The sixth edition of the BANFF Mountain Film Festival’s world tour concludes its Alto Aragón tour with a total of 3,880 spectators, a figure that reflects the great social support for the event despite restrictions imposed for health reasons. The figure is mainly based on the double cycle of the official program that was implemented in each of the five headquarters in the province of Huesca (Huesca, Jaca, Barbastro, Benasque and Boltania).
Last February, the competition began in the capital where the available seats in the Carlos Saura Hall in the Palacio de Congresos were filled (386 persons subject to applicable restrictions); A fact repeated everywhere from the other four places. “The public has responded in an extraordinary way to both the technical proposal, the indications and the sanitary regulations,” says Jesus Bosque, Programming Director at BANFF in Spain.
During the months of February, March and April, Jaca, Barbastro, Benasque and Boltaña took on a multidisciplinary proposal, adapting to the permitted hours, the crowd limitation and safety distance completed a new release with mountain and seventh art as the backbone. The organizational effort has responded with residents of every region, excited by this cycle that brings together the best of adventure, mountain and extreme sports movie productions around the world.
Among the novelties this year was the showing of the documentary Cholitas, which can be seen in Huesca and Polatina; Or the children’s session entitled “BANFF Kids”; A proposal born to grow and develop after its good initial reception in the capital and Barbastro.
The cinematic proposal was complemented by another series of activities such as outings to nature, talks or exhibitions such as the one that can be seen in the capital of Huesca: “We are a Land.” Photo exhibition of Ecuadorian mountaineer Juan Sebastian Rodriguez, which attracted more than 800 people during its opening month; The large number of guided tours in small groups was one of the big reception keys to this collection of pictures from Los Andes. A reflection on the fragility and continuous development of the planet which also received national and international media coverage as it was the first time that its author had been exhibited in Spain.
Since 1986, one of the main features of this festival held in Banff (Canada) has been the world tour of the Banff Mountain Film Festival. There are currently around 1,100 shows in 550 locations in 45 countries, with an audience of over 550,000 viewers. In 2016 she arrived in Huesca-based Spain for the first time, with the founder of the Huesca International Film Festival as the main ambassador to Spain.
The BANFF Mountain Film Festival world tour in Spain is organized by the International Film Festival Foundation of Huesca and Peña Guara with the support of the Huesca City Council, Tohesca, the Canadian Embassy in Spain and with the support of the Aragon Women Institute.