David Lama hangs on the belay of the last pitch of the headwall of Cerro Torre.

Banff Film Fest coming to Tidemark

Banff Film Festival coming to Campbell River

Every fall in Banff, Alta. film-makers and mountain adventurers gather for the Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival.

When the dust settles, from the approximately 350 films entered, a selection of award winners and audience favourites are chosen to travel around the world to be screened in more than 400 communities in 40 countries.

The festival plays in Campbell River at the Tidemark Theatre on Friday, Dec. 5 and on Quadra Island at the Community Centre on Saturday, Dec. 6.

This year’s tour features a collection of the most inspiring action, environmental, and adventure films from the main festival. One of the outstanding films on this year’s tour is ‘Cerro Torre.’

In an act of adolescent frivolousness, David Lama boastfully announces plans to free climb Cerro Torre. Although one of the greatest climbing talents in the world, Lama doesn’t anticipate the conditions on the storm ravaged spire.

Will Lama reach the summit of one of the world’s most challenging mountains and set a new standard for alpine free climbing?

Another film to watch for is the story of free solo, high liner Faith Dickey. A native from Texas she holds the world record for furthest high line done by a woman. Hold on to your seats as this calm woman faces fear head-on.

The Best of the Banff Mountain Film Festival plays at the Tidemark Theatre Dec. 5 at 7 p.m. and at the Quadra Island Community Centre on Dec. 6 at 7 p.m. Tickets are available for both shows in advance from the Tidemark 250-287-7465 (noon-6 p.m.).  For more information about the Banff Festival visit www.banffcentre.ca