Visit from Banff
At this year's premiere we had the pleasure of welcoming a very special guest: Stephanie Quaiser. She works at the Banff Centre Mountain Film Festival in Canada and answered some questions about Banff and the festival.
Stephanie Quaiser (left) and Daniela Schmitt (right) at the BANFF Premiere 2023 in Munich
Hello Stephanie - good to have you here today! We so rarely have visitors from Canada. Where are you from and when did you end up in Banff?
I've been living in Banff, the "home of the festival", for almost exactly ten years now, but I'm originally from Dresden. I used to go to the Banff Tour there. And that's also where I came from today for the premiere in Munich.
For most of us, Banff is just a dot on the map. What makes this place so special for you?
It is the home of the Banff Centre Mountain Film Festival. A small town in the middle of a Canadian Rocky Mountain range, about two hours west of Calgary. Banff and Lake Louise are popular holiday destinations. In winter tourists come to ski, and in summer to hike. We have glaciers, mountains and blue lakes... definitely great nature.
So it's just the right place for a mountain film festival.
Yes, exactly the right place to get inspired.
We are showing six films in our tour programme this year, and another seven in our streaming programme "Banff Extended". Can you tell us how many films were screened at the festival in total?
This year we had a new record of film submissions. 458 films were submitted for the competition, from 45 different countries! From these, 84 finalists were then selected and screened over the course of our nine-day festival in Banff. There are a total of 34 films on the World Tour this year. Each organiser then chooses the films that best suit their country or city.
What is your role in the festival team?
In the big World Tour team, I'm mainly in contact with the filmmakers and take care, for example, that their films are there on time - and everything else that goes with it.
Do you have a favourite film?
I find it very difficult to pick a favourite film. Each one is special in its own way. Actually, they are all good.
Thank you for the interview!
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