Banff Mountain Film Festival Tour Returns To Jamestown Wednesday

Pictured are stills from the films “The Accord” and “Super Salmon,” which will be screened at the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts on Wednesday as part of the Banff Mountain Film Festival Tour’s stop in Jamestown. Submitted “Super Salmon” photo by Ryan Peterson

Area residents are once again invited to view the world’s best mountain sport, culture and environmental independent films on the big screen in Jamestown thanks to a 13-year tradition.

The longtime collaboration of the Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History and the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts will once again bring the Banff Mountain Film Festival Tour to the Reg Lenna, which will host this year’s event at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

“As we do every year, we bring an exciting program to the screen, allowing everyone to experience these inspiring stories that drive us to keep exploring our world outside,” said Jane Johnson, exhibits and public programs coordinator at the Roger Tory Peterson Institute. “Basically, we show films that reflect the interests of our community in Jamestown and the surrounding area, like skiing, biking, climbing, kayaking, cultural and environmental films. It’s our biggest event of the year in terms of attendees, and once you come for the first time you’re going to be hooked.”

The Banff Mountain Film Festival is the most prestigious mountain festival in the world. Right after the festival, held every fall in Banff, Alberta, Canada, the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour starts to travel the globe with stops in about 450 communities and 40 countries. The Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour features mountain films each year, showcasing filmmaking talent from the world over to an audience that spans the globe.

Each stop of the tour will feature a lineup of films that have been handpicked by the hosting organization, making each screening at each location an entirely unique experience. Among the films to be shown at the Reg Lenna are “Sea Gypsies: The Far Side of the World,” “The Super Salmon” and “Iran: A Skier’s Journey.”

Len Barry, Reg Lenna marketing and communications director, said the annual event hosted at the Reg Lenna has seen a consistent outpouring of support from outdoor enthusiasts both in and outside of the Jamestown area.

“We love being able to host the Banff film festival tour every year; it’s something that we look forward to every season,” he said. “It’s also a unique opportunity for our patrons to see this particular selection of films, since the roster changes for every city that Banff tours in. We’re very humbled to be a part of it.”

The Jamestown tour stop is sponsored by: Jamestown Up Close, Summit Wealth Management, Enchanted Mountain Spirits, Gary N. Johnson Insurance Agency, Chautauqua Patrons Insurance Company and Phillips Lytle LLC. Donors include: Bag and String Wine Merchants, Holiday Valley Resort, The White Carrot, Evergreen Outfitters and Panama Rocks.

Tickets to the Banff Mountain Film Festival Tour in Jamestown are $20 for adults, $17 for Roger Tory Peterson Institute members and $14 for students and children under 14. They can be purchased in advance by calling the Reg Lenna at 484-7070, visiting, or from the Reg Lenna box office on the day of the event.

All proceeds from the event go towards both the Banff Centre and the Roger Tory Peterson Institute. For general information on the event itself, people are encouraged to visit the Banff Mountain Festival website at or by calling the Banff Centre at 403-762-6158.