Kendal Mountain Festival

by Mick Ryan King Lines The Kendal Mountain Festivals ended this weekend and the winners of the film competition were announced. The Grand Prize (sponsored by Berghaus) was won by producers Josh Lowell of Big UP Productions and Peter Mortimer of Sender Films and their film, King Lines, a film about Chris Sharma documenting some of his impressive first ascents and travels to climbing locations around the world. You can watch a trailer of King Lines HERE. The winner of the Best Climbing Film (sponsored by Climber magazine) went to Brad Lynch´s film, Aerialist, about the free soloist Dean Potter and his three disciplines: Free Soloing, High-lining and BASE jumping. You can watch a trailer of the Aerialist HERE. Several homegrown UK filmmakers also won prizes. Alastair Lee´s film PSYCHE won the People´s Choice Award (sponsored by the Outdoor Show) and one segment of this Posing Productions film, Patagonia Winter, featuring Andy Kirkpatrick and Ian Parnell, won the best film in the Adventure category (sponsored by Cumbria Tourism). You can watch a trailer of PSYCHE HERE The Best Film Short (sponsored by KMFF) was won by Dave Brown and Paul Diffley of Hot Aches Productions for their portrait of the talented UK climber, James Pearson, entitled, Keen Youth. This short is part of their feature length film, Committed. You can watch a trailer of Committed HERE The winner of the Best Mountaineering Film (sponsored by Asolo) was the big budget film, Beckoning Silence, about Joe Simpson?s tale of his obsession with the Eiger North Face, and with Toni Kurtz ?who died within feet of being rescued in 1936. Beckoning Silence was directed by Louise Osmond produced by Darlow Smithson. You can see the full list of winners at