Here are some frequently asked questions about the BANFF Mountain Film Festival UK & Ireland Tour
The Banff Mountain Film Festival is one of the largest and most prestigious mountain festivals in the world. The “mothership” festival has been held at the start of November each year since 1975 in Banff, Canada. The festival draws some of the world’s best film makers and accomplished outdoor heroes to celebrate adventure, the environment, mountain culture and the outdoors through film.
Hot on the heels of the festival each year, the best films head off on the Banff Mountain Festival World Tour with stops in around 300 communities and 40 countries across the globe. The Banff films toured the UK for the first time in 2010 and the 2016 Tour will be heading to more venues than ever before – across both the UK and Ireland.
Most screenings start at 7:30pm, have a 15 to 20 minute interval at around 9:00pm and finish at 10:30pm (so the screening runs for approximately 3 hours). Some shows do have different start times so please check your local screening for more details of start times.
We are always looking for new venues and locations to bring the Banff Tour to in the UK and Ireland. There are many factors which dictate where we take the Tour and which locations are suitable – but if you have a suggestion for a new location with a capacity of at least 350 people (or a better venue in an existing location that we visit) then it would be great if you could get in touch and let us know and we will consider your suggestions.
Select the Locations & Tickets page from the menu above and then click on “Book Tickets” for the appropriate location and date. If there is any problem with the ticket booking process for any show please let us know and we will seek to resolve it with the relevant box office as quickly as
At each screening you can expect to see around 6 to 7 films – featuring inspirational tales from across the globe, high adrenaline action films and everything in between.
We try and choose the best films for each location so the films do vary depending on the screening location and audience feedback. To check out the films showing at your nearest screening select the FILMS page from the menu above. There will be two unique and entirely different film programmes in 2016 so you can come along on two nights for double the adventure! The programmes will be available on the website from late December 2015.
Audience feedback indicates that this is an ongoing interest, so we actively look for films that feature women. However, there are some years when the Banff Film Festival receive very few appropriate film entries starring or made by women. We encourage filmmakers and female athletes to submit more films that include women and we hope to see more in the future. All films are judged for their overall quality, so a film about female athletes will not be chosen for the tour just because it has women in it.
Experience has shown that most audience members prefer programs that include a mix of film styles, from intense action films to longer documentary films. However, some people have strong preferences for particular styles. This year we are running a people’s choice awards in the UK and Ireland to better understand what films that audiences want to see. You can vote for your favourite films by selecting the “Vote” page from the menu above.
You can find out more details of the music from some of the films here.
If you have a film and think it is suitable for the Banff Mountain Film Festival then there are more details about entering it in to the festival *HERE*. The competition entries open for the Banff Mountain Film Festival each year in May. Apart from the prestige of having your film shown at the Festival in Banff (and also perhaps on the World Tour which visits over 40 countries) there are lots of great prizes to be won.
If the answer to your question is not included above then please contact us and we will get back to you as soon as we are able.
A Typical Banff UK Screening
Music by Jacques Blackstone – Purple Sound Music