Call for mountains of films

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Stevie Christie - 09/05/2005

Scotland's premier mountain film festival is seeking new films to be screened at the festival this autumn. The 3rd Edinburgh Mountain Film Festival, which runs 21-23 October 2005, promises to be even bigger and better than in 2004, when over 1,500 outdoor enthusiasts marvelled at the exciting films, lectures and exhibitions.

Far from being a collection of stuffy mountaineering documentaries, the festival has quickly gained a reputation as an energetic and dynamic event which showcases high quality short films covering a wide range of activities in the mountains and wild places of the world. Festival Director Stevie Christie explains:

"The festival is essentially about adventure - whatever that means to you, and wherever you find it. We've previously shown films about all types of climbing, skiing and snow-boarding, white-water kayaking, BASE-jumping, ski-mountaineering and mountain biking. We're always on the look out for films which are a little bit different. One of the most popular films we've screened was about a rock-climbing Jack Russell dog!"

"We receive a mixture of high-budget and home-made films - it's amazing what you can put together with a basic camcorder and a home-editing package these days. We've received many fantastic short films which were filmed and produced in Scotland or elsewhere in the UK by regular people who are out there doing their thing. The only difference between them and many others is that they are filming their exploits. In fact, both winners of the Best Film Award' have been low-budget, locally-made films."

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 31 July 2005. Details of how to submit films can be found on the Edinburgh Mountain Film Festival website - [www.edinburghmountainff.com] The festival is also organising a photography competition which is open to all. There are two categories for photos - "Cold But Happy" and "Hanging On". Details can be found on the website. The photography competition shares the same closing date for entries as for films - 31 July 2005.

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