Banff Mountain film festival here Oct. 6 and 7

  • Oct. 2, 2009 9:00 a.m.

Submitted by Marvin Boyd-It’s that time of the year again! Oct. 6 for the “culture” night and Oct. 7 for the Radical Reels night. Doors open at 5:30 and the films begin at 6:30 sharp in the Queen Charlotte Community Hall. The Banff Mountain Film Festival is an international film competition featuring the world’s best footage on mountain subjects. The festival began in 1976 and is held annually on the first weekend in November in Banff, Alberta. The year 2009 marks the 34th anniversary of the festival.In 2008, almost 300 films were entered into the competition. The films came from more than 35 countries and range from productions created by first-time filmmakers to professional crews working with companies like the BBC and National Geographic. A pre-screening committee selects approximately 55 finalists for the festival. An international film festival jury chooses the best films from these finalists and awards prizes in eight categories.Immediately after the festival in November, a selection of the best films entered in the festival goes on tour. The host organization in each tour location chooses a program that reflects the interests of their community. Each community creates a unique celebration of local adventure and adventurers.The world tour spans the globe, making its way from Austria to Argentina and from Iceland to India. More than 200,000 people attend approximately 500 screenings in about 285 locations.About 50 percent of the tour screenings benefit an outdoor program, community cause, or a non-profit organization. Some of the causes supported by the tour are bursaries for outdoor pursuits, adventure programs for disadvantaged children, search and rescue operations, climbing clubs, youth ski programs, and trail maintenance groups.Door prizes by mountain gear manufacturers and local businesses. Supported in part by the Gwaii Trust and Northern Savings. Come out and donate a goodie or just have fun. Tickets available at: Queen B’s, Jags Bean Stalk, Brady’s Bistro, and the Queen Charlotte Dental Clinic. Tickets: $14 at the door or $12 advance. Both nights $20 advance.

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