14 January, 2019

Banff Film Festival at Pitlochry on World Tour

The world’s most prestigious mountain film festival returns to Pitlochry Festival Theatre on Saturday, 2 February with two different screenings of extraordinary collections of short films, at 2pm and 7pm – a must-see for anyone with a spirit of adventure!

Banff Mountain Film Festival has sold out both screenings for a number of years, well ahead of the event, and this year, returning with two new programmes of adrenaline-packed, extreme action sports and stunning scenery from around the globe, looks set to be the same.

2019’s brand new selections include RJ Ripper - a mesmerising blend of mountain sports and culture, as world-class mountain biker, Rajesh (RJ) Magar explores his homeland of Nepal - and discover How To Run 100 Miles with Jayson Sime on his first 100-mile mountain ultramarathon (including a 6,000m ascent), betting on his life-long resilience to carry him to the finish line. Then there’s Reel Rock - Break on Through: grade 5.15 in climbing is described as a number representing the unattainable, a ‘magical barrier’ similar to breaking the four-minute mile. Only a few male climbers had achieved the grade and no women. Enter an exceptionally driven 19-year-old, Margo Hayes.

“When I sense others doubting what I can do, my determination triples," says Margo on her quest to smash through the barrier.

The UK tour is part of the wider Banff World Tour, which travels the globe reaching more than 400,000 people worldwide. Films are selected from hundreds entered into the Banff Mountain Film Festival, which takes place for every November in Canada’s Rocky Mountains and Tour Director, Nell Teasdale, tells us:

“We guarantee, at this 10th year anniversary, atmosphere at the shows will be buzzing – and audiences will go home inspired to have an adventure of their own as well.”

As well as thrilling films, each event also features a free prize draw for exciting outdoorsy goodies from the Tour Partners. And if ‘outdoorsy’ appeals to you, there are a number of events during the following Winter Words Festival that may be just right for you. Amongst others, Hillwalking Ambassador for the British Mountaineering Council, Chris Townsend launches the Literary Lunch programme with Walking The Spine Of Scotland, and hill and fell-runner, Jonny Muir, discovers the insatiable lure of the hills, and in his event The Mountains Are Calling, tells how he took on the supreme test of mountain running – Ramsay’s Round – a daunting 60-mile circuit of 23 mountains with an equivalent height of Everest, culminating on Ben Nevis.

BOTH Banff screenings have limited availability – book now to avoid disappointment! Call the Box Office team on 01796 484626 or click here to book online

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