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North Bend's Mountain Film Festival eyes local vistas, opens Sunday

For three years, the North Bend Mountain Film Festival has brought international perspectives on the great outdoors to the big screen.

This fall, Valley filmmakers get their moment in the limelight at North Bend Theatre as part of the Outdoor Amateur Film Challenge. Filmmakers were invited to submit 15-minute, PG-rated outdoor films to the challenge this fall. The winning film and other runners-up will be played at the festival, which begins Sunday, Dec. 5 with showings of “Eye Trip” and “Revolver,” and culminates with the Banff Mountain Film Festival, Dec. 8 and 9.

To Martin Volken, owner of Pro Ski Guiding Service, the festival is a major coup for North Bend.

“It’s part of the plan to make the North Bend community be what we’re saying we are,” Volken said. “We want to be an authentic town that cares about the outdoors.”

The film challenge prize includes four tickets to the North Bend Banff Film Festival. The top three films will be featured on the city’s website.

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