80 of the WORLD’S best adventure, travel and extreme sports films – That’s 1,680 minutes of film screened. For cyclists there are three special Bike Film sessions with a dozen bike films over the weekend. We’ve put on an extra Bike Screening which will include Red Bull’s feature length free-ride epic Where the Trail Ends. On Friday night there will also be a Q&A with round-the-world cyclist Tom Allen about his film ‘Janapar – Love on a Bike’.
Please share our 2013 trailer by award-winning film-maker Alastair Lee with soundtrack by Sheffield six piece Screaming Maldini which has had nearly 17,000 views in its first week.
Sheffield Adventure Film Festival Director Matt Heason said: “Last year we had two bike sessions – this year we’ve got so many great bike films that we’ve had to put on an extra screening. We’ve got everything from cyclo-cross to cycle couriers, urban trials biking to hair-raising downhill mountain biking including the full length version of Red Bull’s long-awaited big mountain, global free-ride extravaganza. For anyone looking for inspiration I’d really recommend talking to Tom Allen who aged 23 ditched his office job and took off round the world on his bike, finding love en route”.
ShAFF Judge, cycling writer & endurance athlete, Nik Cook, said: “There’s a real cross spectrum of bike films this year – it’s not just big jumps and spectacular stunts. Every biking tribe is represented and every aspect of the skills, fitness and passion involved in cycling is on display.”
Bike Films 1
Lacon De Catalonia
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’.
For one day every year the Italian Singlespeed Mafia transform the grounds of an abandoned 16th century villa in the Po Valley into the world’s most stylish cyclocross course. Bellissimo!
Ride Positive: A Mountainbike Manifesto
German film-maker Tom Malecha’s call to arms is a short reminder to all the people who ride bikes to ride their bikes. (PS We’re particularly proud to show Tom Malecha’s latest film as last year he won our Petzl ShAFF Shorts video competition with his innovative film ‘BI.KE – A Symmetric Vehicle’)
Silvia – Winter Trails With Matt Hunter
Canadian big mountain free rider Matt Hunter gets creative with a power drill in his shed to go and shred his local trails on studded tyres in the snow. Possibly the coolest night ride ever? (PS Before you get any ideas they got tyre studding expertise from GP Moto!)
Road Bike Party
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.
Sea of Rock
An adventure 40 years in the making. In 1972 two Austrians decided to try the first ever mountain biking on a military bike stolen from their grandfathers. Last summer Tom Oehler and Harald Philipp took on the challenge of Austria’s Mont Sommerstein (2308m) on the gnarly limestone with massive holes and crocodile sharp teeth. 8 days and 12 flat tyres later it was, as they put it, “Not your average day at the beach”.
Strength in Numbers
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.
Bike Films 2
Line of Sight – festival edit
Cycle couriers have just two 2 rules – 1) no fixed gears and 2) no brakes. Legendary racer Lucas Brunelle travels the world filming ‘Alleycat’ races between the world’s best urban cyclists from the vantage point of his own bike with his 10lb custom-built head bracketed to his helmet. In ‘Line of Sight’ he teams up with Benny Zenga who turns the camera back on Lucas.
Janapar – Love on a Bike
Isn’t there more to life than this? 23-year-old Tom Allen escapes the rat race to search for the answer by cycling 12,000 miles round the world. His dream’s thrown into turmoil when he falls in love and has to choose between settling down or continuing his adventure. Will he choose romance or the road?
Note – we’re delighted that Tom will be doing a Q&A after Friday night’s showing of Janapar.
Bike Films 3
Where the Trail Ends
Their most ambitious mountain-biking yet – freeriders Darren Berrecloth, Cameron Zink, Kurtis Sorge, James Doerfling and Andreu Lacondeguy and co are on a three year mission to discover unridden terrain. Filmed in Argentina, China, Nepal, British Columbia and Utah, the crew used the most advanced filmmaking and sound equipment ever used in the outdoor adventure sport genre with jet boats, helicopters and fixed wing aircraft providing a variety of unique perspectives for the audience.
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Shaun Palmer – Miserable Champion (Ski & Board 2)
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.
Pour Vous Servir (Ski & Board 2)
Not your average ski/board movie. “Pour Vous Servir” (translation – ‘At Your Service’) takes the spirit of freestyle and goes lateral, then does a 360. Only the French could come up with Fight Club for ski bums and a naked cycling drag race.
Ski Boys (Adrenaline Films & Young Adventurers 2)
Presented as found footage, the ‘Ski Boys’ film reels show ‘Deek’ and his friends on their family farms in the summer of 1971 documenting their everyday adventures on Super 8 Film. Their homemade inventions – including 8ft toboggans fitted with roller-skate wheels, a flying squirrel suit and the ‘road’ ski – epitomise the ‘Why Don’t You Just Switch Off Your Television Set and Go and Do Something Less Boring Instead?’ spirit.
Red Bull Kluge (Adrenaline Films & Young Adventurers 2)
Stunt mountain biker Danny MacAskill and an eclectic mix of his Red Bull pals including hurdler Lolo Jones, skateboarder Ryan Sheckler and golfer Rickie Fowler bike, skate, run, put, fly and drive through this Wallace and Gromit meets mousetrap style athlete powered machine that’s been one of this year’s viral classics.
Cardboard Bike (Teen Screen)
Three engineers told him it couldn’t be done but using principles of Japanese origami Izhar Gafni hopes he’s proved them wrong. His recyclable cardboard bike weighs 9kg and costs just £5 to make.
And because variety’s the spice of life (and perhaps not all your family and friends are cyclists!) there’s a whole host of other adventure sports films, talks and lectures as well as four family-friendly Young Adventurers and two new Teen Screen showings. Don’t forget the Showroom Cinema has a comfy bar/cafe with live music where you can relax in between screenings. We’ll also have a MyOutdoorsUK photo exhibition and Single Shot photo competition and our second hand kit sale. And on Friday night the one and only Niall Grimes will be hosting the ShAFF Adventure Quiz.
ShAFF is the weekend of 1-3 March 2013 (www.shaff.co.uk) at the art deco Sheffield Showroom cinema – the UK’s biggest independent cinema outside London. (15 Paternoster Row, Sheffield, S1 2BX / tel 0114 275 7727 or book online from mid January).