Banff Film Festival returns to Juneau

Posted: Thursday, February 12, 2004

From ice-climbing in the Canadian Rockies to paragliding in the Himalayas, from the nomadic lives of Tibetan herders to the climbing adventures of Biscuit the dog, this year's Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour seeks to capture the spirit of mountain adventure.

The festival travels to Centennial Hall on Friday, Feb. 13, and begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are available only at the door, which opens at 6:15. The cost is $12 for general admission, $6 for students.

The films feature a wide variety of stories, from mountain sports to mountain culture and environment. They explores virtually every corner of the globe, including Iceland, Norway, Mexico, Nepal, Bhutan, Montserrat, China, Siberia, Italy, Pakistan, Croatia, Switzerland, Canada, and the United States.

"Front Range Freaks: Biscuit" profiles a small dog with a big appetite for rock climbing. "A Man Called Nomad" examines the dilemma of nomadic herders caught between their traditional lifestyle and the changing world around them.

"Wehyakin" follows a crew of international paddlers as they plunge through white water in Iceland, Norway, and Mexico. "The Other Final" tells the story of a game between the lowest-ranked teams in international soccer - Bhutan and Montserrat. Played against a mountainous Bhutanese backdrop on the same day as the World Cup Final, this match is more about the love of sport than the final score.

The Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour is produced by Mountain Culture at The Banff Centre. The tour includes award-winning films from the Banff Mountain Film Festival, an annual event held in early November at The Banff Centre in Banff, Alberta, Canada. This year about 300 entries from 38 countries were entered in the competition.

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