Baniff Mountain Festival Autumn 2002
Film Festival Entries
Reflect Strength of Mountain Film Industry
number of films were entered in this year's Banff
Mountain Film Festival - reflecting the strength and
diversity of the mountain film industry. Two hundred
and sixty-three films representing 31 countries were
received for the 2002 competition. The Banff Mountain
Film Festival takes place October 29 and November 1-3
in Banff, Alberta.
"The mountain film
industry has never been stronger - and this year's
entries reflect that fact," says Bernadette McDonald,
vice-president, Mountain Culture at The Banff Centre.
"From a 15-year-old novice filmmaker to some of the
most respected directors and producers in the
business, the story-telling is first-class. I don't
think I've ever seen such variety - there is
everything from Ethiopia to Patagonia, from mixed
climbing in the Canadian Rockies to Lhotse Middle
Peak, from an incredible portrait of Massoud the
Afghan to an equally compelling depiction of the
legendary characters of Yosemite's Camp 4."
The festival today
announced the 45 finalist films that will be screened
during the festival.
An international jury
will meet during festival week to select winners in
six prize categories and to choose a Grand Prize
Winner. The 2002 jury includes Jean Afanassieff
(France), Gerhard Baur (Germany), Piers Handling
(Canada), Roger Payne (U.K.) and Valeriana Rosso
(Italy). The festival audience chooses the People's
In addition to
screening the 45 finalist films, this year's festival
includes presentations by Erik Weihenmayer, the first
blind climber to summit Everest, and by American
alpinist Steve House.
Climbers, Sponsors going to Banff this Autumn? Meet