Breckenridge: Adventure the world through the Banff lens |

Breckenridge: Adventure the world through the Banff lens

Ben Brown and Rush Sturges perform during the Red Bull Flow Hunters at TREE TRUNK GORGE , Central North Island, New Zealand on March 15th, 2012

The Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour comes to Breckenridge Saturday, showcasing mountain-oriented short films from around the world.

The tour brings a selection of the shorts shown during the 2012 summer festival at the Banff Center in Canada. It’s said to be the largest and one of the most prestigious mountain festivals in the world, and the tour aims to bring the films to the masses by way of 400 community stops in 35 countries around the world.

Action. Environment. Adventure. Exotic landscapes and remote cultures to what’s happening in one person’s “backyard.” It’s all in the festival’s world tour – and it comes to the Riverwalk Center in Breckenridge Saturday night. Tickets cost $20 and are still available. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the screening begins at 7:30.

Films are chosen based on audience popularity as well as award-winning favorites. In “Crossing the Ice,” Australian adventurers tackle a journey across Antarctica to the South Pole and back again – unassisted. More than 1,000 kilometers of ice await the travelers, who face both an unmet record as well as a Norwegian out for the same title – and he has a head start.

Another film, “The Dream Factory,” is an abridged version of the latest from Teton Gravity Research, which showcases the past, the present and a glimpse at the future of freeride skiing and snowboarding.

In “Flow Hunters,” the world’s best paddlers head to New Zealand, and an all-disabled crew of friends attempt to ascend Yosesmit’s iconic El Capitain in “The Gimp Monkeys.”

Other films include “Industrial Revolutions,” “Lily Shreds Trailside,” “Moonwalk” (a full moon like no other!), “On Thin Sea Ice 2,” and “Reel Rock 7: Honnold 3.0.”

Proceeds from the annual event benefit the Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center, an organization dedicated to outdoor adventure education serving all people, with a specialized focus on serving those with disabilities and special needs, according to the organization’s website. Those visiting the center experience wilderness, ski slopes or participate in one of the centers’ many outdoor classrooms.

As the largest fundraiser of the year, the sell-out crowd of 750 people helped rake in roughly $24,000 net profit last year, all of which goes into the organization’s general operating fund to help knock down fees for attending the camps at the nonprofit’s five sites.

Mark your calendars for the next fundraiser for the Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center: The Breckebeiner 60k Nordic Ski-a-Thon and snowshoe race on March 23. Individuals can ski or snowshoe 60k, 30k or 12k at the Breckenridge Nordic Center.

For Banff Mountain Film Festival general admission and private reception tickets, call (970) 453-6422 or visit General admission tickets are also available at the Breckenridge Welcome Center on Main Street. The 5:45 p.m. reception includes food, drinks, advanced seating and a private viewing of competition photography.

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