Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour makes stop at MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa
Each fall in Alberta, Canada, the nine-day Banff Mountain Film & Book Festival highlights mountain stories focused on adventure and expedition around the globe — a cinematic tradition that has been in existence since the 1970s.
In 1986, the festival began an outreach effort — the Banff World Tour — that brings the festival to other locations. After awards are granted and audience reaction has been evaluated, a condensed version of the fest hits the road in spring each year. On Monday and Tuesday, April 3-4, the collection of short films and documentaries focused on mountain culture will make a stop on the South Shore for the eighth consecutive year.
Since 2010, Lake Tahoe resident David Schlosser has hosted the event, which takes place in Stateline’s MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa.
“I used to be a host down in Davis for 15 years prior to moving to Lake Tahoe. When we moved here in 2008 my children wondered why we weren’t showing films anymore — in 2010 I went for it,” Schlosser said.
The crowd has continued to build over the years and more people have come out to enjoy the films, which range in topics from climbing, skiing and kayaking to biking and the environment.
“This year we’re doing two nights, so we can show twice as many films. Each night will be a different set of films.
“The challenging part in prior years with just one night is we can’t show everything we’d like to. It’s always kind of sad, thinking, ‘Man, it would’ve been cool if we could show that too.’ You run out of programming time at some point,” Schlosser said.
This marks the first time the Stateline stop will last multiple days. Each night will feature approximately two and a half hours of films with an intermission and raffle.
What to expect
The complete South Shore schedule has not yet been solidified, but attendees can look forward to viewing short films “Poumaka” and “DreamRide.”
In “Poumaka,” American bouldering champion Angie Payne travels to the French Polynesian jungle to summit the Poumaka Tower with climber and explorer Mike Libecki. “DreamRide” takes audiences to an alternative reality, where beautiful and scenic biking trails never end.
Banff Mountain Film Festival releases approximately 30 films (which range from 2-50 minutes in length) for hosts to choose from, so plan on a wide variety of adventure entertainment.
“There will be a nice blend of sports, fun cultural films and fun environmental films — life-changing films that encourage you to get out there and do stuff. Like I said, I’ve been a host since 1995 and people will remember certain films from way back that still stick in their brain,” Schlosser said.
Doors open at 6 p.m. each night of the festival, and shows begin at 7 p.m. Tickets, which can be purchased online through Ticketmaster, are available for $17 in advance and $20 on the day of the show. Children 10 and under enter free.
Learn more online at http://www.montbleuresort.com or visit the official Banff Mountain Film Festival website, http://www.banffcentre.ca/banff-mountain-film-book-festival.