In a unique year for adventure filmmaking, ShAFF is back! Tickets are on sale now for the 2021 festival which takes place at the Showroom Cinema from 9-11 July. Here's our run down of what to expect:
Bringing the wild outdoors into the heart of the city with a three day programme of over 100 of the latest outdoor adventure films from around the world, this year’s festival will offer a safe and spacious experience, with capacity reduced and more of the action taking place outdoors.
We'll be there at ShAFF and we can't wait to announce the winners of the BMC Women in Adventure Film Competition on the Saturday afternoon. Scroll down for all the details on how to join us for the screening and announcment as well as the special WAF networking panel.
Black Ice features in the Climb Films 2 Session
This year’s selection represents the world of outdoor adventure in all its forms. There are dedicated sessions for climbing, running, mountain sports, water, snow, and cycling, as well as those that celebrate a spirit of adventure often found in surprising people and places.
⭐ BMC Members get 15% off all ShAFF sessions ⭐
Check your inbox for the ShAFF BMC members email for the code or email firstname.lastname@example.org with your membership number. Or quote your BMC membership number when booking tickets at the Showroom over the phone.
Women in Adventure: Screening and Awards presented by Montane
🎬 Saturday 14:15 - 15:30 Screen 3
Come and watch the shortlisted BMC Women in Adventure film competition entries and be the first to see the 2021 winners crowned. 32 fantastic female-led adventure films were entered into the seventh annual BMC TV competition this year. With the theme of Make A Difference, this year sees many entries addressing the themes of sustainability, diversity inclusion and tackling the climate crisis in the outdoors.
Judges Claire Carter, Lynn Robinson, Emma Brennand and Rehna Yaseen will be there to present the awards and interview our filmmakers and frontwomen.
Women in Adventure: Make a Difference Filmmaker Panel
🎬 Saturday 15:45 - 17:15
With an array of panel guests, BMC hosts and judges will be facilitating the discussion with guests whose films were shortlisted in this year’s Women in Adventure Film Competition.
Featuring these filmmakers and frontwomen, the panel will be celebrating through discussion what it means to be able to Make A Difference through the medium of outdoor adventure films, by presenting the wider topics of mental health, diverse background inclusion and LGBT+ representation in the outdoors.
The event follows on from the Women in Adventure: Screening and Awards Session and is a wider opportunity for networking afterwards alongside nibbles and refreshments.
The Climate Project: Relaunched
BMC Access and Conservation Officer Dr Cath Flitcroft will be joined by charity partners Moors For The Future to bring our project fighting the Climate Emergency to ShAFF. Join us and find out about how the plant powerhouse sphagnum, found locally on our moors, is helping to combat the Climate Crisis. Is it the most important plant on earth?
Dr Flitcroft has been working on key BMC campaigns such as No Moor BBQs, the BMC Respect the Wild codes and lobbying government on the Police Powers Bill and the future of agricultural payments.
Let's get together!
Free festival experiences
ShAFF is running a series of free talks and events kicking off on Friday 9 July as Susie Wheway hosts a Wild Swim panel followed by a Water Films session. On Saturday 10 July, join the Komoot hike in the Peak District, followed by a talk from local adventurer Nic Hardy and screening of Spirit of Adventure Films. On Sunday 11 July experience a trail taster session with Black Trail Runners, or brush up on your navigation skills with Dave Taylor the Fell Running Guide, followed by Run Films. There’s plenty more going on, check out the ShAFF website for more festival itineraries.
Register for the free sessions
The events of the past year have affected everyone, and that’s reflected in stories ranging from skateboarding in the silent streets of San Francisco, being caught in the Austrian Alps as the world locked down, or coping with life on the front line through climbing in the Peak District. Lockdowns have given filmmakers time to edit and pull together existing footage, meaning that this year’s submissions are some of the strongest ever.
Get your tickets for each film session
Ocean to Asgard is part of the Climb Films 1 session
A festival reennvisioned for safety
ShAFF will bring Sheffield’s outdoor community together and inspire a summer of adventures, in a safe and responsible way. This year the number of exhibitors is reduced to give everyone plenty of space and some of the action is moving outdoors.
Capacity in cinema screenings is also reduced, and a range of safety measures will be in place at the Showroom.
Festival Director Matt Heason says: “Adventure filmmakers are a resilient bunch, they’ve embraced lockdown and used their time wisely to make some unbelievably good films. We can’t wait to welcome Sheffield’s outdoor community back to watch them together.”
Can’t join ShAFF at the Showroom, Sheffield? This year the festival is also offering an online programme via ShAFF’s Reelhouse channel from 9 July so you can watch from the comfort of your own home whether you’re in South Yorkshire or Southern California!
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