Banff International Mountain Film Festival Kolkata 2016

9th April 2016, 5PM

The Banff Mountain Film Festival is an international film festival that tours across the globe annually to present and promote documentaries and short films associated with adventures and high risk sport activities like mountaineering, rafting, skiing, sky diving etc. and explore the environment. The festival gets its name from its place of origin, Banff, Albert, Canada where it was first held in 1976 by the Banff Centre. It is held simultaneously with Banff Mountain Book Festival that aims to bring the spirit of mountain literature to Banff. The festival is held each year in the month of November and features guest speakers, seminars, reading, and international book and film competition. The best documentaries and short films are selected by the jury of 5 members which then goes on a world tour.

Banff World Tour

The Banff World Tour travels around 20 countries across the globe and visits around 305 cities approximately reaching over 220,000 audiences. The selected films are shown in various countries like USA, Canada, Scotland to South Africa to China, India, Lebanon, Chile, New Zealand, Antarctica. The schedule and programme of the film festival varies according to the local organizing committee as the host community also screen the local documentaries and adventures along with the selected films.

Every year, the Banff World Tour team licenses about 25 films that feature a range of styles and themes, including climbing, skiing, kayaking, biking, adventure, culture and the environment. When making this selection many factors are considered: comments made by the pre-screening committee, audience reaction to the films shown in Banff, and feedback that they receive from the tour audience. The screenings of the World Tour are mostly decided by the local organization and includes at least 6-10 short films. To know about the films that will be showcased in your city you need to contact the local organizing committee and get the schedule. The Banff Mountain Film Festival is also one of the members of the International Alliance for Mountain Film (IAMF).

The Banff Mountain World Tour aims to provide a concentrated presentation of the diversity of the multi-day Banff festival in just a couple of hours. The tour film list always includes some award winners, but many of the jury selections are not suitable for the tour. Shorter films are very important to tour audiences, and juries frequently pick longer, often feature length, films for awards. Many a time audience too prefer other films to some of the award winners. The opinions of the 5 people on the jury are always considered, but tour host and audience reactions also play a big role in the tour film selection.

List of films for screening in India 2016 Tour

Will Sutton : Home free Year: 2015 Country: United Kingdom Duration: 4 Mins. Director: Stu Thomson
Rey del Rio Year: 2015 Country: United States Duration: 5 Mins. Director: Rush Sturges
Golden Gate Year: 2015 Country: United States Duration: 17 Mins Director: Jon Glassberg
The search for freedom Year: 2015 Country: Canada Duration: 24 Mins. Director: David Pearson
Nature RX Year: 2015 Country: United States Duration: 2 Mins. Director: Justin Bogardus
Via Ferrata on a Mountain bike Year: 2015 Duration: 5 Mins. Director: Harald Philip
Climbing Ice: The Iceland Trifecta Year: 2015 Country: United States Duration: 16 Mins. Director: Anton Lorimer
Curiosity Year: 2014 Duration: 13 Mins. Director: Renan Ozturk, Tim Kemple
Reel Rock 10: A Line Across the Sky Year: 2015 Country: United States Duration: 40 Mins. Director: Josh Lowell


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Bankim Chatterjee St, College Suuare, Kolkata 700007

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