Through the big screen, audiences are offered an intense and inspiring experience, as the films take them around the globe alongside some extraordinary adventurers.
BMFF is an international film competition hosted by The Banff Centre, based in the Canadian Rockies, and accepts over 300 entries every year.
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Following the original screenings that take place every autumn, 25 award-winning films and audience favourites are selected for the World Tour. To give you an indication of the tour’s mind-blowing popularity, it now visits nearly 400 communities across 35 countries!
There are 35 screenings planned in UK alone, expected to attract over 16,000 adventure lovers and promising even more sold out shows than last year. Each location has handpicked films that best match local interests, from adrenaline-raising adventure-sport shorts to longer, heart-warming tales of environment and culture.
Among the exhilarating and provocative titles to hit UK theatres this winter, highlights include:
TGR's Further tour edit (25 Mins), featuring the Being There section.
CROSSING THE ICE – Two Australians set off across the ice in a bid to be the first adventurers to walk unsupported from the coastline of Antarctica to the South Pole and back again. This epic expedition is an immensely emotional and physical struggle for the duo and concludes with an incredibly surprising and deeply moving twist.
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THE GIMP MONKEYS – What has four legs, five arms, and three heads? The Gimp Monkeys! Three climbers are linked by their missing limbs, but it is their shared passion for climbing that pushes them towards an improbable goal - to achieve the first all-disabled ascent of Yosemite National Park's iconic El Capitan. A refreshingly humorous film that portrays what’s possible with the right combination of guts, determination and climbing ability.
Now in its fourth year, the BMFF UK and Ireland tour is so much more than a series of film nights. The events are fun, social evenings where outdoor lovers of all backgrounds and ages come together to celebrate mountain culture. While the inspirational films are incentive enough, audiences also have a chance to win some lucrative prizes provided by the tour’s sponsors.
This year BMFF is delighted to be working with Arc’teryx as the Presenting Partner of the 2013 UK and Ireland Tour. The festival’s organisers are also pleased to welcome Patagonia as a new Principal Partner to the 2013 Tour as well as Cotswold Outdoor, Buff, Keen and Banff Lake Louise Tourism. The upcoming Tour is also supported by Sea to Summit, Black Diamond, World Expeditions, Clif Bar and Artemis.
Audiences will also have the opportunity to enjoy a photography exhibition from award winning wildlife photographer, Jasper Doest.
UK and Ireland 2013 Tour dates are as follows:
•25 JanuaryForum Theatre, Malvern
•26 January The Hall Venue Cymru, Llandudno
•30 JanuaryMitchell Library Theatre, Glasgow
•31 JanuaryEden Court Theatre, Inverness
•1 FebruaryThe Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh
•2 FebruaryThe Playhouse, Whitley Bay/Newcastle
•6-7 FebruaryThe Carriageworks, Leeds
•8 FebruaryTheatre by the Lake, Keswick
•9 FebruaryThe Crescent Theatre, Birmingham
•13 FebruaryGulbenkianTheatre, Canterbury
•15 FebruaryKomedia, Bath
•16 FebruaryLighthouse Theatre, Poole
•21 February- 1 March Union Chapel, London
•2 MarchThe Plaza, Stockport
•7 MarchThe Grand Pavilion, Porthcawl/Bridgend
•8 MarchThe Ffwrnes, Llanelli
•9 MarchCorn Exchange, Brighton
•14 MarchDorking Halls, Dorking
•15 MarchGatehouse Theatre, Stafford
•16 MarchPlaza Cinema, Liverpool
•21 MarchCity Hall, Salisbury
•20 MarchOPEN, Norwich
•22 MarchCorn Exchange, Exeter
•23 MarchVictoria Rooms, Bristol
•5 AprilHall for Cornwall, Truro
•10 AprilDevere Hall, Cork
•11 AprilThe Set, Kilkenny
•12 AprilAwesome Walls, Dublin
•13 AprilWaterfront, Belfast
For Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour tickets, full programme, merchandise and further information go to www.Banff-uk.com.
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