THE thrills of the outdoors can be enjoyed from the comfort of your theatre seat at Eden Court next week.
The main Empire Theatre auditorium is welcoming a visit from the Banff Mountain Film Festival as part of its the biggest tour of the UK and Ireland to date, taking in 56 screenings and an estimated audience of 28,000, almost 10,000 up from last year’s figures.
The festival showcases the best of the latest films from the global mountain sports community including climbing, alpinism, mountain biking, adventure travel, skiing and kayaking.
The diverse film programme is selected from the 360 films, including award-winners and audience favourites, entered into the prestigious Banff Mountain Film Festival held in the Canadian Rockies in November 2013.
The World Tour travels the globe every year, visiting over 40 different countries and watched by more than 300,000 people.
2014 highlights screened at Eden Court include:
Best Short Mountain Film Winner
Every year we pursue our dreams, push our boundaries and challenge our abilities while getting a little bit older in the process. How we choose to celebrate the passing of another year is up to us. Follow climber Derek Craig’s birthday challenge - to climb thirty-five routes on his thirty-fifth birthday. This film celebrates the billions of tiny moments that make up our lives and remind us to take the time to remember these moments, and be motivated by them.
Beyond the Drop
Six pro kayakers from around the world connect in the rainforests of Southern Mexico to explore the impossibly blue water of the Agua Azul. When it comes to running waterfalls, there’s a lot more to it than just the drop.
Keeper of the Mountain
Special Jury Mention
Elizabeth Hawley bucked the conventions of her time by settling alone in Kathmandu in 1960, where she began chronicling Himalayan expeditions for The Himalayan Database. Even as she turns 90, she continues to update these records with rigorous accuracy and dedication, challenging the truth of even the most adamant of mountaineers.
North of the Sun
Grand Prize & People’s Choice Winner
Tucked between the cold Atlantic Ocean and the rocky slopes of a remote, artic island, two young Norwegian adventureres discover their own private playground. They build themselves a cabin out of flotsam while clearing the beach of debris, then spend the long winter skiing and surfing in the haunting low light.
Split of a Second
99.9% of time is spent in preparation for living a few moments of joy. The other .1% is to only be here now, and step off that cliff! An up close and personal look at the motivations behind Wingsuit World Champion Espen Fadnes and why he risks everything for the thrill of a few seconds!
Supervention (Special Edit)
A documentary on modern skiing and snowboarding. Join an intense and unpredictable journey together with the world’s most talented skiers and snowboarders. Share their delight and uncertainty as they tackle big mountains and gnarly rail slides in spectacular Norwegian locations.
The Sensei (Reel Rock 8)
Radical Reels People’s Choice Award
East meets West and old meets new. Forty-three-year-old Yuji Hirayama is one of the great legends of modern climbing while twenty-something world class boulder, Daniel Woods is one of the strongest humans in the climbing worlds. The duo team up for an expedition of a lifetime. But when Daniel-san travels to Japan to prove himself worthy of Hirayama’s mentorship, the question becomes, who learns from whom?
•The Banff Mountain Film Festival comes to the Empire Theatre, Eden Court, Inverness, at 7.30pm on Thursday 30th January.