This year’s Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour is all thrills. From 21 to 29 October, 11 award-winning action-packed adventure films from around the world will be screened at selected Ster-Kinekor cinemas in Cape Town, Johannesburg, Pretoria, Durban and Port Elizabeth. Wild and Cape Union Mart are giving away 10 sets of double tickets! Wild’s Arnold Ras attended the launch of 2016’s official line-up.
On show at the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour 2016 are some of the very best mountain and adventure films shot at mind-blowing locations across the globe. What really impresses is the golden thread running through all of the 11 short films: get up, get out and challenge yourself to live a better life with the outdoors as your ally.
These five titles left me wanting more:
55 Hours in Mexico
(2015, USA, 9 min)
Want to know what happens when four adventure junkies decide – on a whim – to head to Mexico and climb the third-highest peak in North America – all in 55 hours? An ultimate weekend rush or utter madness? The film is fast paced with jaw-dropping moments and tickles all the right funny bones. As expected, their journey isn’t without hiccups, but the four intriguingly positive men keep the faith in pursuit of the ultimate goal: the summit. But what goes up, must come down…
Filmmakers: Joey Schusler, Karl Thompson and Thomas Woodson
Women’s speed ascent
(2015, USA, 4 min)
Two hungry-for-success free-climbers desperately want to break the women’s record for the fastest ascent of The Nose of El Cap in the Yosemite National Park. Viewers get a fascinating glimpse of what the sport entails, and how physically impressive these athletes are. The word ‘gladiator’ frequently comes to mind while admiring their technique and pure brawn. The film is beautifully shot, almost poignant, with a strong message: Push harder. Success can be yours!
Filmmakers: Keith Ladzinski, Chris Alstrin
Will Sutton: Homefree
(2015, UK, 4 min)
For Will Sutton, top free-runner and parkour athlete from the Isle of Man, this incredible natural setting in the Irish Sea between England and Ireland is his playground. The landscape combines with Will’s physical abilities to deliver an almost poetic piece of short film. It’s a fresh take on what the human body is capable of. With dreamy landmarks stunningly captured, you will want to put this film on repeat. A gorgeous piece of cinematography.
Filmmaker: Stu Thompson
(2015, USA, 8 min)
An inspiring and emotional tale told from a dog’s perspective. Denali, a husky-pit-mix, has to come to terms with the illness of his owner, filmmaker and photographer Ben Moon. The great outdoors was Denali and Ben’s oyster as they experienced everything together from surfing to camping. When Ben’s cancer takes a turn for the worse, Denali has to trade their adventure destinations for a hospital bed… This one tugs at the heartstrings – make sure you pack a few tissues.
Filmmakers: Ben Moon, Ben Knight
REEL ROCK 10: A line across the sky
(2015, USA, 40 min)
Metres and metres of vertical granite, deadly unpredictable weather conditions, and two very ambitious mountain climbers. The Fitz Traverse in Patagonia – an iconic and viciously intimidating skyline consisting of Cerro Fitz Roy and its six satellite peaks – is no walk in the park and has for long been considered an impossible feat. That’s until climbers Tommy Caldwell and Alex Honnold arrived on the scene… A line across the sky is daring, scary and thrilling all at once!
Filmmakers: Peter Mortimer, Josh Lowell
Screening dates and times
- Cape Town: Cavendish Square (21-29 Oct)
- Cape Town: Tygervalley Centre (21-29 Oct)
- Johannesburg: Sandton City (21-29 Oct)
- Pretoria: Brooklyn Mall (21-29 Oct)
- Durban: Gateway (28-29 Oct)
- Port Elizabeth: Baywest (29 Oct)
Shows start at 20:00 and all 11 films are shown at each screening.
How to win
Wild and Cape Union Mart are giving away 10 sets of double tickets to this year’s Banff International Mountain Film Festival to screenings in Cape Town only. Email the answer to our simple question to [email protected] (subject line: Banff) before Tuesday 18 October. Remember to include your full name and contact details to stand a chance to win. Wild will randomly select the winners. Winner will be notified via email.
Question: What’s the name of the dog featured in the film by Ben Moon and Ben Knight?
WINNERS: Chris Vos, Alistair Kannemeyer, Julie Gardiner, Craig Raw, André Williams, Yvonne Kamp, Maryna Potgieter, Joanne Jackson, Ros Stevenson, Samantha Petersen