An Edge of Your Seat Spectacle: The BANFF Mountain Film Festival
The Banff Mountain Film Festival is a worldwide show that includes a five day event located at the National Film and Sound Archive, showcasing the top rated short films that entered the competition.
The Festival is the most prestigious international film competition for short films and documentaries about mountain culture, sports, and environment.
Thrill seekers and adventures junkies to the young and old turned up to the screenings to witness the incredible achievements that athletes across the globe were able to accomplish.
After having our tickets scanned, we were encouraged to write our names down to win prizes consisting of National Geographic subscriptions, some very warm socks, survival kits, and vouchers to buy adventure apparel.
A sell-out audience squeezed their way into the Arc Theatre, where we were greeted by a member of the Festivals organisers who gave us background information on the festival, and context of the different films that we were about to watch.
From climbing to the top of Mount Everest, heli-sking, rock-climbing and rowing, the slideshow playing in the background created insight into what we were about to witness.
The event was split into two halves with a 20 minute intermission. Four films played in the first half and three played in the second.
The intermission was much needed, as it gave the audience a chance to come to terms with what they’d just watched, and comprehend the incredible achievements that had been accomplished.
Melanie Rogers, a mother of two from the Woden area, brought her family along to watch the films as she believed that as the world moves on, less people are interested in pushing themselves and would rather just sit on the couch and do something else.
“You see kids these days on their iPhones and iPads and it just astounds me. How can you not be inspired by seeing all these people of all ages do something that is truly breathtaking,” said Rogers.
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See this rad climber @margojain on the BIG screen next week at the Hayden Orpheum, Noosa and Canberra at the 2019 Banff Mountain Film Festival. This epic story of persistence, resilience and self-belief will have you on the edge of your seat. Just one of the 7 awesome films in this year's line up. Ticket link in bio Photo credit: @ken_etzel #mountainlove #mountainlife #exploremore #getoutside #adventure #adventureawaits #adventurereels #radicalreels #climbing #margothayes #rockclimbing #adventurefilms #sherocks #sheadventures
All the films were full of emotion, triumph, relief and awe. Each film, in their own unique ways, were able to bring all the elements needed to create a short film (they ranged from 4-39 minutes) and blow away the audience.
It was edge-of-your-seat action throughout night. You didn’t have to be an adventure junkie or an “outdoor person” to appreciate what lengths the subjects of these films put themselves through, not just to make themselves feel good, but help inspire others.
James Crowder, the man sitting next to me throughout the night, said that he had only been skiing a couple of times in the Snowy Mountains but wanted to come along because he just loved the idea of seeing people fulfill their dreams.
“Watching stuff like this just gets the heart rate going. It makes you feel like you need to do something more with your life than just going to work and hanging out with mates. This is the first time I’ve been to this and I’m so glad I did,” said Crowder.
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The chaotic streets of Kathmandu may not seem like a typical breeding ground for world-class mountain bikers, but then again nothing is typical about Rajesh (RJ) Magar and his beat-up clunker. Meet RJ at the 2019 Banff Mountain Film Festival Tour of Australia this April – June. Secure your seat before it's too late… #banff #banffmountainfilmfestival #mountainlove #mountainlife #nepal #rjripper #mountainbiking #himalaya #exploremore #adventurefilms #adventurerocks
The films showcased history being made and records being broken in the sport of rock-climbing and running, as well as the sacrifices that are made in order for these athletes to do what they love.
Leaving the theatre and building made me personally feel incredibly small in the world that we live in. Knowing that there are people traversing the Canadian and Alaskan mountains and 97 year olds running in marathons, whilst I’m writing about watching them on the big screen is difficult to comprehend.
It is a must see event for anyone that has an interest in adventuring or thrill seeking. But even if you don’t, it’s an incredible film event that should not be missed.