Mountain Film Festival celebrates 10 amazing years
The 10th annual Edinburgh Mountain Film Festival is back in the capital from October 26 to 28, 2012 and again promises a fabulous line-up of adventure movies. This year is the 10th anniversary of the fest, which started out as a small affair in 2003 and has now grown to welcome more than 3,000 outdoor enthusiasts.
The three-day festival will take place at George Square Lecture Theatre and tickets are now on sale at www.emff.co.uk.
The EMFF line-up offers an impressive line-up of films and guest speakers. Highlights include lectures by:
- Alpinist, climber, BASE-jumper and all-around adventurer Leo Houlding
- Alan Hinkes, the only British mountaineer to have scaled all 14 of the world’s 8000m mountains.
- Norwegian polar explorer Børge Ousland, who is a true adventurer of modern times. He even got wed at the North Pole!
- Self-styled Alpine princess, Zoe Hart
- Ardnamurchan-based sea kayaker Simon Willis.
The Edinburgh Mountain Film Festival films
- The first public screening in Edinburgh of renowned Scottish climber Dave MacLeod in The Long Hope
- The gritty high altitude epic Cold, with its frightening footage of the aftermath of a major avalanche
- The astonishing and hilarious “don’t-try-these-at-home” antics of Sketchy Andy
- Smitten is about an Australian BASE-jumper known as Lucky Chance.
Festival director Stevie Christie said: “It’s been a thrilling 10 years since the EMFF came into being. We’ve had some great speakers, such as Sir Chris Bonington, Mark Beaumont and Doug Scott, and lots of special moments at the event.
“I remember people shouting support as they watched the movie of Dave MacLeod attempting the world’s first E11 climb; and then cheering loudly when he made it – even though they were just watching a film!
“There were lots of tears in the audience when we screened Solo, a tragic tale of a sea kayaker who went missing. And of course, there are always lots of laughs, oohs and aahs, as the stars of our movies don’t quite get the moves right and encounter painful endings!
“I’ve been delighted at the positivity shown towards the festival by attendees, sponsors and film-makers alike – and I’m really looking forward to getting our 10th festival up and running in a few weeks time!’
The festival, being staged in association with Tiso, Mountain Equipment, Gore, the EICA at Ratho, Visit Norway and Wilderness Scotland, expects big numbers of outdoor enthusiasts from all over the UK to attend. Tickets start at £5. See www.emff.co.uk