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Ines Papert, Senja Island, Norway | © Thomas Senf/ Courtesy Of The Banff Mountain Film Festival
Ines Papert, Senja Island, Norway | © Thomas Senf/ Courtesy Of The Banff Mountain Film Festival
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A Film Festival For Adrenaline Junkies Is Coming To The UK

Picture of Tori Chalmers
Updated: 5 January 2017
If dancing with danger and pushing your mind, soul and body to the absolute limit sounds appealing, then listen up — there’s no better way to kick off 2017 than the Banff Mountain Film Festival Tour. A visual feast for adrenaline junkies and film buffs alike, this year’s UK and Ireland tour is one for the calendar.

 

Inspirational and compelling, the tour kicks off in Brighton on the 25th January and ends in Milford Haven on the 17th May 2017.

Dream Ride | © Bruno Long / Courtesy Of Banff Mountain Film Festival

Dream Ride | © Bruno Long / Courtesy Of Banff Mountain Film Festival

A showcase of the finest work from the world’s greatest adventure film makers and starring the top outdoor enthusiasts, audiences can anticipate a myriad of shorts and documentaries infused with epic explorations, mountain culture, transcendent environments, mind-numbing ridges, vertigo-inducing crags, intense mountaineering, sub-zero temperatures, and extreme sports.

Give Me Five |© Stephan Gautier / Courtesy Of Banff Mountain Film Festival

Give Me Five |© Stephan Gautier / Courtesy Of Banff Mountain Film Festival

An international affair, the Banff Mountain Film Festival was formed in 1976 when it was The Banff Festival Of Mountain Films by The Banff Centre. Every autumn, Banff, Alberta plays host to the festival. From there, the crème de la crème of films are chosen to embark on a world tour, which reaches approximately 400,00 people in around 50 countries. Unsurprisingly, this festival is one of the world’s most prestigious and largest mountain festivals.

Dream Ride | © Bruno Long / Courtesy Of Banff Mountain Film Festival

Dream Ride | © Bruno Long / Courtesy Of Banff Mountain Film Festival

Wanderlust overload, the UK and Ireland Tour portion offers two film programmes to choose from, each of which last around two and a half hours. Screenings will show six to seven films and display varying styles, with the summit on top being the post-viewing free prize giveaways.

Alongside demonstrating the age-old relationship between man and nature, the films document riveting journeys and expeditions in some of the most awe-inspiring and otherworldly locations.

Give Me Five | © Stephan Gautier / Courtesy Of The Banff Mountain Film Festival

Give Me Five | © Stephan Gautier / Courtesy Of The Banff Mountain Film Festival

Regarding the pending festivities, Tour Director Nell Teasdale stated: ‘It’s fantastic to be back with our biggest tour yet — a reflection of the enormous appetite for adventure that UK and Irish audiences have’.

Dream Ride | © Bruno Long / Courtesy Of Banff Mountain Film Festival

Dream Ride | © Bruno Long / Courtesy Of Banff Mountain Film Festival

Those with a serious innate yearning for the all-encompassing thrills of adventure, will find purpose through the films and no doubt view them as fuel for planning the next expedition.

Four Mums And A Boat | © Ben Duffy / Courtesy Of The Banff Mountain Film Festival

Four Mums And A Boat | © Ben Duffy / Courtesy Of The Banff Mountain Film Festival

A major highlight is Four Mums And A Boat, a film documenting four British middle-aged working mothers overcome with a hankering for the unknown, as they set out to row the Atlantic Ocean. Similarly, Doing It Scared follows British climber Paul Pritchard and his mission to solve some unfinished business with the Totem Pole in Tasmania, 18 years after he became partially paralysed from an accident.

Doing it Scared | © Matthew Newton / Courtesy Of Banff Mountain Film Festival

Doing it Scared | © Matthew Newton / Courtesy Of Banff Mountain Film Festival

For more information, dates, and locations relating to the Banff Mountain Film Festival UK And Ireland 2017 Tour, click here.