ShAFF 2016 Previews & The Outdoor City Weekender

The Sheffield Adventure Film Festival (ShAFF) is a weekend where outdoors people can get together and get inspired by watching the best adventure films.

This year ShAFF is at the heart of a citywide programme of outdoors events, The Outdoor City Weekender, so that whether you run, walk, climb, or ride, your weekend can include an adventure that fits neatly with the festival films.

Categories include climbing, mountain adventure, adrenaline, mountain biking, surf and kayak, and spirit of adventure. In particular ShAFF celebrates The Outdoor City and its residents with the Made in Sheffield programme, a dedicated programme of films featuring athletes from or produced by filmmakers based in and around the city. There’s even a special festival ale made by Thornbridge brewery! Shown Sat 12 Mar 15:00 & Sun 13 Mar 11:15

The Women in Adventure programme aims to celebrate the achievements of female athletes and filmmakers, inspire the next generation, and encourage more women to get involved in front of and behind the camera.

It will include a screening of the winner of the Women in Mountain Adventure film competition run in partnership with the British Mountaineering Council (BMC) and Women Climb. The BMC will also host a panel debate featuring leading women from the outdoor industry to explore ways to tackle low participation rates and representation.

There are 24 films within the main ShAFF programme showing women at the cutting edge of their sport and pushing boundaries in adventure and exploration. If you’re not sure which to see, here are my recommendations:

3022ft – The Mount Marathon race in Seward, Alaska is an intense 5k run that involves steep slopes, loose rock and serious risk of injury. It has a rich local history and attracts fierce competition. 3022ft examines the motivation of the 2014 competitors, from a local stay at home mum to an Olympic skiier, as well as the town’s youngest brightest talent. We learn what the race means to them and just how much they want to win… But is it enough to get them safely up the mountain and back down? Shown as part of Running Films 1 Sat 12 Mar 11:00

Tom – Tom’s mother was the great British alpinist Alison Hargreaves, who soloed all six alpine north faces, and summited the Eiger while 6 months pregnant with Tom. She died descending K2 when he was 6 but has remained a key figure and inspiration in Tom’s life. Living in a van with his father, Tom has dedicated his life to alpinism. The film documents their unusual lifestyle as Tom attempts to become the first person to solo all six north faces in winter conditions. Shown as part of Mountain Films 2 Sat 12 Mar 13:00 & Sun 13 Mar 12:30

Nicky Spinks – Nicky is a mountain runner, beef farmer, and cancer survivor who grew up in the Peak District. The film follows her attempt to break her own record for the Bob Graham Round, a 66 mile 27,000ft circuit of 42 of the highest peaks in the English Lake District. One of the toughest endurance running challenges, we see just what it takes to complete the Round. Running is optional, but this footage of the beautiful Lake District will definitely inspire you to get out into the hills. Shown as part of Running Films 2 Sat 12 Mar 18:30

Start planning your Weekender – book ShAFF tickets via the Showroom website.

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