Sheffield Adventure Film Festival organisers have announced the #ShAFF2015 film awards ahead of this weekend’s festival (March 20-22) including four new categories for Best Soundtrack, Best Women In Adventure Film, Rapha Best Road Cycling Film and Sixt Rent A Car Best Made in Sheffield Film.
Congratulations to Stone Free (Posing Productions) which took The Climbing Works Best Climbing Film (Gold) award and to Project Mina (Light Shed Pictures) which won Silver and Redemption - The James Pearson Story (Hot Aches Productions) which won Bronze.
Valley Uprising (Sender Films) was a close contender for Grand Prize, winning the Bronze.
The weekend long festival – presented by Rab and supporting Sheffield’s Helipad Appeal – attracts more than three thousand visitors. With 116 of the best adventure, extreme sports and travel films handpicked from all over the world, organisers Heason Events reckon they now show more films than any other adventure festival anywhere in the world.
Best Film – Grand Prize - DamNation
Silver - The Barkley Marathons: The Race That Eats Its Young
Bronze - Valley Uprising
Judges Special Mention: Derby Crazy Love
The Climbing Works Best Climbing Film (Gold) - Stone Free
Silver - Project Mina
Bronze - Redemption
“This year’s Grand Prize winner DamNation is a rare film in that it combines great cinematography with a superb soundtrack, and also a really important message. The Barkley Marathons was my personal favourite of the festival this year. I think I benefited from not knowing anything whatsoever about the race or the devious course, and was drawn in by some very competent filmmaking and a cracking story. Valley Uprising has been described as the ‘Riding Giants’ of climbing and is a well-deserved runner up showcasing the history of climbing in Yosemite.”
ShAFF Judge, Claire Carter, said: “Our three winning climbing films unearthed the personal drives of three very different British climbers. Stone Free finds Julian Lines alone and solo in vast Scottish vistas. Quiet and considered, Line’s provides a refreshing subject matter for Alistair Lee’s typically impressive cinematography.”
“Jen Randall encourages her subject to do the talking in Project Mina and captures an unguarded, personal perspective through the noise and flash of the international competition scene.”
“In Redemption, Paul Diffley tells the story of a unforgiving climbing tribe, as James Pearson attempts to redeem his appallingly un-British lack of understatement. Will they let him back on the Grit? You’ll have to wait for Redemption 2.”
“Not quite on the podium, but pawing at the sides was Monkey in Wonderland. Full of glee, gadding about in rad scenery. This is what climbing is. Go watch it.”
Click here for a full list of all our winning films, as well as judges' comments.