Banff Mountain Film Festival

In conjunction with the Friends of the Sawtooth National Forest Avalanche Center and the 2013 Sun Valley Nordic Festival the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour will be shown at the nexStage Theatre in Ketchum, Idaho on two nights, Friday, February 1st  and Saturday, February 2, 2013.  Doors at the nexStage Theatre will open at 6:00pm with the program starting at 6:30pm and films at 7pm.  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 $14.00 in advance and $15.00 at the door.  Tickets are available in Ketchum at Backwoods Mountain Sports, The Elephants Perch and Chapter One Bookstore.  As in years past the Banff Mountain Film Festival photo tour contest winners will be on display at the nexStage Theatre each night of the shows.  In addition, SNFAC will once again be hosting their 16th annual fundraising event at the theatre with a raffle as well as take home coffee samples from the folks from the award winning Canadian firm Kicking Horse Coffee for all attendees.

This year a full lineup of 19 different films will be shown over both nights.  Content as always is incredibly diverse including mountain culture, travel, human interest and a wide array of sports such as skiing and curling. This year’s lineup includes the film “Crossing the Ice” which picked up multiple awards including Banff’s “Grand Prize” award and the “People’s Choice Award”.  After many have tried and all have failed, Australian adventurers James Castrission and Justin Jones set out and complete their unassisted journey across Antarctica to the South Pole and back.  “Crossing the Ice” is packed with drama, humor, great adventure along with surprises during their journey. Picking up “The Banff Centre Award for Creative Excellence”, “Petzl RocTrip China” is also on deck to be shown.  A climbing film it combines many great elements of exotic location along with a solid sound track of infectious music and cultures coming together.  For a complete listing of all the films to be shown go to www.mountain-fever.com .

The Banff Mountain Film Festival is an inspiring 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.  The World Tour provides a first class film experience, in a local venue for those who cannot make the annual trek to the Canadian Rockies that now tours to hundred’s of cities worldwide.  2013 marks the 13th year that the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour has come to the Sun Valley area.

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