Friday, October 11, 2013

Banff Mountain film festival in South Africa

The South African leg of the Banff Mountain Film Festival, hosted by Cape Union Mart and sponsored by The Mountain Club of South Africa, Deuter, LED Lenser and GoPro, will be held from Friday 25 October until 1 November 2013 at Ster-Kinekor cinemas across the country. This is the eighth consecutive year that Cape Union Mart will be hosting the South African leg of the Banff Mountain film festival.

The Premiere of the Banff Mountain Film festival in Cape Town

Cape Union Mart invited members of the press for a screening at the Upper East Side hotel in Woodstock, Cape Town, on the 8th of October. Here, the audience not only enjoyed a preview of the much anticipated event, but they were treated to performances by the Cape Town slack lining community as well.

A spectacular slack lining performance at the Banff Mountain Premiere in Cape Town on the 8th of October.

Earlier this year Cape Union Mart challenged South African filmmakers to submit short films portraying South African outdoor culture. The winner of the Adventure Film Challenge will be screened as the opening film alongside the world’s top outdoor sports films at the SA festival. The production Flying with Vultures – Path into the Future, produced by Green Renaissance, a film about vulture Conservationist Kerri Wolter who has a life changing experience when she paraglides with the threatened Cape Vultures, won the SA film challenge this year. 

Flying with vultures – Path into the future won Cape Union Mart’s 2013 Adventure film challenge, which will be screened at the local leg of the Banff Film Tour

The aim of the Adventure Film Challenge is to challenge South African filmmakers to produce more outdoor content, explains Nick Bennet, marketing manager for Cape Union Mart. Submissions for the 2014 Adventure Film challenge have already been opened: click here to submit.

The international films that will be showcased at the festival includes Rollerman, Reel Rock 7: Wide Boyz, Being there, Wingsuit downhill target punch, On the road – Skiing the void, Lily shreds trailside, 1st Afghan ski challenge, Industrial revolutions, Wanna Ride?, The Gimp Monkeys and Crossing the ice.

There will be one screening per day at 20:15. Each screening will contain all 11 films and the total length is approximately 2hours10minutes. For more information visit:

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