Big screen drama and emotion

Brandon Semenuk rides a trail in the rain during the filming of Rad Company, in Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada, on 5 April, 2014.
Brandon Semenuk rides a trail in the rain during the filming of Rad Company, in Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada, on 5 April, 2014.
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The European Outdoor Film Tour is the biggest extreme sports film tour in Europe. Created more than a decade ago, the tour has grown in popularity and now plays in more than 240 venues in 13 countries.

This year’s show will arrive in the UK on November 1 with a London premiere followed by shows in Bristol (3rd and 4th), Sheffield (5th), Manchester (6th); Glasgow (7th) and Edinburgh (8th) with a final screening in Birmingham on 9th.

This is the third year in the UK and the E O F T is clearly proving a hit with British audiences with extra screenings in London and Bristol and new cities - Sheffield and Birmingham What’s the secret of its success?

Featuring nine of this year’s best adventure sports films, the screening is the perfect mixture of drama, emotion and high adrenaline action.

The philosophy is simple - if the producers find 10 minutes of a film boring, it ends up on the cutting room floor.

The result? A tightly edited, breath-taking, two-hour programme. And with sports including free solo climbing, whitewater kayaking, and freeride mountain biking as well as an all-female ski movie, deep caving and urban climbing, there’s something for everyone.

The team behind the tour is Munich-based communications, marketing and film producers Moving Adventures. We talked to CEO and founder Joachim Hellinger about bringing the tour back to the UK...

How do you choose which films to show?

We've been producing and distributing adventure documentaries for almost 20 years so we’re in constant dialogue with filmmakers and adventurers all over the world. We also make new contacts by attending international film festivals. We also produce or co-produce one or two films ourselves each year.

Why an edited programme of films rather than promoting the individual films like other festivals?

An edited programme of films allows us to show a much broader picture of the different facets of adventure and outdoor life than just one single film. Each film has its own distinct style and message. But, in our experience, films often benefit from editing.

We’re not criticising individual film directors for their production and editing choices – we work with some of the best in the business.

It’s more that we believe that curating a special two-hour programme of around 10 films in a range of different sports allows us to create an unforgettable journey for the audience.

It also has the benefit of bringing these films to a wider audience who perhaps wouldn’t attend a film festival.

Is the interest for these extreme sports growing?

People seem to be more and more interested in extreme sports. The more virtual our lives get, the bigger the desire for real experiences and adventure.

Who’s this tour aimed at?

Our overriding goal is to inspire people. We want them to think about their lives, their connection with nature and their individual responsibilities in our global society. We want to foster their sense of appreciation for their own existence and their environment.

This year we are showing films about very strong individuals like "roofer" James Kingston or free climber Alex Honnold.

Those guys are truly living their passion and have achieved a very high level of self-confidence and self-expression by constantly testing their boundaries.

The characters who star in the films are at the heart of everything we do. For us it's not just about high-adrenaline extreme sports or the cutting-edge cinematography - though the tour always features both - we're more driven by discovering films that tell great stories about unique adventures.