Banff Mountain Film Festival will return to Pullman

Traveling movie festival comes back for about 26th time; tickets $5 online for WSU students, doors open at 6 p.m.



EMMA LEDBETTER, Evergreen reporter

The Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour is making a stop at WSU 7 p.m. Monday in the CUB Auditorium.

The festival at WSU is hosted by the Outdoor Recreation Center. Jonathan Stahl, ORC assistant director for adventure programs and experiential learning, said the festival will showcase films with diverse locations, characters, cultures and outdoor activities.

“It’s like not like we’re showing just extreme skiing movies all night long, or just kayaking movies,” Stahl said. “I think a really wide cross-section of people would find these films interesting and entertaining.”

Stahl tries to avoid films that show a lot of white men, he said, because outdoor activities have typically been a place of privilege and elitism.

Each year, the film festival begins in October in Banff, Alberta, Canada and includes more than a week of films and activities for attendees.

The festival then hits the road — “road warriors” bring the films to all the stops on the January world tour, including WSU.

Stahl said he meets with a road warrior to decide what films are best suited for the audience here.

The festival has been happening at WSU for about 26 years, he said, and the audience usually fills the CUB Auditorium.

Lauretta Campbell, owner of Hyperspud Sports in Moscow, said she has attended the festival at WSU for about the last decade and looks forward to seeing community members of different ages support it.

“Banff is the sign,” Campbell said, “at least for me, that the new year has started on the Palouse.”

Stahl said he enjoys seeing people feeling inspired and energized after the night.

“People have so much fun at this event and leave with this elevated sense of ‘stoke,’” Stahl said.

There will be an intermission halfway through the program when the ORC will give out prizes from local sponsors, he said.

Stahl said some of the prizes will include a dry bag backpack from Northwest River Supplies, a set of trekking poles from Hyperspud Sports and a rope rug made of retired ropes from the WSU climbing wall, among other outdoor-themed items.

Campbell said outdoor activities can seem isolating and intimidating to people who don’t know how to do something.

“This area is really open to helping people to the best of our abilities,” Campbell said. “We just want to get everyone outside.”

Stahl said tickets are available for purchase online, but are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Tickets online are $5 for WSU students and SRC/Chinook members and $13 for the general public. Tickets are $5 more when purchased at the door.

Doors open 6 p.m. Monday at the CUB Auditorium. The festival will begin at 7 p.m. and end around 10 p.m., Stahl said.