Banff Mountain Film Festival returns Oct. 6-7

By Doug McMurdo • The Times-Independent

The Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour will be back in Moab for the 15th year Oct. 6-7. The two-day event features films on mountain sports, culture and adventure – themes that make Moab a natural location.

This year the festival will benefit the Utah Avalanche Center-Moab and Second Chance Wildlife Rehabilitation. UAC-Moab is part of the Utah Avalanche Center. The center, in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service, provides critical weather, snowfall measurement and avalanche forecasting for the La Sal Mountains.

Price-based Second Chance Wildlife Rehabilitation is a nonprofit that specializes in raptors, although they work to rehabilitate other kinds of wildlife.

With film awards in Creative Excellence, Mountain Sports, Snow Sports, Special Jury Mention, and Short Mountain Film, attendees will view on Saturday, Oct. 6: “Where the Wild Things Play,” a look at female adventure athletes; “Kilian,” featuring running skiing in Norway; Planet Earth II: Mountain Ibex,” featuring wildlife; La Casita Wip,” a film about biking girls in Ecuador; “Dugout,” an Ecuadorean jungle adventure; and “Intersection: Micayla Gatto,” focusing on mountain biking and art. “My Irnik,” is a film about love in the Canadian Arctic; “WHY,” features French kayakers in Iceland; “Safety Third,” is about climbing; and “Imagination: Tom Wallisch,” takes a look at hucking a road.

Sunday’s cinema includes “Surf the Line,” a film about skylining Flying Frenchies; “Sky Migrations,” focuses on raptors; “Into Twin Galaxies” has a focus on Greenland and National Geographic’s explorer of the year; “Dreamride 2” is about biking near lava and rivers of ice; “Johanna focuses on free-diving under ice; “2.5 million” details Backcountry skiing, “Edges” looks at ice skating and “Stumped” is a film about climbing.

The length of the films run from a brief three minutes, “Surf the Line,” to nearly an hour, “Into Twin Galaxies,” 52 minutes, a film which received a Special Jury Mention.

Tickets can be purchased with cash only. Local sponsors are Back of Beyond Books, Canyon Voyages Adventure Co., Desert Bistro, Eddie McStiff’s, Love Muffin Café, Miso Media, Milt’s Diner, Moab Brewery, Moab to Monument Valley Film Commission, Pagan Mountaineering, Poison Spider Bikes, Quesadilla Mobilla, Red Rock Bakery, Sabaku Sushi, The Times-Independent, and 98 Center.

Tickets are $15 in advance and are available at Back of Beyond Books, Canyon Voyages Adventure Co., Pagan Mountaineering, and Poison Spider Books. Tickets at the door are $20. The films begin at 7 p.m. each night at the Grand County High School auditorium, 608 South 400 East.