Competition for adventure film-makers: THE Sheffield Adventure Film Festival is offering budding film-makers from Sheffield and the Peak District the chance to show their work on the big screen with their first ever video shorts competition...

Max to Zed, showing at Sheffield Adventure Film Festival 2011
Max to Zed, showing at Sheffield Adventure Film Festival 2011
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It is open to everyone, whatever age, whether filming on a mobile phone, handheld digital camera or camcorder, or even using animation.

Skateboarding with your mates on your street? Bouldering on Curbar or climbing on Stanage Edge? Mountain-biking in Wharncliffe Woods? Or perhaps you got footage having fun in Sheffield’s winter white-out? Your imagination’s the limit.

There’s £500 worth of prizes up for grabs, provided by ShAFF sponsors, Sheffield-based adventure travel specialists Jagged Globe, with £300 for the winner, £150 for second place and £50 for third place.

All shortlisted films will be shown at the Showroom cinema in the Jagged Globe ShAFF Shorts Video night on Friday, March 4, presented by former Sheffield-based climber and author Andy Kirkpatrick when the top three winners will be determined by ShAFF’s panel of film judges in combination with an audience clap-o-meter.

Entries must be original films of no longer than three minutes which must not have already been posted online.

Event organiser, Grindleford’s Matt Heason, says: “We want to encourage budding film-makers to have a go and to inspire a new generation of adventurers. You don’t have to be a professional film-maker or sponsored athlete to make an adventure film.

“This year we’re showing Zed to Max – a home-video tribute by an eight-year-old to pro-unicycler Max Schultze. With the Peak District on our doorstep you don’t need to go to the Himalayas. In fact, with urban street sports like skateboarding, you can make a video on a shoestring budget in your own backyard.”

Jagged Globe’s Tom Briggs says: “With the popularity of online video sharing on sites like Vimeo, amateur film-makers can easily reach a wide audience. Through the ShAFF video shorts competition, Jagged Globe is supporting amateur film making of outdoor sports, such as climbing, skiing, trekking and biking.

“We’re based in Sheffield, at the heart of adventure sports in England, but we have a global coverage and have been organising climbing, trekking and skiing trips on all seven continents for the past two decades. It’s exciting to think how easily our experiences in wild places can now be shared with others, wherever they might be based.”

Closing date for entry is February 14. All entrants are encouraged to make HD videos as selected entries will be shown in HD at the festival which takes place from March 4-6.

For full information on film submission, visit http://shaff.co.uk/content/49/jagged-globe-shaff-shorts