British made efforts raise the quality bar

Cityscape Cinema, Sheffield Adventure Film Festival 2013
Cityscape Cinema, Sheffield Adventure Film Festival 2013

THE eighth Sheffield Adventure Film Festival takes place this weekend, with 80 adventure, travel and extreme sports films showing across six screens at The Showroom.

The event, running from Friday to Sunday, also includes talks and lectures on epic climbs, runs and rides by world-class adventurers, various activities, live music in the Showroom bar, a kit sale, competitions and a special festival ale from the Buxton Real Ale Company.

There will be a strand of films aimed at Young Adventurers who can also take part in a range of free activities on-site courtesy of YHA, and an orienteering matrix at Parkwood Springs laid on by South Yorkshire Orienteers.

For the first time the Sheffield Adventure Film Festival will include a free outdoor cinema on Saturday evening at the South Street Park amphitheatre, above Sheffield railway station, Cityscape Cinema, hosted by Red Bull, will feature a double bill of premieres of two of the year’s most anticipated extreme sport films, Red Bull Rampage 2012 and Ryan Doyle Travel Story followed by a Q&A with world class freerunner Ryan Doyle.

Red Bull Rampage 2012 follows professional racing cyclist Gee Atherton in the build-up to a mountain bike challenge.

Travel Story follows Liverpudlian Doyle as he sees whether some of the world’s most iconic landmarks make good parkour and freerunning spots. Parkour is a method of physical training that develops the ability to overcome obstacles. Freerunning evolved from parkour and includes combinations of gymnastics or acrobatics moves. Practitioners are called freerunners. Cityscape Cinema is on Saturday from 6pm to 8pm.

In the Showroom the film programme is arranged in themed screenings - Adrenaline, Bike, Climb, Mountain, Run, Ski and Board, Spirit of Adventure, Surf and Kayak, Teen, and Young Adventurers.

This year organisers announced the list of winning films before the festival to give the audience a chance to see for themselves what they make of the judging panel’s choices, headed by the Grand Prize-winner, North of the Sun, a surf film with a twist. Co-organiser Lissa Cook said: “What stood out for me this year was the number of British film-makers and quality of British made films.

“That’s reflected in the hat-trick of top prizes for Wide Boyz, The Dragon’s Back and Janapar. Without being parochial, it’s also great that we’ve got a Sheffield director premiering his film in the city and winning three prizes.

“Plus Sheffield schoolgirl Ella Kirkpatrick is seen following in her dad Andy’s footsteps in My Life: The Big Climb and local mountain bike legend Steve Peat making a cameo appearance in a couple of films too.

“Personally, I’ve also been pleased by the increasing number of films featuring female athletes. We’re nowhere near parity but we’re getting there.”

Full details on Sheffield Adventure Film Festival