Maddy Cope: Climbing the unknown in Mongolia
Mammut UK athlete and climber, Madeleine Cope, has just returned from a three-week trip to Mongolia – not the first place you think of as a climbing location!
The Sheffield Adventure Film Festival has launched the ShAFF 2014 trailer today ahead of its cinematic screening at the Best of ShAFF 2013 at the Showroom Cinema on Thursday.
The ShAFF trailer’s proved a hit in recent years with more than 200,000 views of the 2012 and 2013 trailers. This year’s video has been produced by Peak District adventure and outdoor photographer and filmmaker Lukasz Warzecha ( LW Images ) and his Polished Project colleague Wojtek Kozakiewicz. The soundtrack is ‘Life in Glorious Stereo’ by Sheffield band Screaming Maldini .
We're also releasing a short 30 second film produced especially for ShAFF by Sheffield landscape photographer Dan Arkle, filmed on location in the Peak District using long exposure photography, to spell out 'Climb, Run, Bike, Party, ShAFF' to an instrumental soundtrack by Peak District violinist Matt Howden , whose music was recently used in the BBC's 'Dambusters Declassified' documentary. Dan is also exhibiting at ShAFF's Lowepro Photography Exhibition.
Tickets will be on sale from this week from the Showroom Cinema. The 9th ShAFF will be the biggest yet with more than 100 films thanks to the additional venue space at Sheffield Hallam University’s Pennine Lecture Theatre and more screenings at Red Bull’s outdoor Cityscape Cinema at the amphitheatre.
The expanded programme includes more family-friendly Young Adventurer sessions and a dozen feature-length films as well as ShAFF’s popular Adrenaline, Spirit of Adventure and specialist sports film sessions, plus more cycling films as part of our ‘Tour de Cinema’ partnership with DocFest as part of the Yorkshire Festival in the run up to the Tour De France.
A suggested donation of £1 from every ticket sold will go towards supporting Sheffield Hospitals Charity raising the £5,000 that is needed to provide a satellite blood fridge in the resuscitation room of the Emergency Department at the Northern General Hospital’s Major Trauma Centre.
Festival Director Matt Heason said: “Lukasz and Wojtek have done a cracking job taking over the reins of producing the ShAFF trailer from Alastair Lee and it’s fitting that it opens with Leo Houlding in Al’s new film ‘The Last Great Climb’.
“We’re particularly proud to be supporting Sheffield Hospitals Charity, especially as ‘Risk and Reward’ is a theme that reoccurs in so many of this year’s films. We’re also grateful to Screaming Maldini for letting us use another of their tracks. Their energetic, soaring orchestral sound is a perfect backdrop for the incredible footage that we’re privileged to screen”.
Nick Cox from Screaming Maldini said: “We’re delighted and honoured to be involved with this amazing film festival for the second year running. Seeing our music set to such incredible feats of human endurance, strength and death-defying bravery makes us feel immensely proud while at the same time immensely physically inadequate!”
Sheffield Hospitals Charity Director, David Reynolds said: “ShAFF is a hugely successful event so I’m delighted that the festival is supporting Sheffield Hospitals Charity this year and the delivery of emergency care. I’d like to urge everyone attending the event to please support our fundraising efforts to supply a satellite blood fridge. Having immediate access to this facility is vitally important for severely injured patients, who are losing blood. No time will be lost collecting blood from elsewhere within the hospital which means you can be sure that every penny donated will have a direct impact on the care of patients at a time when they need it the most.”
For more information on the festival visit the SHAFF Website.