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Banff film festival's yearly Sudbury stop 'fuels the adventurous spirit'

Popular event showcasing adventure films going strong after more than two decades  
Ben Tibbetts took this photo of Valentine Fabre on the east face of the Dent du Géant on the French/Italian border, the image chosen by the Banff Mountain Film Festival to represent the 43rd annual festival and world tour. (Supplied)

The Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour returns to Greater Sudbury on Jan. 25 and Jan. 26 for the 21st year, staying with the two-night format introduced to the city last year.

Organizer Jim Little said he had a “really good response” to the popular event's expansion in 2018, as well as its move from Laurentian University's Fraser Auditorium to All Nations Church.

Four hundred tickets are up for grabs this year, and he's hoping they sell out.

Little he expects 10 to 12 short films will be shown on both nights of the festival, although the exact lineup has not yet been finalized.

“Each evening will have a unique lineup of films, so there's no overlap in films on either night,” he said. 

Some people actually purchased tickets for both evenings last year, because the films are different.

The nearly 40 films being shown on the festival's world tour (you can check them out here) are some of the most popular adventure documentaries shown at the Banff Mountain Film Festival in Banff, Alta. last fall. 

Little said he thinks Sudburians love this particular film festival because they're already “really in tune” with the outdoors.

“We've got lakes and we've got the landscape that's fairly easy access,” Little said.

“This just gives an opportunity to see others to getting into other landscapes. It might be either like Sudbury in some ways, or absolutely different — desert locations, or extreme mountainous type terrain. I think it fuels the adventurous spirit in people.”

The event is a fundraiser for the Laurentian University Outdoor Adventure Leadership third-year trip. Little, the program's co-ordinator, said this year, the students are venturing further afield.

They're travelling to the island of Hokkaido in Japan for a 10-day trek through the mountains.

Doors open at All Nations Church at 7 p.m. both evenings of the Banff film festival, and tickets cost $20 each per evening. You can purchase tickets online here.