Printed on: January 10, 2013

Get ready for the Banff Film Fest

By Jerry Painter
jpainter@postregister.com

Whether your favorite outdoor activity involves skiing, kayaking, mountain biking or rock climbing (or all of the above and more), the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour provides plenty of stoke and entertainment to help out.

As in year's past, the festival comes to Idaho Falls sponsored by the Idaho Falls Nordic Ski Patrol. The festival is the patrol's only fundraising event each year.

"We use the proceeds to update our equipment and maintain the warming hut at Harriman State Park," event organizer Clark Kido said.

The Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour is the traveling version of the festival held each October at the Banff Centre in Alberta, Canada. The festival invites film makers, authors, photographers and famous adventurers to participate in the nine-day event. From that event, the cream of the film crop make the world tour.

The tour comes to Idaho Falls on Feb. 8 -- a Friday rather than its usual Thursday night showing.

Members of the ski patrol gather to choose about two-plus hours' worth of movies from a list of 27 films the Banff people will be touring with. Kido said that after patrol members select films they would like to see, they consult with the festival coordinators in Banff for any suggestions of must-see films. Films range in length from a few minutes to as long as an hour.

"They have good suggestions on films that have been well-received over the course of the world tour," Kido said.

Kido said patrol members try to have a good mix of films representing a variety of outdoor pursuits. They also try to include the films that are just plain entertaining.

One film he hopes to bring to this year's festival in Idaho Falls is "Crossing the Ice," an Australian film of two men trying to cross Antarctica to the South Pole and back completely unassisted -- something that has never been done before.

"The film won three awards," Kido said. "Grand Prize, People's Choice and Best Film for Exploration and Adventure. That doesn't happen very often, so it should be a good film."

Other films Kido hopes to bring include adventures on kayaking in New Zealand, crazy mountain biking antics, the first all-disabled climb of Yosemite's El Capitan and a funny film about British climbers who enjoy suffering in the wide cracks of the southwestern United States.

In addition to films, there will also be door prizes given away after intermission. The lobby will feature displays from various outdoor organizations from the area that can be viewed prior to the show or during intermission.

A word to the wise: The $15 tickets for the Colonial Theater showing are limited and disappear fast. All seats are reserved.

"About two-thirds have already been sold," Kido said. "I think there is only about 10 percent of the seats left on the main floor."

If you go

What: Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour

When: 7 p.m. Feb. 8.

Where: Colonial Theater, 498 A St.

Tickets: Online at www.idahofallsarts.org or at the Colonial Theater ticket office. Call 522-0471.

Win free tickets

The Post Register Outdoors section wants to treat you right.

We have 10 Banff Mountain Film Festival tickets to give away, but there's a catch.

Send us an awesome photo of your kids (or you and your kids) having fun in the great outdoors. It doesn't have to be handstands on the summit of the Grand Teton or doing backflips on your snowmobile (although that would be cool), mainly just a nice photo of something fun going on outdoors.

Email the photo (title your email "Banff Contest), with your contact information, to rthornberry@postregister.com, or mail it to Banff Ticket Contest, Rob Thornberry, P.O. Box 1800, Idaho Falls, ID 83401, or drop the photo off in person to Rob Thornberry or Jerry Painter at the Post Register office at 333 Northgate Mile in Idaho Falls.