THE 2013 Banff World Mountain Film Festival tour will be stopping in the Set Theatre in Kilkenny this Thursday April11. Through the big screen, audiences are offered an intense and inspiring experience, as the films take them around the globe alongside some extraordinary adventurers.
BMFF is an international film competition hosted by The Banff Centre, based in the Canadian Rockies, and accepts over 300 entries every year. Following the original screenings that take place every autumn, 25 award-winning films and audience favourites are selected for the World Tour which now visits nearly 400 communities across 40 countries.
There are 36 screenings planned in UK and Ireland alone, expected to attract over 16,000 adventure lovers and promising even more sold out shows than last year. Each location has handpicked films that best match local interests, from adrenaline-raising adventure-sport shorts to longer, heart-warming tales of environment and culture.
Among the exhilarating and provocative titles, highlights include Crossing the Ice. Two Australians set off across the ice in a bid to be the first adventurers to walk unsupported from the coastline of Antarctica to the South Pole and back again. This epic expedition is an immensely emotional and physical struggle for the duo and concludes with an incredibly surprising and deeply moving twist.
Wideboyz is also one to watch. American off-width crack climbing has spawned a culture of rough-and-tumble characters that aren’t afraid to bleed their way up a route. This film follows a pair of British lads as they spend two years training in a cellar before crossing the Atlantic to test themselves on some of the gnarliest cracks in the US. From the edge of their seats, viewers witness the duo’s jaw-dropping first ascent of the world’s hardest off-width climb Century Crack, which stunned both the British and American climbing circles.
Now in it’s fourth year, the BMFF UK and Ireland tour is more than afilm night. The events are fun, social evenings where outdoor lovers of all backgrounds and ages come together to celebrate mountain culture. For more on this or any events happening at Set, visit www.set.ie.