The Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour has always championed the best in action and adventure – and this year’s celebrations will be no different. The tour features two different collections of inspirational films from the world’s top adventure filmmakers, including extreme expeditions, fearless characters and astounding cinematography from the wildest corners of the planet.
The chosen films were selected from hundreds of entries from the annual Banff Mountain Film Festival in Canada, and none of the line-up in this year’s programme have been shown at any of Banff UK & Ireland’s virtual events over lockdown, so you’re about to be treated to a series of premieres!
“We can’t wait to get these epic adventure films back where they belong – up on the big screen,” says tour director Nell Teasdale. “With mind-blowing stories of human endeavour from rarely seen parts of the world, Banff events have a thrilling atmosphere – and we guarantee audiences will leave inspired to have adventures of their own.”
The Chairlift, directed by seasoned filmmaker Mike Douglas, celebrates one of the underdogs of the winter sports world: the chairlift itself. Crafted in the thick of lockdown last year, it’s a feel-good film that should serve as a nice distraction for those still feeling decidedly weathered.
Stop and look around – you’ll feel like you can breathe again
“In a world that seems to go faster and faster, to me the old chairlift represents nostalgia for a slower pace of life,” Mike explains. “It’s all about more, higher, better these days – but the film can be a moment of reflection for us all. Stop and look around, and you’ll feel like you can breathe again.”
With over 25 years of experience in the video, film and TV world (including 14 years as a commentator at ESPN), Mike’s background set him up perfectly to play with the crucial relationship between audience and camera. He first gained recognition as a professional skier – giving him a second-to-none understanding of the sport itself. “I suppose I started out by being big-eyed in front of the camera, then became more intrigued by the action behind the scenes,” he explains.
When asked for any parting words, Mike harkens back to his roots, showing support for his fellow adrenaline aficionados. “To the skiers in the UK: hang in there,” Mike affirms. “We’ll get out again.”
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