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Banff Mountain Film Festival Post Event Report ( 2018-04-15 )

The inaugural showing of the Banff Mountain Film Festival was a huge success!

We sold out the Theater at SUNY ADK with 400 attendees. We covered all the costs and have money left over to dedicate to putting on the show next year. We will be hearing from our Banff contact soon to schedule the Feb 2109 show.

Unique to the Queensbury Showing: It’s not many film festivals that a bathroom option is a port-a-potty. But that was a choice for our Queensbury showing! The SUNY ADK Theater is attached to a building that was being built and the bathrooms were not accessible. The committee decided to rent a couple of port-a-potties which were placed at a side entrance. So instead of making the trek to surrounding buildings and hunting for the bathrooms in the rain, many attendees used a port-a-potty. Jamie, our Banff Rep, thought this was a first and was impressed with our attendees!

Thanks again to our local sponsors: Fountain Square Outfitters, Rocksport, the law firm of Meyer & Fuller, SUNY Adirondack Adventure Sports Club, Cool Insuring, and Advantage Press for the tickets and posters, the Queensbury Hotel for donating a room for our Banff representative and SUNY ADK Information Tech Department for all their help making it happen! Also thanks to the following for our local door prizes: Adirondack Mountain Club, Adirondack Extreme, Fountain Square Outfitters, The Hub, Joy Works by Joy Muller McCoola, Rocksport, Summit Yoga, and West Mountain.

Here are some of the comments we received afterwards:

“Congratulations on a huge success. You made a boring Monday night into a lot of fun for a lot of people.” -Jane Morrissey

“My family and Malcolm thought it was fantastic - a 12 on the 10 scale. Malcolm’s suggestions are making it more than one night - with different films.” - Kim Brown

“Great job w/ the Film Festival! Interesting selection, very entertaining. Seemed like a big success. Hoping the large turn-out made enough of a positive impression to warrant a return next year and beyond. Thanks for all your effort to make it happen.” - Tom & Lydia Hall

“In the last 15 years we have only missed the festival once maybe twice! We usually go to Lake Placid with friends but they sold out faster than usual. We really enjoyed the films last night - it was a great show. We are thinking to attend both shows next year! I loved the girl-focused films “Johanna” and the mtb painter were fascinating & the last one was just awesome. As someone who climbs, “Stumped” was captivating.” - Shannon Thomarie

“Great job on the part of the committee with the organization of the Banff Film Festival. I know it was a lot of work but, at least from my vantage point, everything was well-organized, ran smoothly and was enjoyed immensely by all those in attendance. I overhead a number of wonderful comments on the films from people as they were filing out at the end of the evening and I also heard that even the bake sale sold out - I'm sure that made the kids happy.” - Pat Desbiens
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