Banff Mountain Film Festival The Festival Theatre Edinburgh Review Saturday 25th January 2020

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The Banff Mountain Film Festival UK & Ireland Tour made its usual January stop-off at The Festival Theatre Edinburgh today with two programmes of screenings – The Blue event screenings in the afternoon, and the Red event evening screenings that I was watching for this review

Over the years that I have been reviewing this film festival, and its sister “Ocean Film Festival”, I have had the pleasure of watching this event grow in size and popularity, and now see many regular faces in the audience. II suspect too, that many had  already been to the earlier afternoon screenings too.  Whatever the films in the programme, there are always two things that are always a part of this event

1 The quality of the film making and photography which is brought to vivid life on The Festival Theatre’s very high quality large digital film screen.

2- The always warm and friendly atmosphere of the event as people of all ages come together  for their in common love of the outdoor world.

As always, a diverse film programme, with the RED screening  as below

CHARGE  (5 mins)  Four top freeskiers and a world champion drone pilot.

THE FLIP (3 mins) French Skydiver Remi Angeli takes on BASE jumping

HOME (Tour Edit) (46 mins) Oxfordshire adventurer Sarah Outen embarks on a four-year, human-powered traverse of the globe

THE LADAKH PROJECT (14 mins) French athlete Nouria Newman embarks on a 375km solo kayaking expedition down the most remote and daunting rivers in the Indian Himalaya.

UP TO SPEED (20 mins) Climbing is in the 2020 Olympics, and so is SPEED CLIMBING.

THE IMAGINARY LINE (10 mins) Mexico and the USA assemble to establish a slackline that crosses borders.

THABANG (13 mins) South African Thabang Madiba and his success in trial running.

DANNY DAY CARE (4 mins) Danny MacAskill takes on childcare via biking in a very unusual way.

There was however this year, no film of any mountains or outdoor rock surfaces actually being climbed in this programme (the Blue one had that), and I was expecting that in a “mountain film festival”.

As always, our films give us a tiny insight into the wonders of nature that are out there, and given the current high profile focus on climate issues, I think that at this RED screening, the film festival organisers are missing a massive opportunity to highlight via their world-wide reach of audiences, so many pressing issues of environmental concern to many people, including myself.

Further details of all films are available direct from

https://www.banff-uk.com/

Review by Tom King

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