Banff Film Festival comes to Moab March 13-14
by Jeff Richards
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Banff Film Fest
“Sea Gypsies: The Far Side of the World,” one of the featured films at the upcoming Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour, follows the crew of the Infinity, a 120-foot hand-built sailing ketch, on their journey from New Zealand to Patagonia. The festival makes its way to Moab March 13 and 14. 																									  Photo courtesy of “Sea Gypsies”
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For the 14th straight year, the Banff Mountain Film Festival’s World Tour will be coming to Moab. This year’s event will be showcased over two nights at the Grand County High School auditorium on Monday, March 13 and Tuesday, March 14.

According to event coordinator Dave Erley, a total of 18 films will be shown over the two evenings, with the films having a total running time of about 2 hours, 15 minutes each night. Starting time is 7 p.m. both nights. Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door, payable in cash only.

“The films are completely different each night,” said Erley, adding, “You can go both nights and get the full Banff Film Festival experience.”

The assortment of films includes a variety of outdoor subjects, including BASE jumping, mountain biking, backpacking, skiing, sailing, and skateboarding north of the Arctic Circle. Another short film called “Dog Power,” chronicles the role of canines in outdoor sports such as sled racing.

The full lineup of films to be screened on Monday are: “Dream Ride,” “Fast Forward,” “Northbound,” “Sea Gypsies,” “Packing It Out,” “Ruin and Rose,” “Dog Power,” “Young Guns” and “Danny MacAskill’s Wee Day Out.”

On Tuesday, the festival will show “Max Your Days,” “Poumaka,” “Iran: A Skier’s Journey,” “Four Mums In A Boat,” “Metronomic,” “The Accord,” “SHIFT,” “Ace And The Desert Dog” and “The Super Salmon.”

Proceeds from the event will be used to help support two local organizations — Second Chance Wildlife Rehabilitation and the Moab branch of the Utah Avalanche Center. Erley said the goal is to raise at least $2,500 for each of the two groups.

“We’re supporting winter recreation here in the off-season, and trying to put some money back into the community,” Erley said.

Second Chance Wildlife Rehabilitation is a nonprofit regional wildlife rehabilitation center based in Price. Although they rehabilitate various types of wildlife, the group specializes in injured raptors, Erley said. The Utah Avalanche Center-Moab, in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service, provides critical measurements and avalanche forecasting for the La Sal Mountains, he said.

“Once again, we will be showing most of the winning films from the Banff Mountain Film Festival’s ‘Best of’ categories,” Erley said, promising a “very rich set of movies” over the two nights.

This year, for the first time, the films will be shown straight from a computer in a completely digital format. Audiences can expect “stunning, high-definition footage of unbelievable outdoor views” throughout the evening, along with compelling storylines, Erley said.

Advance tickets may be purchased at Back of Beyond Books, 83 N. Main St., Canyon Voyages, 211 N. Main St., Pagan Mountaineering, 59 S. Main St., and Poison Spider Bicycles, 497 N. Main St. Those local businesses are among the dozen-plus sponsors that make the event possible each year, Erley said.

Based in Banff, Alberta, Canada, the Banff Mountain Film Festival is an annual international film competition of short films and documentaries. Following the main festival event in Canada each fall, a selection of the best films then goes on tour the following year in locations throughout the United States and Canada, in addition to nearly 40 other countries worldwide.

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