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Banff Mountain Film Festival announces 2002 deadline

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It's never to soon to start storyboarding.

The Banff Mountain Film Festival has announced the deadline for entries in this year's festival is Sept. 3.

"Our vision is to bring the power of the mountain experiences alive for audiences around the world," says Bernadette McDonald, director of Mountain Culture at the Banff Centre.

In its 28 th year and having shown the works of 2,400 filmmakers over the years, the showcase continues to celebrate film and video that shows mountain and adventure subjects, in a competition judged by an international panel.

Six categories, as well as a People's Choice winner selected the audience of over 5,000 spectators, will award filmmakers with $18,000 in total prize money.

The 1999 People's Choice winner, filmmaker Dan Austin, says "Banff has. firepower to do a lot of good for an adventure film."

Other categories are Grand Prize, Alpine Club of Canada Best Film on Climbing, Best Film on Mountain Sports, Best Film on Mountain Environment, Best Film on Mountain Culture, and Best Feature-length Mountain Fiction Film.

There is also a category for Best Short Mountain Film (15 minutes or less).

The festival screenings take place Nov. 1-3, 2002, in conjunction with sponsors National Geographic and Eagle Creek Travel Gear.

World-wide exposure is provided for the winners, whose films travel as part of the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour.

For more information contact Sharlene Mentanko at the Banff Centre at 403-762-6458, and for online entry forms log on to www.banffcentre.ca/mountainculture/

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