Banff Film Festival Coming To Jamestown

The annual Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour, one of the largest and most prestigious mountain festivals, is coming to the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts on Wednesday, April 9. Doors will open at 5 p.m., with beer and wine available to those in attendance. The films will be shown beginning at 7 p.m.

The festival began in 1976 and takes place every November at The Banff Center, the largest arts and creativity incubator in the world, in Banff, Alberta, Canada. Banff is a town within Banff National Park, located in Alberta’s Rockies. Generally, more than 350 films are entered into the competition from around the world each year, focused on the best footage on mountain, culture and adventure subjects.

This year, The Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour has stops planned in nearly 400 communities in more than 35 countries across the globe. While some larger cities host the event for two nights, Jamestown’s event will be one night only.

The Banff World Team chooses roughly 30 films to take on tour that encompass a range of styles and themes, from kayaking, mountain climbing and skiing, to bicycling and adventure travel. Roughly 10-12 videos are shown during each event, so each stop on the tour is unique.

Production crews on each film range from high school students to professionals, including the British Broadcasting Corporation and National Geographic.

According to Bill Scherman, event coordinator, this is the 10th year the festival has been in Jamestown, and this is his fourth year coordinating the event.

“The films can be any length from two minutes to 45 minutes, with most averaging 20 minutes in length,” he said. “Each film is really exciting – they get you pumped up. You see what they’re doing and your jaw drops.”

In Jamestown, the event has been gaining interest each year.

“It’s cool to watch the films and see what is possible – to do something a little out of the ordinary and make an adventure out of life,” Scherman said, encouraging students of all ages to attend.

According to Scherman, the Roger Tory Peterson Institute and UBS Financial Services are the sponsors of the Jamestown event.

“During the Friends of Banff event the Roger Tory Peterson Institute held in February, we raised nearly $400,” Scherman said. “During the night of the festival, there will be a signup sheet to get on the Friends of Banff list for next year’s fundraising event.”

Based on film previews, the Friends of Banff vote for their favorite films and send their responses to the Banff World Team, in hopes of having as many favorite films shown in Jamestown as possible.

Tickets are $18 for the general public, $17 for members of the Roger Tory Peterson Institute and $12 for students in kindergarten through college. Tickets may be purchased at the Reg Lenna box office, by phone at 484-7070 or online at reglenna.com/events/banff-mountain-film-festival-world-tour-2.

For more information about the film festival or to view a trailer, visit www.rtpi.org/events-exhibits/banff-mountain-film-festival.

To contact the Roger Tory Peterson Institute, call 665-2473.