What is Banff?

Posted by Whole Earth | 12.01.2023

An adventurer on a slackline stretched between two peaks - scary!

What is Banff?


Whole Earth has hosted the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour in Austin for sixteen years! If you haven't had a chance to attend in the past, we hope you'll join us in 2024 at these fun-filled evenings featuring films of mountain culture and heart-pounding adventure. 


The Banff World Tour is an offshoot of the Banff Centre Mountain Film and Book Festival held each fall in Banff, Alberta Canada. The festival is a magnet for the best outdoor adventure films. In 2023, the festival screened 84 films from 13 countries over nine days. The Banff Mountain World Tour films are chosen from festival favorites.


At one time, there were two evening programs: the World Tour and Radical Reels.  Radical Reels featured adrenaline-fueled films that left viewers holding onto their seats. Today each evening's program combines awesome travels, adventures, and white-knuckle action. Over the years we have seen a snowboarder's unconventional progress through a mountain town, kayakers plunging down waterfalls, mountain bikers teetering on the edge of ridgelines, hair-raising slacklining, gravity-defying rock climbing, and so much more.


A photo taken in early evening of the Paramount Theatre in Austin with the Banff World Tour and Radical Reels events on the marquee.


Banff takes place at the beloved Paramount Theatre in Austin. Built in 1915, the theatre hosted vaudeville acts like the Marx Brothers and today is a favorite venue for movies, and traveling music and comedy shows. The building has been restored and upgraded several times over the years and is now on the Register of National Historic Places.


What will you see when you attend an evening of the Banff World Tour? Some fabulous films of course. Each evening will have a different program of outstanding films. And chances are good you may see someone you know. It's often a reunion of old friends from across the generations of Austin's outdoor and environmental communities. At intermission, there are drawings for excellent prizes. You can also speak with representatives from local environmental and outdoor organizations who will be happy to answer your questions.


And finally, for the past twelve years, the proceeds from Banff have been combined with funds raised in our Whole Earth stores during April is Texas State Parks Month. The combined total of funds raised over the years is now over $294,000! So come join us in Austin at Banff on Saturday, April 27th and Sunday, April 28th, 2024, for a fun evening and the pleasure of knowing your ticket is helping to support our Texas State Parks.


For more information about this year's Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour visit our Banff page!



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