2016 Main Hall Films


Best of ShAFF - 11:30


Jack - 4 Minutes

93 year old Jack English reflects on living a solitary existence in his dream home that he built in the woods, five miles from the nearest road.  This moving, short film is produced by husband and wife team Josh Sorkin and Grace Jackson. It won the Gold award for Best Short Film at ShAFF 2015 and is thus a fantastic watch.



Stone Free - 24 Minutes

Julian Lines is the best climber you’ve never heard of.   He is undoubtedly Britain’s most accomplished free climbing soloist with world-class free ascents to his name. This film has won multiple awards, including Winner of best adrenaline film at Kendal Mountain Festival and best climbing film at ShAFF 2015.



Come on, Eileen - 20 minutes

The remarkable story of Eileen Sheridan, one of Britain's greatest ever cyclists, who defied the odds to become a pro-cyclist in the 1950s, setting records that would stand for decades.  Eileen, now aged 90, gives a first hand account of her astonishing career, from early Coventry Touring Club days to her famous endurance rides as a professional.

Rarely seen archive is combined with dramatic reconstruction to recreate her epic 1954 ride from Lands End to John O'Groats, a journey that pushed her to her absolute limits.  With narration by comedian Josie Long.

Winner of best cycling film at ShAFF 2015 and got a silver award for the category "women in adventure".



Arctic Air - 32 Minutes

Brothers Niall and Finn McCann pack their pulks with gear for ski mountaineering, ice climbing and speed flying, and head off into the Caledonian Alps in Eastern Greenland for an adventure. Although this didn't win any awards at this years ShAFF, that is only because the category was so strong. This is a thoroughly good watch.

Best of Kendal Mountain Festival - 13:45


Denali - 8 Minutes

Denali is the story of the relationship between photographer Ben Moon and his beloved dog, Denali. This short film is about friendship, loss and the beautiful fight for life. 



Eclipse - 31 Minutes

It was a ridiculous idea from the start. Travel to the edge of the earth to see one of the planet’s rarest events- a total solar eclipse in the Arctic. Faced with the likely reality of bad weather obscuring the sun and having to battle frigid, arctic temperatures and winds, the odds did not favour success. Despite this the Salomon Freeski TV team and set out on an expedition to realise photographer, Reuben Krabbe’s grand vision to capture a single unique image- one of skiing during a solar eclipse. Persistence, preparation and a positive attitude was a guarantee of nothing as March 20th, 2015, dawned. The fate of the expedition’s goal would rest entirely in the hands of the weather gods.

This film won best snow sports film at Banff Mountain Film Competition - 2015.


Frank of the Tower - 11 Minutes

The first time Frank Sanders saw Devils Tower was in the sudden brilliance of a lightning strike. It sent a wave of dread through him, but the next day, he climbed the tower. Forty years later he has repeated that act more than 2,000 times, and learned a thing or two about life along the way.


Red Run - 2 Minutes

Sheffield Ski Village closed in April 2012. We took two skiers and one boarder back to the charred remains of the dry ski slope where they learned to ski. The ski village was a key piece in the journey to the top of their sport for some of the UK's best freestyle skiers, including: James Woods, James Machon, Ellie Koyander and Katie Summerhayes, all of whom are now Team GB athletes. Our aim is to drum-up support for the Sheffield Ski Village in the city known as the sporting capital of the United Kingdom.


High and Mighty - 20 Minutes

High ball bouldering - where a fall could lead to serious injury - is not for the faint hearted. Add to the equation a level of difficult at climbings cutting edge, and things can get down right out of control. Follow Daniel Woods' epic battle to conquer fear and climb the highball test-peice 'The Process'


Tashi  & the Monk - 40 Minutes

On a remote mountaintop a brave social experiment is taking place. Former Buddhist monk Lobsang trained under the guidance of the Dalai Lama, but 8 years ago he left life as a spiritual teacher in the United States to create a unique community in the Himalayas which rescues orphaned children. 5 year-old Tashi is the newest arrival. Her mother recently died and she's been abandoned by her alcoholic father. Wild and troubled, Tashi is struggling to find her place amongst 84 new siblings. Can the community's love and compassion transform Tashi's alienation into a capacity to make her first real friend?


Operation Moffat - 16:15 - 20 Minutes plus introduction and Q&A with Claire Carter

Operation Moffat takes inspiration and wit from the colourful climbing life of Britian’s First Female Mountain Guide Gwen Moffat. Writer Claire Carter and Filmmaker Jen Randall scramble, swim and barefoot climb through Gwen’s most cherished British landscapes, grappling with her preference for mountains over people, adventure over security, wilderness over tick lists. With new take on landscape photography, archive footage and action sequences this is a film rooted in a real love of wild places.


Alone Across Australia - 16:45

Committing, honest and moving, this winner of 32 international film festival awards is the story of Jon Muir’s attempt to walk solo across Australia.  NOT to be missed!

In 2001, one of the worlds most accomplished climbers and adventurers, Jon Muir, began a 2,500 kilometre odyssey to cross Australia from the south to the north coast on foot. Often close to despair, he drew on his instinct for survival, his deep understanding of the land and his remarkable inner strength.  This beautiful and moving film of commitment and adventure in one of the world’s greatest wild places is a highlight of our festival at HVAFF.   Do not miss it!


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