Banff Mountain Film Festival returns

Tickets for this year’s Banff Mountain Film Festival are sold at the Art Gallery of Golden. Photo courtesy of Kicking Horse Culture

On Friday, December 6, Banff Mountain Film Festival will make its yearly stop in Golden at the Mount 7 Rec Plex.

The festival will present a curated list of films from the international film competition, the ‘Best of the Fest’, that took place in Banff from October 26 through November 3, with selections ranging from five minute short films to hour-long films depicting amazing feats of adventure.

“We try to cover pretty much whatever is the sort of thing that people like to do in Golden,” said Bill Usher director of Kicking Horse Culture, who is helping curate the list of films.

The festival is one of the most popular events in Golden, attracting 550 people each year to the Rec Plex It always sells out when it comes to town. Including volunteers and others who will be working the festival, Usher anticipates almost 680 people will show up to enjoy an exciting night of films..

“People want to see what’s on the cutting edge. They want to see what these people are doing,” said Usher. “They want to know what kind of adventures people are getting up to. There’s lots of thrills, chills, and spills.”

Kicking Horse Culture will be setting up Kicks Cafe for the event, and will be selling snacks such as gingerbread cookies and popcorn. It’s also a licensed event, so patrons will be able to enjoy a glass of wine, beer, or cooler of their choice while they kick back and enjoy the show.

With a lengthy intermission between acts, the event is designed to be a social one, with people of different interests brought together. Often the festival can act as a homecoming for those returning to Golden for the winter season, and a warm welcome for those who come just for the ski season to work at the resort.

“It’s a big night out for the community, there’s a wide variety of people who like to come,” said Usher.

While Golden has its fair share of adventurers and risk-takers, it’s intriguing to see what other people are up to in other parts of the world.

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