This weekend kicks off the Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival’s 40th anniversary. There are many activities – including free ones – that will ignite your sense of adventure. The free Festival Kick-Off Party this Friday (October 30) starts at 7 p.m. in Banff Avenue Square. Enjoy live music by the Bitterweed Draw, special guests, campfires, prizes, and more! The party continues at Wild Bill’s Saloon from 9 p.m. until late.
Watch Opening Weekend Film Screenings on Saturday (October 31) at 12 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. and on Sunday (November 1) at 12 p.m., 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $12, and the films will be shown at Eric Harvie Theatre. Each screening features a variety of 2-4 different films. During the course of the festival, 89 films will be offered, including over 50 premieres from around the globe.
And in honour of the Festival’s 40th anniversary, attendees can watch Festival Flashback screenings at the Lux Cinema Banff, October 30 – November 5. The selection of Flashback films includes both award-winning films and audience favourites from past Festivals. Tickets for Festival Flashback screenings are $12.
The festival features 20 book programs about exploration around the globe. Events are $15 and highlight award-winning photographers, authors, adventurers sharing their latest works – including Alpine Exposures with Jonathan Griffith, Voices of Adventure with Simone Moro and The Tower with Kelly Cordes.
If you’re an aspiring adventurer, filmmaker, or author, then take advantage of free workshops from National Geographic. You can learn about everything from how to get your story published to exploration and adventure grants. See page 35 of the Festival program for more details.
During the festival you can also view the Mountain Art Exhibitions for free across the Banff Centre campus and in participating galleries in downtown Banff. Both mountain art and mountain photography will be displayed.