Banff Film Festival Selection Night 2012

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Join us once again to select the films that will be shown at this year's Banff Film Festival World Tour event, which is slated for screening in Big Bad Beckman Auditorium in late March. If you are unfamiliar with the Festival and the necessary task of selecting films to be shown at our Tour stop, see the info at the bottom of the page.

As always, this is your chance to have a say in what what we show at the screening! Were you unsatisfied with the choices last year? Hate skiing? Love skydiving? Come and make your opinion count. The Banff Centre has given us a DVD with a short preview clip of each candidate film, and the whole selection process should take about two hours (of course, you're welcome to leave early).

We will provide drinks and pizza! Let us know your eat/drink preferences in the RSVP below. Show up at 7:00 for pizza and the films will begin at 7:30.


  • Date: Wednesday Jan 18
  • Time: 7:00pm for pizza, 7:30 films, lasting til ~9:30
  • Place: ***North*** Cats Rec Room




Name (I drink ______, I eat ______ pizza)

  • Sara (water, veggie)
  • Nick (beer, any)
  • Erik (beer, veggie)
  • Patrick(beer, veggie)
  • Joel (beer, veggie)
  • Lauren (beer, veggie) Note: I'll be there around 8pm (have a class until then) so can someone save me a few slices? You will be rewarded with baked goods. - I will be happy to save you a few slices of whatever kind of pizza I don't like :)
  • Greg Huey (diet soda and pepperoni & cheese pizza please)
  • Pratyush (beer, any)
  • Nicole (beer, lots of veggies)
  • Ana (beer, veggie)
  • Eric (beer, meat lovers or veggie- i'm game for both) -- I'll be there a little late, around 7:30. Please save me some pizza?
  • Justin (beer, any)
  • Matt (beer, any)
  • Luke (beer, any)
  • Megan (juice)
  • Shriharsh (juice/water, any)
  • Dmitriy (beer, meat lovers)

Films on Tour

Here are the films that are eligible for selection in this year's screening:

  • 23 Feet
  • All.I.Can: The Short Cut
  • Blue Obsession
  • C.A.R.C.A
  • Chasing Water
  • Cold
  • Deepsea Under the Pole
  • The Freedom Chair
  • Grand Libre au Grand Cap
  • Hanuman Airlines
  • Journey on the Wild Coast
  • Kadoma
  • The Man and The Mammoth
  • On Assignment: Jimmy Chin
  • On the Trail of Genghis Khan: The Last Frontier
  • Reel Rock: Ice Revolution
  • Reel Rock: Origins — Obe & Ashima
  • Reel Rock: Sketchy Andy
  • Seasons: Fall
  • Seasons: Winter
  • Ski Bums Never Die
  • Solitaire
  • Spoil
  • This is My Winter
  • Towers of the Ennedi
  • The Trail Collector
  • Treeverse

Selecting What?

For those of you not familiar with it, a widely acclaimed film festival is held in Banff, Alberta, Canada every year in November and features a collection of mountain films from around the world by both amateur and professional filmmakers. The films range in length from 3 minutes to over an hour, but most films are 10 to 20 minutes. Topics range from mainstays like mountaineering, skiing, and rock climbing to kayaking and mountain biking. There are usually some skydiving/BASE type films, as well as a few other high adrenaline action films. Not all films are action based; some are documentaries (often profiling various remote mountain communities) and some are comedy.

Since at least 2001, the Alpine Club has hosted a stop on the subsequent Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour which follows the actual Festival; the recent years here at Caltech have all seen large sellout events in Ramo Auditorium. We are only able to show a set amount of film (~2.5 hours), whereas there are 4+ hours of candidate films we could show. We must therefore decide which films to show for our screening here at Caltech - hence this selection night event! This year is especially important since we may have an audience of 800-1000 or more, since we changed venues to Beckman Auditorium.