ShAFF - And the winner is.....

16th Mar 2012

In January I wrote about the forthcoming Sheffield adventure film festival or ShAFF for short. I'd been asked along with two others (Lucy Creamer and Nikalas Cook)  to be one of the judges and watch a selection of almost 100 films.

Well i can happily report that the festival came and went last weekend and was a unanimous succes for all those that attended.

 

The Sheffield Adventure Film Festival is delighted to announce that ‘Unbreakable: The Western States 100’ has won the 2012 ShAFF Best Film award.

Festival Director Matt Heason says:  “It’s a double first for ShAFF - the first ever running film to win and the first feature length film to win.  What makes it stand out in a year where we’ve had a record-breaking number of films on show is the brilliant story telling and characters.  And it proves you need nothing more than a pair of trainers to have an adventure.   And just to prove what a great film it is, with a week to go, it’s sold out.  But don’t worry - we’ve put an extra showing on Sunday evening.”

Sheffield Adventure Film Festival Judge, Team GB duathlete and Adventure Sports Writer Nikalas Cook says:  “My fellow judges Lucy Creamer and Tim Glasby and I were in total agreement about ‘Unbreakable’.  The 2010 Western States 100 was a perfect storm of a race with four of the greatest, undefeated mountain runners on earth fighting to win the oldest and most prestigious 100-mile foot race in the world.  Even if you already know the result, it’ll still have you on the edge of your seat right down to the final few miles.”   

Fellow judge, Lucy Creamer, the UK's top female climber, says: "I’m not a runner, so having to watch a running film that was an hour and a half long was not an exciting prospect. But I have already watched this twice and now can’t wait to see it on the big screen. It is an extremely well put together film that combines different stories interweaved throughout to create genuine interest in these world class athletes; the race itself leads you towards an incredibly nail biting finish. How can a running film be nail biting? Well, watch this and you’ll find out. An absolute joy that almost made me want to go out running- not a hundred miles though!"

Here's the full list - we'll be adding more reaction from winners & judges as we get them.

ShAFF 2012 Best Film - Unbreakable: The Western States 100
Director: JB Benna
Producer: JB and Jennifer Benna (US, 106 mins, 2012)
Website: www.ws100film.com
Review:  http://runbritain.com/little-runbritain/156/
Synopsis:  Feature length film about a perfect storm of a race - in 2010 four of the greatest undefeated mountain runners on earth toed the starting line at the oldest and most prestigious 100-mile foot race in the world, The Western States 100.


ShAFF 2012 Best Climbing Film - Obe and Ashima
Director:  Josh Lowell, Brett Lowell and Cooper Roberts
Producer:  Josh Lowell (US, 23 mins, 2011)
Website:  www.reelrocktour.com
Synopsis:  A nine year old girl from New York is taking the bouldering world by storm and her name is Ashima. Under the tutelage of her ex champion coach Obe she's cracking problems and crushing her competition. Through her he rediscovers his passion for climbing but can she cope with the pressure and avoid the danger of burnout?

ShAFF judge and the UK's top female climber, Lucy Creamer says:  "Big Up Productions have created yet another quality offering that ticked a lot of boxes for me. You’ve got; raw emotion, hard climbing, high production standards and two characters with interesting stories. To say that 9 year old Ashima is a future star would be an understatement, she is a star now! Her climbing ability is difficult to believe and with Obe’s passion for coaching, her development in comps and on rock is fascinating. Watching her climb some of the hardest boulder problems in Hueco, Texas, that the majority of hard core boulderers would find desperate is a sight to behold and not to be missed."

ShaFF 2012 Best Environment & Culture Film: Spoil
Director/Producer:  Trip Jennings (Canadian, 44 mins, 2011)
Website:  www.balancemedia.tv
Synopsis: The rare white 'Spirit' bear lives in the Great Bear Rainforest in British Columbia but its habitat is under threat from a proposed oil pipeline. A group of world renowned photographers and videographers teamed up to help the Gitga'at First Nation campaign to protect the forest by documenting its wildlife and culture.


ShaFF 2012 Best Short Film: Pillow Line
Director/Producer:  Kari Medig (Canadian, 5 mins, 2010)
Website:  http://www.karimedigphoto.com/
Synopsis: An amazing, amusing short that uses an innovative stop motion technique to show the world of skiing in a whole different light. Ski the pillow line without ever getting out of bed.

