Fort William, ShAFF and LLAMFF

by Jack Geldard If you missed the Kendal Film Festival in November, or want more festival action, coming next is Fort William Mountain Festival (15th – 23rd February).It promises to be “a nine day extravaganza of films, lectures, guided walks, workshops, exhibitions, literature, photography and music” – whew!There is so much going on I can´t detail it all here, but what really stood out to me was ´The Modern Face of Everest´. Kenton Cool and climber/film-maker Matt Dickinson will join Dave MacLeod to discuss the “Ethics of today´s Everest” – now that sounds exciting. Coming next is the Sheffield festival, ShAFF (29th Feb – March 2nd).As well as top films, ShAFF is featuring appearances from many top names, including; Ian Parnell, Joe Simpson and Niall Grimes.For those who prefer climbing to watching, the Climbing Works will be holding the International Masters Bouldering Competition and also a huge party free to ShAFF ticket holders. Perhaps the most underground of all the Mountain Film Festivals is LLAMFF, (7th – 9th March) the dark, mysterious cousin of the other events.This brooding image is enhanced by the stark black and white imagery featured on the LLAMFF website and posters.With a strong line up including; Andy Cave, Leo Dickinson, Nick Bullock and Tim Emmett, this will also be a weekend to remember. Links: Fort William Film Festival Sheffield Film Festival Llanberis Film Festival