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2017 ShAFF Winners Announced

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Ahead of this weekend’s festival, the winners of 2017 Sheffield Adventure Film Festival Awards have today been revealed.

A selection of the winning films will be shown at a dedicated ‘Best of ShAFF 2017’ screening on Thursday 16th March, 7.30pm at Sheffield community co-op Regather, and on Sunday from 8.30pm at The Showroom Cinema. There is also a ‘Best of ShAFF Music’ session on Saturday afternoon.

With over 100 of the best adventure, extreme sports and travel films carefully selected from entries submitted from every corner of the globe, the 11 individual categories of the ShAFF 2017 Awards distinguish achievements in all aspects of filmmaking. From format and music to artistry and unique to ShAFF, the ‘Spirit of Adventure Award’, celebrating those films that best capture the core adventure theme of the festival.

The ‘Made in Sheffield’ award was created to support and nurture local talent and is judged on the basis of films that best showcase the city, whether that is through location, music, production or featured athletes. This year’s winner is the Bothy Project, a film exploring what happens when you send four artists to a remote Scottish bothy to try and untangle their need for outdoor space. Made by Jen Randall, Sheffield based filmmaker Nick Brown, James France and writer/producer Claire Jane Carter.

The award for Women in Adventure has been judged by the Director of Derbyshire Sport, Hayley Lever. She described this year’s category as ‘particularly strong, with a real diversity of films across all sports from running to mountain biking and range of themes from those surmounting personal challenges to more poetic and artistic interpretations.’

A special mention was given by the ShAFF judges to films When we were Knights and Untethered.

The full list of 2016 ShAFF award winners are below and online. For press enquiries please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 07779281114.

Quotes from filmmakers:

Joel Wolport, Director of Outside Voices says:

"Outside Voices is a malenky bit of the old ultraviolence with Jenn Shelton. Thanks to ShAFF for enjoying our story."

Emma Crome, Coldhouse Collective producer of Devotion: Libby Peters says:

“It was an absolute privilege to work with Libby, Ruby and Zoe. It's a tricky thing to manage, asking for insight into someone's life and translating it onto the screen. We feel Devotion presents a poetic interpretation of Libby's quiet drive and determination to live the climbing life she loves, and with her family at the centre of this. Big thanks to Libby for letting us in and her patience, and thanks Shaff for the award, very chuffed!”

Dom Bush, Land and Sky Media, Director of Tom Siepp - A Mountain Short says:

'So happy to win this award. I have focused on making climbing films for a long time so to move away from that and be recognized feels really great. All films are a collaboration so I owe a lot to the Seipp family of course, and especially to Tom. What a star!'

BEST FILM – GRAND PRIZE - Northbound

Silver - The Accord

Bronze - Dodo’s Delight

Dodos Delight Photographer Ben Ditto

BEST ARTISTIC FILM (GOLD) - What If You Fly

Silver - The Accord

Bronze - Ruin and Rose

BEST BIKING FILM (GOLD) - Tom Siepp - A Mountain Journal Short

Silver - Danny MacAskill’s Wee Day Out

Bronze - Dreamride

UIAA BEST CLIMBING FILM (GOLD) - Dodo’s Delight

Silver - Jurek

Bronze - Down to Nothing

BEST FILM MADE IN SHEFFIELD (GOLD) - Bothy Project

Bothy Project Still lowres 1

Silver - Devotion: Libby Peters

Bronze - Low Line

BEST RUNNING FILM (GOLD) - Run Forever

Silver - Outside Voices

Bronze - Cape Wrath Ultra

BEST SHORT FILM (GOLD) - Max Your Days

Silver - The Man and the Sea

Bronze - Last call for Mr Paul

BEST SKI & BOARD FILM (GOLD) - Iran: A Skier’s Journey

Silver - The Grand Siberian Traverse

Bronze - China: A Skier’s Journey

Jordan Manley 2

BEST SOUNDTRACK (GOLD) - Northbound

Silver - Metronomic

Bronze - Great Siberian Traverse

BEST SPIRIT OF ADVENTURE FILM (GOLD) - North of Unknown

Silver - Mohon

Bronze - Locked In

BEST WOMEN IN ADVENTURE FILM (GOLD) - Afterglow

Silver - The Bothy Project

Bronze - Silvana Lima - BBC Winners

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