Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour returns to Southland

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American film Stumped will screen during the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour will be in Invercargill tomorrow night. Photo: Cedar Wright

THE Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour will be in Invercargill tomorrow night.

The event is an important fundraiser for the New Zealand Alpine Club (NZAC), with the profits supporting the outdoor community.

General manager Karen Leacock said they were excited and proud to bring the festival back to New Zealand for its 16th year.

“It is a unique event in that the on-the-ground organisation is done by a large team of volunteers, meaning that the profits can funnel straight back into supporting club activities around the country. Each and every person who attends the screening not only gets to see the best adventure films in the world, but also directly supports us in furthering our mission of supporting climbing, access and the outdoors community in New Zealand,” she said.

NZAC activities which have been supported by previous film festivals include safety projects, crag repair, training of volunteers, hut maintenance, access and conservation initiatives. With stops planned in about 550 communities and more than 40 countries around the globe, this year’s tour features a collection of the most inspiring action, environmental, and adventure films from the festival.

From about 400 films entered into the annual festival, award-winning films and audience favourites are among the films chosen to travel the globe. Invercargill will screen the “blue programme”, with films Surf The Line (2016, France, three minutes), Pedal (2017, USA, eight minutes), Into Twin Galaxies – A Greenland Epic (2016, Germany, 52 minutes), Denali’s Raven(2016, USA, nine minutes), Tsirku (Tour Edit) (2016, Canada, 16 minutes), My Irnik (2017, Canada, 16 minutes), and Stumped(2017, USA, 25 minutes).

For more information, go to www.banff.nz

Thursday, June 7, 7pm, SIT Centrestage, Invercargill. Tickets available from TicketDirect. Take your coins along and drop them in the collection box to donate to the Southland Section NZAC Conservation Initiative – Trapping Programme

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