The Banff Mountain Film Festival is back this year for three days starting March 31


The Banff Mountain Film Festival returns to the Appalachian State Campus in Boone, North Carolina. On Thursday March 31, Friday April 1 and Saturday April 2, 2022, three major public screenings will take place at the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts. The Banff Film Festival inspired audiences by presenting the world’s best films showcasing mountain adventure, culture and environment. Different film programs will be shown each evening.

The Banff Mountain Film Festival – a program of the Banff Center – is the world’s largest and one of the most prestigious mountain film festivals featuring films from around the world. This year’s films are chosen from the recently concluded Film Festival held at the Banff Center for Mountain Culture in November 2021.

Local tour operators like the Appalachian State University Recreation University will air three completely different programs each evening featuring award-winning mountain movies that combine elements of mountain adventure, culture and the environment.

The Banff Film Festival is highly anticipated each spring, highlighting how much this festival is supported on the Appalachian State campus and in the High Country. Continuing a tradition, live music on the Schaefer Center stage will be presented each evening before the films. For more information on this year’s event, check out the official festival website at University Recreation, host of the Banff Film Festival.

Ticket sales (including online, in person and by phone) will begin Monday, December 6 at 9:00 a.m. at the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts. Online sales will continue during the winter break, and in-person and phone sales will continue until Friday, December 10 at 5:00 p.m., when the Schaefer Center ticket office will close for the winter break. Ticket prices are $ 10 for students and $ 15 for all others, per session.

Partners in attendance for the event this year include Footsloggers, the Appalachian State Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences, VPC Builders, and Western Carolina Eye Associates.

Two Virtual Banff Film Festival programs are also offered this year. The virtual movie rental options, which are available now, are different from the live and in-person movies that will be showing in March and April. For more information on the Virtual Film Festival program offerings, visit the official festival website at University Recreation.


The Banff Mountain Film Festival is an annual international competition showcasing the world’s best mountain-themed films. In November 2021, the festival screened more than 50 finalist films, chosen from more than 400 admissions from more than 30 different countries. The film festival is hosted by the Banff Center for Mountain Culture in Banff, Canada. For more information visit:

More information is available online at the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts and University Recreation.


Darcy J. Skinner