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Scene from the film, Becoming Who I Was 

BANFF, AB, November 5, 2017 – The Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival is honoured to announce the film Becoming Who I Was, directed by Moon Chang-yong, has won the Grand Prize for the 2017 Banff Mountain Film Competition. 

Padma Angdu is ten years old. He is also a Rinpoche — a “Living Buddha” or reincarnate of a high Tibetan Lama reborn in Ladakh, India. His appointed destiny is to be reunited with his predecessor’s monastic order — but seemingly insurmountable geographic, political, financial, and existential obstacles lie between him and that goal. The usual trials and tribulations of fifth grader are nothing for Padma as he and his elderly guardian seek to overcome struggles when no disciples from his former monastery in Tibet come to claim him and, as a result, he is expelled from his local monastery. 

“The film takes its viewer on a strenuous journey, a journey begun when its characters are ostracized from their own community,” said Shannon O’Donoghue-Child, a member of the 2017 Banff Mountain Film Festival jury. “Facing immense burdens, including poverty, political upheaval and extreme geography, the protagonists are shown not only in poignant and intimate scenes of daily life, but also as small figures in expansive landscapes.” 

She added: “But what comes through from the opening scene to closing credits, more impactful than the hardships, is the overwhelming sense of humanity, the innocence of childhood, and the extraordinary bond between two people, whose love and support for each other transcend all the struggles they face. That element of hope was beautifully captured by the filmmakers.” 

Jury members in 2017 included adventure filmmaker Paul Diffley (UK), journalist and filmmaker Gilles Chappaz (France), producer Katie Moore ( UK), former Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival Director Shannon O’Donoghue (US), and journalist Keme Nzerem (UK). 

Category winners for the 2017 Banff Mountain Film Competition include: 


Grand Prize – Sponsored by MEC

Becoming Who I Was 

(Republic of Korea, 2017, 96 min) 

Director and Producer: Moon Chang-yong  and Jin Jeon 

Production Company: Sonamu Films & Prosum 



Creative Excellence Award- Sponsored by The Camera Store 

Planet Earth II: Mountains

(UK, 2017, 60 min) 

Director and Producer: Justin Anderson 

Production Company: BBC Natural History Unit 



Best Film – Exploration and Adventure - Sponsored by Treksta 

Blood Road 

(USA, 2016, 96 min) 

Director: Nicholas Schrunk 

Producer: Sandra Kuhn 

Production Company: Red Bull Media House 



Best Film – Mountain Culture- Sponsored by Helly Hansen 

The Last Honey Hunter 

(USA, 2017, 36 min) 

Director: Ben Knight 

Producer: Ben Ayers, Renan Ozturk, Travis Rummel

Production Company: Felt Soul Media 



Best Film – Climbing - Sponsored by the Alpine Club of Canada 

Psycho Vertical 

(UK, 2017, 64 min) 

Director and Producer: Jen Randall 

Production Company: Light Shed Pictures 



Best Film – Mountain Sports- Sponsored by Experticity

Intersection: Micayla Gatto 

(USA, 2017, 5 min) 

Director and Producer: Lacy Kemp 

Production Company: Juicy Studios 



Best Film: Snow Sports - Sponsored by Boreale Explorers 

Imagination: Tom Wallisch 

(Canada, 2017, 4 min) 

Director: David Mossop 

Producer: Mitchell Scott 

Production Company: Sherpas Cinema 



Best Film – Mountain Environment and Natural History - Sponsored by lululemon 

Samuel in the Clouds 

(Belgium, 2016, 70 min) 

Director: Pieter Van Eecke 

Producer: Hanne Phlypo 

Production Company: Clin d’oeil Films 



Best Short Mountain Film - Sponsored by The North Face 

Johanna 

(UK, 2016, 4 min) 

Director and Producer: Ian Derry 

Production Company: Archer’s Mark 



Best Feature Length Mountain Film - Sponsored by the Town of Banff 

Dirtbag: The Legend of Fred Beckey 

(USA, 2017, 95 min) 

Director: Dave O’Leske 

Producer: Jason Reid, Andy McDonough, Colin Plank

Production Company: Fred Beckey Film LLC 



Special Jury Mentions 

Into Twin Galaxies: A Greenland Epic 

(Germany, 2016, 52 min) 

Director: Jochen Schmoll 

Senior Producer: Niko Jäger

Producer: Nicola McQuiston 

Production Company: Red Bull Media House, Drehxtrem 


The Frozen Road 

(UK, 2017, 24 min) 

