Cycling wow factor at Banff Film Tour
Inspiration for walking and cycling holidays comes in all forms – but after viewing some of the extraordinary biking films at the forthcoming Banff Mountain Film Festival UK Tour we imagine you’ll be keener than ever to explore the world on two wheels.
This year’s UK tour returns for the fourth time and starts in Wales at the end of the month. Some 35 screening events will take place across Scotland and England, and for the first time in the tour’s history there are dates in Ireland.
BMFF is in fact an international film competition hosted by The Banff Centre, based in the Canadian Rockies, and sees more than 300 entries every year. Following the original screenings that take place each autumn, 25 award-winning films and audience favourites are selected for the World Tour. The tour visits nearly 400 communities across 35 countries.
In the UK alone, the BMFF is expected to attract 16,000 adventure lovers. Each location has hand-picked films that best match local interests, from adrenaline-pumping adventure sport shorts to longer, heart-warming tales of environment and culture. (Be warned that not all films are shown at every location.)
Mountain biking films to look out for
STRENGTH IN NUMBERS (Banff Edit): The world of mountain biking has many communities. And while different riders follow different lines, they all end up in the same place. Tire to ground, foot to pedal, hand to bar - people drawn together by the trails of dirt. Featuring spectacular cinematography and the stunning backdrop of the Swiss Alps, the forests of British Columbia and an urban mountain bike park in the US.
INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTIONS: World renowned Scottish trials rider Danny MacAskill is at it again wowing audiences with his mazing two-wheeled feats and tricks. This time Danny uses an abandoned ironworks as his playground. The film is rather like a whimsical jaunt through the past as the rider uses his incredible skills to navigate his way around the historic Scottish site.
LILY SHREDS TRAILSIDE: It's rare that mountain bike films feature animals. Lily, a Jack Russell Terrier, is the star of this film, carving out some new lines in Utah America and proving that downhill mountain bike trails need not be just enjoyed by human riders.
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