Sedona Film Festival Presents ‘Crowded Out’

“Crowded Out” is a powerful short documentary exploring overtourism, featuring interviews with local residents and global experts. (Image courtesy of SIFF)

The Sedona International Film Festival is proud to present the third film in its four-week Sustainable Tourism Film Series. “Crowded Out: The Story of Overtourism” premieres Thursday, Sept. 22 at the Mary D. Fisher Theater at 4 p.m. The event will also include a selection of “Sustainable Travel: Where Next?” short films accompanied by a round table.

“Crowded Out” is a powerful short documentary exploring overtourism, featuring interviews with local residents and global experts.

Overtourism occurs when there are too many visitors to a particular destination. When rental prices push local tenants to make way for vacation rentals, when narrow roads are jammed with tourist vehicles, when tourists can’t see landmarks because of the crowds, these are all signs of overtourism.

And it was the reaction of local residents that made overtourism news. Cities like Barcelona, ​​Venice and Dubrovnik, and places once considered remote like Iceland and Skye have suffered first hand, and protests from local residents have spread.

There have been decades of virtually uncontrolled growth, and it has crossed a threshold: in many destinations, tourism is now clearly creating more problems than benefits.

This special event will also include a selection of short films from “Sustainable Travel: Where Next?” This series includes short documentaries, featuring insightful stories from the global travel and tourism industry showing how they are promoting sustainable travel and protecting these precious destinations.

Following the screenings, there will be a panel discussion with representatives from the City of Sedona, Sedona Chamber of Commerce, Keep Sedona Beautiful, and the tourism and hospitality industry here.

“Crowded Out: The Story of Overtourism” premieres at the Mary D. Fisher Theater on Thursday, September 22 at 4 p.m. Tickets are $12 or $9 for Film Festival members. For tickets and more information, please call 928-282-1177. The theater and film festival office is located at 2030 W. Hwy. 89A, in West Sedona. For more information, visit: www.SedonaFilmFestival.org.

The latest film in the Sustainable Tourism series is:

Thursday September 29 at 4 p.m. “Vendemmia”

Darcy J. Skinner