Banff Film Fest Tour is back 

If you are still craving mountain culture films after the Whistler Film Festival, the following weekend brings the Best of Banff Film World Tour to Whistler, Friday, Dec. 9 to Saturday, Dec. 10 at MY Millennium Place.

The Banff tour packs in two evenings of adventure, thrills and mountains with a 14-film lineup. The films come from the Banff Mountain Film Festival, which celebrated its 30 th year of showcasing the world’s best footage on mountain subjects. More than 300 films from 37 countries were featured in this year’s competition.

The Friday showing includes Return2Sender: Bug Out on bouldering; Balancing Point on environment; People’s Choice Award winner The Magic Mountain set in India; High Fly Summits on base jumping, skiing, snowboarding and sky diving; Person as Projectile on skiing; The Hatch on fly fishing; The Lost People of Mountain Village with Wade Davis; and the comic Solilochairliftquist on a ski bum’s life.

The Saturday showing includes The Retrospective — Red Bull Rampage on freeride mountain biking; Grand-Prize winner Sur le fil des 4000 on alpine climbing in the Alps; The Tangerine Dream on skiing, snowboarding and base jumping; Hockey Night… in Ladakh set in New Delhi; Cavewoman on mixed climbing set in the Canadian Rockies; and Best Film on Climbing Award winner Return2Sender: Parallelojams, which looks at modern desert crack climbing.

The Escape Route presents the Banff tour with all proceeds benefiting the Whistler Off Road Cycling Association, which maintains hundreds of kilometres of Whistler trails.

Tickets are $17 for adults and $9.99 for children for one evening. Adults can also buy a two-evening package for $29.50. Friday and Saturday shows start at 7 p.m.

Advanced tickets are available at the Escape Route, MY Millennium Place at 604-932-3228 or via Ticketmaster at .

Open call for Whistler Theatre Project

The Whistler Theatre Project is holding an open audition for its inaugural production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare, staged Aug. 2 to Sept. 3 on Whistler Mountain.

The auditions will be held Wednesday, Dec. 7 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Telus Conference Centre.

Actors must prepare one classic monologue for the audition. Actors will be seen on a first come, first serve basis. Equity actors will be given priority and actors 11 years old and up are encouraged to attend.

Rehearsals begin July 4 in Vancouver.

Non-Equity actors will be considered for the Emerging Artist Development Program. The nine-week program aims to build resume, experience and skills for amateur actors pursuing a professional career in theatre. The Emerging Artist Development program is modeled off other apprentice programs in elite theatre festivals such as the Stratford, Shaw and Charlottetown festivals.

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