See dramatic action at Banff Mountain Film Festival

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Ben Stookesberry and Pedro Oliva canyoning

THERE is a chance to catch dramatic action at the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour next week.

The evening of exhilarating adventure films, can be seen at Swindon’s Wyvern Theatre on Tuesday, March 21, and at Komedia, Bath, on Wednesday and Thursday, March 22 and 23.

 These screenings are part of a tour of nearly 100 at over 50 venues.

“It’s fantastic to be back with our biggest tour yet – a reflection of the enormous appetite for adventure that UK and Irish audiences have,” says tour director Nell Teasdale.

“The Banff Tour is more than a series of exhilarating film nights. Each screening offers a real sense of community, bringing together people with a wide range of outdoor passions. And we guarantee that viewers will leave with new enthusiasm and inspiration for their own adventures too!”

The short films, starring the world’s top adventurers on exciting journeys in mind-blowing destinations, are selected from hundreds of films entered into the prestigious Banff Mountain Film Festival held every year in the Canadian Rockies.

This year’s UK and Ireland tour includes 14 hugely diverse films, featuring everything from tales of high-adrenaline action to poignant environmental documentaries.

There’s also a significant focus on women in adventure; and the collection stars a number of UK adventurers, as well as athletes and escapades from all over the globe.

The films are split between two different programmes, each lasting about 2½ hours, with free prize giveaways at each screening. The tour is part of the wider Banff World Tour, which travels the globe each year, visiting nearly 50 countries and reaching more than 400,000 people worldwide.

The full film programme is available at www.banff-uk.com/films

Programme highlights include:

FOUR MUMS IN A BOAT

When four middle-aged working British mums announced they wanted to row the Atlantic Ocean, their families thought they had lost their minds. The epic ocean expedition they were about to embark upon would change their lives forever.

Picture: Taylor Keating

DOING IT SCARED

Eighteen years after a catastrophic accident left him partially paralysed, British climber Paul Pritchard returns to the Totem Pole in Tasmania to find out if he has recovered enough to finish the climb.

Tickets are £12.50 (£11.50 concessions) – see
www.banff-uk.com for more information.

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