BANFF Film Festival returns to SA for the 6th time

Last year I had the opportunity to go and check out the Banff Mountain Film World tour courtesy of the peeps at Cape Union Mart (post here). Let’s just say I left with the feeling that I had a very average job, considering that these crazy peeps are climbing mountains without ropes and flying through the air on bicycles. This year it’s back in SA for the 6th time on 28 October 2011 and is co-hosted by top outdoor brands like Deuter, LED Lenser, Buff and K-Way.

The public can view the films at selected Ster-Kinekor cinemas across the country, screening once daily from 28 October – 3 November. This single screening normally takes place at approximately 20:00. The screening includes all nine short films, with an estimated duration of 2 hours.

Every year the Banff centre in Canada receives hundreds of entries from extreme sports filmmakers, which are narrowed down until only the best films remain. This year’s adrenalin filled mountain line- up includes The Longest Way, Tuzgle, Life Cycles, Eastern Rides, Cross Country Snowboarding, Into Darkness, Second Nature, Dream Result and The Swiss Machine.

All the films normally have rad soundtracks that make you want to get up off of the couch to go and do something outdoorsy. In the two hours that you’re inside the movie theatre you’ll get the chance to see some of the most epic extreme mountain climbing, base jumping, alpine skiing, kayaking, mountain expeditions, remote cultures and the world’s last great places – all brought to life on the big screen.

“Cape Union Mart, as SA’s favourite outdoor store, is thrilled to be bringing the Banff film festival to South Africa for the sixth consecutive year. This year’s line-up includes a selection of world-class short films that will entertain the adventure junkie and armchair traveller alike,” says Evan Torrance, Marketing Manager of Cape Union Mart.

Bookings can be made through Ticketline on 082 16789 and electronically at

Bookings open at the beginning of October 2011. For more information and to watch the trailer, check

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