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Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival: 8 Events to Take You Deeper



by Meghan J. Ward

Each year, thousands of mountain enthusiasts descend on the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity for nine days of epic events at the Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival (Oct. 29 – Nov 6, 2016). The program is chock-full with inspiring speakers, adrenaline-pumping films, and educational workshops. With such a full schedule, how do you choose what to attend? Here are just eight of many events we think will deepen your festival experience. 


 Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival Mark your calendar for the 2016 Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival from October 29 – November 6 in Banff, Alberta. Festival Schedule Competitions World Tour Ines Papert, Senja Island, Norway © Thomas Senf

Ines Papert, Senja Island, Norway © Thomas Senf

1/ A Complicated and Compelling Issue 

Check out: KONELĪNE: our land beautiful
Saturday, October 29, 2016 – 7:30pm, Margaret Greenham Theatre ($15)

Set deep in the traditional territory of the Tahltan First Nation, KONELĪNE captures beauty and complexity as one of Canada’s vast wildernesses undergoes irrevocable change.

2/ 13,500 Kilometres and 3,000 Cups of Tea

Check out: Florian Schulz and 3,000 Cups of Tea
Sunday, October 30, 2016 – 7:30pm, Eric Harvie Theatre ($25)

Photographer Florian Schulz presents on his latest book, The Wild Edge, which documents a journey of more than 13,500 kilometres that has taken him over 10 years to complete.

In 3,000 Cups of Tea, Journalist Jennifer Jordan picks up the story of Greg Mortenson following a scandal which nearly destroyed his life’s work. Jordan updates us on the man, his schools, and his dream of spreading “peace through books not bombs.”

Image courtesy Brendan Leonard.

Image courtesy Brendan Leonard.

3/ On Redemption with a Rope and Wilderness Journeys

Check out: Brendan Leonard and Jon Turk
Thursday, November 4, 2016 – 10 am, Max Bell Auditorium ($15)

When Brendan Leonard finished substance abuse treatment at age 23, he was lost. Then his brother gave him a climbing rope – and along that sixty-metre lifeline, Brendan gradually found redemption in the crags of the American West. Brendan presents his book, Sixty Meters to Anywhere.

Expeditionist and conservationist Jon Turk has spent most of the past 40 years roaming the world’s most extreme landscapes. His latest book is the third in a trilogy chronicling his journeys. Crocodiles and Ice: A Journey into Deep Wilderness is the story of a scientist-adventurer’s profound attachment to wild places.

4/ Live Interview on Recovery and Possibility

Check out: Voices of Adventure: An Interview with Paul Pritchard
Friday, November 4, 2016, 10am, Max Bell Auditorium ($15)

In the 1990s, British-born climber Paul Pritchard was at the top of the international climbing scene. Af…ter winning the Boardman Tasker Award for Mountain Literature in 1997 for Deep Play, he spent his prize money on a climbing tour that found him ascending The Totem Pole in Tasmania – where he was hit by a boulder, sustaining a traumatic brain injury that lef…t doctors questioning whether he would walk or talk again. Despite this prognosis, Pritchard has made remarkable progress and joins climber, writer, and psychologist Geoff Powter for a conversation about recovery and possibility.

Image courtesy of Paul Pritchard

Image courtesy of Paul Pritchard

5/ Poetry in Motion

Check out: Helen Mort: No Map Could Show Them
Friday, November 4, 2016 – 8pm, Rolston Recital Hall ($15)

A young poet from England with a passion for trail running, climbing, and landscapes, Helen Mort’s first collection, Division Street, was shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize. Her new collection, No Map Could Show Them, was created during the Banff Mountain and Wilderness Writing Program.

6/ Human Presence in Pristine Landscapes

Check out: Hot Topics: Reconciling Recreation
Saturday, November 5, 2016 – 12:30pm, Kinnear Centre Ground Floor Husky Great Hall #101 (FREE)

Are we loving our wilderness to death? Parks and wilderness areas are more accessible than ever. With more and more people being encouraged to get outside, how do we reconcile being in the wild places we love while at the same time doing it sustainably? A panel of experts discusses the possibility of continued human presence on these pristine landscapes. With Jeremy Jones, Zena Harris, Anne-Marie Syslak, Greg Child and Kelly Milner. Moderated by Geoff Powter.

Image from the film Like A Wolf.

Image from the film Like A Wolf.

7/ Adventure Meets Artistry

Check out: Like a Wolf – and Films
Sunday, November 6, 2016 – 9am, Rolston Recital Hall ($25)

In Like a Wolf, ski mountaineer Kit Deslauriers made history when she became the first person to ski the Seven Summits.

Other films include, The Art of Wildwhich demonstrates how artists-adventurers from across British Columbia are reconnecting themselves – and us – to the earth.

8/ Female Perspectives in Film and Literature 

Check out: Hot Topics: Game Changers: Women in Adventure Storytelling
Sunday, November 6, 2016 – 12:30pm, Kinnear Centre Ground Floor Husky Great Hall #101 (FREE)

“Who are the women in adventure storytelling, and how are they reshaping a genre?” Although adventure is no longer an exclusively male realm, and women are not fighting the same battles they had to fight twenty—or even ten years ago to be seen and heard in a genre that was previously far from inclusive—this panel takes a modern stance on the battles we still fight. These women believe our powerful female perspectives in both film and literature are game changers. With Hilary Oliver, Kate Harris, Sarah Marquis, Katie Ives and Hilaree O’Neill, moderated by Amy Gigi Alexander.


October 29November 06, 2016

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bmfbf_logo_fv_c_cmykThe Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival each Fall in Banff, Alberta is nine epic days of mountain stories that includes profound journeys, unexpected adventures, and ground-breaking expeditions told by authors, photographers, and filmmakers from around the globe. Following the Festival in Banff, the World Tour hits the road bringing some of the audience favourites and special tour edits to a location near you.  Facebook | Twitter

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