Banff Centre Mountain Film & Book Festival

Film screenings & book events at artsPlace from Oct. 29 to Nov 6!

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Oct. 29 - Nov. 6

October 4 at noon

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Banff Centre Mountain Film & Book Festival

Sat. October 29 at 2 p.m.

Hasta la Última Gota & Pasang: In the Shadow of Everest

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Sat. October 29 at 7 p.m.

Pleistocene Park

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Sun. October 30 at 2 p.m.

Dhaulagiri is my Everest & A White Dream

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Sun. October 30 at 7 p.m.

The Hermit of Treig

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Mon. October 31 at 7 p.m.

The Territory

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Tue. November 1 at 7 p.m.

Ephemeral & House of the Gods

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Thu. November 3 at 7 p.m.

Voices Across the Water

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Fri. November 4 at 7 p.m.

Radical Reels Repeat

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Sun. November 6 at 2 p.m.

Kit Dobson & Lyndsie Bourgon - Book Program

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Sun. November 6 at 8 p.m.

Best of Program: Award Winning Films

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artsPlace is once again proud to partner with the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity to host screenings and talks as part of the 2022 Banff Centre Mountain and Book Festival, featuring stories of adventure and exploration from around the world!

Since 1976, the Banff Centre Mountain Film and Book Festival has been an industry leader in the celebration of Mountain Culture through the promotion, understanding and appreciation of the world’s mountain places. Creating opportunities for people to share and find inspiration in mountain experiences, ideas, and visions. See the line-up below.

Saturday, Oct. 29 at 2 p.m.

Hasta la Última Gota & Pasang: In the Shadow of Everest

Hasta la Última Gota follows the fight of those working to change a national charter that has privatized Chile’s vast natural water supply. Following an uprising in 2019 that drew millions of protestors across the country, and against the background of a 15-year drought that has left over half of the country in an official water emergency, a popularly elected body has been tasked with rewriting the constitution from scratch. (17 min)

Pasang chronicles Pasang Lhamu Sherpa’s tragic and inspiring journey to become the first Nepali woman to summit Everest in 1993. As an uneducated, Indigenous woman and a Buddhist in a Hindu kingdom, Pasang’s dream to scale the legendary mountain pits her against family, foreign climbers, her own government, and nature itself. (71 mins)

Saturday, Oct. 29 at 7 p.m.

Pleistocene Park

Seeking no one’s help and asking nobody’s permission, Russian geophysicist Sergey Zimov and his son Nikita are gathering any large wooly beast they can get their hands on, and transporting them, by whatever low budget means they can contrive, to the most remote corner of Siberia. The goal: restore the Ice Age “mammoth steppe” ecosystem and avoid a catastrophic feedback loop leading to runaway global warming.

Sunday, Oct. 30 at 2 p.m.

Dhaulagiri is my Everest & A White Dream

Dhaulagiri is my Everest: For climber Zoltán Demján, significant life lessons happened during his alpine-style, first ascent of the Southwest pillar of Dhaulagiri. Not only did the most difficult crux of climbing await him on that pillar, but also important knowledge that would change his life forever.

A White Dream: Wildlife photographer Jérémie Villet loves traveling alone through the white expanses of the northern hemisphere. With only his pulk and his telephoto lens for company, he seeks out animals that survive in extreme cold, hoping to capture that perfect image that expresses his intimate relationship with wildlife and the harshness of the landscape.

Sunday, Oct. 30 at 7 p.m.

The Hermit of Treig

After 40 years of solitude, a spirited elderly hermit opens his life to young female director as he tackles ill health, a declining memory, and questions whether he can live out his last years in the wilderness he calls home.

Monday, Oct. 31 at 7 p.m.

The Territory

When a network of Brazilian farmers seize an area of protected Indigenous territory, a young native leader and his mentor must find new ways to fight back.

Tuesday, Nov. 1 at 7 p.m.

Ephemeral & House of the Gods

Ephemeral: Filmmaker Alastair Lee follows top Scottish climbers, Guy Robertson and Greg Boswell in the depths of winter as they scratch and scrape their way up some of the most difficult mixed climbs in the Highlands.

House of the Gods: Shrouded in cloud and drenched by torrential rainfalls, Roraima is guarded by vertical jungle, deep mud, and overhanging cliffs. House of the Gods follows Leo Houlding and his team on their quest through 100 km of untracked jungle, into a unique slime forest and up the desperately steep rock face. Do they have what it takes not only to reach that summit but to share the climb with their Indigenous jungle guides and young climbing partner on her first expedition?'

Thursday, Nov. 3 at 7 p.m.

Voices Across the Water

There is a moment during the construction of a canoe when its true form is revealed. A hull drops into place. The elegant arc of a bow cuts forth. A similar process sometimes occurs in life, when a person finally discovers their true path. The feature documentary Voices Across the Water follows two master boat builders as they practice their art and find a way back to balance and healing.

Friday, Nov. 4 at 7 p.m.

Radical Reels Repeat

High adrenaline films surging with high energy and good vibes, epic adventures and fearless athletes abound, one of Banff’s most popular programs! This year’s line-up includes gnarly mountain biking, high altitude (like really high) slacklining, climbing and world record, gnarly kayaking waterfall drops thrown in for good measure.

Films Line-Up:

Alta I Walking on Clouds I Originate//Inspiration I Reel Rock: Cenote I North Shore Betty I Wild Waters

Sunday, Nov. 6 at 2 p.m.

Kit Dobson & Lyndsie Bourgon - Book Program

After Kit Dobson became a father, he began to think seriously about how little we, as humans, interact with the natural world and how that has changed our place within it. Field Notes on Listening is a response to our lack of connection to the land we call home, the difficult history of how many of us came to be here and what we could discover if we listened deeply to the world around us.

Old-growth trees are invaluable and irreplaceable for both humans and wildlife, and are the oldest living things on earth. But the morality of tree poaching is not as simple as we might think: stealing trees is a form of deeply rooted protest, and a side effect of environmental preservation and protection that doesn't include communities that have been uprooted or marginalized when park boundaries are drawn. As Bourgon discovers in her book Tree Thieves, failing to include working class and rural communities in the preservation of these awe-inducing ecosystems can lead to catastrophic results.

Sunday, Nov. 6 at 8 p.m.

Best of Program: Award Winning Films

It's a night not to be missed! A selection of the winning films will be screened.

Note: Films screened during Award Winning Films are not confirmed until the Jury finalizes the award winners on November 6.

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