Film festival set to spread wings to the Antarctic

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NEWS of a Sheffield film festival has reached the ends of the Earth – literally.

Scientists at Britain’s latest Antarctic Research Station, Halley VI, will be screening a ‘Best of Sheffield Adventure Film Festival’ at the base later in the year.

The new research station, which replaced the 20-year-old Halley V facility, is the sixth to be built on the floating Brunt Ice Shelf.

Matt Heason, ShAFF director, said: “ShAFF’s all about showing athletes and adventurers pushing the limits of extreme sports and exploration, so where better to put on a screening than in the Antarctic?”

Linda Capper, for British Antarctic Survey, said: “In their first summer field season our scientists are already working on studies that will gain new knowledge about how our world works.

“However, it’s also important that during long, winter nights the team have ways to relax and enjoy themselves.”

ShAFF kicks off today at The Showroom in Sheffield city centre and continues until Sunday.

n For details about events and times, visit www.shaff.co.uk