Sheffield Adventure Film Fest tipped as best-ever

SHAFF Festival Director Matt Heason
SHAFF Festival Director Matt Heason
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ORGANISERS of the Sheffield Adventure Film Festival are predicting another record-breaking year for 2013.

The team says it has had a record number of entries for the annual outdoor pursuits film extravaganza which takes place in March at the Workstation.

Festival director Matt Heason said 240 films had been submitted.

He said: “I say it every year but the quality of films just keeps on getting better.

“A strong trend this year is that film-makers have definitely upped the artistic ante.

“It seems 2013 is the year art, adventure and action have all come together and the result is some truly stunning cinematography.”

He added: “Notable this year is a welcome increase in the number of films featuring female athletes.

“Last year’s new category for short virals was a hit and the quality and quantity keeps rising, fuelled by YouTube, Vimeo and the accessibility of affordable editing software.

“But I’m also seeing more feature length films.

“Given programming constraints, a longer film needs to hit a really high standard to make the final festival cut but there are some strong contenders.”

The festival is backed by The Star which this year joins sister paper the Sheffield Telegraph as an official media partner.

For those who can’t wait until March, there are pre-festival events on January 15 when best bike film winner Danny Macaskill’s ‘Industrial Revolutions’ will be shown at the Showroom.

On February 1, 7 and 13 there will be biking, climbing and running question and answer sessions.

Film-makers will be informed soon if they have been successful and tickets go on sale on January 20.

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