Sunday, October 31, 2010

Hello from Banff!

Greetings from chilly Canada! I've been in Banff just over 12 hours and already it's been quite a whirlwind of activity. I got to the hotel last night to find that my welcome pack included an invitation to a reception for the Banff Mountain Photo competition which had started 15 minutes previously but was only ten minutes away. So I scooted round there, and was glad I did, as I met lots of people involved in running the film festival, and also saw some great photos. Then a couple of the festival guys and I shared a taxi up to the Banff Centre to watch some films, which were screening in the Eric Harvie Theatre where "Lines of Flight" screens later today - it's huge! I hope there's a good turn-out so the audience isn't like a few peas rattling round in a tin. The first film was "La vie de Guy Lacelle", about one of the world's leading ice climbers who died in an avalanche in 2009 - a very emotional moment for the producer who introduced the film. Secondly, "Nanga Parbat", a German drama about Gunther and Reinhold Messner's first ascent of the Rupal face of Nanga Parbat, quite gasp-inducing in places.

I'm beginning to wish I'd booked to stay for the whole of next weekend - turns out the film festival events are concentrated on next Saturday and Sunday, and I leave on Saturday afternoon. Am wondering how much it would cost to delay my flight by two days, and how much I dare push my luck at work.

And in other news, the website is a bit more up to date at long last, and don't forget that you can follow @LinesOfFlight on Twitter for festival updates.

Friday, October 22, 2010

News just in re Graz

I just heard that for the Graz film festival, we will screen at Stefaniensaal on Thursday, Nov. 11 at 7.30 p.m.

I don't know yet whether either of us will make it to Graz, but I'll keep you posted here.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

And there's more

Got a lovely email this morning asking if we would agree to screen "Lines of Flight" at Fernie Mountain Film Festival in British Columbia, Canada. It's not a festival I'd heard of, but it sounds really interesting - click here for more information. We've done really well in Canada with "Lines of Flight", so I'm wondering, what is it exactly about our film that appeals to a Canadian audience? I mght be able to find out in just over a week, as I'm heading to Banff to present the film at the festival there - very exciting!

Thursday, October 14, 2010


I have finally got a Twitter account, mainly for film-related purposes as the next month is going to be quite a busy one for Lines of Flight. It remains to be seen whether I am any better at twittering than I am at blogging! Anyway, follow me at LinesOfFlight if you'd like marginally more up to date film news than appears here.

Monday, October 11, 2010

And one more!

It seems we are not going to end the year quietly at all! I heard today that we have been selected for the Torello Mountain Film Festival in Spain in November! More information here. We screen on November 18th.

In Banff we will be screening on October 31st at 12:30, and I'll be there to introduce the film. More info about the Banff festival here.

Finally more info about Graz here. I'm not sure if either of us will go to that yet, but I'll keep you posted.

And at some point this week I'll try to get the website updated as it's way out of date at the moment.

Saturday, October 02, 2010

Just when we thought it was all over

It's so long since I posted that probably no-one is reading, but just in case ...

I got back to my Vancouver apartment tonight to find out that Lines of Flight has been selected for Graz Adventure Film Festival in Austria, and Banff Mountain Film Festival, Canada. This is such stupendously good news!! Banff is THE festival as far as mountain film festivals are concerned. Richard our DoP went to Graz a few years ago with one of his films and said it was fantastic. So, just as I was beginning to think we were going to end our festival year with a bit of a whimper after starting with a bang, it seems we get to go out with a bang after all.