Best of ShAFF screening announced

26th Feb 2013

Every year we hold a 'Best of' the Festival* film screening on Sunday evening which we decide once the judges have made their decisions.  Here's the Best of early, it's always a popular screening and sold out last year. 
Dates/times: SUN 3 March 19.30
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Of Souls & Water: Shapeshifter (6 mins) - Best Artistic Film - Gold

Ever thought about ditching the office job to live the creative dream of making adventure sports films?  Think again.  The guys from Sweetgrass Productions give us a little flavour of what it was really like making 'Solitaire' (Winner of the 2012 ShAFF Artistic Film award).  This final chapter on the Clockwork Orange-like torture of the edit and the sweet agony of letting go for release to the public is exquisite.

Wideboyz Short Edit (13 mins) - Best Climbing Film - Gold

It's like ultimate fighting with a rock.  The world of offwidth crack climbing is a strange sub-culture rumoured to be dominated by knuckle-dragging, bar-brawling dirt-bags! The climbing is tough, painful and bloody and there are hardly any routes in the UK.  Undeterred, two British climbers, Pete Whittaker and Tom Randall, complete a brutal two-year training regime (mostly spent hanging upside down in their Sheffield basement) before embarking on an audacious tour of the USA and a first ascent of the world's hardest off-width - Century Crack.

All I Can – Imagination (5 mins) - Best Short Film - Gold

Catching a bus never looked so cool.  Freestyle skier extraordinaire JP Auclair’s continuous downhill urban ski run on dirty slush and concrete is glorious ski porn with a deeper message about the challenges of global climate change.  (See if you can spot his snapped ski tip!)

Lacon De Catalunya (5 mins) - Steve Peat Best Bike Film - Bronze

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".

On the Road - Two Years Five Winters (10 mins) - Ski & Board - Bronze

The supernatural… does it exist? The curious explore unbound by restrictions of place and mind, and perhaps discover things we haven’t understood. Whitewater kayaking legend Ben Marr shreds the upper reaches of Quebec, pushing limits to new and undiscovered levels.

North Of The Sun (46 mins) - Best Film - Gold

Two Norwegian friends have a crazy idea about building a beach hut north of the arctic circle and spending the winter living off flotsam and jetsam.  Extreme beach-combing, stunning cinematography and a cabin Bilbo Baggins would be proud to call home.


* The reality is, it's the Best of the Best Films that Festival Director Matt Heason can fit into a screening.  Obviously we'd love to show all of the winners of our Best Film awards but the reality is that you'd be here all night and the Showroom would chuck us out so we're really sorry we can't include Janapar, Where the Trail Ends, Crossing the Ice, The Dragon's Back, Pour Vous Servir, Shaun Palmer - Miserable Champion or the long version of Wide Boyz.  That said, this is a cracking line-up and includes our Grand Prize winner, North of the Sun.  Enjoy.