The South African leg of the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour 2014 screens countrywide from 23 October at select Ster-Kinekor theatres. Hosted by Cape Union Mart for the ninth consecutive year, the festival brings the best of adventure and outdoor lifestyle documentaries to local shores. South Africa is one of 35 countries and 390 communities globally participating in the World Tour which features a collection of the most inspiring and thought-provoking action, adventure and mountain films.
Travelling from remote landscapes and cultures, to up close and personal encounters with adrenaline-packed action sports, the 2014 World Tour is an exhilarating and provocative exploration of the outdoors as captured by some of the world’s finest outdoor filmmakers. Over 300 films enter the annual Banff Mountain Film Festival competition and award-winning films and audience favourites are among the films chosen to travel the globe as part of the World Tour.
The South African leg of the 2014 World Tour is a must-see for outdoor lifestyle enthusiasts and everyone with a spirit for adventure. Local filmgoers will experience highlights from a selection of adventure interests, including mountain biking, rock climbing, trail running, bouldering, snow skiing, stand-up paddling and base jumping.
Evan Torrance, Cape Union Mart’s marketing director, says: “Each year the local leg of the tour becomes increasingly popular and is always sold out before the screenings start. This year we’re extending the tour in a number of ways: we’ve added Port Elizabeth as a screening city for the first time; in Durban the festival has been extended from one day to two days; in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Pretoria the festival will once again run over 8 days but we’ve secured much larger cinemas.
“Nationally we’ve increased the total number of available seats from about 6,500 to 10,000 to meet the demand from South Africa’s adventure film fans. We’re amazed at how well received the local leg of the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour is. It’s a wonderful confirmation of South Africans’ appetite for adventure and the outdoors.”
Films which he believes will be especially well-received by South African audiences include:
North of the Sun, which is a magnificent depiction of two young Norwegian adventurers discovering their own private playground tucked between the icy Atlantic Ocean and the rocky slopes of a remote, arctic island. They build themselves a cabin out of flotsam while clearing the beach of debris, then spend the long winter skiing and surfing in the haunting low light.
Keeper of The Mountain is the story of Elizabeth Hawley who bucked the conventions of her time by settling alone in Kathmandu in 1960 where she began chronicling Himalayan expeditions for The Himalayan Database. Even as she turns 90, she continues to update these records with rigorous accuracy and dedication.
Torrance adds that one of the other highlights from the global festival is that a South African film was included as part of the World Tour and will also be screened in South Africa: “The Beauty of the Irrational is a great piece of cinematography by local filmmakers Dean Leslie and Greg Fell of The African Attachment. It captures the epic journey of South African Ryan Sandes’ record-breaking run of the Fish River Canyon Trail in Namibia. We’re really proud that South Africa was represented during the international festival in Canada and that local audiences can also appreciate a local story alongside international adventure feats this year.”
The South African leg of the festival also includes the screening of the winner of Cape Union Mart’s Adventure Film Challenge 2014, a local competition aimed at encouraging emerging filmmakers to capture South Africa’s local outdoor adventure lifestyles.
Some of the other international short films that will be featured in the 2014 Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour line- up include:
- Ghost Town: In the mid 1800’s, British Columbia’s mountain towns boomed as prospectors flocked north during the great gold rush. Josh Daiek, Mike Henitiuk & Kieran Nikula arrive 150 years later in search of their own fortune.
- The Sensei: East meets West and old meets new. Twenty-something world class boulderer, Daniel Woods, and 43-year old climbing veteran, Yuji Hirayam, team up for the expedition of a lifetime. But when Daniel-san travels to Japan to prove himself worthy of Hirayama’s mentorship, the question becomes, who learns from whom?
- The Questions We Ask: Bruce Kirkby crosses the Pacific from Vancouver to Victoria on a stand-up paddleboard, and ponders what adventure means to him.
- Not Bad: Seven brave riders set out from the four corners of the globe for thirty days of outrageous fun and bicycle tomfoolery in New Zealand.
- 35: 35 climbing routes in one day to celebrate 35 years of life? Why not? Take the birthday challenge!
- Split of a Second: 99.9% of time is spent in preparation for living a few moments of joy. The other 0.1% is to only be here now, and step off that cliff.
The Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour screens at select Ster-Kinekor cinemas across the country:
- Cape Town: Cavendish Square 23 – 31 October
- Cape Town: Tygervalley Center, 24 – 31 October
- Johannesburg: Sandton City, 23 – 31 October
- Pretoria: Brooklyn Mall, 24 – 31 October
- Durban: Gateway Centre, 30 & 31 October (two days only)
- Port Elizabeth: The Bridge Ster-Kinekor, 31 October (one screening only)
Ticket prices are the same as a standard Ster-Kinekor ticket and can be booked online via www.sterkinekor.com, or call the Ster-Kinekor Ticketline on 082 16789.