Banff film festival returns to valley

  • Dec. 30, 2014 4:00 p.m.

OUTDOOR FLICK  This years local screening of the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour will feature about 12 films potentially including Sufferfest 2 (shown here).    Photo submitted
OUTDOOR FLICK This years local screening of the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour will feature about 12 films potentially including Sufferfest 2 (shown here). Photo submitted

By Steve Hubrecht

Pioneer Staff

Outdoor movie lovers will once again be able to kick off the new year with the local screening of the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour.

We have such a diverse group of people living here in the valley and with so many outdoor films, there is something to please everybody, whether you are into action films, nature films or something more educational, said organizer Penny Powers. A lot of the films are inspirational in an outdoors sort of way, and that really fits the personality of the valley.

The screening is a two-and-half hour compilation of some of the best films shown at the actual Banff Mountain Film Festival earlier this year. The films are pared down by judges at the festival and the top 30 or so are then sent on tour, with the organizers of each towns local screening narrowing it down a bit further, picking the best of the best for their own show.

The lineup for the Invermere show has not yet been finalized, but there will be between 11 and 15 films, according to Mrs. Powers. Some likely contenders (although nothing is guaranteed) include Mending the Line, Sufferfest 2, and the latest film from trials cyclist Danny MacAskill.

We try to pick what we feel the people in the valley would most like, said Mrs. Powers.

The Toby Creek Nordic Society puts on the Invermere show each year and it is the groups biggest fundraiser of the year.

The Invermere festival screening will be on Sunday, January 4th, with doors opening at 5 p.m. and the films starting at 6 p.m. There are 220 tickets available, already on sale at Crazy Soles, Kicking Horse Coffee and Lustis at Panorama Mountain Resort. The show sells out every year, so those wishing to go should get their tickets well in advance. Tickets cost $25 each. Peppis pizza, salad and drinks from the cash bar are available for purchase at the show.

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