By Leah Scheitel
Special to the Pioneer
The Banff Mountain Film Festival (BMFF) is taking the show on the road and touring with some of the world’s premier mountain-dedicated films. On Sunday, January 6th, the tour will stop in the Columbia Valley, bringing mountain-inspired cinema to the area and raise money for a local ski club.
The Festival tour, which is one night only, has yet to choose the movies that will be screened at the Columbia Valley stop, and will be picked in the next few weeks, according to event organizer Penny Powers. Ms. Powers became involved when the Toby Creek Nordic Ski Club (TCNSC) seized the opportunity to host the event as a fundraiser for the club.
“Originally RK Heli Ski wanted to bring the films to the Valley and chose TCNSC as the recipient of the money raised. We had a successful first year, assisting them in the organization of the event, and after a few years we felt we could expand it by taking it on ourselves at a different location, so moved it to town to the community hall about seven years ago,” Ms. Powers explained.
The event allows the Toby Creek Nordic Ski Club to fundraise through the event, with concession sales and draw prizes. “The TCNSC makes the money through ticket sales and pizza and bar sales,” said Ms. Powers. “We do have a few fantastic draw prizes though, some brought in by the Film Fest and some donated by local business – Columbia River Paddle, Max Paragliding, Nipika Mountain Resort and Panorama.”
Ms. Powers estimates the Festival, which is hosted at the Columbia Valley Centre, will last three hours for the movie screenings. Tickets are on sale now at Crazy Soles in Invermere, and Ms. Powers urges people to pick up tickets as soon as possible. $25 for Toby Creek Nordic club members; $30 for non-members. Doors open at 4:30; films start at 6 p.m. There will be a concession available.
“We always sell out, so purchase now.,” she said.
More information on the Banff Mountain Film Festival, which has been happening since 1933, and its tour are available at BanffCentre.ca/banffmountainfestival/tour.