ADVENTURE — For the first time, I’m able to reveal the lineup of films for the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour, which starts its three-day run tonight, 7 p.m., at The Bing.
I just returned from the meeting as Mountain Gear staff made the difficult selections to present a balanced lineup of the best films without overdoing any night with too much whitewater or culture or too many long films while provide everything from thrills to laughs.
From what I could see, they succeeded. Read on for the list of films, but if you don’t have tickets, you’re out of luck until Sunday. The shows tonight and Saturday are sold out and Sunday tickets were going fast when I stopped by Mountain Gear minutes ago.
Picking the films were Phil Bridgers and Heather Salo of Mountain Gear, teaming with Paul Price, a 10-year veteran World Tour host who travels the continent with the Banff films.
Paul already has showed the film at four three venues in Montana, and he helped the Spokane hosts with tips on how the films were received by other audiences.
Here’s the lineup as it stood at the conclusion of their meeting, subject to minor last-minute changes. Note that a few of the snappy crowd-pleasing short films will show more than one night.
FRIDAY (Starts 7 p.m.)
SATURDAY (Starts 7 p.m.)
SUNDAY (starts at 6 p.m.)
One disappointment about the World Tour this year: A Life Ascending, the people’s choice winner from the Banff Festival featuring a ski mountaineer and his family from Revelstoke, British Columbia, will not be shown. The licensing agreement has not yet been processed.