Mendoza has once again been selected as a host for the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour from 21-23 October. The event showcases some of the best short films and documentaries about action sports and mountain culture. From skiing and snowboarding to kayaking and white water rafting, all manner of extreme sports make an appearance. Therefore, if you’re a fan of heart stopping adventures and white-knuckle experiences, there is bound to be something for you.
The main festival, which was launched in 1976, takes place every autumn in Banff, Alberta, Canada. Following this, a selection of the best movies embark on a journey to every corner of the globe. Overall, the World Tour visits around 305 cities, in 200 countries, reaching an audience of over 220,000.
In Argentina, the festival is showing in San Martin de Los Andes, Bariloche, Buenos Aires, Mendoza and El Calafate. However, each and every stop on the tour is different. One of the unique aspects of the Banff Mountain Film Festival is that each host organisation chooses the films and documentaries that best suit the local audience’s interests. Luckily, Mendoza’s fantastic geographic location means that after watching these action-packed sports and activities on the big screen, it is possible to go and experience the real thing. Talk about motivation and inspiration!
On the first night, some of the films on show include trial biking from the UK, skiing from Norway, kayaking from New Zealand, wingsuit flying from Switzerland and rock climbing from the USA.
The following evening, there is another helping of international treats, with yet more extreme sports as well as a little bit of mountain culture. But perhaps the highlight will be “Crossing the Ice”, which took three awards at last year’s event, including the Grand Prize. The documentary follows Australian duo James Castrission and Justin Jones as they try to walk unassisted across Antarctica to the South Pole while carrying all their equipment and supplies.
The final night gives Argentina the opportunity to showcase some of its own films. With a remarkable natural landscape and some truly courageous individuals, these particular movies are sure to make any Argentinian feel proud. Ever since it first hosted the tour in 2001, interest in Argentina has grown exponentially, with numerous filmmakers looking to showcase their skills and passions. What’s more, it gives the country a perfect stage to showcase the extreme sports and visual arts movements.
The festival will take place at Cinemark Palmares, 2650 Pan American Road, Godoy Cruz. Mendoza. Tickets should be purchased in advance from here. http://www.cinemark.com.ar/complejos/8-cinemark-palmares-mendoza/. More information about the festival can also be found here: http://www.banffargentina.com.ar/
By Christopher Davies