Every year, we host the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour, here in Red Deer. This annual event is our most important fundraiser and the event that brings us in contact with the biggest cross-section of the population.
Over two nights in January (the 10th and 11th, 2013), we and nearly a thousand of our closest friends will screen 2 1/2 hours of the best mountain culture, sport, nature, and adventure films that debuted at the 2012 Banff Mountain Film Festival. In past years we've seen everything from 90 minute epics featuring solo cycling trips across India and Australia, to five minute B.A.S.E. jumping films geared for the adrenaline junkies among us.
The Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour serves a couple of important purposes here in Red Deer. Obviously as a fundraiser, we depend on the proceeds from the two-night event to support our ongoing environmental education programming. However, there is an important social function at play here as well. By the time January 10 rolls around, we'll have had a lot of cold weather, Christmas has passed and we're looking at a long stretch until spring time. The event gets us out of our houses on a cold winter night and brings together a huge group of people in an act of community togetherness.
Tickets are on sale now at the Kerry Wood Nature Centre, Valhalla Pure Outfitters Red Deer and Purearth Organics. Tickets are $20 + GST each night or $36 + GST for both nights.