Banff Mountain Film Festival returns to Redlands Feb. 27-28

“Surfer Dan” is one of 10 films that will screen at the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour in Redlands on Thursday, Feb. 27. The film festival runs Feb. 27-28.

Winter surfing on Lake Michigan, a daddy's daycare aboard a mountain bike in Scotland and a challenging trek through the entire length of the Grand Canyon are among the short films featured in the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour that returns to Redlands on Thursday, Feb. 27, and Friday, Feb. 28.

Hosted by the San Gorgonio Wilderness Association and sponsored by the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, the film festival begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Fox Event Center, 123 Cajon St., Redlands. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $20 and may be purchased online at www.sgwa.org or at the door. Please note that this year’s film festival will screen on Thursday and Friday nights. A different program of films will be offered each night.

The Banff Mountain Film Festival, a program of Banff Centre, is the largest and one of the most prestigious mountain festivals in the world. At the conclusion of the film festival in Banff, Canada, a selection of films that won awards and were audience favorites are selected for the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour.

With stops planned in about 550 communities and more than 40 countries around the wold, the tour features a collection of the most inspiring action, environmental, and adventure films from the festival.

Hosting the festival raises money and recruits new members for the San Gorgonio Wilderness Association, which maintains trails in and around the San Gorgonio Wilderness for the U.S. Forest Service; provides volunteer foot and equestrian patrols in the wilderness; operates the Barton Flats Visitor Center, the Mill Creek Visitor Center, and interpretive sites in Horse Meadows and the Big Falls picnic area in Forest Falls; and issues wilderness permits and sells Adventure Passes for the Forest Service.