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Don your crampons and get on your ski goggles: the Banff Film Festival is back at Playhouse Whitley Bay, presenting some of the very best short films about mountaineering and thrill seeking. Across two days, 13 films will be screened covering all aspects of the sport, from triumphant victories over nature to small stories of personal achievement.

On Thursday 10th March, the programme kicks off with the winner of the award for Best Film: Climbing, A Line Across The Sky, which follows two intrepid explorers as they attempt to conquer the Fitz Traverse, one of the hardest routes in modern alpinism. The rest of the night features shorts on the world’s toughest and most prestigious ultra-marathon in Curiosity; there’s a tale of man’s best friend in Denali; all-female ski film Pretty Faces gets an airing; Unbranded is the story of four Texan horsemen with one seemingly outrageous plan; and the search for mountain biking perfection comes under the microscope in unReal.

Friday 11th March has even more thrills, as we’re treated to a viewing of Operation Moffat, winner of the Special Jury Mention at the awards, which lets us into the very colourful world of Britain’s first female mountain guide Gwen Moffat. Friday rounds off with the exciting life of the weekend warrior in 55 Hours In Mexico; a short on the best sports riders in Builder; discover more about the life of pro-kayaker Rafa Ortiz in Chasing Niagra; photographer Reuben Krabbe sets out to capture an impossible photo in Eclipse; Showdown At Horseshoe Hall is a riot of lactic acid and beer, as competitors gear up for the ultra-marathon; and Best Short Mountain Film The Important Places recaptures past triumphs for kayaker Doug Woodward.

A diverse range of films guaranteed to get your blood pumping!

The Banff Film Festival comes to Playhouse Whitley Bay on Thursday 10th and Friday 11th March.

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