Director and Producer: Ben Page 



People’s Choice Award - Sponsored by Osprey 

Dirtbag: The Legend of Fred Beckey 

(USA, 2017, 95 min) 

Director: Dave O’Leske 

Producer: Jason Reid, Andy McDonough, Colin Plank

Production Company: Fred Beckey Film LLC 

Next Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival: October 27 to November 4, 2018 

For more information on the 2017 Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival, please visit www.banffmountainfestival.ca


About Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival: Created 42 years ago, the Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival has become the premier event of its kind in the world. The nine-day Festival hosted by Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity in Banff, Canada, showcases the world’s best films, books and photographs on mountain subjects – climbing, culture, environment and natural history, exploration and adventure, wildlife, and sport – and attracts the biggest names in mountaineering, adventure filmmaking, and explorers as presenters and speakers. An international jury will also award over $50,000 in prizes for films and books submitted to this year’s Festival competitions. 

About Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity: Founded in 1933, Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity is a learning organization built upon an extraordinary legacy of excellence in artistic and creative development. What started as a single course in drama has grown to become the global organization leading in arts, culture, and creativity across dozens of disciplines. From our home in the stunning Canadian Rocky Mountains, Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity aims to inspire everyone who attends our campus – artists, leaders, and thinkers – to unleash their creative potential and realize their unique contribution to society through cross-disciplinary learning opportunities, world-class performances, and public outreach. banffcentre.ca

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The Climbers by Jim Herrington

BANFF, AB. November 2, 2017 – The Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival is proud to announce Jim Herrington’s The Climbers as the Grand Prize winner of the 2017 Banff Mountain Book Competition. 

For nearly two decades, professional photographer Jim Herrington has been working on a portrait series of influential rock and mountain climbers who, from roughly the 1930s to 1970s, used primitive gear along with their considerable wits, talent, and fortitude to tackle unscaled peaks around the world. Inspired by the Sierra Nevada routes he’d been climbing for more than a decade while living in Los Angeles, Herrington set out in the 1990s to photograph the range’s pioneering climbers. 

The next two decades had the North Carolinian globe-trotting from California to Kathmandu to capture the world’s “Golden Age” alpinists, including Beckey, Cassin, Messner, and Robbins, who had defined the sport earlier in the century. Herrington managed to achieve this alongside his day job photographing stars like Willie Nelson, Mick Jagger, and Dolly Parton. 

Chosen from the best in mountain and adventure literature, mountain travel, mountain fiction, mountain image, mountain articles, mountain environment and natural history, mountaineering history, and guidebooks, 171 book submissions from authors in 11 countries were honed down to a longlist of 28 finalists and from that list our 2017 jury determined category award winners. 

The portraits in The Climbers document in searing detail many of the preeminent founders of the sport,” said Banff Mountain Book Competition jury member, Ian Welsted. “Now aged beyond their most active years, the visible mortality and frailty of the subjects alerts us to a reality often glossed over by the dominant cult of youth in adventure sports.  As survivors of intense experiences, the effects of lives spent in pursuit of extremes is made obvious. Jim Herrington renders in images captured on nostalgic black and white film a simulacrum of the subjects' groundbreaking spirit. He adds: “We are fortunate to benefit from this effort by a photographer renowned for his portraiture of musical stars.  For at a time of explosive growth and public recognition why should the luminaries of climbing not receive this rock star treatment, as revealing and gritty as it may be?”

The 2017 Book Competition jury members are Mayan Smith-Gobat (NZ, climber and writer), David Stevenson (USA, author, climber and Director of Creative Writing and Literary Arts at the University of Alaska in Anchorage), and Ian Welsted (CAN, climber, writer and Piolet d’Or winner).

Jim Herrington, who presents The Climbers on Saturday November 4 at the Eric Harvie Theatre, receives $4000 in prize money from the Banff Mountain Book Competition for the The Phyllis and Don Munday Award Grand Prize. Images attached.
The 2017 Banff Mountain Book Competition Award winners are listed below:
 

The Phyllis and Don Munday Award - Grand Prize
$4000 – Sponsored by the Alpine Club of Canada
The Climbers
Jim Herrington, Mountaineers Books (USA, 2017) 

Category Award Winners:

Adventure Travel 

$2000 - Sponsored by Fjällräven
The Names of the Stars
Pete Fromm, St. Martin’s Press (USA, 2016) 

Mountain Fiction & Poetry 

$2000 – Sponsored by Deuter
Rising Abruptly: Stories
Gisèle Villeneuve, University of Alberta Press (CAN, 2016) 

