Will you VIMFF?? You Should!

OK, so one of my New Year’s Resolutions was to stay up to date with the blogging. So, it’s Jan 11 (soon to be Jan 12) and – as with all of my other 2011 resolutions – I’m a bit behind. Time to get the lead out. One job I’ve taken on for 2011 is volunteering to run PR interference for the Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival. Now in its 14th year, from Feb. 11 – 19, VIMFF will be screening some of the very best adventure films in climbing, mountain biking, whitewater and ocean paddling, backcountry skiing and environment causes/issues.

Then, there are the guest speakers. This outstanding lineup of local and international superstars includes:

  • Greg Hill (Canada), backcountry skier who successfully became the first person to climb/ski 2 million vertical feet in one year
  • Ines Papert (Deutschland), perhaps the strongest female alpine climber of all time
  • Timmy O’Neill (USA), known as “America’s most outrageous climber”
  • Steve Swenson (USA), the current president of the American Alpine Club
  • Bryan Smith (Canada), award winning film maker and kayaker par excellence
  • Sean McColl (Canada), rock climbing world champion
  • Jasmin Caton (Canada), emerging climbing talent from Squamish

The big news is that you can BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW; either go online at www.vimff.org, at the Centennial Theatre, 2300 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver, or from the MEC stores in Vancouver and North Vancouver. Advanced individual tickets are $18, with packages of 2 and 3 tickets available at $30 and $40. Note that tickets to the most popular screenings/speakers are expected to sell out in advance.

More info on some of these fantastic guest speakers as time goes on. Join the VIMFF Facebook page and subscribe to the news feeds for up to date information… Hard to believe it’s been fourteen years – I was a judge at the very first VIMFF, with Tami Knight and Dugald McDonald from Climbing magazine. Or, was it Rock & Ice?

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