An internationally touring film festival is coming from the Rocky Mountains to Nanaimo.
From Dec. 14 to 17 the Banff Centre Mountain Film Festival World Tour comes to the Port Theatre. The festival, put on by the Banff Centre for the Arts and Creativity, is making its return to in-person screenings after taking place online last year due to COVID-19.
The Nanaimo screening is being organized and hosted by Nanaimo’s Valhalla Pure Outfitters location. Manager Michael Allen said they’ve been involved with the festival for more than 20 years and will be introducing the films at the screenings.
“It’ll be travel movies, cultural movies, but then there’ll be base jumping and skiing, snowboarding, rock climbing, so it’s really everything outside,” Allen said of the festival lineup, adding that a new documentary about Nanaimo mountain biker Steve Smith could be on offer as well.
Two sets of films will be presented on alternating nights at the Port Theatre. Allen said bringing the festival to Nanaimo, especially at this time of year, is “good for the outdoor community.”
“It’s something that I think everybody looks forward to and we do it in the fall, too, so it’s the in-between season where skiing might not be going yet and your hiking season’s over. Paddling season’s over or ending,” he said. “So just something to do for the community.”
WHAT’S ON … The Banff Centre Mountain Film Festival World Tour comes to the Port Theatre, 125 Front St., on Dec. 14 to 17 at 7 p.m. nightly. Tickets $20, $18 for students and group of 10 or more. Available from the Port Theatre.