BOEC’s Banff Mountain Film Festival was One for the Books

On February 24th and 25th, the Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center (BOEC) celebrated hosting the 14th annual Banff Mountain Film Festival.

From sinkholes in Mexico to Afghan women runners to adaptive mountain biking, this year’s films celebrated diversity and perseverance through incredible hardship. Over two nights, the Banff Mountain Film Festival showcased 16 films and welcomed over 1,400 viewers in the audience.

BOEC Development Director, Hallie Jaeger, shares, “Being able to rely on BGV and BGV Gives as integral supporters of this event allows us to bring the community together offering an evening of outdoor adventure films showcasing diversity, equity, and inclusion- which is exactly our mission on screen. We are so thankful to BGV and BGV Gives for everything they do in this community, especially for BOEC!”

As the Mount Elbert Premiere Sponsor, BGV Gives and Breckenridge Grand Vacations provided financial support to help make the event a success. Raising over $70,000 net from sponsors and attendees, the Banff Mountain Film Festival is one of BOEC’s largest fundraisers of the year.

“BGV and BGV Gives are grateful to be supporting cornerstone community events such as the Banff Mountain Film Festival,” explains Ellen Reid, BGV’s Director of Community Impact. “This event generates funding for the BOEC; it builds community and leaves all of us in the audience with a sense of awe and inspiration for what we can achieve if we put our minds to it.”

Established in 1976, the Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center (BOEC) aims to expand the potential of people with disabilities and special needs through meaningful, educational, and inspiring outdoor experiences. Serving over 2,500 individuals each year, the BOEC’s primary programs include the Adaptive Ski and Snowboard program, the Wilderness program, and the Internship program.