Preview: The Banff Mountain Film Festival UK & Ireland Tour 2018

The majestic mountains, turquoise lakes and vast pine forests of Alberta may seem worlds away from the humble hills of south Devon, but this spring the Canadian Rockies are coming to Exeter. The world’s most prestigious mountain film festival will be showcasing an exciting range of the best short films and documentaries about mountain culture, sports and environment, promising sublime cinematography and jaw-dropping feats.

A crew of French kayakers travel to the cold and forbidding landscape of Iceland in Hugo Clouzeau’s short film ‘WHY’

The Banff Mountain Film Festival is an international film competition held every autumn in Banff, Canada. Since launching in 1975 by the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, the festival has brought together some of the world’s best filmmakers and accomplished outdoor heroes to celebrate adventure and environment in the mountains, and beyond, through the medium of film.

The fun kicks off back in Banff in early November, where films featuring a range of themes, such as adventure sports and mountain culture and heritage, are showcased and then selected for the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour. The selection of films is personalised for each location, representing the interests and passions of the local audience. For the UK and Ireland Tour, the festival even ran a people’s choice awards where the audiences at each location could vote for the films they wanted to see at their screening.


American skier Aaron Rice sets out for a world record title in Tyler Wilkinson-Ray’s ‘2.5 MILLION’


So, what can you expect at the Exeter screening? As well as a line-up of both high-adrenaline action short films and thought-provoking documentaries, made by amateur and professional producers alike, you’ll sit shoulder-to-shoulder with other like-minded outdoorsy folk and be in with a chance of winning some seriously cool gear to get you off on your next adventure.


Durham graduate Ben Page discovers the less romantic side of a solo journey across the Arctic Circle in his debut film ‘FROZEN ROAD’

From a 90-year-old ice-skating superstar to sky-surfing clowns; canoeing down the Amazon River to free-diving under Arctic ice; a 60-day canine canyon trek through Utah to a life-threatening cycle across the Arctic Circle… the stories are as unique as the people who tell them. But the inspiring individuals featured in the films all have one thing in common: they push their physical, mental and emotional strength to the limit. If you’re brave enough to join in the adventure, you’re in for one hell of a ride.

Finnish freediver Johanna Nordblad pushes her limits in the captivating short film ‘JOHANNA’ by Ian Derry

The Banff Mountain Film Festival will have screenings at Exeter’s Corn Exchange on Friday the 9th and Saturday the 10th of March, and again on Wednesday the 2nd of May. Unfortunately tickets for the March screenings have now sold out, but tickets are still available for the Red Programme in May – get your tickets ASAP as this is set to be another sell-out show! See here for the full film programmes and more information on how to buy tickets.

Climber Maureen Beck doesn’t let missing a limb stop her from reaching great heights in Cedar Wright & Taylor Keating’s ‘STUMPED’