Banff Film Festival Returns March 26
New reception for VIP ticket-holders features Banff Photographs
By Becky Stock,
It’s hard for me to believe that the twelfth annual Truckee Meadows tour of the Banff Mountain Film Festival is rapidly approaching, and it will be here on Tuesday, March 26! This return engagement will once again be held in Sparks at John Ascuaga’s Nugget in the Rose Ballroom from 7-10 p.m.
One of the most amazing things about the Banff Mountain Film Festival is just how memorable the films are. Some of them really stick with you-for years. If you asked what my favorite Banff film is of all time - and it would be hard to give just one - I’d say it was a 1993 film about a family fishing with their cormorants on China’s Lijang River. Since Nevada Land Trust made it onto the annual Banff Mountain Film Festival Tour in 2002, it’s not uncommon during Banff season for the discussion of favorites and memorable films from years past – particularly among the incredible volunteers and sponsors who help make the evening happen. Last year it was the crocodile and a situation that was hard to shake. Before that it might be the crazy base jumping film, or even the caribou migrating to Anwar NWR, or the guy who walked across Australia.
We have staff still chuckling about some of the lighter moments, like the search and rescue cats, or the guys that approached backyard trampolines with an out-of-bounds elite climber-type intensity. You hear it in the audience too – from the collective gasps, or the applause response – and you have a hint which ones will stick.
The Banff Mountain Film festival is our largest annual fundraising event, bringing in much-needed funds to help pay for land protection and restoration projects throughout the year. Dollars raised come from event ticket sales, raffle tickets, sponsor donations, and, new this year, a special Nevada Land Trust membership promotion the night of the event. Look for details on the tables and at the NLT booth – and take a moment to meet some of the artists that will be featured at the July art event!
This year we are adding a new VIP reception for Banff sponsors and VIP ticket holders from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. in Pavilion A on the second floor of John Ascuaga’s Nugget. VIP tables are located directly in front of the Nugget Rose Ballroom’s largest video screen. In addition to the premier center seating, VIP ticket holders will enjoy drinks and hearty hors d'oeuvres and a special display of winning photos from the 2012 Banff Mountain Photography Competition – the first time we’ve brought it in.
Our staff and board sincerely thank the amazing sponsors, raffle donors, volunteers, and of course, our great audience for making this event possible. I wonder…what are the films we’ll be talking about next year? See you on the 26th!
Tickets available through John Ascuaga's Nugget (jnugget.com or 775-356-3300)
or REI 775-828-9090.
$20 in advance /$25 day of event.
VIP reserved seats $53