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These movies are exciting and breathtaking
This exciting film festival will be presented by Adventure Reels and Perth film-goers will need to "switch into high gear" when the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour heads to the State Theatre Centre of Western Australia.
It will be held from 22nd to 27th May, 2018 at the Heath Ledger Threatre at the State Theatre Centre of WA. The festival will feature a great selection of the world's most captivating mountain-themed short films, which will leave audiences breathless and definitely on the edges of their seats.
The Banff Mountain Festival is an iconic event which takes place every November in the mountain town of Banff, in Canada. There is mostly more than 350 mountain culture, adventure and exploration films which are shown during this week-long celebration.
Each year, a selection of award winners as well as audience favourites then tour some 35 countries around the world as part of the festival's official world tour!
This year, the Australian line-up features two-and-a-half hours of sublime footage shot in some of the most remote corners of the world. These films will definitely make your heart race, as they show films packed full of "mesmerising cinematography, thought-provoking storylines and adrenalin-inducing action sequences". You can watch a lot of the selections for 2018 at this website.
A few of the films this year include:
WINTER ON THE BLADE This film is made in Australia and lasts 30 minutes. This not the tallest mountain in the world, it's not even the tallest in Australia, but fewer people get to the summit of Tasmania's Federation Peak these days then get to the summit of Mt Everest! Yet Mark Savage and his team hope to summit during the wettest winter on record.
DUG OUT This movie is from the UK and is about 40 minutes. It follows British duo, Ben Sadd and James Trundle, who travel to the Ecuadorian Amazon, live with an indigenous community, learn from them how to build a canoe from scratch, then take that canoe on a journey.
STUMPED This is from the USA, is 25 minutes long. It is about climber, Maureen Beck, who was born without a lower left arm, but this handicap has not stopped her doing things. She pushes her "stump" to the limit, and does not want to be a good "one-armed climber" but wants to be a good "climber".
LOVED BY ALL: APA SHERPA This film is 14 minutes long. It is about Apa Sherpa, who has climbed Mount Everest 21 times and yet would not wish this upon anybody. He grew up in the remote Khumbu region of Nepal and was forced to leave school and work as a porter at the age of 12.
You can buy your tickets here, and costs are from $26 to $36.
MORE ABOUT THE BANFF FESTIVAL
This festival was initially launched in 1976 as The Banff Festival of Mountain Films by The Banff Centre, and nowadays only the top 80 films are selected by a pre-screening committee to be shown at the Festival.
During the festival in Canada, the international film festival jury chooses the best films and presents awards in various categories including:
Best Film on Mountain Sport
Best Film on Mountain Environment
Best Film on Mountain Culture
Best Film on Exploration and Adventure
From this selection, a programme of over two hours of thought-provoking films, on subjects ranging from remote landscapes and cultures to adrenaline-packed action sports are selected to tour Australia each April, May and June.
Perth will be lucky to see this selection in May this year.