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Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival

 


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World Tour

Frequently Asked Questions

LOCAL SCREENING INFO

How do I find out when the tour will be coming to my location?

Check our tour schedule page for tour dates and locations. Please contact the local host organization listed for details about the tickets, times, and venues.

Which films will be shown in each location?

The film program varies by locations, so please check with your local host organization for information on which films will be shown at your location (contact info at tour schedule page). In some locations, the films are not selected until the day of the show (to allow for the most recent audience feedback from other locations)
Every year, the Banff World Tour team licenses about 25 films that feature a range of styles and themes, including climbing, skiing, kayaking, biking, adventure, culture and the environment. When making this selection many factors are considered: comments made by our pre-screening committee, audience reaction to the films shown in Banff, and feedback we've received from the tour audience.
The local organizers work with us to choose the films that are likely to be best suited for their local audience and event. Most screenings include about 6 to 10 films. In locations with multiple screenings, the local host organization may choose to show the same program each night or feature different selections. Check with them for details.

How much are tickets to the tour screenings?

Each local host organization sets their ticket prices according to their local situation (theatre costs, sponsor support, etc). Please check with the local host for details — check your local host information on our schedule page.

How can I volunteer at my local screening?

The tour host handles all arrangements for volunteers and local staff at each screening. Please check the contact information provided for each location and contact them to see if any opportunities are available.

NEW LOCATIONS

How can I bring the tour to my home town?

We’re always pleased to hear from people interested in bringing the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour or Radical Reels Tour to new locations. Note that most of our scheduling for shows in Canada and the USA takes place 1 to 2 years in advance. If you would like more information, please choose the appropriate link below to get further information and reach our online application forms.
Screenings in Canada/USA
Screenings outside of Canada/USA
Radical Reels Tour (exclusively action sports films)

THE FILMS

Which films will be shown in each location?

The film program varies by locations, so please check with your local host organization for information on which films will be shown at your location (contact info at tour schedule page). In some locations, the films are not selected until the day of the show (to allow for the most recent audience feedback from other locations)
Every year, the Banff World Tour team licenses about 25 films that feature a range of styles and themes, including climbing, skiing, kayaking, biking, adventure, culture and the environment. When making this selection many factors are considered: comments made by our pre-screening committee, audience reaction to the films shown in Banff, and feedback we've received from the tour audience.
The local organizers work with us to choose the films that are likely to be best suited for their local audience and event. Most screenings include about 6 to 10 films. In locations with multiple screenings, the local host organization may choose to show the same program each night or feature different selections. Check with them for details.

How do I get a copy of my favourite film? Do you sell a compilation DVD of all of the films?

We do not own the home video rights to any of the films you see on tour or at the Festival in Banff, so we cannot sell you a copy for home viewing or produce a compilation DVD. To view a list of films with contact details for obtaining your own copy, visit our Filmmaker/Distributor Contact Page. You can also find Festival entry information by searching our on-line festival archives.

How can I get information about the soundtracks from the films?

Some of the music information can be found at soundtrack information.

Why aren’t there more films featuring women?

This is an ongoing interest for both audiences and our team, so we pro-actively look for films that feature women. Regrettably, the number of suitable high quality films produced and entered in a given year is often quite low. We encourage filmmakers and female athletes to create and submit films that include women, and we hope to be able to present more in the future.

Are all the award winning films from the festival included in the tour?

The tour aims to provide a concentrated presentation of the diversity of the multi-day Banff festival in just a couple of hours. The tour film list always includes some award winners, but many of the jury selections are not suitable for the tour. Shorter films are very important to tour audiences, and juries frequently pick longer, often feature length, films for awards. It’s also common for audiences to prefer other films to some of the award winners. The opinions of the 5 people on the jury are always considered, but tour host and audience reactions also play a big role in the tour film selection.

Are the films exclusively available on the tour?

The tour selection often includes some films that are only shown on our tour, but others may also be available on other tours or online. Our goal is to present the best films available, and not to restrict the opportunity for audiences and filmmakers to connect. Each year, many films that are also available through other channels turn out to be audience favourites on tour. We encourage local host organizations to be aware of other screenings in their area so that any film overlap can be managed.

