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Banff Mountain Film Festival - Blue

New Date: Fri 23 Oct, 19:30

PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED.
RE-SCHEDULED TO FRIDAY 23 OCTOBER 2020.

Please note that due to the current situation we have unfortunately had to postpone the Banff Mountain Film Festival at The Hexagon on Wednesday 18 March until the autumn.  The screening will now take place on Friday 23 October 2020 replacing the advertised Ocean Film festival.  All existing bookings for the Banff Mountain Film Festival will automatically be transferred to October, any ticket holders not able to attend the new date should please contact the box office before 31 May to request a refund.  Reading Arts box office will contact any customers who currently hold tickets for the Ocean film festival, ticket holders can choose to attend the Mountain Film Festival or request a full refund.

 It may be necessary to reseat some ticket holders and we will contact you if your booking needs to be amended.   Our sincere apologies for any inconvenience caused, we thank you for your understanding in these difficult circumstances and hope that you will be able to join us for the screening in the autumn.

 

Embark on a thrilling night of adventure with a brand-new collection of short films from the world’s most prestigious mountain film festival!
 
The Banff Mountain Film Festival joins the world’s best adventure film-makers and explorers as they push themselves to the limits in the most remote and stunning corners of the globe. Witness epic human-powered feats, life-affirming challenges and mind-blowing cinematography – all on the big screen!
 
There are two shows, each with an entirely different selection of films - the 'red' film programme (Wednesday 29 January) and the 'blue' film programme (Wednesday 18 March). 
Double the adventure by coming to both with a two-show discount, available online.
 
An adrenaline fueled, not-to-be missed event with free prize giveaways that is guaranteed to ignite your passion for adventure, action and travel!
 
See www.banff-uk.com for more details. 

Banff Blue Programme

A Nordic Skater (5 minutes)

Nordic skating is the art of long-distance skating on natural ice and, on the spellbinding frozen fjords and lakes of Norway, Per Sollerman has found his calling. A former action sports fan, Per now uses all of his senses to journey safely over the ice and feel part of the landscape. An enticing portrayal of this little-known sport.

Return to Earth (Tour Edit) (5 minutes)

Combining epic riding with life’s big questions, Return to Earth stars mountain biking’s biggest athletes, unsung talents and up-and-coming youth as they shred gnarly trails from British Columbia to Utah, while proving that when we lose track of time, we can make the most of it. In these moments of clarity, there can be an entire lifetime worth remembering.

The High Road (18 minutes)

Nina Williams is drawn to climbing the most beautiful lines… which also happen to be the tallest. Nina specialises in highball bouldering – climbing tall boulders of extreme difficulty, without a rope – which combines the physicality of bouldering with the mental discipline of free soloing. Watch in awe as she flexes her guns and tests her nerves well into the no-fall zone.

Spectre Expedition – Mission Antarctica (36 minutes)

1,000 miles, 200+kg, 65 days, 3 mates, 1 mountain. Using snow-kites to travel great distances, with massive loads at speeds up to 60kmph, this is the epic tale of Leo Houlding, Jean Burgun and Mark Sedon's daring dream to reach the summit of the most remote mountain on earth: The Spectre, Antarctica.

The Frenchy (11 minutes)

Jaques Houot, 82, may just have found the fountain of youth. The Colorado-based French ski racer, downhill mountain biker, road cyclist and incorrigible flirt is the embodiment of joi de vivre. Jaques has survived countless close calls, including avalanches, cancer, car accidents, a heart attack and even attempted murder. As a survivor, he tries to enjoy every day he has, ripping through the mountains with his signature catchphrase, “No problem!”

The Long River Home (20 minutes)

US veterans who were injured in war come together for another mission as they guide blind Navy veteran Lonnie Bedwell on a 14-day river trip in the Grand Canyon. Battling powerful rapids including the daunting Lava Falls, this is a film about overcoming the residual impacts of war through kayaking – forming a team, kicking out in the current and finding a line through the chaos.

The Running Pastor (9 minutes)

As a shepherd’s son, Sverri Steinholm grew up chasing sheep around the dramatic, otherworldly Faroe Islands. Today he is a pastor of the Lutheran Church, the dominant religion on the islands. He is also a compulsive runner, finding solace and spiritual refuge from personal conflicts and the burdens of priesthood on rugged, exposed trails of his homeland.