Action sports in Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour

Builder  at Banff Mouintain Film Festival
Builder at Banff Mouintain Film Festival

Travel the world and experience exhilarating, inspirational and unforgettable adventures from the contrasting comfort of a theatre chair.

The UK and Ireland leg of the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour stops off at the Grand Pavilion, Matlock Bath, on Friday, April 1.

A diverse collection of the newest and best films from the global mountain culture and sports community will be showcased.

The programme has been selected from more than 350 films which were entered into the 40th anniversary edition of the Banff Mountain Film Festival in Canada last year.

Remote cultures, intense expeditions through exotic landscapes and adrenaline-packed action sports are featured in the films chosen for the tour.

People with a wide range of outdoor passions are drawn to the festival, looking for new ideas and inspiration for their own adventurous pursuits.

This year’s tour will include the following selection of films:

l Eclipse, which won best film in the snow sports category. Photographer Reuben Krabbe is determined to capture an impossible photo of a skier in front of the 2015 solar eclipse in Svalbard. However, the weather is bad, the guide is sketchy and the skiers just want to ski.

l The Important Places, winner of the Banff Award for best short mountain film. Film-maker Forest Woodward takes his 77-year-old father Doug on a a Grand Canyon River trip, which is Doug’s first visit back to the Grand Canyon since he paddled it in a homemade kayak 43 years ago.

l Operation Moffat, which takes its inspiration and wit from Britain’s first female mountain guide Gwen Moffat. Writer Claire Carter and filmmaker Jen Randall scramble, swim and barefoot climb through Gwen’s landscapes, grappling with her preference for mountains over people and adventure over security.

Screenings begin at 7.30pm in the Grand Pavilion. Tickets £12.50 and £11 (concessions). Contact www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/banff-mountain-film-festival-matlock-bath-1-april-2016-tickets-18994220224