Mountain Literature (Non-Fiction) – The Jon Whyte Award 

$2000 - Sponsored by the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies
Art of Freedom: The Life and Climbs of Voytek Kurtyka
Bernadette McDonald, Rocky Mountain Books (CAN, 2017) 

Mountain Environment & Natural History 

$2000 – Sponsored by Backroad Mapbooks
Tracking Gobi Grizzlies
Douglas Chadwick, Patagonia Books (USA, 2016) 

Mountain Image 

$2000 – Sponsored by Lake O’Hara Lodge
Racconto D’Inverno – Eine Wintererzählung
Albert Ceolan (ITA, 2016) 

Guidebook 

$2000 – Sponsored by the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides
Chasing the Ephemeral: 50 Routes for a Successful Scottish Winter
Simon Richardson, Mica Publishing (UK, 2016) 

Mountaineering Article 

$2000 – Sponsored by University of Alberta and the Alpine Club of Canada
Threshold Shift
Nick Bullock, Alpinist Magazine (USA, February 2017) 

Mountaineering History 

 $2000 – Sponsored by Sherpa Adventure Gear
The Climbers
Jim Herrington, Mountaineers Books (USA, 2017) 

Special Jury Mention: 

The Push: A Climber’s Journey of Endurance, Risk, and Going Beyond Limits
Tommy Caldwell, Viking Books (USA, 2017) 

 For more information on the 2017 Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival, please visit www.banffmountainfestival.ca.

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For interviews with Jim Herrington contact: 

Louise Healy 

Media and Communications 

Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival            

Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity                                                 

 louise_healy@banffcentre.ca 
          

About Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival: Created 42 years ago, the Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival has become the premier event of its kind in the world. The nine-day Festival hosted by Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity in Banff, Canada, showcases the world’s best films, books and photographs on mountain subjects – climbing, culture, environment and natural history, exploration and adventure, wildlife, and sport – and attracts the biggest names in mountaineering, adventure filmmaking, and explorers as presenters and speakers. An international jury will also award over $50,000 in prizes for films and books submitted to this year’s Festival competitions. 

About Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity:  Founded in 1933, Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity is a learning organization built upon an extraordinary legacy of excellence in artistic and creative development. What started as a single course in drama has grown to become the global organization leading in arts, culture, and creativity across dozens of disciplines. From our home in the stunning Canadian Rocky Mountains, Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity aims to inspire everyone who attends our campus – artists, leaders, and thinkers – to unleash their creative potential and realize their unique contribution to society through cross-disciplinary learning opportunities, world-class performances, and public outreach. www.banffcentre.ca

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Former Director of the Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival, Shannon spent twelve years at the Banff Centre from 1998 to 2010.  Prior to her time at the festival, Shannon was a diplomat with Canada's Department of Foreign Affairs, including postings in Trinidad and the Philippines, and a position in the Minister's office in Ottawa.  Shannon now resides in the high desert in SE Utah with her husband, Greg (whom she met at the Festival!), their daughter Ariann, a Maine Coon named Jack, her green card, and a deep appreciation for Obamacare.

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BANFF, AB, November 6, 2016 – Living 5,000 metres above sea level with her 300 goats, Tsering is one of the last shepherdesses in the far northern mountains of Ladakh, India. As she leads her flock of 300 sheep and Pashmina goats to graze on the 5500m high Himalayan Plateaus in a dry and desolate landscape, Tsering is under the continuous threat of wolves and snow leopards. 

Documented by her brother over four seasons, the film depicts both her world of icy loneliness and that unbreakable bond between humans and animals.

Shepherdess of the Glaciers has won the Grand Prize at the 2016 Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival.

Half way around the world - the filmmakers' ability to make an intimate and isolated existence 'universal' is what makes this film at once moving and engaging,” said Elizabeth Yake, a member of the 2016 Banff Mountain Film Festival jury. “This expansive film absorbs the viewer into the conjoined, meditative world of a harsh environment - which includes the passing seasons, a barren mountainous landscape and the intimate relationship between humans and animals in their care." She added: “Capturing a moment in time - quietly observing a spirited individual eking out a basic existence with all of life's necessities -the filmmaker uncovers a life that is organic  - filled with struggles- but ultimately a life abundant with awe and joy.”

