Banff Mountain Film Festival Returns To UK For 2018

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November 30, 2017

This year, from January to May, the Banff Film Festival toured the UK showing amazing footage of all kinds of sports in big mountain settings. It evidently did well enough, as they’re returning next year, with dates running from January the 13th to May the 19th (see below for full list of dates).

It’s not all bikes, natch, but of particular interest is The Frozen Road, documenting UK rider Ben Page’s solo bikepacking trip in the Arctic circle. Here’s a trailer for the festival, in which we spotted Micayla Gatto’s Mixed Media, among a few others:

(No video? Hark, the Link Fairy cometh).

You can book tickets and find out more at www.banff-uk.com

Frozen Road - Ben Page - Banff Film Festival
Ben Page: Frozen Road

Full release:

2018 UK and Ireland Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour is biggest yet! 13 January – 19 May 2018

The Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour is returning to the UK and Ireland for 2018, with more shows and more venues than ever before. The tour features two different collections of brand new adventure films, starring the world’s top explorers on mind-blowing journeys in wild and remote parts of the globe.

“This is the first time we’ve topped 100 shows in the UK and Ireland, which is really exciting!” says Tour Director Nell Teasdale. “UK and Irish audiences have a huge passion for adventure, so we’re delighted to be able to share these amazing films and their intrepid characters with wider audiences and even more venues. We guarantee the tour will inspire viewers to start planning their own outdoor adventures too!”

The tour’s films are chosen from hundreds of films entered into the prestigious Banff Mountain Film Festival, which takes place every year in the Canadian Rockies. Each screening offers a real sense of community, bringing together outdoor enthusiasts who are into all sorts of outdoor pursuits, and there are free prize giveaways at every event too.

The UK and Ireland tour starts in Edinburgh on Saturday 13 January, and finishes in Newtownabbey, Northern Ireland, on Saturday 19 May, visiting nearly 60 locations with 103 shows along the way. The tour is part of the wider Banff World Tour, which travels the globe each year, visiting nearly 50 countries and reaching more than 400,000 people worldwide.

Twin Galaxies - Erik Boomer - Banff Mountain Film Festival
Oof! What a place ( Erik Boomer).

The full film line-up is coming soon. Programme highlights include:

THE FROZEN ROAD

Yorkshireman Ben Page is embarking on a solo bikepacking journey in the Canadian Arctic. He starts with romantic visions of perfect solitude, but as the latitude increases and the mercury falls below -30C, he discovers what it truly means to travel alone in this great emptiness.

INTO TWIN GALAXIES – A GREENLAND EPIC

Top adventurers Ben Stookesberry, Sarah McNair-Landry and Erik Boomer are on an extreme mission in Greenland. Using kite skis, the trio tow their white-water kayaks 1,000km over the Greenland Ice Cap to reach the northernmost river ever paddled – and then the challenge gets even tougher. With spectacular cinematography, remote wilderness and a large amount of suffering, this film shows what it’s like to be far out of your comfort zone.

DREAMWALKERS – THE FAROES PROJECT

In the middle of the North Atlantic Ocean, the Faroe Islands are renowned for wild weather and swirling winds – not ideal when you’re perched on a wire between towering sea cliffs. This doesn’t deter four Dutch friends attempting to be the first people to highline in these desolate islands.

For more information and to book tickets, see www.banff-uk.com.

Larry Shiu, Cascade Mountain, Banff National Park - Banff Mountain Film Festival
Oof, what an image! (Larry Shiu, Cascade Mountain, Banff National Park)

The UK and Ireland 2018 tour dates are:

