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Banff Mountain Film World Tour, the World Premier Mountain Film Festival, hits Cape Town and Johannesburg from September 7 to September 13.

The venues are Ster Kinekor cinemas in Cavendish Square, Tygervalley Centre, Sandton and Brooklyn Mall.

Presented by Cape Union Mart, Banff is an international premier event about mountain climbing, expeditions, extreme sports and remote cultures.

It started as an outreach programme in 1986 in Alberta, Canada. It now reaches communities in 30 countries. It has succeeded in highlighting the work and talents of the finest filmmakers.

Celebrating its 32nd year, organisers continue to receive hundreds of entries. Only 25 are selected and made available to international festival producers.

The South African leg is made up of 10 thrilling short films about mountain biking, skiing, bouldering and building, antenna, span and earth (base) jumping.

All films are screened in one showing, starting at 8.15pm. Each screening is about an hour and 52 minutes long.

The line-up:

First Ascent from Thailand about climbing;

Anomaly showcases the freakish and abnormal abilities of top skiers and snow boarders;

Roam is a mountain-bike film that follows the world's top riders;

Yes to the No is about snowboarding without the use of bindings. It was started by skateboarders and surfers looking for a winter alternative;

2nd Base explores base jumping. Five years after the release of the resoundingly successful 1st Base, the Norwegians at Oslo base are back with an incredible sequel;

The Best of Jo is about a coffee-addict named Jo, eager to try any mountain sport, including climbing, skiing and fishing;

Simplicity Factor about climbing is a segment from The Top 20 Classic Boulder Problems of North America. Featuring an all-female cast, it looks at bouldering's overall appeal while showcasing ascents of several famous boulder problems;

Anomaly, aboutskiing and snowboarding showcases the freakish and abnormal abilities of top skiers and snowboarders;

Extreme Film School: Thrill Seekers is one of 12 productions from the Kendal Mountain Film Festival Extreme Film School's eight-hour film marathon. Two brothers try their hand at mountain biking, climbing and another extreme sport on a camping weekend with hilarious results;

First Ascent: Didier vs Cobra Crack about climbing, is the

granite Cobra crack in Squamish, British Columbia, perhaps the hardest crack climb in the world;

Unchained: New World Disorder is about mountain biking.

Tickets cost R40 online at www.sterkinekor.com or any Computicket.

FREE FALL: A scene from one of the adventure documentaries.