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Family affair: A mother and daughter team set out on a six-month ski traverse in the Coast Mountains of British Columbia, Canada PICTURE: THIS MOUNTAIN LIFE FILM

Awe-inspiring films capturing the spirit of extreme adventure are coming to Queenstown as part of the Banff Mountain Film Festival.

Tickets are selling fast for the hugely-popular annual screening, which will be held at the town’s Memorial Centre on May 1 and 2.

This year’s films – the best from the Canadian town’s world-class film festival – feature climbing, mountain biking, skiing, kayaking and more.

Of the 360-odd films entered in the festival competition, award winners head out on a world tour and a selection of those are picked by local organisers.

The Queenstown event is organised by the local branch of the New Zealand Alpine Club, which will receive proceeds from the screening.

The local branch’s Nigel Lloyd says advancements in technology, such as drones, allow ordinary people to capture their extraordinary adventures like never before.

“The standard of filmmaking that individuals can do on their own while doing adventure is really high.

“Some films are of Red Bull athletes doing something crazy, as well as everyday people with an idea to do something out of their comfort zone,” Lloyd says.

Tickets can still be purchased at Macpac and Torpedo7.

miranda.cook@scene.co.nz