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Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour

Posted on 06 December 2010 by SomeGood

Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour

I previously posted about the 2010 Banff Film Festival but I finally had my chance to see a selection of the films when the Alpine Club of Canada recently hosted the World Tour in Vancouver. I was not disappointed. They chose an excellent entertaining selection for the North Vancouver event. There is still a lot of showings across the country so check this link and mark your calendar.

The night started with ‘Kranked Kids’ which is a short, light hearted parody of some young kids shuttling trails on the Sunshine Coast. Bjorn Enga and his son introduced his film and their infectious spirit helped the positive vibe roll right into the film.

Star of 'Kranked Kids' Landseer Enga on stage at BMFF

Next up was a edited selection of ‘Deeper’ by Jeremy Jones and Teton Gravity Research. Jeremy and friends probe deeper in the backcountry without the typical aid of helicopters and snowmobiles as used in most ski and snowboard movies.

Deeper Trailer from O'Neill on Vimeo.

‘Eastern Rises’ by Felt Should Media won Best Film on Mountain Sports and was the third film of the night. It shared the journey and a bunch of trout fly fishermens trip to the extremely remote and pristine Kamchatka Pennisula in eastern Russia. A hack fly fisher myself I previously thought watching fly fishing would be like watching golf IE boring, but the story was highly entertaining.

Eastern Rises | teaser from felt soul media on Vimeo.

‘As It Happens’ by Renan Ozturk and Corey Richards was one of my favourite selections. It was originally produced as a series of web dispatches from the field as Renan and Corey climbed a new route on the 6000m Tawoche Himal in Nepal. It was an impressive project especially considering the difficulties in the remoteness and altitude.

As It Happens from renan ozturk on Vimeo.

‘Into Darkness’ by John Waller gave viewers a rare glimpse into the unworldly reality of caving. Sometimes a bit uncomfortable due to the extremely confined spaces the explorers had to crawl through and other times breathtakingly beautiful and inspiring.

Into Darkness Trailer from Uncage the Soul Productions on Vimeo.

‘Dream Result’ by Rush Sturges and Tyler Bradt features the two whitewater paddlers and friends tackle some of the biggest and baddest rivers and waterfalls around the world. There’s a lot of amazing footage but Bradt steals the show when he drops Palouse Falls, WA and sets the world record for the highest drop in a kayak. He dropped 56m and only broke his paddle. Remarkable. This selection won the People’s Choice Award at the Radical Reels Night at the BMFF.

Dream Result Trailer from Rush Sturges on Vimeo.

‘Life Cycles’ by Ryan Gibb is one of the most visually stunning mountain bike films ever produced. It takes viewers on an amazing journey as it celebrates the bicycle and riding trails.

Life Cycles OFFICIAL Trailer from Life Cycles on Vimeo.

The Longest Way by Christoph Rehage is a short, quirky and very entertaining film about Christoph’s hike across much of China. It is a series of self portraits and won Best Short Mountain Film.

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