The Banff Mountain Film Festival is an international film competition featuring the world’s best footage on mountain subjects. The festival began in 1976 and is held annually on the first weekend in November in Banff, Alberta, Canada. A selection of the best films entered in the festival goes on a world tour reaching over 200,000 audience members in 30 countries and 360 locations. The films range from productions created by first-time filmmakers to professional crews working with companies like the BBC and National Geographic. A pre-screening committee selects approximately 60 finalists for the festival. During the festival, the international film festival jury chooses the best films from these finalists and awards prizes in 10 categories.