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The Rapid City Arts Council will present the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour this weekend at the Elks Theatre.

Returning for the 13th time to Rapid City, Banff Mountain Film Festival brings adrenaline-packed sports, outdoor and adventure-based films for two days. The event has become one of the most popular recurring events for the RCAC.

"Last year we sold out both days, and we hope to continue that this year," said Emma Rivers, marketing director for the RCAC.

16 films will screen this year, ranging from winter sports to ​mountain climbing, mountain biking to environmentally-focused films. 

"There's always something for everybody," River said. "One of my personal favorites is 'Four Mums in a Boat,' which follows four middle-aged British women who announce that they want to row the Atlantic Ocean."

That film, which screens as a part of Sunday's lineup, will look at their preparation and their adventure across the ocean.

Adventure was the most common theme in this year's lineup, according to Rivers, who also gave mention to the film "Sea Gypsys: The Far Side of the World," screening on Saturday.

"That's about a community of wanderers, this group of guys who get together to make a 12,800 kilometer journey across the Pacific," Rivers said. "They go from New Zealand to Patagonia, with a stop in Antarctica."

Rivers also noted that there are more female-led films this year.

"I think Banff has made a concerted effort to get more films featuring women in the lineup," Rivers said.

Other films screening Saturday include the free-skiing film "Ruin and Rose," the climbing film "Poumaka," and the surfing film "The Accord."

"That's something that people might want to check out, considering that there's nowhere to surf around here," Rivers said. "And it's not just a surfing film. They've put a twist on it you'll have to see."

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Saturday's screenings will begin with one of the most unusual films on the docket, "Metronomic."

"This is one we really wanted to show because it ties together the arts and outdoors," Rivers said. "There's music and cliff-dancing. You'll see someone slack-lining while playing instruments. It's an interesting pairing of art and outdoor culture."

Sunday's other films, meanwhile, include "Shift," about an indigenous community creating a top mountain biking location near a sacred mountain in the Yukon; "Trail Dog," about a man exploring mountains in France with his dogs; and "Young Guns," which follows teenage climbers.

"We just love this film festival," Rivers said. "For us, it's a great way to bring in our outdoor community while showing the creative side of filmmaking."

For a full listing of films, visit thedahl.org/banff-film-festival.html. To purchase tickets, visit thedahl.org/tickets.html. Purchase tickets early, if possible, as the screenings are expected to sell out.

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

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