Adventure films wanted

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Stevie Christie - 26/01/2006

Scotland's premier mountain film festival is seeking new films to be screened at the festival this autumn. The festival is calling for professional film-makers and amateur enthusiasts alike to submit films for consideration before the closing date for entries, which is 16 July 2006.

The 4th Edinburgh Mountain Film Festival (EMFF), which runs 20-22 October 2006, promises to be even bigger and better than in 2005, when over 2,000 outdoor enthusiasts gathered in Edinburgh to be thrilled by a series of exciting films, lectures and exhibitions shown over 3 days. Festival director Stevie Christie described the winning from the 2005 festival: "It was a 15 minute film which told the story of 3 local guys who skied the extinct volcano of Arthur's Seat in Edinburgh one winter's day. They got a taste for what they called 'Cano-Bagging', so spent the summer skiing volcanoes in New Zealand. It was a great story, complemented by superb footage of fairly extreme skiing in an unusual setting - a great adventure."

However, the films do not all feature extreme action, nor are they all filmed by professionals. One such film documented a group of friend's on an unremarkable trip to a remote mountain bothy. The film, the director's debut, captured the unique experience of bothying in Scotland and evoked nostalgia amongst enchanted audiences. Meanwhile, a Jack Russell with sharp claws and a lot of determination won many fans as it hilariously wriggled its way up various 'doggy climbs'. Such films have helped the independent EMFF gain a reputation as a showcase for talented adventure film-makers to make their breakthrough.

"There are no strict rules to the types of films we show, as long as they evoke the spirit of adventure", explains Christie. "We've previously shown films featuring skiing and snow-boarding, white-water kayaking, BASE-jumping, ski-mountaineering, mountain biking, as well as all disciplines of climbing. Shorter films up to 15 minutes are especially welcome, and we're always on the look out for films which are a little bit different!"

For the first time, the festival is offering a cash prize for the winning film. Organisers hope that this will stimulate a high number of entries from across the world. Christie offers some advice to directors hoping to scoop coveted 'Best Film Award', along with the cash: "Exciting footage and good editing are very important but don't forget the storyline. Audiences want to know more about the people they are watching, why they are doing it and what they do on a normal day. Seeing an 'ordinary person' having a great adventure is truly inspirational and really captures the imagination. And, finally, remember that not everyone is as passionate about your sport as you are - so don't take 60 minutes to tell a 10 minute story!" Details of how to submit films can be found at www.edinburghmountainff.com

Don't forget the 'Best of the Fest' film nights which will be held in March 2006, date and venue tbc, check the above website for info.

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