There are those people who do, and those people who sit and watch. At the Banff Mountain Film Festival you get to sit and watch as adrenaline junkies do some truly crazy things.


And the festival's World Tour 2012 will make a stop in South Africa from 26 October to 1 November. Less extreme thrill-seekers can get their adrenaline shot at the screenings of the short movies that make up the world-renowned festival. Watch extreme snow sports, rock climbing, kayaking, mountain biking and slacklining.

This year, nine short films have been chosen for the festival, by Canada's Banff Centre. They each display unique, death-defying mountain adventures and inspiring sportsmanship, set against spectacular scenery. The line-up includes All.I.Can: The Short Cut, Towers of the Ennedi, Frontier, Reel Rock: Origins – Obe & Ashima, White Water Grand Prix, C.A.R.C.A, From the Inside Out, Concrete Dreams and Reel Rock: Sketchy Andy.

In 1986, the Banff Centre was established as an outreach programme to bring these films to other countries – giving birth to the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour. Exactly 20 years later, Cape Union Mart first brought the film festival to South Africa. This is the seventh consecutive year that the outdoor adventure retailer is hosting the festival. Its co-hosts are outdoor brands K-Way, Deuter, Go-Pro and LED Lenser.

"As South Africa's favourite outdoor store we first brought the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour to South Africa in 2006. Since then the film festival has become incredibly popular with South Africans and it is always with excitement and anticipation that we present the line-up to the public," explains Cape Union Mart's marketing director, Evan Torrance.

"This year's adrenaline packed antics feature, among others, extreme snow sports, rock climbing, kayaking, mountain biking, bouldering and slacklining – all brought to life on the big screen. It's an epic two-hour long adventure-filled ride, sure to be a hit with thrill seekers, film fundis and all those who want to experience the rush of exhilarating freedom."

Films will be screened once daily at five Ster-Kinekor cinemas at:

• Cape Town: Cavendish Square and Tyger Valley Centre;

• Johannesburg: Sandton City;

• Pretoria: Brooklyn Mall; and,

• Durban: Gateway Centre, with one screening only on 1 November.

Bookings can be made through Ticketline on 082 16789 or online on the Ster-Kinekor website.