Year in Film

From local shorts to international features, there’s a show for every crowd

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Get stoked for the cold with the Winter Wildlands Alliance Backcountry Film Festival on Dec. 4.

Banff Radical Reels

Radical Reels is a traveling presentation of some of the best high-adrenaline short films that have been entered into the Banff Mountain Film & Book Festival each year. It’s smaller than the Banff World Tour, but packed with action. $14 all shows. Oct. 2 at the Salvation Army Kroc Center, Coeur d’Alene; Oct. 3 at the Panida Theatre, Sandpoint

Banff Mountain Film & Book Festival

Each year, a selection of the world’s best mountain films premiere at the annual Banff Mountain Film Festival and travel to 40 countries, reaching more than 390,000 people at more than 840 screenings. Mountain Gear and Mountain Fever are each hosting screenings all around the Inland Northwest. Check out the Banff website for locations and details. Spokane: $17 a night or $45 for a three-day pass; Coeur d’Alene & Sandpoint: $15 all shows. Nov. 20-22 at the Bing Crosby Theater, Spokane; Jan. 21-23 at the Panida Theatre, Sandpoint; Jan. 24-26 at the Salvation Army Kroc Center, CdA.

Winter Wildlands Alliance Backcountry Film Festival

This festival is a great way to get stoked for ski season. It premieres in Boise and travels to more than 100 cities worldwide in the winter. The screenings help nonprofit groups in each city raise money for their efforts to protect opportunities for human-powered winter recreation and spread the word about backcountry skiing and snowshoeing. $10 general admission, $20 donation ticket. Dec. 4 at the Panida Theater, Sandpoint.

Bing Crosby Holiday Film Festival

There’s no better way to get into the holiday spirit than to spend a day binge-watching some of Bing Crosby’s classic films. This will the 10th year that the Bing Crosby Theater has hosted a holiday film celebration to honor its namesake. $8 (cash or check only), under 12 free. Dec. 12 at the Bing Crosby Theater.

Reel 2 Real

First Night Spokane and digital studio North by Northwest have teamed up to revamp and rename the 48 Hour Film Festival. Now it’s Reel 2 Real, a month-long short film contest open to anyone who is interested in creating short films. The winning film will be screened at the annual First Night New Year’s Eve arts celebration in Spokane. Free. Dec. 31, venue TBA.

Spokane International Film Festival (SpIFF)

Presented by EWU and the Contemporary Arts Alliance of Spokane, SpIFF is a selective showing of recent films from across the globe that have not yet been released commercially. Many of them hail from renowned film festivals, including Cannes, Toronto and New York. The filmmakers and actors frequently attend SpIFF to discuss their films with the audiences. TBA. Jan. 29-Feb. 6 at multiple locations around Spokane (check the website for a schedule).

Spokane Falls Community College International Film Festival

This festival brings award-winning films from around the world to Spokane. The showings are largely funded by student clubs at SFCC, with each weekly film typically originating from a different country. $5 each show. Tuesday evenings in April and May at the Garland Theater.

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