Best Of ShAFF 2013
A look back at some of the best films from the 2013 festival. If you didn’t catch them here’s your chance to do so. If you did, well, come and watch them again!
Screening 1 - Thu 21st Nov - Start Time 20.15
Road Bike Party (5mins)
Winner of 2013 Sheffield Adventure Film Festival Best Short Film (Bronze).
UK trials bike legend Martyn Ashton takes the £10k carbon road bike, used by Team Sky's Bradley Wiggins to win the Tour de France, for a ride with a difference. Some of the toughest stunts you'll ever see pulled on a carbon road bike and amazingly only one puncture during filming.
Winner of Joint Winner of the 2013 Sheffield Adventure Film Festival Best Climbing Film Award
It's like ultimate fighting with a rock. The world of offwidth crack climbing is a strange sub-culture rumoured to be dominated by knuckle-dragging, bar-brawling dirt-bags! The climbing is tough, painful and bloody and there are hardly any routes in the UK. Undeterred, two British climbers, Pete Whittaker and Tom Randall, complete a brutal two-year training regime (mostly spent hanging upside down in their Sheffield basement) before embarking on an audacious tour of the USA and a first ascent of the world's hardest off-width - Century Crack.
Lily Shreds Trailside (4mins)
MtnRanks.com’s four-legged mascot, Jack Russell terrier Lily, hugs the back wheel of her two wheeled master on their local Utah trailside bike park. You can see why this short went viral.
North Of The Sun (46mins)
Winner of 2013 Sheffield Adventure Film Festival Grand Prize for Best Film and Silver Medalist in Best Spirit of Adventure Film.
Wavedreamer called it: "The most unlikely, best surf film ever". Two Norwegian friends have a crazy idea about building a beach hut north of the arctic circle and spending the winter living off flotsam and jetsam. Extreme beach-combing, stunning cinematography and a cabin Bilbo Baggins would be proud to call home.
Tickets available from the Showroom website.
All I Can – Imagination (5mins)
Winner of 2013 Sheffield Adventure Film Festival Best Short Film Award.
Catching a bus never looked so cool. Freestyle skier extraordinaire JP Auclair’s continuous downhill urban ski run on dirty slush and concrete is glorious ski porn with a deeper message about the challenges of global climate change. (See if you can spot his snapped ski tip!)
Strength In Numbers (53mins)
Winner of 2013 Sheffield Adventure Film Festival Steve Peat Best Bike Film (Silver).
In the follow-up to their hit 'Follow Me' Anthill Films' stated mission was to “explore the shared experiences that connect us all as mountain bikers". From the pros on the World Cup Circuit to kids on dirt jumps to the novice mountain bikers of Nepal, the film celebrates that taste of freedom you got the first time you rode your bike without stabilisers. Featuring British athletes Gee and Rachel Atherton, Tracy Mosely and Sheffield's finest, Steve Peat.
Kilian Martin – Altered Route (4mins)
Winner of 2013 Sheffield Adventure Film Festival Best Short Film (Silver).
One of the most creative riders on the scene, Spanish skateboarder Kilian Martin explores an abandoned family fun park in the Mojave Desert. Brought to life by film-maker Brett Novak with archive Super8 footage of happier times gone by and an atmospheric soundtrack, Martin's dance-like technique and astonishing board control make this short a real work of art.
Lacon De Catalunya (5mins)
Winner of 2013 Sheffield Adventure Film Festival Steve Peat Best Bike Film (Bronze).
Spanish free rider Andreu Lacondeguy hones his skills on his 13 metre high run in at his training compound near Barcelona. As the Norwegian film-makers Antimedia put it: "We had a blast with a week of dirt, cameras, drones, motocross and mountain bikes". Check out more of Andreu's amazing talent in 'Where the Trail Ends'.
Shaun Palmer – Miserable Champion (42mins)
Winner of 2013 Sheffield Adventure Film Festival Judges Special Prize.
7 times world champion, 6 XGames Golds, 38 elite victories and 117 career podiums in SEVEN different sports. A shocking portrait of Shaun Palmer, the notorious bad boy of extreme sports who's partied as hard as he's trained. Featuring Sheffield mountain bike legend Steve Peat.
Tickets available soon from the Showroom website.
China Roc Trip (23mins)
More than 600 climbers joined the Petzl team on their annual trip - this time to the Getu Valley in the heart of China. 250 brand new pitches on incredible limestone cliffs and caves including Dani Ensueno's ascent of the 8c Corazon de Ensueno for which he won Climbing Magazine's prestigious 'Golden Piton'. The film's light-touch edit, stunning scenery and infectious hip-hop soundtrack mean you don't need to be a climber to appreciate the action.
My Life_ The Big Climb (28mins)
Winner of 2013 Sheffield Adventure Film Festival Best Climbing Film (Silver)
13 year old Ella becomes the youngest ever girl to summit the big wall of Yosemite's El Capitan with her "smelly, snoring" dad, Sheffield climber Andy Kirkpatrick, in tow. Imagine doing 1,000 pull-ups a day for four days without enough food or sleep.
So Fine (5mins)
There can't be many adventure sports films featuring a banjo-playing kayaker crooning to a muppet. A loveable, offbeat promo video for Canadian singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, film-maker and expedition kayaker’s catchy tune 'So Fine'.
The Dragon’s Back (55mins)
Winner of 2013 Sheffield Adventure Film Festival Best Running Film Award
Also Silver in Best Feature Film and Bronze in Best Film categories.
One of the world's toughest running events, the original Dragon’s Back Race happened just once in September 1992 and ever since, it has been whispered about with a mix of awe and trepidation. Tracing the mountainous spine of Wales from Conwy Castle to Carreg Cennen Castle this incredible 5-day journey is approximately 320 kilometres long with 17,000 metres. Follow the exploits of those who dared take on the even tougher 2012 course including all the 3,000 ft Welsh mountains on day one.
Tickets available soon from the Showroom website.
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