Like a mini Banff Mountain Film Festival, the International Fly Fishing Film Festival comes to Idaho Falls today with fishing adventures from Alaska to South America to Mongolia.
Seven films lasting about an hour and a half will show at the Paramount Theater, 2085 Niagara St. in Idaho Falls at 5 p.m. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. A second showing of the films begins at 7:30 p.m., with doors opening at 7 p.m.
Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at the theater box office.
The festival consists of short and feature-length films made by professionals from around the world. The films highlight the culture and passion of fly fishing and show people catching fish the size of wiener dogs or bigger in exotic places such as Iceland, Brazil and Alaska.
The festival tours throughout North America, but only makes three stops in Idaho: Idaho Falls, Moscow and Coeur d’Alene. The films will also show in Australia, New Zealand, South America and Iceland.
The festival comes to Idaho Falls with the help of Pocatello fly fishing filmmaker Marc Crapo. Crapo, a three-time festival award winner, produced the film “One Day in Iceland,” showing in this year’s tour. The film is about a zany fishing trip to Iceland with friends.
“Casa De Grandes” follows anglers on a trip deep into the Amazon jungle in pursuit of giant fish. Another film, “One Path,” follows the editor of Fly Fisherman Magazine on a 100-mile, two-week float trip through a remote river valley in Mongolia. One “buddy” film, “The Midnight Mission,” watches friends devise an adventure to rescue a friend who is losing his desire to fly fish.
Expect to see amazing photography, goofball antics, giant fish and many bent rods.
For a list of all the films in the festival and short clips promoting each film, go to www.flyfilmfest.com/films/.