Banff Film Festival!!!
Banff Film Festival
The Banff Mountain Film Festival is an annual presentation of short films and documentaries about mountain culture, sports and environment. It was launched in 1976 as The Banff Festival of Mountain Films by the The Banff Centre. BANFF FILM
This film festival is like no other movie production festival I have ever seen, there are people who jump off cliffs with suits that they call "Squirrel Suits", there are people who go down steep rocky mountains going fifty plus miles an hour on a bike! Then there are the insigne sports men who try to cross the span of water between Australia and New Zealand. This film festival is for sports driven, risk taking, and insigne for extreme outdoor sports people.
I just recently saw one of the showings of the Banff Film Festival at Kings Barry Hall at the University of Utah and I was blow away. The cinema was so well shot, and the music and scenery was amazing. I felt inspired to even try one of the sports, which was base jumping but where you wore a special suit that acted as if you had webbing between your arms and legs.
In this short film that involved using the special suits called "Squirrel Suits," these people would find very high cliffs and then jump off these but instead of just free falling, these special suits would allow them to enjoy a much longer free fall. These people would sore through the sky and come as close as ten feet from the ground while flying twenty miles an hour. When I first saw this section of the film my breath was taken away.
Check out this video!!
Squirrel Suit Base Jumping
The last section of the Banff Film that saw was about a man who tried and in my mind succeeded to kayak by himself across a body of water between Australia and New Zealand. The total voyage of his trip was around 1200 Kilometers, taking an estimated of thirty days and an average of 30 miles of paddling per day. This man was beaten and wiped out by treacherous storms and freezing conditions. He had made it to thirty days and was supposedly in sight of shore when his kayak flipped over and he didn't have the strength to flip it back over. They later found his kayak and gear floating not far from shore but never found the Kayaker. I do believe that he did accomplish his mission of crossing the water between Australia and New Zealand.
This film was awesome I would recommend everyone to go see this it. Here is a link of a schedule to where and when it will be showing.BANFF FILM FESTIVAL