Wednesday, January 29, 2014

The Banff is back

Film Festival fundraiser always thrills

Express Staff Writer

Courtesy photo from the film: “High Tension”
Courtesy photo

    What has 17 films over two nights, showcasing mountain culture, travel, human interest and a wide array of sports such as skiing, climbing and kayaking? It’s the Banff Mountain Film Festival, an annual fundraiser for the Friends of the Sawtooth National Forest Avalanche Center in conjunction with the Sun Valley Nordic Festival.
    The Banff Mountain Film Festival photo tour contest winners also will be on display. There will be a raffle as well as take-home coffee samples for all attendees from the award-winning Canadian firm Kicking Horse Coffee.
    The Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour will be shown at the nexStage Theatre in Ketchum on Friday, Jan. 31, and Saturday, Feb. 1. Doors at the nexStage Theatre will open at 6 p.m., with the program starting at 6:30 p.m. and films at 7 p.m. Proceeds from the event will go to support the Friends of the Sawtooth National Forest Avalanche Center (SNFAC) and The Satipo Kids Project, which funds 34 school-age children from Peru to attend school.  
    Tickets are $14 in advance and $15 at the door. They are available in Ketchum at Backwoods Mountain Sports, the Elephant’s Perch and Chapter One Bookstore.  
    Friday night’s showing will include the Grand Prize and People’s Choice Award winning film “North of the Sun,” which takes viewers along the journey of two young Norwegian adventurers who discover their own private playground on the cold Atlantic coast of Norway.
    Saturday night’s show promises a wide variety of human-interest films, taking viewers from Ecuador with “El Ultimo Hielero” to the Himalayas with Elizabeth Hawley, along with the “Best Film” for climbing called “The Last Great Climb,” which takes rock stars Leo Houlding and Jason Pickles to Queen Maud Land in Antarctica.
    The festival is an international film competition featuring the world’s best footage on mountain subjects. The original festival, which began in 1976, is held annually on the first weekend in November in Banff, Alberta.
    In 1986, the Banff Mountain Film Festival began an outreach program to bring the festival to other communities, touring to a total of three cities across Canada.  
    For a complete listing of all the films to be shown, go to

Film schedule
To see a listing of all of the films, go to


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