#BMFF Free-for-all

This year's signature image competition was won by Kennan Harvey.

This year’s signature image competition was won by Kennan Harvey.

In it’s 39th year the Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival is going stronger than ever. Events are selling out fast, markets are bursting at the seams and networking opportunities in the world of mountain sports and adventure are better than they’ve ever been. Some of the best films of the year are making their debut at the event and the who’s who of the mountaineering world are sure to be in attendance. But what if you missed out on ticket sales? What if you just want to take a quick browse and see what the festival is all about for the first time? If the festival has piqued your interest we suggest checking out these daytime programs, all free and all still open to participants who haven’t managed to get tickets to the more popular evening shows.

Old Style Storytelling Session      

Thursday, Nov.6th at 8:30 a.m. 

What’s not to love about some Old Style Storytelling first thing in the morning? Told in real time and in person, with no gadgets, gizmos or gear, come to hear old-school and off the cuff tales from some of the Rockies best story-tellers. 

Words and Wine: A Mountain Reading    

Friday, Nov.7th at 5:00 p.m. 

Expect full-bodied tales with hints of adventure and danger, and savour undertones of humour and humility. 

Mountain Marketplace 

Eric Harvie Theatre Lobby:
Friday, Nov. 7: 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 8: 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. 
Sunday, Nov. 9: 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Laszlo Funtek Wing: 
Friday, Nov, 7: 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. 
Saturday, Nov. 8: 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. 
Sunday, Nov. 9: 10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. 

Planning on buying gear this year? Thinking about your next adventure? Want to learn more about mountain organizations in your area? Featuring the latest in gear and apparel from Festival partners and industry leaders, the Mountain Marketplace is your one-stop shop for planning all of your mountain activities this year. 

Opening Reception: Counting on People    

Friday, Nov.7th at 5:00 p.m.

An exhibition of new work by the French and Algerian artist Neïl Beloufa. Working in video and sculpture, Beloufa’s work questions the role of the artist as an image maker, but also the purpose and agency of images today. 

Early Morning Hikes With The North Face  

Saturday, Nov. 8th and Sunday, Nov. 9th at 8:30 a.m.

Join The North Face athletes for lively conversation and a short early morning hike up Tunnel Mountain. They’ll make sure you are back for the 9 a.m. start of the daytime film programs!

 National Geographic Exploration and Grants Workshop

Saturday, Nov.8th at 9:00 a.m.

Learn about National Geographic grants supporting adventure and exploration around the world through the Expeditions Council.  Ask questions about the application process and learn about currently funded expeditions.  Discuss your potential proposal with Expeditions Council staff.

National Geographic Adventure Writing and Photography Workshop    

Saturday, Nov.8th at 11 a.m.

Learn how to pitch your story ideas to National Geographic magazines, books and related digital media.  Current editorial trends and story development process will be covered.  Have your questions answered by senior editors.

 National Geographic Your Shot: Hike With Photographer Jimmy Chin

Saturday, Nov.8th at 3 p.m.

Join a hike with National Geographic athlete and photographer Jimmy Chin, and the National Geographic team.  Meet in the Kinnear Centre Lobby (by Maclab Bistro) at The Banff Centre. 3:00 – 5:30 p.m.

Mountain Artwalk  

Saturday, Nov.8th at 4:00 p.m.

Explore our mountain art and photography exhibits with a walk through The Banff Centre campus and downtown venues. The walk concludes downtown at Wild Flour Artisan Bakery and Café. Please meet by the Eric Harvie Theatre Lobby (Outside) at 4 p.m. sharp.

National Geographic Television Story Pitch Workshop

Sunday, Nov. 9th at 9:00 a.m.

Get the inside scoop on pitching film projects to National Geographic Television and the Channel. Discover the insider perspective on National Geographic’s editorial development process. Discuss your film ideas with a National Geographic representative.

Gord McArthur: The Road to Sochi

Sunday, Nov. 9th at 9:00 a.m.

Professional ice climber and member of the Canadian Ice Climbing Team, Gord McArthur talks about  preparing for and executing  the 2014 Sochi Olympics ice climbing event and the resulting progression for the sport

on the international stage. Learn Gord’s personal outdoor and gear choices to train and compete.

Limited Seating, Refreshments, Poster Signing

Presented by Deuter Packs

Monod Sports
129 Banff Ave, Banff

Hot Topics: Noon hour seminar

Sunday, Nov. 9th at 12:30 p.m.

Tackling current big mountain issues with a panel of experts – always lively, always engaging, always hot!


The full schedule of events is available here.

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