QUEENSBURY — Another film festival is coming to the area — this one featuring outdoors-themed movies.
The Banff Mountain Film Festival will take place at 7 p.m. Feb. 19 in the SUNY Adirondack humanities building auditorium.
Matt Fuller, co-owner of Fountain Square Outfitters, told fellow EDC Warren County board members on Tuesday that the event has been held locally at Skidmore College for about 15 years.
For whatever reason, Skidmore is not hosting the event anymore.
The touring festival shows documentaries that can range from a few minutes to over 50 minutes in length. Fuller said the subjects include mountain climbing, backpacking, mountain biking, surfing and skiing.
In between movie showings, the sponsors have giveaways of gear.
“It’s a great event,” he said.
Fuller said the only downside is that students will not be on campus on that date because it is Presidents’ Day.
“The only day we could get was during that school break,” he said.
Maureen Coutant, vice chairwoman of the ADK Glens Falls-Saratoga Chapter, said she reached out to organizers to see if they could bring it here.
“The main thing was finding a venue that was suitable. I really wanted to have it in downtown Glens Falls, but the Wood Theater was booked for the time in February,” she said.
Coutant credited Amy Collins, director of tourism and business development for Glens Falls, for helping find the SUNY Adirondack space.
Organizers for Banff later contacted her to tell her that they also received an inquiry from RockSport and Fountain Square Outfitters.
“Once we found that out, we all teamed up and started working together. It’s been a great collaboration,” she said.
She said the films are very uplifting and filled with adventure. One year, there was a short film about a man and his dog who walked across Australia and another year there was a documentary about two men who lived in a hut at the Arctic Circle.
The films feature beautiful photography, according to Coutant.
“There’s usually some humor. They’re action-packed. There’s definitely some inspirational stories mixed in and a little bit of environmental awareness to protect the mountains and beautiful places,” she said.
Tickets are available from Fountain Square Outfitters at 1 Ridge St., Glens Falls, 518-932-8355; RockSport: 54 Carey Road, Queensbury, 518-793-4626; and SUNY Adirondack Student Life & Diversity Office, 518-743-2251.
Tickets can also be bought online at Brown Paper Tickets or by contacting Coutant, firstname.lastname@example.org or 518-745-7834.
Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. There is an online processing fee of $1.52.