Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival
The Festival happens over nine days each fall and features stories of profound journeys, nexpected adventures and ground-breaking expeditions told by renowned authors, photographers,adventurers and filmmakers from around the globe. Days after the Festival, our World Tour launches, bringing films to fans in over 40 countries.
The Banff Mountain Film Festival is an international film competition and an annual presentation of short films and documentaries about mountain culture, sports, and environment. It was launched in 1976 as The Banff Festival of Mountain Films by The Banff Centre and is held every fall in Banff, Alberta. Held concurrently is the Banff Mountain Book Festival which brings the spirit of mountain literature to Banff, and features guest speakers, readings, seminars, and an international book competition.
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 visits approximately 305 cities annually in 20 countries, reaching over 220,000 audience members.
In October and November the Radical Reels Tour will travel around Australia screening 9 entirely new films in 15 cities.
Radical Reels is kind of like the adrenaline loving younger brother of the Banff Mountain Film Festival screening a collection of short films focusing on mountain adrenaline action sports.
Banff Mountain Film Festival is also one of the members of the International Alliance for Mountain Film (IAMF).
Who is a Mountain Idol?
Mountain Idols are young individuals who excel in their mountain sport (alpine and Nordic skiing, snowboarding, climbing, trail running, biking, paragliding, adventure racing, etc.). They elevate the positioning of their sport in the Bow Valley’s community, exemplify the outdoor lifestyle, and are valued role models and mentors of the Bow Valley outdoor community. Successful candidates will be males or females under 23 years of age who currently reside in the geographic area between Lake Louise and Exshaw.
Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival 2015
2015 Banff Mountain Film Competition Finalists
55 Hours in Mexico
Across the Ice
AK Girls Way
Antarctica: On the Edge
Balloonskiing – Heimschnee
Chris Bonington – Life and Climbs
Climbing Ice: The Iceland Trifecta
FIRST ASCENT – KUNYANG CHHISH EAST
The Great Alone
Haida Gwaii: On The Edge Of The World
Hunters of the South Seas: The Whale Hunters of Lamalera
The Important Places
Into the Light
Island of the Marble Glaciers
Japan by Van
Juma of Itanda
K2: Touching the sky
Kayaking the Aleutians
The Last Dragons
A Line Across the Sky
Living Rivers – Surf
Matterhorn, The Birdwoman’s Dream
Memory Trap: The Herd that Wouldn’t Disappear
Mile for Mile
Mountain Bikes and Bothy Nights
Moving the Giants: An Urgent Plan to Save the Planet
Natural World: The Bat Man of Mexico
Nature: The Last Orangutan Eden
NOATAK: Return to the Arctic
Of Fells and Hills
One Seventy Eight: Forging a Balance
Paddle for the North
Redemption: The James Pearson Story
The Rocky Mountain Moto Tour
The Rocky Mountains Traverse
The Search for Freedom
Seele aus Stein (Soul of Stone)
Showdown at Horseshoe Hell
Sierra Quitiquit How Did I get Here : Empowerment
Sounds of Paragliding
Streif – One Hell of a Ride
TALLURUTIUP TARIUNGA: Lancaster Sound
Underground Movement: Cave Diving in Jämtland
Via Ferrata – on a Mountain Bike
Voyagers Without Trace
The Warmth of Winter
Without an Image
Women’s Speed Ascent