Banff Mountain Film Fest highlights sports, culture

The Banff Mountain Film Festival comes to Moab for its 16th year Oct. 5-6. Promotional poster courtesy of Banff Mountain Film Festival

The Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour returns to Moab Oct. 5-6. Featuring the best films on mountain sport, culture and adventure, this is the 16th year the festival has come to Moab.

Festival organizers will show a mix of winning films from the festival’s “best of” categories, as well as a film that the audience selects as best.

This year’s beneficiaries are the Utah Avalanche Center-Moab and Second Chance Wildlife Rehabilitation.

Shows begin at 7 p.m. at the Grand County High School auditorium. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door, cash only. Each night features a different slate of films.

Local sponsors include Back of Beyond Books, Canyon Voyages Adventure Company, Desert Bistro, Eddie McStiff’s, Love Muffin Café, Miso Media, Milt’s Diner, Moab Adventure Center, Moab Brewery, Moab Gear Trader, Moab to Monument Valley Film Commission, Pagan Mountaineering, Poison Spider Bikes, Quesadilla Mobilla, Red Rock Bakery, Sabaku Sushi, and 98 Center.

Promotional poster courtesy of Banff Mountain Film Festival

The Utah Avalanche Center – Moab provides regularly updated snow, avalanche and mountain weather forecasts for the La Sal and Abajo mountains. The center also provides avalanche awareness and rescue training courses for winter recreational users including backcountry skiers, snowboarders, and snowmobilers. Private donations and fund-raising events such as the Banff Mountain Film Festival provide a significant portion of the avalanche center’s operating budget. Local volunteers also lend a hand to help provide for fun and safe winter recreation in the mountains of Southeastern Utah. For more information go to www.utahavalanchecenter.org.

Second Chance Wildlife Rehabilitation is a non-profit regional wildlife rehabilitation center located in Price, Utah serving southeastern and south-central Utah. Although they rehabilitate many kinds of wildlife, raptors are their specialty. You may have read about Golden Eagle releases at Dead Horse Point State Park in the local press. They are conducted by Debbie Pappas, the director of Second Chance Wildlife Rehabilitation. Pappas is currently completing a new facility with a 100-foot fly to better rehabilitate the raptors. Organizers encourage people to consider a fully tax-deductible donation to help complete this project.

Here’s the schedule, duration and theme:

Saturday, Oct. 5

  • “Far Out –Kai Jones,” 5 minutes, skiing.
  • “The Beaver Believers: Meet Sherri Tippie,” 12 minutes, environment wildlife.
  • “Fast Horse,” 14 minutes, culture.
  • “This Mountain Life: Coast Range Traverse Segment,” 39 minutes, skiing, adventure female lead
  • Intermission
  • “For the Love of Mary,” 6 minutes, running, human interest
  • “The Moment,” 15 minutes, mountain biking
  • “Reel Rock 12: Break on Through,” 26 minutes, climbing
  • “Skier vs. Drone,” 4 minutes, skiing

Sunday, Oct. 6

  • “Rogue Elements – Corbet’s Couloir,” 4 minutes, skiing, mountain biking, female lead
  • “Sacred Strides,” 12 minutes, running, culture
  • “Viacruxis,” 11 minutes, climbing
  • “Divided,” 39 minutes, bike packing, female lead
  • Intermission
  • “Choices,” 2 minutes, mountain biking
  • “Brotherhood of skiing,” 10 minutes, skiing, female lead
  • “Ice & Palms,” 32 minutes, skiing, bike packing, adventure
  • “The Frenchy,” 13 minutes, mountain sports, human interest