“This film is about a very British climbing ethic,” says jury member Daniel du Lac. “The photography and music unpretentiously maintain tension without being manipulative, making it an outstanding film about the climbing community.”
Walk of Life, directed and edited by Dave Brown and produced by Paul Diffley, won over some stiff competition including, Big Up's Progression, Al Lee's On Sight and Alone On The Wall by Sender Films.
Big congratulations to Dave and Paul who won $2,000, the best climbing film was sponsored by the Alpine Club of Canada. Dave and Paul, who used to partner as Hot Aches but now have their own film companies, also won at Banff last year; Committed 2: Grit Kids won Best Film On Climbing, If You're Not Falling, Best Short Mountain Film and Committed 2: Grit Kids, the Audio Post Production Award.
The Grand Prize this year was won by a film called Finding Farley directed by Leanne Allison and produced by Tracey Friesen. It is described thus,
"When filmmakers Karsten Heuer and Leanne Allison, along with their two-year-old son Zev and indomitable dog Willow, set out to retrace the literary footsteps of Farley Mowat, they meant it literally. Their 5000-kilometre trip — trekking, sailing, portaging, and paddling from the Prairies to the Maritimes — is captured in this film. The family's arrival at their final destination (Mowat's Nova Scotian summer home) is, as Heuer says, “an affirmation of what the land and animals had already told us.”
You can view all the winners at Banff Mountain Festival 2009 Film Award Winners.
The Kendal Mountain Festival Film competition is up next and you can read Matt Heason's take on that at this UKC article: Kendal Mountain Festival News: The Film Competition
HOW TO BOOK TICKETS
Easily accessible from the M6 and by train and there are plenty of accommodation options in and around the town but you need to be on your toes as they fill up very quickly over the Mountain Festival weekend.
For all your questions, accomodation and travel needs go to www.golakes.co.uk here you will find all the information you should need for your visit to Cumbria, alternatively call the accommodation booking line on 0845 450 1199.