For the 23rd year, the one and only Banff Mountain Film Festival will be coming back to Sandpoint’s Panida Theater this month! For three consecutive nights, be inspired by the international film competition that all began in 1976 and originated in Banff, Alberta. This show, as previous attendees might know, focuses on footage of specular mountain subjects from all over the world. It originated as an outreach program to bring the festival to other communities with tours across three Canadian cities. However, they saw it as an opportunity to reach other communities that couldn’t make it to the Canadian Rockies. Therefore, Sandpoint made the tour!
Mark your calendars for the weekend of January 17 through 19. On Friday and Saturday night, the doors will open at 6pm, with the film beginning at 7. Sunday, doors will open at 5pm, and the film will follow at 6. Tickets are now available for purchase at Eichardt’s, Burger Express (in Sandpoint and Bonners Ferry locations), Outdoor Experience and the Alpine Shop.
Tickets are also available for purchase on the Panida Theater website at Panida.org. Any remaining tickets will be sold at the door, but you don’t want to miss out, so buy now! Tickets are $18 in advance or $20 at the door. One of the best things about this event is that a portion of the proceeds will go to Sandpoint’s local program called North Idaho Mountain Sports Education (NIMSEF).
What will that do for NIMSEF? It will give 70 or more local kids a ski pass to Schweitzer Mountain, with lessons and ski gear included. Jeff Rouleau from NIMSEF will be the one raffling off the prizes at the Panida Theater all three nights of the show. Bring your families and friends to an unforgettable event that will start their 2020 year off with a bang!
Wish to learn more about this amazing event? For more information, you are welcome to visit their website at MountainFever.us. To learn more about the North Idaho Mountain Sports Education Fund, please visit NIMSEF.com.