Why aren't all the award winning films from the festival on tour?
The tour aims to provide a concentrated presentation of the diversity of the multi-day Banff festival in just a couple of hours. The tour film list always includes some award winners, but many of the jury selections are not suitable for the tour. Shorter films are very important to tour audiences, and juries frequently pick longer, often feature length, films for awards. It's also common for audiences to prefer other films to some of the award winners. The opinions of the 5 people on the jury are always considered, but tour host and audience reactions also play a big role in the tour film selection.
How do I get a copy of my favorite film? Why don't you sell a compilation DVD of all of the films?
We do not own the home video rights to any of the films you see on tour or at the Festival in Banff, so we cannot sell you a copy for home viewing or produce a compilation DVD. Please ask your local video store to order any titles that interest you. Knowing the title and producer/director can helpYou can find this information by searching the on-line festival archives.
To view a list of films with contact details for obtaining your own copy, visit the Filmmaker/Distributor Contact Page .
How can I find out more about the great music and inspiring images in the video that starts each screening?
The music was composed by Jacques Blackstone. He was commissioned in the late 90's from The Banff Centre to write a theme for the festival. Jacques brilliantly composed this piece that has moved people worldwide. The "voice" for the intro is provided by Richard Armstrong, a New York-based teacher and performer who conducts International Voice Workshops at the Banff Centre. The film clips come from the films that are entered in each year's festival.
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 we 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 of the high adrenaline action films? Why don't we get more of the thought provoking films about mountain culture and environment?
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. Let us know what films you enjoyed from past shows, or tell them the film topics and styles that you most enjoy. This will encourage us to pick films that match your interests.
Why did you show that one sided, politically controversial film?
We try to select a range of films that show the diversity of views, interests, and activities found in the mountains. We do not make the films, control their content, or endorse their viewpoints, but our selections do sometimes include political perspectives. Not everyone in the audience will agree with the actions and attitudes shown in every film, nor should they. However, these films can serve as a catalyst for discussion, including criticism and disagreement, on relevant mountain issues.
Why are there sponsor logos at the start of some the films when there are already sponsor films before the screening?
Our sponsors play a key role in making the festival and tour possible through their financial and prize support, so they are always acknowledged as part of our program. Some filmmakers and athletes receive independent support from their own sponsors, and recognition of these sponsors may be included in the films that they enter in the festival. This is most common in action sports films.
How can I volunteer at my local screening?
Pathfinder Travels handles all arrangements for volunteers and local staff at each screening. Please contact us to see if any opportunities are available.
How did the tour begin?
In 1986, The Banff Mountain Film Festival began an outreach program to bring the festival to other communities. Banff's Festival organizers wanted to share the efforts and talents of the world's finest mountain filmmakers with a larger audience. Like the first festival in Banff, the tour began small: three cities across Canada. The Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour brings mountain films to thousands of people who cannot make the annual trek to the Canadian Rockies. We hope you will join us when the tour visits your town or city!