Llanberis Film Festival Press Update

We have received the following emailed update on the forthcoming festival: Tickets are now on sale for the Llanberis Mountain Film Festival – February 22nd-24th (www.llamff.co.uk). Contact the ticket hotline on 01248 715849. A great weekend, thanks togrant support from WDA(Welsh development Agency), Arts Council, Gwynedd Council, Noth Face, Cotswold Outdoor, DMM, Surflines, plus support from many other local businesses and individuals, is promised with a selection of Kendal Film Festival´s prize-winning films alongside The Welsh Edge which will evoke the history of climbing and mountain sports in the area, through a range of material, from the days of slate-quarrying in films such as Men against Death, to the American Henry Barber soloing at Gogarth, from The Kingdom of the Clouds, where the paragliding arena changes from Snowdonia to the Himalaya, to Johnny Daweson Indian Face.Some of this footagehas rarely been seen before, and where possible will be presented by people connected with the films´ production. A major coup for the festival is the first British screening of Jump! – a documentary about the Czech climbing sub-sport of jumping betweensandstone towers.Breathtaking! In addition we plan to show South(1919) with original live mixing by Doctor Oggy East, the first screening in North Wales for Project Grizzly, The Lotus Flower-Tower, Steve Long´s intimate view of big-wall climbing and extreme ski videos from Chamonix. Our brilliant line-up of lectures, readings and slideshows demonstrate what fantastic value your weekend ticket is: Come and hear Paul Pritchard describe his attempt on Federation Peak in Tasmania, Jim Perrin, one of Britain´s leading climbing writers, read a selection of his poetry, Mick Fowler describe ´The hardest summits in Britain´, Gareth Parry tell of his attempt on The Devils´ Thumb in Greenland, John Silvester talk and introduces his film From Nowhere to the Middle of Nowhere with Alun Hughes, Andy Cave give his account on climbing in Patagonia with Leo Houlding, Glenda Huxter present images of her climbing trip to Iran, Skinny Jones paddle us through his wicked trips and much much more. Other names confirmed to make an appearance are Bob Drury and Robbie Whittal, Simon Yates, John Redhead, Mark Radtke and Iwan Arfon Jones. Come see Alastair Lee´s alternative adventure ´Made in China´ with 3 projectors and drums! (www.posingproductions.com). Speakers, presenters and ´cameos´ by many of those at the forefront of Britain´s leading mountain adventure sports are still being added.Keep checking the website!Full programme details should be available by the end of January. An extra attraction will be the opportunity to book top British rock-climber John Dunne for one of his highly-praised 3-hr masterclasses in the The Beacon Climbing Wall which will also offer cheap taster sessions (not included in Festival ticket price-call 01286 650045 to book), free demos of DMM ice tools and Mammut rock shoes, a fun bouldering competition (with holds by Livingstone), Shelley Hocknell´s murals and inspirational videos throughout the day. DMM will also offer free factory tours, The MLTB will have an information stand, the Electric Mountain will take visitors under the mountain for further film presentations, a Noel Craine – George Smith quiz presentation will take place on Saturday evening to warm you up for the Festival party (party tickets available on the weekend). LLAMFF organisers reserve the right to make alterations to this programme. Your weekend ticket will include entrance to all the above films and speakers (timetables permitting), the breaks in the programme will give you time to partake of the local cafe culture and hostellry atmosphere.See you there! 🙂