Edinburgh Mountain Film Festival Report

The film of the moment, E11, won all three of the major prizes at the Edinburgh Mountain Film Festival at the weekend: Best Film, Best Climbing Film and People´s Choice. It´s no wonder it is receiving such rave reviews! Here is a press release about the festival in general: The sensational film ?E11? won all three film awards at the 4th Edinburgh Mountain Film Festival. The film documents Scottish climber Dave MacLeod?s historic ascent of the rock climb Rhapsody at Dumbarton Rock, which is now the hardest traditional rock climb in the world. The awards were announced at the festival?s closing session on Sunday 22 October.The annual festival, which took place 20-22 October, has 3 awards for film-makers to aspire to: ? Best Film Award, sponsored by Tiso ? Best Climbing Film, sponsored by Alien Rock ? People?s Choice Award Although E11 was a hot favourite to win one of the prizes, taking all three awards was beyond the expectations of the Hot Aches team, who made the film. Dave Brown, Managing Director of Hot Aches, said: “We are really chuffed. The response to the film has been tremendous. At the premiere it was particularly nice that Dave MacLeod was there with all his family and was able to say a few words afterwards and take the longest round of applause you could imagine.? The Best Film and Best Climbing Film Awards were chosen by a panel of experts, while the People?s Choice Award was voted by the 2,200 strong audience which attended the 3-day festival. Stevie Christie, Festival Director, said, ?It?s been a great festival, with five superb lectures and the best selection of films yet, coming from all corners of the globe. We narrowed down over 100 entries to 22 films which we screened during the festival, so the standard of those selected was very high indeed. However, the fact that the People?s Award went to E11 means that the panel got it right with their decisions for the Best Film and Best Climbing Film. Both Dave MacLeod and the Hot Aches team deserve huge congratulations.? Plans for the 2007 festival, which will be the 5th such event, are already underway with film-makers invited to submit entries before the closing date of 30 June 2007.For full details of the festival, see www.edinburghmountainff.commatt@planetfear.com / 0114 2969114 ———————————————————————–