In 1976, The Banff Festival of Mountain Films was held for the first time, and since then it’s an annual affair held every year in the mountain town of Banff in Alberta, Canada. The films that are showcased are shortlisted via a competition and include entries from all across the globe.
Since 2000, the Himalayan Club has been hosting the Banff Film Festival at various locations across Mumbai. Organised in collaboration with the Banff World Tour and The Consulate General of Canada, Mumbai, the Banff Adventure Film Festival will screen 11 films on topics ranging from mountain biking to river rafting and even the first all-disabled ascent of Yosemite National Park’s El Capitan rock formation.
Divyesh Muni, Managing Committee member of the Himalayan Club and co-ordinator for the Banff Festival, says that the event is a must-attend for movie buffs and adventure lovers. “There’s something for all adventure lovers. The intent is to inspire enthusiasts to take to adventure and to expose them to happenings across the world. The films are well-made, technically — in terms of filming and direction. Adventure buffs in India can learn a lot from these movies (some are award-winning films). We are still in a nascent stage of filming our adventures. These films will inspire better local films too,” he shares.
Muni is particularly interested in The Gimp Monkeys, a film about three physically challenged climbers who scale one of the most difficult rock faces. “Crossing The Ice won all the major awards at the festival; it’s makes for a great watch, not only for its adventure but also for its human spirit. There are two great rock-climbing films that would fascinate rock climbers. Cycling and mountain biking is gaining in popularity in Mumbai, and we have two good films on this theme for enthusiasts,” he states.
Movie line-up >>
Reel Rock 7: Wide Boyz (USA, 2012): The movie showcases daredevil mountain climbers.
Mountains In Motion: The Canadian Rockies (USA, 2012): The film uses time-lapse photography to bring the landscape centrestage and
re-establishes the Canadian Rockies among the finest mountains in the world.
Endless Roads (Spain, 2012): Seven female longboarders on a trip around Spain connect with new friends and local riders for some crazy downhill action in Mallorca.
Industrial Revolutions (UK, 2011): World-renowned trials rider Danny MacAskill uses an abandoned ironworks as his playground.
Crossing The Ice (Australia, 2012): Australian adventurers, James Castrission and Justin Jones, dare to tackle the perilous journey across Antarctica to the South Pole and back again, completely unassisted.
The Gimp Monkeys (USA, 2012): Three friends attempt the first all-disabled ascent of Yosemite’s iconic El Capitan rock formation.
Strength In Numbers (Canada, 2012): Tire to ground, foot to pedal, hand to bar — mountain climbers are drawn together by trails of dirt.
Moonwalk (USA, 2012): Dean Potter highlines across a desert landscape with a massive full moon as his backdrop.
Flow Hunters (New Zealand, 2012): Some of the world’s best paddlers experience adventure as they explore New Zealand’s white water.
Ernest (USA, 2012): Ernest Wilkinson is one of the last of a vanishing breed of mountain men.
Reel Rock 7 (USA, 2012): Alex Honnold is a bit of an enigma. He’s known as the boldest soloist of his generation, but how does he balance pure ambition with self-preservation? Honnold wrestles with this question as he prepares for his biggest adventure, yet — the Yosemite Triple.