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Finding Farley wins at Banff Mountain Film Festival

Published: November 9, 2009

Finding Farley, a travel documentary about a family of three who take a wilderness journey from their Canmore, Alta., home to the Nova Scotia home of writer Farley Mowat, has won the top prize at the 2009 Banff Mountain Film Festival.

The film follows Leanne Allison and Karsten Heuer as they and their two-year-old son canoe, hike and sail across Canada.

Allison's film, with its glorious images of Canadian landscapes, has been shown at documentary festivals across the country.

"It's a sincere adventure that winds through the very heart and fabric of Canada," jury member and Canadian climber Don Bowie said in awarding the $4,000 Grand Prize to Allison.

The festival, which focuses on mountain culture and lifestyle, ended Sunday with the awards ceremony.

French director/producer Rémy Tezier's Beyond the Summits, which follows French mountaineer Catherine Destivelle on a series of high-alpine climbs, won the award for best feature-length mountain film.

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