13 Jan 2018: EDINBURGH, Festival Theatre
13 Jan 2018: EDINBURGH, Festival Theatre
14 Jan 2018: GLASGOW, The Kings Theatre
31 Jan 2018: INVERNESS, Eden Court Theatre
1 Feb 2018: INVERNESS, Eden Court Theatre
2 Feb 2018: STIRLING, Macroberts Arts Centre
3 Feb 2018: PITLOCHRY, Festival Theatre
3 Feb 2018: PITLOCHRY, Festival Theatre
6 Feb 2018: STOKE ON TRENT, Victoria Hall
6 Feb 2018: LONDON – WIMBLEDON, New Wimbledon Theatre
7 Feb 2018: OXFORD, New Theatre
7 Feb 2018: SHREWSBURY, Theatre Severn
8 Feb 2018: HEBDEN BRIDGE, Picture House
8 Feb 2018: LEEDS, Town Hall
9 Feb 2018: LEEDS, Town Hall
9 Feb 2018: KESWICK, Theatre by the Lake
10 Feb 2018: KESWICK, Theatre by the Lake
10 Feb 2018: STOCKPORT, Plaza Cinema
13 Feb 2018: GUILDFORD, G Live
14 Feb 2018: HIGH WYCOMBE, Wycombe Swan
14 Feb 2018: CHELTENHAM, Town Hall
15 Feb 2018: CARDIFF, St David’s Hall
15 Feb 2018: SWINDON, Wyvern Theatre
16 Feb 2018: LLANDUDNO, Venue Cymru
16 Feb 2018: DORKING, Dorking Halls
17 Feb 2018: LIVERPOOL, Plaza Community Cinema
17 Feb 2018: CHRISTCHURCH, Regent Centre
20 Feb 2018: TORQUAY, Princess Theatre
21 Feb 2018: POOLE, Lighthouse Theatre
22 Feb 2018: POOLE, Lighthouse Theatre
22 Feb 2018: HARROGATE, Royal Halls
23 Feb 2018: YARM, Princess Alexandra Auditorium
23 Feb 2018: TRURO, Hall for Cornwall
24 Feb 2018: TRURO, Hall for Cornwall
27 Feb 2018: READING, The Hexagon
28 Feb 2018: CAMBRIDGE, Corn Exchange
1 Mar 2018: ST ALBANS, Alban Arena
2 Mar 2018: MALVERN, Forum Theatre
3 Mar 2018: BIRMINGHAM, Town Hall
3 Mar 2018: BIRMINGHAM, Town Hall
6 Mar 2018: BRIGHTON, Brighton Dome
6 Mar 2018: LEAMINGTON SPA, Royal Spa Centre
7 Mar 2018: WIMBORNE MINSTER, Tivoli Theatre
7 Mar 2018: CHELTENHAM, Town Hall
8 Mar 2018: SALISBURY, City Hall
8 Mar 2018: STAFFORD, Gatehouse Theatre
9 Mar 2018: SHREWSBURY, Theatre Severn
9 Mar 2018: EXETER, Corn Exchange
10 Mar 2018: EXETER, Corn Exchange
10 Mar 2018: STOCKPORT, Plaza Cinema
13 Mar 2018: LONDON, Union Chapel
14 Mar 2018: LONDON, Union Chapel
14 Mar 2018: YORK, Barbican
15 Mar 2018: LONDON, Union Chapel
15 Mar 2018: WHITLEY BAY, Playhouse
16 Mar 2018: WHITLEY BAY, Playhouse
16 Mar 2018: LONDON, Union Chapel
17 Mar 2018: LONDON, Union Chapel
17 Mar 2018: BUXTON, Opera House
19 Mar 2018: LONDON, Union Chapel
20 Mar 2018: BRECON, Theatr Brycheiniog
20 Mar 2018: LONDON, Union Chapel
21 Mar 2018: LONDON, Union Chapel
21 Mar 2018: PORTHCAWL, Grand Pavilion
22 Mar 2018: LONDON, Union Chapel
22 Mar 2018: LLANELLI, Ffwrnes Theatre
23 Mar 2018: LONDON, Union Chapel
23 Mar 2018: MALVERN, Forum Theatre
24 Mar 2018: LONDON, Union Chapel
5 Apr 2018: BRISTOL, Victoria Rooms
6 Apr 2018: BRISTOL, Victoria Rooms
7 Apr 2018: BRISTOL, Victoria Rooms
10 Apr 2018: CARDIFF, St David’s Hall
11 Apr 2018: GUILDFORD, G Live
13 Apr 2018: LIVERPOOL, Plaza Community Cinema
14 Apr 2018: LLANDUDNO, Venue Cymru
17 Apr 2018: READING, The Hexagon
18 Apr 2018: BRIGHTON, Brighton Dome
19 Apr 2018: TUNBRIDGE WELLS, Assembly Hall Theatre
20 Apr 2018: CAMBRIDGE, Corn Exchange
21 Apr 2018: NORWICH, UEA, Theatre 1
24 Apr 2018: WEYMOUTH, Weymouth Pavilion
24 Apr 2018: SALISBURY, City Hall
25 Apr 2018: WIMBORNE MINSTER, Tivoli Theatre
25 Apr 2018: BATH, Komedia
26 Apr 2018: BATH, Komedia
26 Apr 2018: PORTSMOUTH, The Kings Theatre
27 Apr 2018: LEICESTER, De Montfort Hall
27 Apr 2018: DORKING, Dorking Halls
28 Apr 2018: LEAMINGTON SPA, Royal Spa Centre
28 Apr 2018: CANTERBURY, Gulbenkian Theatre
28 Apr 2018: CANTERBURY, Gulbenkian Theatre
30 Apr 2018: ABINGDON, Amey Theatre
1 May 2018: CHRISTCHURCH, Regent Centre
2 May 2018: EXETER, Corn Exchange
2 May 2018: NOTTINGHAM, Playhouse
9 May 2018: DUBLIN, National Concert Hall
10 May 2018: KILKENNY, Watergate Theatre
11 May 2018: CORK, The Everyman
12 May 2018: CORK, The Everyman
15 May 2018: DUBLIN, National Concert Hall
16 May 2018: GALWAY, Town Hall Theatre
17 May 2018: NEWTOWNABBEY, Theatre at the Mill
18 May 2018: NEWTOWNABBEY, Theatre at the Mill
19 May 2018: NEWTOWNABBEY, Theatre at the Mill

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