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Sheffield Adventure Film Festival (ShAFF) is the UK’s leading outdoor/adventure festival, showcasing the best in outdoor and adventure filmmaking from around the world. Best of ShAFF 2020 brings together the top films from this year’s festival, covering climbing, running, water sports and biking.
THE LIFE OF PIE
Dir: Travis Rummel, Ben Knight | USA, 11 mins
In 2002, mountain bikers and entrepreneurs Jen Zeuner and Anne Keller moved to Fruita, Colorado, in search of cheap rent, world-class single track, and free time to ride. Over 15 years later, the two unconventional women have helped reshape one of the state’s most conservative towns, uniting the community through advocacy, inclusivity, and damn good pizza.
OUT ON A LIMB
Dir: James Dann | UK, 10 mins
Geoff, Dan and Isaac are three wheelchair users who embark on a mission to conquer the Swiss Alps and prove that having a disability won’t tame their sense of adventure.
Dir: Davis Goslin | USA, 8 mins
Founded on the belief that everyone is welcome, the Memphis Rox climbing gym is at the centre of Memphis’ revitalisation.
FLOE STATE OF MIND
Dir: Ben Gerrish | UK, 3 mins
Floe State of Mind follows cold water swimmer Gilly McArthur as she takes an axe to an icy tarn and breaks a channel for a solitary swim.
RUN THE LINE
Dir: Beau Miles | Australia, 24 mins
Beau Miles lives next to the old Warragul-Noojee Railway line, which snaked for 43km through the foothills of Mt. Baw Baw, and ran from 1892-1954. You can still see the line now as strange scars across paddocks and bold cuttings through the sides of hills. Overgrown, private, exposed, or hard to find, Beau aims to re-run the train line, picking up and finding the stations of yesteryear.
Dir: Franz Walter | Greenland/Germany, 10 mins
At age 50, alpinist and mountain guide Robert Jasper is heading out to Greenland for a solo expedition…
THE IMAGINARY LINE
Dir: Kylor Melton | USA, 10 mins
“In a world that is constantly trying to tear us apart, we are here to come together, to cross those imaginary lines that divide us…” During the longest government shutdown in American history, a team from Mexico and a team from the USA establish a highline across the border between the two countries.
THE HOME FOR BROKEN TOYS
Dir: Holly Butcher | UK, 24 mins
Every weekend through the winter, a group of middle aged men, who dub themselves the East German Ladies Swimming Team, plunge into the freezing waters of a pond in central London. This charming film follows the team through one season to explore their motivations for braving the extreme cold, a decision which seems alien to the filmmaker. The reasons she discovers are by turns comedic, poignant, and profound.