“Crossing the Ice” wins big at Banff Mountain fest

Producer Greg Quail (pictured, left) and director Justin Jones (right) picked up a trio of awards for their doc Crossing the Ice at the Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival.
November 7, 2012

Australian documentary Crossing The Ice nabbed three top prizes at the Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival in Banff, Canada earlier this week.

Produced and financed by Quail Television, the film follows Australian adventurer anddirector Justin Jones (pictured, right, with producer Greg Quail) and adventurer James Castrission as they walk unassisted across Antarctica to the South Pole and back again.

It won Best Film – Exploration and Adventure, the People’s Choice Award and the Grand Prize at the nine-day event’s awards gala, which took place on Sunday night (November 4).

“We found the humor and humanity in the face of incredible adversity an important element in this film,” jury member and cinematographer Tommy Heinrich said in a statement. “What could have become a competition, evolved into a greater example of camaraderie and friendship.”

Crossing the Ice will premiere on National Geographic Channel in Australia on December 6.

Other films to pick up awards at the outdoor film fest include director Marianne Chaud’s Nomadic Nights (Best Film – Mountain Culture), director Jean Queyrat’s Hell’s Miners of Potosi (Best Film – Mountain Environment), directors Peter Mortimer, Josh Lowell, Alex Lowther and Nick Rosen’s Reel Rock 7: Honnold 3.o (Best Film – Climbing) and director Hans-Urs Bachmann’s 1st Afghan Ski Challenge (Best Film – Mountain Sports).

Check out the full list of winners here.

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