The Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival will make a stop in Sitka as part of its annual world tour, and tickets go on sale Thursday, Jan. 19, at Old Harbor Books and the Hames Athletic and Wellness Center.
The Sitka screening takes place at 7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 17, at the Sitka Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students and seniors. There will be a variety of door prizes given away after the screening. Money raised benefits the Hames Wellness Fund to support partnerships with Sitkans Against Family Violence (SAFV), Southeast Alaska Independent Living (SAIL), Sitka School District, Sitka Counseling and Prevention Services, Sitka Tribe of Alaska, and more.
Each year, the Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival celebrates life in the outdoors with a nine-day festival (Oct. 28-Nov. 5, 2017) at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity in Banff, Alberta, Canada, featuring a series of short films, books and other media. Films may feature kayaking, mountain biking, hiking, wingsuit flying, rock climbing, mountaineering, skiing, surfing, fishing, and a variety of other outdoor activities.
During the world tour, a selection of the films is shown in each community, with a different set of films shown in each participating community. The world tour allows local communities to use the films as fundraisers, and the tour has made several stops in Sitka in the past.