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The Virtual Banff Mountain Film Festival is This Week

With over 70 films, this is one of the most action-packed virtual festivals of the year

Photo by: Photo by Christian Pondella of Hilaree Nelson and Jim Morrison

The 2020 virtual Banff Centre Mountain Film and Book Festival runs from Oct. 31 to Nov. 8. With 75 films (including 20 world premieres) to watch and 40 events including curated film programs, author events and guest speakers, there’s a lot to look forward to at this year’s event.

For a list of films, visit here and you can buy tickets here.

The Banff Book Awards will also take place during the festival. Gripped co-founder David Smart received the top prize in climbing literature for his book on Emilio Comici, read here for more.

Earlier this year, Alberta climber and photographer Jon Popowich wrote about the importance of the book program for mountain literature.

“In terms of these top-drawer participants, few could argue with the climbing and literary qualifications of Michael Kennedy,” Popowich wrote. “From 1974 to 1998 he was editor of Climbing, and from 2009-2012 editor-in-chief of Alpinist.

“Kennedy said that ‘after only a week into the program, it by far exceeded my already lofty expectations. The setting, the support; everyone here is serious about the work; self-critical, direct and honest, but not competitive, we’re all in this together.

“The faculty are skilled. I edited for a living and am familiar with what that means.’” Read the story here.

While many will be missing the in-person festival, be sure to support the virtual event and enjoy the amazing films from your own home.


Lead photo: Photo by Christian Pondella of Hilaree Nelson and Jim Morrison