Banff Film Festival 2012

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The Banff Mountain Film Festival came to Caltech on March 27 at 7:30 PM. It was held in Beckman Auditorium for the first time; there were 909 attendees, which was a huge success for the change of venue from the 380-person Ramo Auditorium! Thanks for joining us!

World Tour Stop: Caltech

Big News: we are hosting the 2012 show in Beckman Auditorium!! Never thought I'd be saying this, but we might actually run out of tickets! We are quickly approaching the 1000 mark, so get your tickets soon!

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Since at least 2001, Caltech has been a proud host of the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour. Stopping at over 500 locations in 30 countries around the globe, the Tour celebrates the best films shown at that year's Festival in Banff, Alberta, Canada, one of the premiere exhibitions of films about mountain culture in the world. Topics of the films include mountain sports (skiing, climbing, kayaking, mountain biking, BASE, and others) and exotic mountain communities living in remote corners of the Earth. Dramatic scenery, quirky comedy, artistic cinematography, and epic adventures are classic trademarks of the best Banff films.

The format of this year's event, the ~12th annual World Tour stop at Caltech, will be the same as in years past: 2-2.5 hours of total footage divided into 7-10 different films covering a wide variety of the above mentioned themes. Each film will range in length from 5-30+ minutes. There are a large number of films to choose from, even after only the best films have been chosen during the week-long Film Festival held in November. Members of the Caltech Alpine Club community gather every year in late January to determine the final list of films to be shown at our own screening in Pasadena, customized to our audience and personal taste. We also pay close attention to suggestions from years past!

In late March, we show this selection of films to what has been a sell-out crowd for as long as we can remember. Ticket prices are $12 for general audience (price goes up to $15 at the door) and $5 for Caltech students. If you plan to come, please purchase your tickets in advance from the Caltech Events ticket office here to assure that you won't miss our biggest event of the year!


Beckman Auditorium, Caltech

Tickets are now available! Don't miss out!

Local Sponsors


This year's raffle is going to be AWESOME! We have generous support from The North Face, Hangar18 climbing gym,lots of prizes from our favorite local gear shop REI, and a truly unprecedented reception in the works with free snacks and libations, supported by our friends at the American Alpine Club and hosted by Eagle Rock Brewery (also throwing some awesome prizes to the crowd). Our good friend SP Parker at Sierra Mountain Center has generously offered a free Level I Avalanche Course for raffle as well. Of course, there'll be the usual huge pile of goodies as well, from the Banff World Tour sponsors (TNF, Deuter, OR, etc). We are always seeking additional support, so please contact Nick if you would like to be a sponsor of this year's show. THANKS!

  • Grand Prize: 2012 Alpine Project Jacket, The North Face
  • Second Prize: Voucher for Level I Avalanche Course, Sierra Mountain Center
  • Hardcore Prize: Voucher for 1-year Membership to Hangar 18 Rock Climbing Gyms
  • Couch Alpinist Prize: Eagle Rock Brewery Growler and Pint Glass Set
  • Free Kicking Horse coffee to the first 500 attendees!
  • Much, much more!


This year, the Caltech show will include films spanning skiing, climbing, mountain biking, paddling, environmental awareness, avalanche rescue (sort of...), and exotic cultures:

  • All.I.Can (short edit)
  • Blue Obsession
  • C.A.R.C.A
  • Chasing Water
  • Cold
  • Grand Libre au Grand Cap
  • On Assignment: Jimmy Chin
  • Seasons: Winter
  • Ski Bums Never Die
  • Solitaire (short edit)
  • Towers of the Ennedi
  • The Trail Collector



See Also


Note: you can also access this page via Banff. For a full URL, use

You might also be interested in Reel Rock Tour 2011 in October 2011.