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 Routes annual Best of Banff Film Festival. Theres 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. Youll be taken to places youve never been before and see people perform feats you could never imagine possible.
The toughest hurdle for the festivals attendees has been to decide which night to go. Escape Route owner James Retty said people have been stumped on which night to pick.
"Theres no better night, to be honest. Ive 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 dont just want to see the epic journey type of films, they want to see the funny side of mountain-life too," he said.
Each nights 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
Vancouvers Kris Holms rides moguls, steep hardpack, snowboard parks and backcountry terrain all on his unicycle.
The Second Step Warren Macdonalds 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 Peoples 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 worlds 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?