The 12th annual Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour will arrive at the Elks Theatre Saturday and Sunday, bringing the best of outdoor and adventure filmmaking from all over the world to Rapid City.

"Every year these films are amazing," said Emma Rivers, marketing coordinator of the Rapid City Arts Council. "You see people challenging their abilities, showcasing different cultures and landscapes and extreme sports. There's a great variety every year."

Both days feature roughly two hours and eight films each, with Saturday kicking off with "The Important Places," a Best Short Mountain Film-winner with a paddling focus that mixes 16 mm film and new visuals. The day continues with films about trail running ("Curiosity"), journeys across the country ("Unbranded"), biking ("Builder"), ice climbing ("Climbing Ice: The Iceland Trifecta"), skiing ("Paradise Waits") and more.

Sunday, meanwhile, begins with the climbing film "55 Hours in Mexico" and continues with films about biking ("Darklight"), Paragliding ("Sounds of Paragliding") and women climbing ("Women's Speed Climbing"). 

Rivers said that where previous years have had a greater number of climbing films, this year saw a greater number of films about biking. Mountain Film favorite Alex Honnald, however, will return with the climbing film "Reel Rock 10: A Line Across the Sky." Rivers added that the RCAC always tries to bring in a variety of films for all tastes.

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"We want a really good mix of different types of films, so the high adrenaline films are there with the more culturally focused ones," Rivers said.

Rivers stressed that as Saturday shows in particular have sold-out in the past, those wishing to attend should try to purchase early, but encouraged people to try to come to either or both days' shows.

"There's something amazing about watching these people challenge themselves," Rivers said. "You might think, 'These people are crazy,' but being in a theater full of people experiencing the same thing, gasping at the same time, cheering at the same time is just a great atmosphere."

To purchase tickets, visit thedahl.org/tickets.html or call 394-4101 ext. 200.

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Contact Max B. O'Connell at 394-8427 or max.oconnell@rapidcityjournal.com

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