According to event coordinator Dave Erley, the Banff Mountain Film Festival is held in the Canadian Rockies each November, after which the festival’s world tour kicks in, eventually making its way to 30 countries for over 550 screenings. This year marks Moab’s 11th year as a host venue.
The event line-up for 2014 includes films about climbing, mountain biking, skiing, and surfing.
“Once again, the films in their totality offer a global travel log,” Erley said, adding that the nine films to be screened in Moab are as follows: “Cascada,” “Keeper of the Mountain” “North of the Sun,” “Sufferfest,” “I Am Red,” “The Last Ice Merchant,” “Poor Man’s Heli,” “Spice Girl (Reel Rock 8),” and “Valhalla.”
The screening is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. on March 10, with doors opening at 6:15 p.m. The high school is located at 608 South 400 East, Moab. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door, if seating is available. The event typically sells out quickly, according to Erley. Tickets may be purchased at Back of Beyond Bookstore, Canyon Voyages Adventure Co., Pagan Mountaineering, and Poison Spider Bicycles.
Many of the stops on the Banff world tour raise money for local outdoor programs, community causes and nonprofit organizations, according to Erley. The Moab event will raise funds for the Access Fund Land Conservation Campaign, a multi-million dollar revolving grant fund that helps local climbing groups across the United States to acquire land and preserve it for climbing or climbing access.
For the 11th year running, climbing-gear and headlamp manufacturer Petzl is sponsoring the night in Moab.
“These films are a celebration of the outdoor lifestyle and living life to fullest. It’s a perfect fit for a brand like ours,” said John Evans, Petzl’s marketing director, who came up with the idea to bring the Banff Film Festival to Moab back in 2003.
A related event, the Radical Reels Tour, is also scheduled to make its third annual stop in Moab later this fall, on Oct. 11, Erley said. That event will benefit the Friends of the La Sal Avalanche Center.
Erley said that both film festival events are sponsored by the same group of local businesses, including Adventure Inn Moab, Canyon Voyages, Eddie McStiff’s, Footprints, Love Muffin Café, Moab Half Marathon, Pagan Mountaineering, Poison Spider Bicycles, Times-Independent Publishing, and Western Spirit Bike Adventures.
For more information about the Banff Mountain Film Festival, visit the wesbite www.banffcentre.ca/mountainfestival.