Banff film fest gets fill of ‘Void’

Juried fest to screen 35 mountain-themed pics

VANCOUVER — Kevin Macdonald’s feature “Touching the Void,” about a climb gone wrong in the Peruvian Andes, will highlight the 2003 Banff Mountain Film Festival.

The juried fest runs Nov. 4 and 7-9 in the Rocky Mountain town near Calgary.

It will screen 35 mountain-theme films from a record 300 entries from 30 countries.

About 7,000 are expected to attend the fest, which has doubled in attendance in the past three years.

Also featured will be Sherpa Tashi Tenzing, grandson of Tenzing Norgay, the Sherpa who reached the top of Everest with Edmund Hillary 50 years ago, and prolific adventure filmmaker Leo Dickinson.

A selection of about 15 of this year’s films will tour 150 locations in North America and 30 countries.

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