After a successful sold-out screening of the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour in November, a whole new batch of outdoor adventure films returns to the Vernon Performing Arts Centre for two different screenings this coming weekend.
Expect more films on climbing, skiing, kayaking, BASE jumping, mountain biking, along with cultural, humourous and environmental offerings.
“Both screenings will have all different films,” said Nikki Sims, Banff Film Festival Coordinator with Vernon Search and Rescue.
This is Vernon Search and Rescue Group Society’s 21st year of presenting the Best of Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour. The world tour is produced by Mountain Culture at the Banff Centre, and features winning films and audience favourites from more than 300 films entered in the annual film festival. From these entries, approximately 30 to 40 are licensed for the world tour and offer a broad range of subject matter – all in some way relating to the outdoors.
“The Banff festival is Vernon Search and Rescue’s major annual fundraiser. We are a non-profit, volunteer search and rescue group covering an area of 7,500 square kilometres that is widely known as a tourist destination with an array of outdoor pursuits,” said Sims. “With approximately 60 volunteers, we attend an average of 40 calls each year. All members are trained in basic search and rescue techniques, with many advancing into specialized rescue areas such as swift water, flat ice, rope, avalanche, and tracking.”
Beyond the specific role of search and rescue, the unit assists the RCMP, the B.C. Ambulance Service, the Coroners Office, the B.C. Forest Service, and the Office of the Fire Commissioner in various tasks from evidence searches and body recoveries to traffic control and evacuation assistance.
“Our organization operates on a 100 per cent volunteer basis, with each member donating time and money towards this cause,” said Sims. “As such, we are dependent on donations from the community for the acquisition of capital equipment, including ATVs, snow machines, boats, and trucks, and for all-important training upgrades.”
More information about Vernon Search and Rescue is available at www.vernonsar.ca
The Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour screens at the Vernon Performing Arts Centre Saturday, Dec. 29 and Sunday, Dec. 30 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 available at Ticket Seller in the VPAC, phone 250-549-7469 or order online at www.ticketseller.ca.