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BANFF FILM FESTIVAL TOUR                                     Editor: Nancy Nourse               

Date: January 20, 2012  Region: Sherbrooke

1. banff film festivalWith more than 300 films competing each year, the Banff Film Festival is regarded as the most important cinematography mountain event in the world. As has been the case for a few years, films which belong to the ‘round the world category’ of the festival are chosen from among forty finalists. The majority of films are presented originally in an English version. Whenever a French version or a subtitled version is available, it will be presented. The films are the same for all representations. This year, the ‘round the world tour’ will be shown in 11 cities around Quebec -- January 16 to February 16, 2012: Drummondville… on January 24 (7 p.m.) and Sherbrooke… on February 1 (7:30p.m.). The tour offers varied films where the quality of the images and comments make this cinematographic event into a breathtaking moment for the amateur of mountains, nature and adventure.

These three intense hours of the best films on mountain and adventure resulting from the most recent films are representative of the most important festival of its kind in the world. More than 12,000 amateurs, of a catalogue of films dealing with great spaces, attend the annual representations of the tour. Among this year’s selected films: Canada, 2011/created by and produced by Adam Bailey - “the search of a man to revolutionize the rescue in avalanche scenerios with the help of animals”; winner of ‘Best Mountain Sports Film given by Live Out There'/Canada, 2011/created by and produced by Douglas Mike - “Josh Dueck was a suction ski trainer until a ski accident in 2004 changed his life for good. In spite of his return on the boards and his success in the world of competitive ski-sitting, he was not satisfied. His dream was to attack the deep back-country, with the most abrupt and wild mountains in the world. And with his contagious attitude, we will witness him carry out his dream! ».

Best Film offered by Mountain Equipment Co-Op / Best Mountain Climbing film offered by Off-Alpine Club Canada and a Bursary for Audio Post-production offered by The Banff Centers went to a USA 2011 film, created and produced by Anson Fogel - “Live Gasherbrum II, rough and authentic images of the mountaineer Cory Richard, in the middle of one black and virulent winter. This film skillfully captures the overlapping feelings of pain, fear and doubt – depicting the dramatic descent amplified by the isolation and the danger”.  

*** DRUMMONDVILLE: Tuesday January 24, House of Arts Desjardins de Drummondville, salle Léo-Paul-Therrien (175 rue Ringuet, Drummondville) Tickets - (819) 477-5412 or 1-800-265-5412 or

SHERBROOKE: Wednesday February 1, in the Arts centre of the University of Sherbrooke, Room Maurice O' Bready (2500 boul. university, Sherbrooke). Tickets - (819) 820-1000 or

Tickets are also on in specialized shops such as Atmosphere Sherbrooke (2325 King West) or contact 819-566-8882.

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