Now I haven’t been to one of these before, but from what I hear, the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour is not only a hugely popular film festival amongst adventure sports & outdoor lovers from all around the world, but it’s also the largest of its kind globally.
This year they’re heading to SA once again with the SA leg hosted by Cape Union Mart. Things will kick off here in the mother city before moving on to JHB, Pretoria, Durban & also Port Elizabeth (a shout out to my old hood, P to the E).
Now in their 9th year, the festival travels to a whopping 35 countries and 390 communities and features a collection of 9 of the most inspiring & through-provoking action, adventure and mountain films. These films have been carefully selected from over 300 films which were submitted for consideration and they cover everything from remote landscapes & cultures to personal encounters with some of the most adrenaline-packed sports.
Here’s a bit more info on the films you’ll see:
- NotBad (special edit) – Focus: Mountain Biking
Seven brave riders set out from the four corners of the globe for thirty days of outrageous fun and bicycle tomfoolery in New Zealand.
- The Beauty of the Irrational – Focus: Trail Running
Running in the wilds of Namibia can be primal ‐ as utterly simple and beautiful as it is daunting and irrational.
- The Questions We Ask – Focus: SUP
Bruce Kirkby crosses the Pacific from Vancouver to Victoria on a stand-up paddleboard, and ponders what adventure means to him.
- North of the Sun – Focus: Snow & Skiing
Tucked between the cold Atlantic Ocean and the rocky slopes of a remote, arctic island, two young Norwegian adventurers discover their own private playground. They build themselves a cabin out of flotsam while clearing the beach of debris, then spend the long winter skiing and surfing in the haunting low light.
- Split of a Second – Focus: Base Jumping
99.9% of time is spent in preparation for living a few moments of joy. The other .1% is to only be here now, and step off that cliff!
- The Sensei (Reel Rock 8) – Focus: Rock Climbing/Bouldering
East meets West and old meets new. Twenty-something world class boulderer, Daniel Woods, and 43-year old climbing veteran, Yuji Hirayam, team up for the expedition of a lifetime. But when Daniel-san travels to Japan to prove himself worthy of Hirayama’s mentorship, the question becomes, who learns from whom?
- Ghost Town – Focus: Snow Sports (Skiing)
In the mid 1800’s, BC’s mountain towns boomed as prospectors flocked north during the great gold rush. Josh Daiek, Mike Henitiuk & Kieran Nikula arrive 150 years later in search of their own fortune.
- Keeper of the Mountains – Focus: Mountain Culture
Elizabeth Hawley bucked the conventions of her time by settling alone in Kathmandu in 1960, where she began chronicling Himalayan expeditions for The Himalayan Database. Even as she turns 90, she continues to update these records with rigorous accuracy and dedication.
- 35 – Focus: Rock Climbing
35 routes in one day to celebrate 35 years of life? Why not? Take the birthday challenge!
Looks incredible right? Now listen up, because seats are limited & you need to act fast to avoid disappointment. Here are all the NB details:
Thursday 23 October – Friday 31 October 2014
There will be one screening per day at 20:15.
Each screening contains all 9 films, and the total length is approximately 2 hours 10 minutes
We are screening at six Ster-Kinekor cinemas across the country:
- Cape Town
Cavendish Square 23 Oct – 31 October & Tygervalley Centre 24 Oct – 31 October
Sandton City 23 Oct – 31 October
Brooklyn Mall 24 Oct – 31 October
Gateway World 30th and 31st October
- Port Elizabeth
The Bridge 31st October
Either via Ticketline on 0861 MOVIES (0861 668 437) or via www.sterkinekor.com over here.
Book now, seriously…