 

ShaFF 2012 Best Adrenaline Film: Sketchy Andy
Director/ Producer:  Nick Rosen and Peter Mortimer (US, 20 mins, 2011
Website:  www.reelrocktour.com
Synopsis: He has a tremendous amount of talent, but no fear. It's part insanity, part genius. Slack lining pioneer Andy Lewis solos the world's longest highlines going harder and faster with climbing, slack and BASE.

 

ShaFF 2012 Best Spirit of Adventure Film: Journey On the Wild Coast
Director: Greg Chaney
Producer:  Glacier Light and Shadow (US, 45 mins, 2011)
Website:  www.groundtruthtrekking.org
Synopsis: A young couple sell-up to spend a year trekking the coast from Seattle to Alaska. Proof you don't need a Hollywood budget to make a great adventure film - just a shared sleeping bag, toothbrush and plenty of cheese.
Director Greg Chaney says:  "Hey ShAFF! Thank you for the recognition of the "Spirit of Adventure" award.  I helped put this film together in part to show the power of a couple working together to achieve a goal in the wilderness.  It was also a great opportunity to show the beauty of a strong woman in the wild.  And I also hoped that we will inspire some people who have adventurous spirits that they can make an engaging movie even with a tiny budget.  Cheers to the true "Spirit of Adventure"!"
Erin, Hig & family say:  "We are pleased to accept the "Spirit of Adventure" award.  Adventure is a mistake one makes on purpose.   It springs from a naive optimism that we can, in fact, do something that seems impossible, and  from the stubborn perseverance to make it actually happen.  It's  probably a good thing that humans have poor memories for physical  discomfort.  Because the adventures that look uncomfortable on a  screen are the most addictive thing I can imagine.  I'm sorry we can't be there in person today.  But I wish you all adventurous lives."

 

ShaFF 2012 Hammer Design Best Artistic Film: Solitaire
Director:  Nick Waggoner
Producer:  Ben Sturgulewski, Zac Ramras, Michael Brown (US, 52 mins, 2011)
Website:  www.sweetgrass-productions.com
Synopsis: A poetic celebration of back country skiing and snowboarding in South America. The hypnotic Spanish narration (based on Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness) and hauntingly beautiful ski and board sequences reel you in to create a real connection between the sport and its natural environment that makes this film stand out from the crowd.
Zac Ramras from Sweetgrass says:  "We at Sweetgrass Productions are so honord to win Best Artistic Film among such a talented group of filmmakers. We wish we could be there to accept the award in person but we are in the middle of filming our next film. Thank you to the ShAFF Staff for putting on such a great festival and all the filmmakers out there pushing the boundaries of what we all thought was possible."



ShaFF 2012 Steve Peat Best Bike Film: Industrial Revolutions
Director: Stu Thompson
Producer:  Mike Christie (British, 5 mins, 2011)
Website:  www.mtbcut.tv
Synopsis: Danny MacAskill is the definitive adventure sports viral overnight success story. 3 years ago the Scottish street trials riders uploaded a video of his bike stunts filmed by his flatmate Dave Sowerby - it's now been watched over 28 million times. 'Industrial Revolutions' has already clocked up more than 3 million hits. Turn off the iPad, sit back and enjoy MacAskill in cinematic style.
ShAFF judge Lucy Creamer says:  "Danny MacAskill, what more can you say? This short gem packs in Danny doing some gob-smacking tricks, a great track and superb editing and visuals. Nearly five million people have watched it on the web, they can’t be wrong. Look out for the tight rope cycling, unreal!!"

 

ShAFF 2012 Best Viral Film:  Industrial Revolutions
Director: Stu Thompson
Producer:  Mike Christie (British, 5 mins, 2011)
Website:  www.mtbcut.tv
Synopsis: Danny MacAskill is the definitive adventure sports viral overnight success story. 3 years ago the Scottish street trials riders uploaded a video of his bike stunts filmed by his flatmate Dave Sowerby - it's now been watched over 28 million times. 'Industrial Revolutions' has already clocked up more than 3 million hits. Turn off the iPad, sit back and enjoy MacAskill in cinematic style.

 

So there you have it, the winners and what a fabulous mix they were. Of course the real winner was Sheffield for having such a fabulous festival and Danny for winning two catagories, greedy boy!