Powder-dusted peaks, knife edge ridges, arrestingly crisp mountain air – I’m not sure you could imagine a more inspiring setting for a film festival. I was lucky enough to fly the flag for Seedlight at this year’s Banff Mountain Film Festival last week in Banff as our film, El Campo es Vida, was selected as a finalist in the Mountain Culture category. We were so proud to bring Javier’s story all the way from a little valley in Patagonia to North American audiences and, judging by a full house of captivated viewers, we touched a heart or two in the process.
The festival was really a visual and intellectual feast – sating cravings for ski porn and adventure epics but also sparking some critical thought about how we conserve, appreciate and utilize mountain landscapes. If you’re keen to check out some of this year’s highlights, you can watch several of the flicks online, including Kyle Dempster’s heart-warming cycle across Kyrgzstan in The Road From Karakol, the story of an Ecuadorian tradition at threat in The Last Ice Merchant or the clever mountain biking vignette Flow: The Elements of Freeride. I’d also highly recommend you get yourself into a theatre to see North of the Sun, the grand jury winner that follows two young teens as they escape the world and set up camp on a Norwegian beach to surf and enjoy the simple life, along with Stand, which explores threats to the Great Bear Rainforest in northern British Columbia through the eyes of stand-up paddleboarders. Both are visually stunning and also very thoughtfully crafted stories.
Seedlight has just gotten word that El Campo es Vida has also been selected for the 2014 Wild and Scenic Film Festival in Nevada City this coming January. We’re thrilled that our little film is reaching stages across North America and really chuffed to be a part of these events, which are powerful hubs for a collective conversation about how we tell the stories of our world and our connection to it. You can check out more details on the fest as they are announced here.