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Banff Film Festival Returns to Cville for 21st Year

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va (WVIR) - A film festival all the way from Canada has made its way to Charlottesville's Paramount Theater with proceeds benefiting nearby national parks.

The Banff Mountain Film Festival is being held Sunday March 9 and Monday March 10 at the Paramount Theater .  The sold-out festival features action-packed films of extreme mountain sports.

“We try to cover every genre in both of the nights,” said Michelle DeCamp, a representative of the festival. “So we'll cover kayaking and mountain biking and adventure and paragliding and base-jumping and every kind of other thing you can imagine.”

Susan Sherman is the director for the Shenandoah National Park Trust Fund. She's already imagining the programs the park will be able to implement using proceeds from the festival.

“What the proceeds will go towards this year are helping to support some service learning camps in the national parks this summer,” she said. “We also have an initiative where we are focusing on some high-priority areas in the national park and clearing invasive plant species.”

Sherman says she's honored the festival is supporting the national park that's in its own backyard.

“It's just a great recognition that this community really supports its national park,” Sherman said.

Blue Ridge Mountain Sports helped bring the festival to Charlottesville. This is the 21st year it's come to town.

“It's just really fun,” said Blue Ridge Mountain Sports store manager Greg Garbee. “The films are incredible; the way they flow together is great. People really get into it. They laugh, they cheer, they cry, they yell at the screen.”

The film festival continues Monday night. The films being shown in Charlottesville are a selection from the more than 80 films shown at the main festival in Banff, Canada every October.

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