TONIGHT - Best of Shaff 2011, 8th Dec, Sheffield Telegraph

8th Dec 2011

Best of Sheffield Adventure Film Festival 2011, line-up includes ShAFF 2011 Best Film winner The Swiss Machine, bouldering and climbing film Tuzgle, beautifully shot landscapes in Salt, and a five-month canoeing odyssey in Mazungu (Showroom, Thursday, December 8).

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ShAFF Presents: Best Of ShAFF 2011
8th Dec 2011 @ 20:15

A look back at some of the best films from 2011. If you didn’t catch them here’s your chance to do so. If you did, well, come and watch them again!

Chiamera – 7mins
In mythological terms, Chimaera refers to a fusion of forms that is the personification of winter. To make this short film a unique camera system capable of shooting o ver 1000 frames per second was used. Chimaera slows our perception of reality and offers an unprecedented look at a skier's life.

Way Back Home – 8mins
Way Back Home is from master mountain biker Danny MacAskill as he cycles from Edinburgh to his home on the Isle of Skye. Jaw-dropping skills and amazing stunts in an exhibition of trials riding on a trip like no other you've ever been on. Grab the chance to see a You Tube phenomenon on the big screen.
Winner of the Steve Peat Award for Best Bike Film – ShAFF 2011.

Tuzgle – 21mins
In TUZGLE Nina Caprez, Michael Fuselier and friends explore the bouldering and climbing possibilities around the Tuzgle volcano in the wild deserts of Argentina. Their love of climbing shines through in a colourful and light-hearted film with witty cinematography & soundtrack.

Salt- 28mins
In Salt photographer Murray Fredericks sets out to find a landscape devoid of features - a space so overpowering that you lose your sense of self. Over many years he makes numerous, long journeys alone to the centre of Australia's Lake Eyre's deserted salt pans. This unique documentary combines video and time-lapse photography to chart the changes in the stunning 360 perfect horizon but also the effect of solitude and empty space on his mood.
The film won over 12 international awards including the Golden Frog for Best Cinematography at the CameraImage Film Festival, the International Documentary Association's Best Documentary Short and a Jury Prize at Silverdocs/AFI. Winner – Best Artistic Film – ShAFF 2011.

Mazungu – 20mins
MAZUNGU follows solo canoeist, ex Royal Marine, Phil Harwood's 5 month-long descent of the mighty Congo River in Central Africa - 2992 miles from source to sea. Years of civil war and corruption, not to mention crocs, hippos, cannibals and huge white-water mean all but the most adventurous have given the Congo a wide berth. Unsupported, Phil sets out alone on a unique adventure in his trusty canoe. He captures breath-taking footage of previously unseen landscapes while trying to avoid the hair-raising dangers posed by nature and man.

Dark Side Of The Lens – 6mins
Mickey Smith worked with Allan Wilson (director of photography) from the Astray Collective to present a side to surfing that few of us, as observers or surfers, will glimpse: the life of the photographer. What drives him to spend countless hours in cold and hostile waters in search of a single shot?
Winner – Best Short Film – ShAFF 2011 & many, many more.

The Swiss Machine – 24mins
Stunning aerial footage of Ueli Steck's record-breaking speed ascents in the Alps. THE SWISS MACHINE charts the amazing feats of perhaps the greatest speed alpinist the world has ever seen. Ueli literally races up 8,000 foot mountains doing in hours what other mountaineers take days to achieve. He even pushes renowned climber Alex Honnold to his limits on the big rock faces of Yosemite.
Best Film – ShAFF 2011. Best Mountaineering Film – Kendal 2010.