Legendary explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes presents special screening before start of UK tour.
It’s more than a “Misty Mountain Hop” for Canadian adventure in the UK when the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour comes to town. The Canadian Tourism Commission (CTC) is one of the lead sponsors of a movie treat bringing to life the adrenaline rush of mountain sports and culture.
There is a special highlight this year: Sir Ranulph Fiennes, one of the world’s greatest living adventurers, will introduce a special screening of the Film Festival at The Outdoors Show in London on Jan. 14. More than 120,000 people are expected to attend this, “the largest consumer outdoors show in Europe” during its four days.
Confirmed films for the UK part include:
“AZADI: Freedom” – Discover the unique role that skiing is playing in rebuilding tourism to war-torn Kashmir, including a gondola giving access to the world’s skiing. The story of young Kashmiri going backcountry skiing is told using cinematography and animation.
“Life Cycles” – There’s some real eye candy in this stunning Canadian celebration of the bicycle. Up hill and down dale, no matter the weather!
“The Swiss Machine” – It’s impossible to think of a faster man up a steep mountainside than Ueli Steck. This film recalls his record-breaking speedy climbs in the Alps before he takes on Yosemite.
The tour begins in Glasgow, Scotland, on Jan. 28, then heads south to multiple venues in England before its final screening in Cardigan, Wales, on March 5. All in all, the tour touches down in more than 30 countries during its worldwide odyssey.
UK festival attendees have more to look forward to: the chance to win a 15-day trip to the Canadian Rockies, kitted out with ₤2,000 worth of North Face gear. Tour tickets and a competition entry form are on the UK tour website. Another principal partner for the tour is Banff & Lake Louise Tourism; meanwhile World Expeditions, Snow and Rock and The North Face teamed up with CTC for the prize competition.
“The Banff Mountain Film Festival has genuine international pulling power that showcases the wonders of nature,” says Rupert Peters, CTC regional managing director, Core Markets. “Canada is rich in mountain culture and this will whet the appetite of those eager to explore it.”