Why don’t you show more of the high adrenaline action films?
Why don’t we get more of the thought provoking films about mountain culture and environment?

Experience has shown that most audience members prefer programs that include a mix of film styles, from intense action films to longer documentary films. However, some people have strong preferences for particular styles. Let your local organizers know what films you enjoyed from past shows, or tell them the film topics and styles that you most enjoy. If you want to see a program that features all action films, rather than a mix of styles, check out our Radical Reels Tour.

Do you show controversial films with distinct viewpoints?

We try to select a range of films that show the diversity of views, interests, and activities found in the mountains. We do not make the films, control their content, or endorse their viewpoints, but our selections do sometimes include political perspectives. Not everyone in the audience will agree with the actions and attitudes shown in every film, nor should they. However, these films can serve as a catalyst for discussion, including criticism and disagreement, on relevant mountain issues.

Why do some of the films have strong language or intense situations?

The content of the films is determined by the filmmakers, and can include coarse language and frightening events. Not all films are suitable for family audiences. If you have concerns about the films to be shown at your local event, please check with the local organizer or our office for details and advice.

Do you show films with activities or attitudes that some people may think are dangerous, harmful to the environment, insensitive to traditional cultures, illegal, etc?

We aim to present the diversity of views, interests, and activities found in the mountains. While we do not make the films, control their content, or specifically endorse their viewpoints, we do know that our audience has expectations about appropriate themes and approaches.
Different people have different concerns, so we may hear comments about climbers bolting new routes, skiers using chairlifts or helicopters, kayakers who are insensitive to local cultures, bikers skidding on trails, BASE jumpers leaping from closed cliffs, explorers crossing borders illegally, etc. The "infractions" may be real or perceived, and what troubles one person may thrill another.

Why are there sponsor logos in some films and in the intro/trailer video?

The World Tour sponsors play a key role in making the festival and tour possible through their financial and prize support, so they are always acknowledged as part of our program. Some filmmakers and athletes receive independent support from their own sponsors, and recognition of these sponsors may be included in the films that they enter in the festival. This is most common in action sports films.

How can I find out more about the great music and inspiring images in the video that starts each screening?

The music you hear in our Banff Mountain Film Festival Trailer was composed by Jacques Blackstone. He was commissioned in the late 90s from The Banff Centre to write a theme for the festival – a piece that continues to captivate, energize, and inspire audiences worldwide. He is currently working in the film industry in Vancouver. If you’re interested in purchasing the soundtrack, please contact Jacques Blackstone at purplesound@shaw.ca
The "voice" of our trailer (which we commonly refer to as our "Intro Video") is provided by Richard Armstrong, a New York-based teacher and performer who conducts International Voice Workshops at the Banff Centre. More details are at www.richardarmstrong.info.
The Intro Video was produced at The Banff Centre by our production team and Work-Studies with film excerpts of a selection of the films submitted to us each year.

RADICAL REELS TOUR

What is the Radical Reels Tour? How is it different from the traditional Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour?

The Radical Reels Tour presentations include many of the same elements as the World Tour screenings,, but the focus is on dynamic, high-adrenaline films featuring sports such as skiing, climbing, kayaking, BASE jumping, snowboarding and mountain biking, and new sports such as snow-kiting and speed-riding. These activities continue to be included on the World Tour, but the Radical Reels Tour is intended for audiences who prefer screenings that primarily include action sports films.

GENERAL QUESTIONS

How did the tour begin?

In 1986, The Banff Mountain Film Festival began an outreach program to bring the festival to other communities. Banff’s Festival organizers wanted to share the efforts and talents of the world’s finest mountain filmmakers with a larger audience. Like the first festival in Banff, the tour began small: three cities across Canada. The Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour brings mountain films to thousands of people who cannot make the annual trek to the Canadian Rockies. We hope you will join us when the tour visits your town or city!

What is The Banff Centre?

The Banff Centre is the world's largest arts and creativity incubator. Our mission is Inspiring Creativity. Each year we host thousands of artists, explorers, mathematicians, and business leaders on our campus. These leaders across disciplines develop new approaches to solving some of the world's most complex challenges and new works that exemplify the best of what human beings can do. We also host thousands of conference guests on campus each year.

 



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