Climb ZA was privileged to get an invite to the Premier of The Banff Film Festival at the Grand Daddy Hotel in Cape Town. The uber-cool rooftop cinema set the scene for the best (in our opinion) Banff Film Festival that has ever come to SA!
The selectors at Cape Union really out did themselves this year (not sure if there was a climber on the selecting team!?
The entire show plays for 2 hours, which seemed to fly past in minutes.
Four of the eight movies are climbing related with Alone on the Wall (Alex Honnold free soloing Moonlight Buttress & Half Dome) being the longest play of the evening. You also get to find out the significance of the famous picture of him standing out alone (see pic below)
Personal favourites included:
- Kranked - radical, free flowing mtb riding
- Africa Revolutions Tour – if you’ve ever been held under water for an uncomfortable amount of time this movie will bring back the nostalgia!!!
- Azazel – One big wall, one BASE rig, four Frenchies, 4000 Euro and 17 days
- First Ascent: Alone on the Wall – A very interesting look at Free Soloist Alex Honnold – yours hands will sweat for this one!
The rest of the movies are great and we really enjoyed them – as usual all the movies present athletes (and engineers) taking their crafts to the next level.
WARNING: Get your tickets before they get sold out (and they always sell out)
Premier outdoor retailer, Cape Union Mart in association with LED Lenser, Deuter, Merrell and K-Way, has announced the launch date for the local leg of international extreme sports film festival, Banff Mountain Film World Tour 2010. Showcasing the world’s finest mountain culture and extreme sports filmmakers, the festival kicks off on South African big screens on 17 September 2010.
Launched in 2006, the tour has received widespread acclaim by outdoor enthusiasts across the globe. 2010 sees this trend continuing as Cape Union Mart showcases short films featuring mountain biking, rock and ice climbing, kayaking, skiing and skateboarding. Included on the list of must-see films is the 2009 Banff People’s Choice winner – Kranked Revolve. Directed by Bjorn Enga, the film creatively displays mountain biking as the ultimate adrenaline rush.
Cape Union Mart Marketing Manager, Evan Torrance, says, “We’ve been in the business of outdoor and mountain sports since 1933. Our association with Banff, for the fifth consecutive year, is testament to the growth and popularity of these and related activities in South Africa.” He adds, “Locals are in for a treat as the festival promises a unique viewing experience.”
The South African leg of the Banff Mountain Film Festival will run from the 17-23 September at selected Ster Kinekor cinemas including Cavendish Square and Tygervalley in Cape Town, Sandton Square in Johannesburg and Brooklyn Mall in Pretoria. Bookings can be made through Ticketline on 08216789 or www.sterkinekor.com.
For more information visit www.banff.co.za or call 021 464 5800.