After pandemic hiatus, international film festival returns to Rapid City

RAPID CITY, S.D. — A film festival is back in Rapid City after a pandemic hiatus.

The Lobby Of The Elks TheatreThe Banff Film Festival is returning to the Elks Theater in downtown Rapid City, hailing from city of Banff in Alberta, Canada. For nearly 20 years, Rapid City has been a stop on the USA leg of its world tour.

Programs run Monday and Tuesday, about two and a half hours each. Films will be running between 5 and 45 minutes, with an outdoors-adventure theme.

With the Black Hills region having many outdoor activities to offer, organizers hope to get people excited about exploring the great outdoors on film.

“I think it just hypes a lot of people up for the summer,” said Communications Coordinator for the Dahl Arts Center, Keith Grant. “It’s just starting to get nice and these films are very for the outdoor-oriented people, or really anyone just wanting that thrill, edge of your seat type thing.”

Those in attendance will also have a chance to win some cool prizes to get out on an adventure of their own.

“Each night it starts at 6:30 p.m., the doors will open at 6:00 p.m. We are in the main theatre. We also have a prize giveaway during the intermission,” Grant said. “We have some really cool things like Black Hills Balloons, you can win a free hot balloon ride, we have some kayak rentals. You know, some really cool things for the prize giveaway.”

Tickets can be purchased at the door or online on the Rapid City Arts Council website.

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