Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour makes annual Edmonton stop at new venue
Tales of skiers, spelunkers, kayakers and more will hit the big screen in the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour this week. And for the Edmonton leg of this year’s tour, that screen will be in Garneau Theatre.
The main Banff Mountain Film Festival, which began in 1976 under what is now the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, screens international submissions every fall. Following the initial screening, the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour shares them with more than 550 communities around the globe.
For more than 20 years, local outdoor sports retailer Track ‘N Trail has hosted the Edmonton stop of the tour—most recently at the Royal Alberta Museum. This year, owner Bob Schilf says he’s excited to bring the films to the larger audiences that Metro Cinema and Garneau Theatre afford.
“This year we have two different programs and those will feature about nine films each,” he says. “We picked a very balanced program.”
From the mountain bike trials of a one-legged cancer survivor in Ascend, to the French thrill-seekers who skid along a tightrope stretched hundreds of feet above a gully in Surf the Line, this year’s lineup offers plenty of variety.
Surf the Line, Ascend, Why, The Last Honey Hunter, Where the Wild Things Play, Into Twin Galaxies, and Imagination will run during the “Track Program” festival showings.
Meanwhile, IceCall, My Irnik, DugOut, Intersection, Johanna, Kilian, Edges, and The Frozen Road, will run during the “Trail Program” screenings.
The films vary in length between three and 52 minutes, and despite the outdoor sports approach many of them take, Schilf says there’s something for everyone to enjoy at the tour.
“You don’t have to be even a hardcore outdoor person. A lot of the films are really just about human interest and cultural interest, so it appeals to a broad range of people,” he says. “It’s not just for your hardcore skier or your hardcore climber. It’s really about things that are going on around the world and people’s adventures.”
Thu., Jan. 11 – Wed., Jan. 17, 7:30 pm, 1:30 pm on Sat.
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