FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHAT IS THE BANFF MOUNTAIN FILM FESTIVAL?
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 filmmakers and accomplished outdoor heroes to celebrate adventure, the environment, mountain culture and the outdoors through film.
AND WHAT ABOUT THE BANFF WORLD TOUR?
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 40 countries across the globe. The Banff films toured the UK for the first time in 2010 and Ireland in 2013. The 2020 Tour will be heading to more venues than ever before - with around 110 screenings across both the UK and Ireland.
WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT AT A SCREENING?
Banff screenings bring together like-minded outdoor enthusiasts with a love of film and a passion for the outdoors. When you arrive at the screening you can expect a lively atmosphere, with time to enter our competitions, pick up some goodies and perhaps enjoy a drink before the show. The film programme will be split in two, with an interval and live prize draw (with heaps of awesome gear from our sponsors to be won) in the middle.
WHAT TIME DOES THE EVENING START AND FINISH?
Most screenings start at 7:30pm, have a 15 to 20 minute interval at around 8:50pm and finish at 10:20pm (so the screening runs for a little under 3 hours). Some shows do have different start times so please check your local screening for more details of start times.
IS THE BANFF MOUNTAIN FILM FESTIVAL CHILD FRIENDLY?
Our screenings generally carry a 12A rating - U12's are welcome to attend if accompanied by a responsible adult - but as always it is down to the parent/guardian's discretion. We do try to make the evenings as family friendly as possible, though it is possible that there may be some strong language in some of the films.
CAN I BRING MY BABY?
Whilst we love Banff fans of all ages, some of our Banff Tour venues have specific policies in regards to babies so please check this on their website (or give them a call) to find out more. If you do bring along your baby to a screening, we would kindly request that if your baby starts crying or becoming disruptive to other customers that you would pop out of the auditorium until he or she is settled.
HOW DO I BUY TICKETS?
Select the 'DATES & 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 possible. Tickets for the 2020 Tour will be available from September 2019.
CAN YOU BRING THE BANFF TOUR TO MY HOME TOWN?
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.
HOW MANY FILMS ARE SHOWN AT EACH SCREENING?
At each screening you can expect to see around 7 to 8 films – featuring inspirational tales from across the globe, high adrenaline action films and everything in between.
WHICH FILMS WILL I SEE AT MY LOCAL SCREENING?
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 are two unique and entirely different film programmes in 2020 so you can come along on two nights for double the adventure!
WHY AREN’T THERE MORE WOMEN IN THE FILMS?
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.
WHY DON’T YOU SHOW MORE HIGH ADRENALINE ACTION FILMS? WHY DON’T WE GET MORE OF THE THOUGHT PROVOKING FILMS ABOUT MOUNTAIN CULTURE?
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.
I’VE MADE AN ADVENTURE/ MOUNTAIN FILM. HOW DO I ENTER IT INTO THE BANFF FESTIVAL?
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 Spring. 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.
ARE THE FILMS AVAILABLE TO BUY ON DVD?
Unfortunately, we do not stock DVDs of the films included in the tour. However, some of the films are available to purchase directly from the filmmaker or from other online stores.