Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J Amateur film makers “inspired” travel last night, showcasing adventure tourism in secluded locations across the globe. Up to ten short films screened at the Banff Film Festival in Sydney last night, portrayed the excitement and thrill of escaping daily routines. Festival director Jemima Robinson told e-Travel Blackboard that the majority of people leave the event with the urge to explore and live life. “You can’t help but walk away inspired,” Ms Robinson said. Adventure activities varied from things ‘you should not try at home’ like record breaking mountain climbing and white water rafting, to less professional and fun outdoor activities like skiing and backpacking. With the majority of the films screened in less known regions of the world, Ms Robinson said the festival was also a means to open travellers up to new destinations. Among the locations featured last night, the short film, Azadi: Freedom, Ms Robinson said was filmed particularly with the aim to promote tourism into Kashmir. “The film was made by a local guy in Bowral, and it highlights the countries winter tourism appeal and was specifically made to encourage people to go and see the country,” she added. Other destinations and activities on display last night included, skiing and surfing in New Zealand, mountain climbing in Sweden, exploring caves in the US as well as backpacking across China. This year’s primary sponsors, World Expeditions’ spokesperson told e-Travel Blackboard that people often feel the need to “create their own adventure”, after three hours of watching these short films. “When you walk out you want to go out and see the world and see what these people put together,” she added. The Banff Film Festival is part of a world tour and will cover over 30 countries and up to 640 cities. For the first time this year Darwin, Katoomba and Albury have been added to the Australian program because they tend to “be an active crowd,” Ms Robinson said. Click here for images from last night’s event.