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The Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour is returning to the UK and Ireland for 2018, with more shows and more venues than ever before

The tour features two different collections of new adventure films, starring the world’s top explorers on amazing journeys in wild and remote parts of the globe.

“This is the first time we’ve topped 100 shows in the UK and Ireland, which is really exciting!” said Tour Director Nell Teasdale.

“UK and Irish audiences have a huge passion for adventure, so we’re delighted to be able to share these amazing films and their intrepid characters with wider audiences and even more venues. We guarantee the tour will inspire viewers to start planning their own outdoor adventures too!”

The tour’s films are chosen from hundreds of films entered into the prestigious Banff Mountain Film Festival, which takes place every year in the Canadian Rockies. Each screening offers a real sense of community, bringing together outdoor enthusiasts who are into all sorts of outdoor pursuits, and there are free prize giveaways at every event too.

The UK and Ireland tour starts in Edinburgh on Saturday 13 January, and finishes in Newtownabbey, Northern Ireland, on Saturday 19 May, visiting nearly 60 locations with 103 shows along the way. The tour is part of the wider Banff World Tour, which travels the globe each year, visiting nearly 50 countries and reaching more than 400,000 people worldwide.

2018 World Tour trailer

Programme highlights for 2018

The Frozen Road

Yorkshireman Ben Page is embarking on a solo bikepacking journey in the Canadian Arctic. He starts with romantic visions of perfect solitude, but as the latitude increases and the mercury falls below -30˚C, he discovers what it truly means to travel alone in this great emptiness.

The Frozen Road © Ben Page

Into Twin Galaxies – A Greenland Epic

Top adventurers Ben Stookesberry, Sarah McNair-Landry and Erik Boomer are on an extreme mission in Greenland. Using kite skis, the trio tow their white-water kayaks 1,000km over the Greenland Ice Cap to reach the northernmost river ever paddled – and then the challenge gets even tougher. With spectacular cinematography, remote wilderness and a large amount of suffering, this film shows what it’s like to be far out of your comfort zone.

Into Twin Galaxies © Erik Boomer

Dreamwalkers – The Faroes Project

In the middle of the North Atlantic Ocean, the Faroe Islands are renowned for wild weather and swirling winds – not ideal when you’re perched on a wire between towering sea cliffs. This doesn’t deter four Dutch friends attempting to be the first people to highline in these desolate islands.

Dreamwalkers © credit Chris Eyre Walker

For more information and to book tickets, visit www.banff-uk.com. The complete listing of tour dates can be found here.

Header image: © Larry Shiu, Cascade Mountain, Banff National Park