Banff Mountain Film Festival – Review of the Preview

It seems like I have been attending the Banff Mountain Film Festival for as long as I can remember. And it never disappoints. Sure, some years, the collection of international mountain movies is better than others, but it always provides a healthy dose of inspiration and creativity wrapped up in adventure.

This year was no different, in fact, I think this was one of the better collections I’ve seen.Here’s some of my favourites.

The Accord

Surfing is not synonymous with Iceland, but for the hardy surfer it is certainly an option. For those that live in this part of the world, there is only one problem, the wind. This movie has a quirky bearded Icelander playing the part of the wind and a group of intrepid outdoors-men waiting for the wind to play ball so they can go play in the icy surf. A quirky movie with some very cool (cold) surfing.

Danny MacAskill’s Wee Day Out

Danny MacAskill is a world-renowned MTBer who can pretty much ride his bike anywhere. Check what he gets up to on his day off.


Everything about this movie seems miserable, especially when it rains every day. In this movie, bouldering champion, Angie Payne, tries to climb the elusive, and very difficult, Poumaka Tower in the the French Polynesian jungle.

Young Guns

Nothing quite like a bad ass climbing girl, especially when only 14 years old. This movie takes a look at one such climber, 14-year-old Ashima Shiraishi, as she climbs out of her comfort zone, reaching greater and greater heights as she does.

Add to this some extreme free skiing, wind-suit flying, a cute dog movie and some fly fishing, and you have a collection of outdoor movies to entertain the extreme adventurer and couch potato alike.

The festival, presented by Cape Union Mart,  takes place between 3 and 12 November 2017. Tickets will be on sale from 1 October from the Ster-Kinekor website.

Banff SA 2017


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