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Don’t Miss These Local Stories at the Banff Centre Mountain Film and Book Festival

DON’T MISS THESE LOCAL STORIES AT THE BANFF CENTRE MOUNTAIN FILM AND BOOK FESTIVAL

By Meghan J. Ward

Like many events in 2020, the Banf Centre Mountain Film and Book Festival has gone virtual this year. While the festival features films and books from around the world, many of the presenters this year are right from the Bow Valley and surrounding region. Here are a few Rockies-based stories or storytellers you don’t want to miss.


Go to the festival website to access all programming. Considering buying a full festival pass, which gives you access to all programs and films! You can also purchase individual tickets.

1. Bruce Kirkby – Blue Sky Kingdom

Available to view from 8am MDT October 31 to 11:59pm MST November 8, 2020. | $10 CAD | Program length: 64 minutes. Purchase here.

Bruce hails from nearby Kimberley, BC, and headlines this year’s Banff Centre Mountain Film Festival. He tells the story of his family’s incredible journey to Zanskar to live in a Buddhist monastery. You can read our story here: Bruce Kirkby’s Blue Sky Kingdom and the Gift of Attention.

2. Voices of Adventure – Barry Blanchard

Available to view from 8am MST November 4 to 11:59pm MST November 8, 2020. | $10CAD | Program length: 56 minutes. Purchase here.

In this program, Barry Blanchard is interviewed by local climber and writer Geoff Powter. UIAGM/IFMGA Mountain Guide Barry Blanchard was born in Calgary, Alberta. A six month trip to the French Alps in 1980 set the course of Barry’s life: to climb the steepest and most complicated faces of the world’s great glaciated peaks. Barry is an honorary member of the Alpine Club of Canada, winner of the Summit of Excellence award and his book, The Calling, A Life Rocked By Mountains was shortlisted for the Banff Mountain Book Competition and won the Boardman Tasker prize for mountain literature.

Read our interview with Barry about The Calling.

3. Indigenous Dialogues

Available to view from 8am MDT October 31 to 11:59pm MST November 8, 2020. | FREE | Program length: 81 minutes. Watch here.

This year’s annual Indigenous Dialogues will focus on Indigenous place names and includes a sharing circle on how reinstating Indigenous names for rivers, peaks and landscape is an important element of decolonizing historic and modern narratives. With Reneltta Arluk, Christie Harvie, Daryl Kootenay and Janine Windolph.

4. Will Power

available to view from 8am MST November 2 to 11:59pm MST November 8, 2020. | $10CAD. Program length: 42 minutes. Purchase here.

Will Power follows Red Bull Athlete and Canmore resident Will Gadd as he travels with local friends to the Taihang Mountains of China in the hopes of finding new ice climbing routes. Along the way, warm weather challenges the climbers and cultural openness and friendship prove more valuable than ever.

5. Tales & Ales – Part 1

Available to view from 8am MDT October 31 to 11:59pm MST November 8, 2020. | $10CAD | Program length: 81 minutes. Purchase here.

Celebrated mountain culture authors David Smart (CAN), Pete Whittaker (UK), Helen Mort (UK) and Lynn Martel (CAN) share insights into their new books and join local book enthusiast and reading guru Seana Strain in a lively conversation about giving mountain culture a voice.

6. Tales & Ales – Part 2

Available to view from 8am MST November 1 to 11:59pm MST November 8, 2020. | $10CAD | Program length: 58 minutes. Purchase here.

Celebrated mountain culture authors Bernadette McDonald (CAN), Ed Douglas (UK) and Eva Holland (CAN) share insights into their new books and join Canadian writer and editor Marni Jackson in a lively conversation about the creative process.

7. Out the Back Door – Short Films

Available to view from 8am MST November 1 to 11:59pm MST November 8, 2020. Program length: 4 films, 53 minutes. Purchase here.

Leave your passport at home because sometimes the best journeys are those taken right out the back door. Running, fly fishing, bike-packing, and skiing adventures close to home – wherever that may be – is what this film program is all about. Films: Where I Belong, Choosing to Live, A Few Steps from Home, Run the Line.

Choosing to Live features Canmore resident, Sarah Hornby, and her bikepacking trip following the death of her husband and Crowfoot Media contributor, Ryan Correy.

Don’t miss all of the amazing film programming and more local content by browsing the festival offerings here.


Writer, adventurer, outdoorsy mama and summit cartwheeler. Meghan J. Ward is the editor and co-founder at Crowfoot Media and lives for backcountry getaways.

The views and opinions expressed in the articles on CrowfootMedia.com are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of the editor, the editorial team or the publishers.

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