Banff Film Festival comes to Paramount Theatre this weekend

Grab your hiking boots and head to the Paramount Theatre for two evenings of outdoorsy film screenings.

A selection of documentaries and short films highlighting kayaking, ice climbing, surfing, trekking, cycling, slack lining paddling and other gritty activities, originally screened at the Banff Film Festival in Canada, will be shown Sunday and Monday, Feb. 25 and 26.

Proceeds from the event, hosted by Whole Earth Provision Co., will benefit Texas State Parks. The money will help fund day-to-day operational expenses, create park trail maps and enhance visitor programs.

If you’ve been to Banff Film Festival before, you probably remember that the two-day event featured the more nature-oriented World Tour films one day and the adrenaline-pumped Radical Reels the next. This year festival organizers have discontinued Radical Reels and will show two different World Tour programs.

Funds raised from Banff World Tour are combined with customer donations from Whole Earth stores during “April is Texas State Park Month.” In the last six years, the two events have combined to raise $178,803.

“As the state parks system continues to evolve and create new and exciting programs, the annual promotion with one of Texas’ premier outdoor retailers allows us the opportunity to continue to create park experiences that Texans expect and deserve,” Texas State Parks director Brent Leisure said in a press release.

The Banff Mountain Film Festival began in Banff, Canada in 1976. A small number of the 400 or so films entered into the festival are chosen to tour the globe.

Sunday’s 6 p.m. showing is sold out, but tickets for the 7 p.m. Monday show are available here for $22.03 each.

The Paramount Theatre is located at 713 Congress Avenue.

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