Banff Film Festival

The Banff Film Festival 2021 is definitely one of the biggest events happening in the national park, and it's one of the bigger events in Canada as well. Since 1976, the festival has brought forth a variety of documentaries and shot films covering topics including environment, mountain culture, and sports. Inaugurated by The Banff Center, the festival kicks off each November in tandem with the Banff Mountain Book Festival, an event focusing on mountain literature and featuring seminars, guest speakers, author readings, and a book competition for international writers.

Once the festival ends in November, the top chosen films head out on tour. The way the tour is organized is one of the greatest features of the event; whichever organization is hosting the tour (in each community the festival visits) determines exactly which program from the festival best reflects that community’s interests. Therefore each locale completely personalizes the tour, constructing a one-of-a-kind celebration of community adventure. More than 300 cities in over 20 countries welcome the Banff Film Festival 2021 which debuts films to almost a quarter of a million people.

The Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival sees the park come alive and brings the full spirit of high-adrenaline activity to each individual screening and book event. More than 300 entries are received annually with roughly 60 chosen to screen during the festival. Awards are presented by the event jury in several assorted categories including biking, climbing, adventure, skiing, environment, and culture. The Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival reflects the same spirit as the festival, which is why the two are so harmonious and presented seamlessly.

Image: Donald Lee/Banff Centre


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