Banff Film Festival - UK Films Scoop Prizes

British films have done exceptionally well at the latest Banff Film Festival in Canada, with Hot Aches and Posing Productions both coming away with awards.

Dave Brown and director Paul Diffley won both the award for Best Film on Climbing for Committed 2: Grit Kids, and the Best Short Mountain Film for If You're Not Falling.

Jury member Jim Donini says about Grit Kids:

“Even for a jaded climber like me, the film made my palms sweat. It's always difficult for a filmmaker to make a climb look as difficult as we know it is, but this film pulled it off.”

Following Canadian climber Sonnie Trotter to Scotland, If You're Not Falling traces his climb up the phenomenally difficult Dumbarton Rock northwest of Glasgow. Pared away to the essential elements of the climb, the film manages to tell a whole story of desire, failure, and ultimate triumph in eight minutes.

For 2008, the jury also chose to give three Special Jury Awards:

The third award went to mountaineering film Psyche: Patagonia Winter by director/producer Alastair Lee, for the sheer endurance needed to complete the film in what the jury describes as “appalling conditions.”

The Audio Post Production Award, chosen by Banff Centre Audio program alumnus and Academy Award-winning sound editor Mark Willsher, was given to Committed 2: Grit Kids, with special recognition to the soundtrack of The Meadow.

The 2008 Banff Mountain Film Festival jury included Spanish sport climber Josune Bereziartu, climber and American Alpine Club president Jim Donini, British climber, guide, and film production manager Brian Hall, Canmore, Alberta-based filmmaker Patrick McCloskey, and French mountaineer Christian Trommsdorff.

You can read about all the award winners at the Banff Website

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