Banff Mountain Film Festival returns to Duluth


The documentary film made last winter that followed Duluth hiker Emily Ford and her sled dog, Diggins, on their nearly 1,200 mile trek along Wisconsin’s Ice Age Trail will be featured in as part of the Banff International Film Festival tour to Duluth in January.

After a one-year hiatus due to COVID-19 concerns, the Banff Festival, which features outdoor adventure films, is scheduled to premiere at Symphony Hall at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center on January 7-8. . Doors open at 5 p.m. and the show starts at 7 p.m.

The festival, which premiered in Banff in late October, is now on a world tour with 40 short films. It is hosted in Duluth by the Duluth Cross County Ski Club. Face masks are compulsory. The profits will be used to fund ski club programs.

In addition to the movies, which are different each night, the ski club sponsors many outdoor business vendor booths. Tickets are $ 20 in advance (plus fees) and are available on ticketmaster.com or in person at the DECC box office, Monday to Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

“Breaking Trail,” produced by Minneapolis-based Credo Nonfiction, depicts Emily Ford’s journey as she and Diggins walked 69 days through Wisconsin (as recounted each week of their adventure in the News Tribune) in conditions both brutally cold and unusually hot, but also in some very snowy conditions.

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For more information on the festival or the films, go to banffcentre.ca/banffmountainfestival/tour.

For more information on the Duluth Cross Country Ski Club, visit duluthxc.com.


Darcy J. Skinner