Conflict Tiger

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Feb 212007
 
Authors: Amanda Hudick

Man-eating tigers began attacking humans in the Russian Far East forest, which was all triggered by a reckless poacher. A specialist had to be called in, and Yuri Trush was the lucky tracker who was hired to find and destroy these fearless tigers before they killed again. Titled “Conflict Tiger,” the film was this year’s grand prize winner at the Banff Mountain Film Festival. It received $4,000 as it’s award and was directed and produced by Sasha Snow.

International film festival jury member Bill Noble puts it perfectly on the Banff Centre Web site: “‘Conflict Tiger’ is a parable in which man becomes the hunted.”

This particular film runs 62 minutes in length.

Other winners include “Cobra Crack,” a film about climbing by Ivan Hughes, which won Best Short Mountain Film.

The People’s Choice Award went to the film “Asiemut,” directed and produced by Olivier Higgins and M/lanie Carrier. The story line was about their first cycling expedition, on which they traveled across Asia. Their film also won a Special Jury Mention.

The Banff Mountain Film Festival is a motion picture competition that hosts films from all around the world about mountain subjects. All contestants competed for the chance to win a piece of the $28,000 in cash and prizes that was awarded.

“One of the most popular films from the history of the tour was about a Chinese man who made his living fishing with cormorants. The film toured in 1994, but people still talk about it,” said Seana Strain, world tour coordinator for the Banff Mountain Film Festival.

Between 20 and 25 films will be chosen to come to CSU. The productions will be shown on Monday, Feb. 26, at 7:30 p.m.

“We get to pick two-and-a-half hours of film to show here (at CSU),” said Rodney Ley, assistant director for CSU’s Outdoor Adventure Program.

The lineup of films showing in the Lory Student Center Theater will include parachuting and climbing. There’s also a piece approximately 10 minutes long about baby ducks.

“I know you’re thinking ‘Why would college students be interested in baby ducks?’ but it’s truly unbelievable!” Ley said.

The competition is for filmmakers, and there isn’t any criterion to enter. A 12-year-old boy from Nelson, British Columbia, made one of the films that are being toured at the festival. “He used Legos and stop-action, which is just stopping the film and continuing,” Ley said, “He did a character of a person skiing.”

Over 300 films were entered in the last competition in 2005. “We now present the films on seven continents, in approximately 30 countries,” Strain said.

After the finalists were selected at the festival in Banff, those films immediately went on a world tour. The tour extends over 460 screenings in about 270 locations and over 175,000 viewers attend screenings on the tour.

“It’s absolutely huge! Hundreds of films come from all over the world,” Ley said.

The tour goes every place imaginable, even to Antarctica. The festival makes the trip to a place called McMurdo Base, a base for both North America and New Zealand.

The festival also makes stops at exotic places including Norway, Poland, Argentina, Nepal and Ecuador. It also travels to Ireland, Colombia, Belgium and Hungary. The tour goes to 37 states in the United States and several places in Canada.

Cities hosting the film festival in Colorado include Fort Collins, Aspen, Boulder, Denver, Colorado Springs and Crested Butte.

The films varied from productions by professionals to high school students, and a pre-screening committee narrows the collection down to about 55 finalists, which are then awarded prizes in eight divisions based on the judging from the international film festival jury.

The eight categories are as follows: Grand Prize, Climbing, Mountain Sports, Mountain Environment, Mountain Culture, Short Mountain Film, and Feature-Length Mountain Film, and the spectators vote for the People’s Choice Award winner.

The films cover anything from adrenaline adventure, mountain sports to cultural and environmental themes and can be anywhere from three to 61 minutes in length, according to Strain.

This isn’t the first year the festival has come to CSU – it’s been hosted here since 1992.

The 2006-2007 Banff Mountain Film Festival marked the 31st anniversary of the annual festival, which started in 1976.

The festival was held from Oct. 28 to Nov. 5, 2006, in Banff, Alberta, Canada, and Best of the Festival award winners were selected and announced by an international jury on Nov. 5. Some of the members of the jury include French film producer, Emmanuel Priou, Spanish alpinist Edurne Pasaban and Canadian filmmaker Bill Noble.

For people who want more of the screenings, audiences from Canada and the United States have the chance to see a special section called the Radical Reels Tour.

So many action films were being submitted that they couldn’t be fit into the usual screenings, resulting in the creation of the Radical Reels Tour. It’s packed full of high-adrenaline action sports films, with the focus on sports consisting of mountain biking, skiing, kayaking, snowboarding, BASE jumping and climbing.

The Radical Reels Tour will go to 15 states, including Colorado. It will have stops in Fort Collins, Boulder, Golden and Steamboat Springs.

Staff writer Amanda Hudick can be reached at verve@collegian.com.

The Banff Mountain Film Festival will be held in the Lory Student Center Theater on Monday, Feb. 26 at 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $11 for CSU students and $13 for non-students.

Looking for the severe adrenaline rush of cliff-jumping or man-eating tigers? Or maybe you just want to watch the serenity of nature’s animals living quietly in the mountains. The Banff Mountain Film Festival gives you all that in a festival showing the best of the mountains on screen.

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