Internationally Touring Film Festival Stopping In Jamestown

The largest and one of the most prestigious mountain festivals in all the world will be coming to Jamestown.

On Wednesday at 7 p.m., the Reg Lenna Theatre will be hosting the Banff Mountain Film Festival.

The film festival, which began in 1976, takes place every November at the Banff Centre in Banff, Alberta. More than 530 films from around the world are entered into the competition. The films range from productions created by high school students to professional crews working with companies such as the BBC and National Geographic.

From the pool of videos submitted, the Banff World Team chooses about 30 films that include a range of styles and themes, including: kayaking, mountain climbing, skiing, biking and adventure travel.

The festival makes stops in 400 communities and 35 countries across the globe, although not all 30 films are shown at every stop.

At its stop in Jamestown, the following films will be shown: “Industrial Revolution,” “Gimp Monkeys,” “Huck,” “On Thin Ice,” “Wild Bill’s,” “Ernest,” “Dream Factory,” “Lily Shreds” and “Reel Rock 7: Honnold.”

“The first year we’ve had it here, we had maybe 150 people show up,” said Bill Sherman, Roger Tory Peterson Institute volunteer. “I knew most of the people there, because they’re all outdoors people. Then the word got out, and every year we’ve had a larger crowd than the last. Last year we had about 400 people … this year we’d like to see over 500 people show up – the Reg Lenna seats 1,100 people, so there’s definitely room.”

According to Sherman, most larger cities host the festival for two nights, mostly because those cities are able to sell out both nights. After speaking with a festival official, he was told that Jamestown could hypothetically host it for two nights as well if it were able to fill the Reg.

“You look at the list of films, and the names don’t really mean much to people who haven’t seen a clip or a preview of them already, but the films are really out of this world,” said Sherman. “I really encourage everyone to go to the Banff Festival website and watch the clips they have available there. Just watching some of them makes your hands start to sweat and your mouth go dry.”

Clips of all films, including ones that will not appear in Jamestown, can be viewed at www.banffmountainfestivals.ca.

Tickets for the festival are $18 for adults and $15 for all students and children.

For ticket information, contact the Reg Lenna box office at 484-7070.

Ticket sales will go toward the RTPI, and a basket giveaway will also be available for guests to attempt to win. Winners will be announced at the conclusion of the festival.

“We really want to thank all the sponsors who make this possible every year, but especially UBS Financial Services, Lee Stein Insurance and Ed Shults,” said Sherman. “They made large contributions toward our (giveaway) and we couldn’t have done it without them.”