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RTPI hosts virtual film festival

For 16 consecutive years, the Roger Tory Peterson Institute has hosted the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour at the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts in Jamestown. Given the uncertainty surrounding COVID-19, the live 2020 screening was canceled. As an alternative, RTPI is hosting a online screening opportunity.

Three pre-packaged Banff Centre Mountain Film Festival World Tour programs will be available through Oct. 17. The price for each program is $15, or $40 for all three. The programs can be accessed via the RTPI website at rtpi.org/virtual-banff-film-festival. Learn more about the films featured in the 2019-20 program at www.banffcentre.ca/2019-20-world-tour-films.

“Although we regretfully canceled our in-person show this year, we are thrilled to be able to bring the action and adventure of the Banff World Tour to our Banff enthusiasts and supporters in a safe, online format. RTPI looks forward to bringing this awesome event to Jamestown each year, and we can’t wait to see everyone in person again in 2021,” said Jane Johnson, RTPI director of museum operations.

The Banff Centre Mountain Film Festival World Tour was born from Banff Centre Mountain Film and Book Festival which began in Banff, Alberta. In 1976 a tight-knit group of climbers and outdoor enthusiasts conceived The Banff Festival of Mountaineering Films.

The one-day gathering became the renowned international festival. More than 30 years ago, Banff Centre Mountain Film Festival began an outreach program to bring the festival to other communities.

This has become known as Banff Centre Mountain Film Festival World Tour. The Banff Centre Mountain Film Festival World Tour now reaches over 40 countries and brings mountain films to an audience of over 550,000 worldwide in 550 locations.

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