Banff Film Festival brings extreme to the screen

SHERIDAN — The Fourth Annual Banff Mountain Film Festival, sponsored by the Wyoming Wilderness Association, will be held Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at the WYO Theater.

“The Banff Mountain Film Festival is put on by the Banff Centre in Alberta every early November,” explained WWA’s Edith Heyward, who organizes the festival. “Then out of the 300 films about mountain culture and adventure and sport, they choose maybe 25 to go on tour. Then WWA then chooses about eight or nine to come here.”

According to the Banff Centre website, the festival offers moviegoers the chance to experience the adventure of climbing, mountain expeditions, remote cultures and the world’s last great wild places.
The festival has become a popular local event and Heyward encourages anyone interested in attending to purchase advance tickets.

“One year we had it on a weekend and we more than sold out,” she said. “Most of the time we come close to selling out. We get over 400 people a year. It has become now something that people kind of look for in late April.”

The films vary between short and long clips, some just four or five minutes long. But they all feature spectacular scenery and stories of adventure in the outdoors.

“I try to choose films that show a great appreciation for the outdoors,” Heyward said. “We try to get away from the death defying stuff, and show the wild outdoors. It has been hard for us to choose. This year we have two biking films and we are thrilled. We try to show a range of outdoor adventure and scenery. We’ll have rock climbing, ice climbing, fly fishing and kayaking in central Africa.”

“You see these feats of human courage and potential life threatening situations and you just go ‘whoa, I can’t believe it!’” said Carolyn Schroth, WWA assistant director. “It is extreme stuff. Very inspiring.”
Tickets can be purchased by calling 672-9084 or online at www.wyotheater.com. Tickets are $15 for adults, $13 for seniors or military members, $8 for students and $5 for children 12 and under.

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