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Countdown to Banff

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Article Published: Feb. 23, 2012 | Modified: Mar. 31, 2012
Countdown to Banff

‘Reel Rock: Ice Revolution’ will be screened at this year’s Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour stop at ASU.
Photo from ‘Reel Rock: Ice Revolution’



The Banff Mountain Film Festival is coming back to Boone Friday, March 30, and Saturday, March 31.
For 36 years, the Banff Film Festival has been inspiring audiences by showcasing the world’s best films highlighting mountain adventure, culture and the environment.

The Banff Mountain Film Festival – a program of The Banff Centre in Banff, Canada – is hailed as the largest and one of the most prestigious mountain film festivals in the world, and will be held at Farthing Auditorium on the Appalachian State University campus.

This is the 16th anniversary of Banff Film Festival screenings in Boone, which has become one of the largest screenings in North America.

With stops planned in about 390 communities and 35 countries across the globe, this year’s tour features a collection of the most inspiring mountain adventure, culture and environmental films from the festival. The Boone screenings have a history of selling out quickly, so organizers suggest planning ahead to get tickets, which are currently on sale at the Farthing Auditorium box office (733 Rivers St.) on campus, at Footsloggers (139 S. Depot St.) in downtown Boone and online at http://www.op.appstate.edu.

Local tour hosts like Appalachian State University’s Outdoor Programs choose the program from the best of more than 300 films submitted to the Banff Film Festival in November. Two completely different screenings will be shown on Friday and Saturday night.

“We will highlight award-winning mountain films each night that combine elements of mountain adventure, culture and the environment,” ASU Outdoor Programs associate director Rich Campbell said. “We try to keep each night well balanced but entirely different and unique so audiences are exposed to as many different films as possible during the festival.

“The Banff Film Festival is highly anticipated every spring underscoring how strongly this festival is supported in the High Country. Our community has embraced the themes, characters, and stunning places that the world tour brings to us every year, and I think our audience will be very pleased with the quality, diversity, creativity and passion the films highlight. And the films will be shown in high definition this year. The quality of the film image will be stunning this year, which we are excited about.”

In an ongoing effort to create a true film festival atmosphere in Boone, Campbell said there are two new developments with the festival this year.

On Friday night, Anson Fogel, award-winning filmmaker, will present his two acclaimed films from this year, “Cold” and “Chasing Water.”

And on Saturday night, infamous adventure athlete Will Gadd will attend to present the film in which he is featured, “Reel Rock: Ice Revolution.”

“Having these inspiring individuals here to present their films in person will provide our audience with a more authentic and engaging film festival experience” Campbell said, “and both Fogel and Gadd will be available in the lobby during the film festival to meet and greet audience members and will be doing some workshops and clinics that will be open to the general public.”

Check the official festival website, http://www.op.appstate.edu, for updates on workshop descriptions, locations and times.

The Banff Mountain Film Festival is an annual international competition celebrating its 36th year featuring the world’s best films on mountain themes. In November 2011, the festival screened more than 50 finalist films, chosen from more than 300 entries from 30-plus different countries. The film festival is organized by The Banff Centre for Mountain Culture in Banff, Canada. For information, visit http://www.banffmountainfestivals.com.

For more information about the Banff Mountain Film Festival at Appalachian State University, visit http://www.op.appstate.edu or contact Rich Campbell at (campbllrh@appstate.edu) ASU Outdoor Programs is the host of this event, and Footsloggers Outdoor and Travel Outfitters and ASU Geology are the presenting partners.

Advance tickets are now available. Ticket sales have been strong with approximately half of all tickets already sold for both Friday and Saturday night. Tickets are available at the Farthing Auditorium box office by calling (828) 262-4046, online at http://www.op.appstate.edu or from Footsloggers in downtown Boone by calling (828) 262-5111.

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