbags, and more!

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The Banff Mountain Film Festival originated in 1976 by the Banff Centre and has grown in reputation.

It's an annual international film competition and presents short films and documentaries about mountain culture, sports, and environment. A November to Remember!!!

You'll see various styles (action-filled shorts; longer, more comprehensive films; amateur and professional productions; etc.).

The Banff Mountain Book Festival is held at the same time. It features guest speakers, readings, seminars, and an international book competition. For you literary buffs!!!

So anyone can enter the Banff Film Festival! The Banff Centre usually accepts approx. 300 films and only 60 works are then viewed. A well respected jury then chooses the best films with prestigious awards.

How does this becomes a world tour? Right after this festival in November, the best award winning films in the festival goes on tour. Each tour location chooses the films that reflects the interests of their community. The World Tour visits approximately 305 cities annually in 20 countries, reaching over 220,000 audience members.

During this World Tour, they will present films in about 32 countries, with a total audience of over 245,000,000 people. So that's how it get's it's world wide reputation...so if your film is picked the exposure is unbelievable. The calibre of film making is exceptional.

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Radical Reels

In addition to the well-established World Tour program there's another film tour call Radical Reels.

This competition is included in the Banff Film Festival. The focus of these films is on dynamic, high-adrenaline films.

They feature sports such as skiing, climbing, kayaking, BASE jumping, snowboarding, and mountain biking. Plus the 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 “action films only”.

The Festival offers you the chance to meet other filmmakers and to exchange ideas and collaborate in a relaxed atmosphere. It’s also a great opportunity to connect with leaders in the outdoor adventure field including climbers, mountaineers, gear manufacturers, and journalists.

So if extreme mountain madness, or the ever changing mountain environment or very cool speed sports excites you....maybe you want to participate in this world wide film festival. Be a competitor or just an observer. The Banff Film Festival would be an "reel" experience....


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