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Banff Mountain Film Festival
October 27 – November 4

Film Competition Award Winners

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Winners were announced at the 2007 Banff Mountain Film Festival awards program on November 4. The 2007 Banff Mountain Film Festival jury included Julie Tait, co-director of England’s Kendal Mountain Film Festival, as well as China-based mountaineering journalist and filmmaker Charlie Buffet, American climber and filmmaker Rob Frost, Canadian film producer Kerrie Long, and Canadian mountaineer, photographer, and filmmaker Pat Morrow.

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Death on Nanga Parbat (Tod am Nanga Parbat — Die Messner-Tragödie)
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Grand Prize
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Death on Nanga Parbat
(Tod am Nanga Parbat — Die Messner-Tragödie)

“For the Grand Prize, we looked to a film that transcends category,” says jury member Julie Tait. “In giving us fresh insight into a historic event and the cult of hero, Death on Nanga Parbat offers the viewer a depth of experience that underlines the power of the medium. It’s a triumph of substance over style.”

The Western Lands — Hoy
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Best Short Mountain Film
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The Western Lands — Hoy

“The filmmaker creates a rich and beautiful canvas on which this story is told,” says jury member Julie Tait. “This is a sensual film with an experimental treatment, a story of life, love and loss.” “It’s sex mixed up with climbing,” adds jury member Pat Morrow.

Badgered
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Best Film on Mountain Environment
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Badgered

“Director Sharon Colman has given us a refreshing look at the resilience of the natural world in the face of human impact. She’s creatively delivered a serious subject in a light-hearted and humorous way,” says jury member Rob Frost.

King Lines
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Alpine Club of Canada Award for Best Film on Climbing
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King Lines

“He has everything,” says jury member Kerrie Long. “He’s young, talented, beautiful and articulate. And yet, this is a gritty story of persistence and determination — he’s always reaching for the route he might not be able to do.”

Best Feature-length Mountain Film
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Loop

“It’s very difficult to deal with the philosophical approach to life in the mountains, and do it visually, not just with words,” says jury member Pat Morrow. “This film does that, with its strong synergy among visuals, narration and dialogue.”

20 Seconds of Joy

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Best Film on Mountain Sports
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People’s Choice Award
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20 Seconds of Joy

“We get to know the central character over time, and the film combines precipitous physical locations with insight into the deepest recesses of this athlete’s mind,” says jury member Pat Morrow. This film was also voted the favourite of 53 finalists by festival attendees.

Nine Winters Old
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Best Film on Mountain Culture
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Nine Winters Old

“Mountain culture is not just about folkloric traditions,” says jury member Charlie Buffet. “It’s the way people live and dream their mountain experience. There was a sense of surprise, of playful curiosity, that carried me through this film.”

The Beckoning Silence
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Special Jury Award

The Beckoning Silence

“High quality re-enactment, spectacular production values,” says jury member Charlie Buffet.

Becoming a Woman in Zanskar
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Special Jury Award

Becoming a Woman in Zanskar

“Gives voices to two women from a remote and relatively closed culture,” says jury member Kerrie Long. “It moved me to tears.”

Into the Wild
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Special Jury Award

Into the Wild

“Rarely does Hollywood treat a delicate story with this level of integrity,” says jury member Rob Frost. “We hope that Penn’s work will lead the way for other Hollywood directors, and develop a taste for truth in their audience.”

Trial & Error
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People’s Choice Award for Radical Reels
Sponsored by Fido ($350 plus a selection of prizes)

Trial & Error

Voted most radical of the high adrenaline films screened at Radical Reels on Tuesday, October 30.

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