Banff brings the world to UAF

Heather Bryant / Sun Star Reporter

On Feb. 6, UAF will play host to the Banff Mountain Film Festival’s annual screening. UAF is one of three screenings in Alaska with films selected specifically for the UAF audience.

The film festival is a juried festival at the Banff Center in Alberta, Canada that receives hundreds of submissions from around the world. From August until the first week of November when the tour starts, films are viewed and selected for the tour.


“We celebrate the best of mountain film, literature and photography,” said Seana Strain, a coordinator with the World Tour.

“It’s an annual tradition,” said Mark Oldmixon, coordinator for Outdoor Adventures.

The local showing at the Davis Concert Hall will offer up eight films selected to satisfy a variety of tastes. The doors open at 5 p.m. with the show scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. This year’s lineup features films about adventure, mountain biking, caving, fly-fishing, skiing, kayaking, and climbing.

“We choose based on length, culture and sport,” Oldmixon said. Out of approximately 28 films that make it to the world tour, two hours worth will make it all the way to Fairbanks.

This year, the tour will have approximately 635 screenings at 340 locations in 32 countries across all seven continents.

Sitka and Juneau have screenings during the same weekend as UAF’s, which helps lower the cost of bringing the tour to Fairbanks. Oldmixon estimates that 600 to 700 people turned out for the event last year.

“It’s cabin fever prevention,” Oldmixon said. “People go to a film and get inspired to go out and do something.”

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