Banff Mountain Film Festival paying visit to UAA

What began in 1976 by the Banff Centre as the Banff Festival of Mountain Films, a one-day film festival of mountaineering films in Banff, Alberta, has since grown into a nine-day festival. It also now tours around the world in every continent all year long. The festival is now known as Banff Mountain Film Festival. UAA Student Activities will play a selection of these films in the Wendy Williamson as part of Winterfest 2014 from 7-10 p.m. Feb. 28 and March 1.

The festival features an international film competition of sports, outdoor and environmental films. The films compete for the award for creative excellence, best short mountain film, best feature-length mountain film, people’s choice award, Dolby audio award, special jury mention, best film in the following categories: exploration and adventure, mountain culture, climbing, mountain sports, mountain environment and natural history, and mountain wildlife. There is also a grand prize winner as well.

Following the festival, the best of these films are toured around the world for audiences everywhere to see, including UAA.

Devon Johnson, majoring in environment and society, attended Radical Reels earlier this year. Radical Reels is a sub-competition that has its own night within the Banff Mountain Film Festival and also goes on tour. Johnson, after seeing Radical Reels, plans on going to showings of the Banff Mountain Film Festival.

“It’s going to be awesome. I recommend it to all my friends,” said Johnson.

Marketing major Kyle Miller attends showings of both Radical Reels and Banff Mountain Film Festival every year.

“I think Radical Reels is awesome all the time. It’s always good,” Miller said. “It’s just a good selection of films. I like the one that’s coming up this weekend (at Banff Mountain Film Festival) a little bit more because they are a little bit more story driven and not big, mainstream Red Bull videos that I’ve usually already seen. With the stuff this weekend it’s a lot more story driven. It’s always worth watching.”

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On the first night, Feb. 28, the following films will be featured: the best short mountain film “35,” “Flow: The Elements of Freeride,” “Into the Mind,” special jury mention “Keeper of the Mountains,” grand prize, Dolby audio award and people’s choice award winner “North of the Sun (Nordfor Sola),” “Push It” and “Stand.”

On the second night, March 1, the movies will include “The Burn,” best film for climbing “The Last Great Climb,” winner of the best film in the mountain environment and natural history category “The Last Ice Merchant (El Ultimo Hieleiro),” “The Questions We Ask,” “Ready to Fly,” “Return to the Tepuis,” “Split of a Second,” “Sufferfest” and “Valhalla.”

The Banff Mountain Film Festival films will play from 7-10 p.m. on Feb. 28 and March 1 in the Wendy Williamson Auditorium. Tickets are $5 in advance and $10 at the door for students, $11 advanced and $16 at the door for general public and $5 advanced and $12 at the door for youth ages 12 and under. Tickets may be purchased at http://uaatix.com or the Student Union Information Desk. Student prices are only available at the Information Desk. For more Winterfest events visit http://www.uaa.alaska.edu/sll/cpb/winterfest.