Category winners for the 2016 Banff Mountain Film Competition include:

Grand Prize – Sponsored by MEC 

Shepherdess of the Glaciers
(France, 2016, 74 min)
Director/Producer: Christiane Mordelet, Stanzin Dorjai
Production Company: Les Films de la Decouverte

Creative Excellence Award- Sponsored by Mountain Life Media
The Accord
(Iceland/USA, 2016, 19 min)
Director: R.C. Cone
Producer: R.C. Cone, Elli Thor Magnus
Production Company: Tributaries Digital Cinema

Best Film – Exploration and Adventure - Sponsored by Vasque
Holy (un)Holy River
(USA, 2015, 60 min)
Director/Producer: Peter McBride, Jake Norton
Production Company: Mountain
World and Pete McBride Productions

Best Film – Mountain Culture- Sponsored by Helly Hansen
Freedom Under Load
(Slovakia, 2016, 58 min)
Director: Pavol Barabas
Producer: Alena Koscova
Production Company: Ks studio s.r.o.

Best Film – Climbing - Sponsored by Alpine Club of Canada 
Boys in the Bugs
(USA, 2016, 18 min)
Director: Zachary Barr, Peter Mortimer, Nick Rosen
Producer: Zachary Barr
Production Company: REEL ROCK

Best Film – Mountain Sports- Sponsored by Sea and Summit
Metronomic
(France, 2015, 16 min)
Director and Producer: Vladimir Cellier
Production Company: Baraka Films

Best Film: Snow Sports - Sponsored by Bergans of Norway and Norseman Outdoor Specialist
China: A Skier's Journey
(Canada, 2016, 16 min)
Director and Producer: Jordan Manley
Production Company: Narrows Media Inc.

Best Film – Mountain Environment and Natural History - Sponsored by lululemon
KONELĪNE: our land beautiful
(Canada, 2015, 96 min)
Director: Nettie Wild
Producer: Betsy Carson
Production Company: Canada Wild Productions

Best Short Mountain Film - Sponsored by The North Face
Northbound
(Norway, 2015, 11 min)
Director: Jorn Nyseth Ranum
Producer: Anders Graham
Production Company: Turbin Films AS

Best Feature Length Mountain Film - Sponsored by the Town of Banff 
Climbing Higher
(Czech Republic, 2015, 100 min)
Director: David Calek
Producer: Richard Nemec
Production Company: Verbascum s.r.o.

Special Jury Mention
Langtang: Summits of My Life III
(Spain, 2015, 52 min)
Director: Sebastien Montaz-Rosset
Producer: Jordi Lymbus

The Super Salmon
(USA, 2016, 25 min)
Director and Producer: Ryan Peterson
Production Company: Alaskanist Stories

People’s Choice Award for Radical Reels - Sponsored by Oboz Footwear
Young Guns
(USA, 2016, 30 min)
Director: Nick Rosen, Josh Lowell, Peter Mortimer
Producer: Zachary Barr
Production Company: REEL ROCK

People’s Choice Award – Sponsored by Osprey
SHIFT
(Canada, 2016, 28 min)
Director and Producer: Kelly Milner
Production Company: Shot in the Dark Productions

Jury members in 2016 included National Geographic Society’s Doug Bailey; Canadian born filmmaker, Ciaran Flannery; Vice Director of the Mountain Film Festival of Zakopane (Poland), Gabriella Kühn; Chamonix based UK mountain guide Victor Saunders, and Canadian producer Elizabeth Yake.

For more information on the 2016 Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival, please visit www.banffmountainfestival.ca

2016 Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival images available here: https://www.banffcentre.ca/images

About Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival: Created 41 years ago, the Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival has become the premier event of its kind in the world. The nine-day Festival hosted by Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity in Banff, Canada, showcases the world’s best films, books and photographs on mountain subjects – climbing, culture, environment and natural history, exploration and adventure, wildlife, and sport – and attracts the biggest names in mountaineering, adventure filmmaking, and extreme sports as presenters and speakers. An international jury will also award over $50,000 in prizes for films and books submitted to this year’s Festival competitions.

Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival Partners: The Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival is presented by National Geographic and The North Face, and sponsored by Deuter, Clif Bar, Bergans of Norway, Treksta, and Mountain House, with support from  PETZL, World Expeditions, Kicking Horse Coffee, Lake Louise Ski Resort and Summer Gondola, Mammut, Banff and Lake Louise Tourism, MEC, and the International Alliance for Mountain Film.

About Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity:  Founded in 1933, Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity is a learning organization built upon an extraordinary legacy of excellence in artistic and creative development. What started as a single course in drama has grown to become the global organization leading in arts, culture, and creativity across dozens of disciplines. From our home in the stunning Canadian Rocky Mountains, Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity aims to inspire everyone who attends our campus – artists, leaders, and thinkers – to unleash their creative potential and realize their unique contribution to society through cross-disciplinary learning opportunities, world-class performances, and public outreach. www.banffcentre.ca

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