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Banff Mountain Film Festival Closes Its Sold Out Run Monday Night At La Paloma

An image showing a man climbing a rock cliff. It is from "Africa Fusion," which was screened as part of the Banff Mountain Film Festival.
Banff Mountain Film Festival
An image showing a man climbing a rock cliff. It is from "Africa Fusion," which was screened as part of the Banff Mountain Film Festival.

But Adventure 16 offers some follow up events for those inspired to make their own mountain adventure

Banff Mountain Film Festival
KPBS film critic Beth Accomando looks at the success of the Banff Mountain Film Festival.

ANCHOR INTRO: The Banff Mountain Film Festival concludes its sold out San Diego County run tonight at the La Paloma Theater. KPBS arts reporter Beth Accomando explains why the festival has become so successful. The Banff Mountain Film Festival is a collection of short, visually arresting films focused on mountain culture, environment, and adventure sports. The films go on tour after screening in Alberta Canada. Janet Higley Reade works for Adventure 16 and is the World Tour Host for San Diego. She says the films inspire people to travel and to even make their own films. JANET: The Banff Mountain Film Festival has seen a really large increase in films that are submitted to the festival because of the popularity of personal cameras. The Go-Pro cameras for example, a lot of those are obtainable to everybody. If you don’t have tickets to the sold out event, you can enjoy the free programs Adventure 16 has planned to help you prepare for your own mountain adventure. Beth Accomando, KPBS News.

The Banff Mountain Film Festival concludes its sold out San Diego County run Monday night at the La Paloma Theater and is inspiring attendees to seek out their own mountain adventures.

The Banff Mountain Film Festival is a collection of short, visually arresting films focused on mountain culture, environment and adventure sports. The films go on tour after screening in Alberta, Canada and are curated specifically for each individual city.

Janet Higley Reade works for Adventure 16 and is the world tour host for San Diego. She said the films inspire people to travel and to even make their own films.

"The Banff Mountain Film Festival has seen a really large increase in films that are submitted to the festival because of the popularity of personal cameras," Higley Reade said. "The Go-Pro cameras for example, a lot of those are obtainable to everybody and people now have editing software in their homes so it's easy for anyone and families to make their own films and submit them and many win awards."

Many of these Go-Pro films are adrenaline pumping as they document things like riding a bike down a narrow path along the crest of a mountain or giving the point of view of someone snowboarding.

"Our customers, after they have come to the film festival say, 'Teach me how I can get out and about from here,'" Higley Reade said. "So we offer a lot of upcoming events that tell people about trips that they can go on. One event that we have coming up here is Walking in the Dolomites of Italy with Gary Scott."

The free program takes place A16's Solana Beach store on Tuesday, March 24 and at the San Diego store on Wednesday, March 25. Both begin at 7 p.m. with a happy half-hour at 6:30 p.m.

The Dolomites of Northern Italy have been described as “the world’s most enchanting mountains” and offer incredible walking and hiking of all kinds. Scott (an author, photographer and adventure travel and walking guide since 1983) will talk and share photos about this walkers' and climbers' paradise. He’ll also cover where to go, what to do, how to do it and what to take with you to have a successful trip.

If you don’t have tickets to the sold out film festival, you can also enjoy these free programs Adventure 16 has planned to help you prepare for your own mountain adventure. Adventure 16 holds these at two store locations: 4620 Alvarado Canyon Road in San Diego, and 143 S. Cedros Ave. in Solana Beach.

Check out trailers for the films currently on tour.

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