The natural splendor and sweeping vistas of Banff National Park are the perfect backdrop for the internationally acclaimed Banff Film Festival. Here, amidst nearly 6,500 square kilometers of pristine wilderness in the shadows of the majestic peaks of Mt. Rundle and Mt. Cascade, film enthusiasts from around the world flock for the annual expo of mountain and outdoor-themed movies, shorts, and documentaries. Now in its 43rd year, this festival is held every fall in Banff, Alberta and is a who’s who event among outdoor enthusiasts, environmental activists, and film buffs.

The Festival

The 43rd annual film festival will be held in Sunriver from October 27 through November 4, 2018 at The Banff Centre and is held concurrently with the Banff Mountain Book Festival. Both festivals showcase a range of themes including mountain culture, wilderness sports, and environmental issues, and strive to bring the very best in the medium and the outdoor adventure genre to the enthralled public. Over the course of 2018, as many as 300 aspiring filmmakers and other hopefuls will submit their passion projects for consideration, with the top 60 or so making the festival lineup. At the festival’s conclusion, the award-winning films will join the Banff World Tour, leaving Sunriver to travel the globe to more than 300 cities in 20 countries in a traveling display of the very best of the best. A special subset of selections with a higher “adrenaline content” will comprise the Radical Reels Tour, an equally popular traveling exhibition of the best in high-octane movies with subjects like BASE-jumping, skiing, snow kiting, and much, much more.

Attending the Banff Film Festival

Want to attend the festival on your next Sunriver vacation? Tickets for individual events and Festival Passports go on sale in early August and are always in high demand. This year all events will be General Admission, and attendees can save money when purchasing combo tickets to five or more events. Passport holders gain the benefits of priority seating, VIP parties, and a tax-deductible donation (included in the price) to the Banff Centre. All-Day Film Programs are shown on the final weekend, with two different programs to choose from (half-day programs are also available). Each offers a delightful selection of the year’s entries, allowing you to experience the variety and grandeur of these cinematic masterpieces without having to change seats on your Sunriver vacation.

The charming town of Banff is the perfect venue for this cinematic tribute to the Great Outdoors, thanks to its surrounding wilderness and its idyllic streets with quaint cafés and cozy chalet-like stores and hotels. With premier accommodations from Sunriver Pines, you can be certain you will be close to the festival’s events and right in the heart of this exciting annual tradition. So don’t delay, book your stay today!