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Best of Banff lineup

The Best of Banff announced



What: Best of Banff Mountain Film Festival

Where: Myrtle Phillip Community Centre

When: Nov. 30 and Dec. 1

Your movie menu has arrived for the Escape Route’s annual Best of Banff Film Festival. There’s something for everyone in the two-day line up, that features an array of films from hardcore hiking to crazy kayaking; funny anecdotes and triumphs over adversity. You’ll be taken to places you’ve never been before and see people perform feats you could never imagine possible.

The toughest hurdle for the festival’s attendees has been to decide which night to go. Escape Route owner James Retty said people have been stumped on which night to pick.

"There’s no better night, to be honest. I’ve been telling everyone to take advantage of the two-night ticket and go to both. The Banff Film Festival only happens once a year and chances are it will be a while until you get the opportunity to see these films again, so make a weekend of it."

Retty said filmgoers can expect a more fun and lively variety of films this year.

"People have told us they don’t just want to see the epic journey type of films, they want to see the funny side of mountain-life too," he said.

Each night’s presentations will run for approximately three hours, intermission included. Tickets can be bought at the Escape Route, in Marketplace, 604-938-3228.

The line-up this year is as follows:

Saturday, Nov. 30


2002 Special Jury Award

Vancouver’s Kris Holms rides moguls, steep hardpack, snowboard parks and backcountry terrain – all on his unicycle.

The Second Step — Warren Macdonald’s Epic Journey to Federation Peak

2002 Grand Prize Winner

An inspirational documentary on double leg amputee Warren Macdonald. Against all the odds, Macdonald spends 28 days hiking to and climbing Federation Peak in southwest Tasmania.

Cannibals and Crampons

2002 Best Film on Mountain Environment, 2002 People’s Choice Award

Bruce Parry and Mark Anstice set out to climb the unscaled face of Mandela, a remote mountain rising 15,400 feet above the dense tropical jungles of New Guinea. To get there they will have to travel through some of the world’s most unexplored terrain – a lost world still inhabited by cannibals.

Rescue: The Cost of Risk

2002 Best Film on Mountain Culture

This documentary places us right in the heart of an avalanche rescue in the Swiss Alps. At Zinal, an avalanche crashes down on a group of professional rescuers who are searching for a girl who is already buried. The camera is running. Two of the rescuers lose their lives. In the rescue world and in public opinion, this is truly traumatic. How far should rescue work go?

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