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Banff Mountain Festival

The best of mountain culture

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This weekend marks the conclusion of the 2004 Banff Mountain Festival. The event, staged every year at the Banff Centre in Alberta, Canada, showcases the top mountain culture films, books, and photography.

The film festival, now in its 29th year, features the world's best mountain films, videos and speakers. From the over 300 films entered into competition, the top 40 are screened throughout the festival. Competition winners are announced on Nov. 7.

The book festival, in its 11th year, celebrates the mountain world through speakers, readings, seminars, book signings, a book fair and the presentation of internationally recognized awards for mountain literature. Awards are presented to the best books in the categories of Grand Prize Mountain Literature, Mountain Exposition, Mountain Image and Adventure Travel.

Another highlight of the Banff Mountain Festival is a photography competition and exhibition of the winning photos.

Boise photographer Glenn Oakley won two awards in this year's photography competition: Best Photo on Mountain Environment for "Mural Mountain Majesty, Arco, Idaho," and Best Photo in the Yellowstone to Yukon Region for "Two Medicine Bison, Montana."

For more information on the Banff Mountain Festival, go to www.banffcentre.ca/mountainculture.

FROM BANFF TO BOISE

Each year the Bogus Basin Nordic Group brings the Banff Film Festival World Tour to Boise. Winners from the 2004 Banff Film Festival are screened around the globe. This year's Boise screening takes place February 2, 3 and 4 at the Egyptian Theatre. Tickets go on sale Dec. 13. For tickets and information go to www.idahotickets.com or call 426-1494 or www.bogusnordicgroup.com.