With the help of scientists from the McGill station, four mountain bikers head to Axel Heiberg Island, Artic Circle, to find the perfect line. Setting up camp for a month and with 24 hours of sunlight a day, the opportunities seem endless until it has revealed the nearest hospital is a 12-hour flight away. Stunning footage is interspersed with hilarity, one particularly bad crash which led to a dislocated collarbone is repeated in slow motion and elicited many laughs from the crowd! This film will make you yearn for your next trip with your best friends.
French paraglider Antoine Girard had a dream of flying over 8,000 metres and his aim was to surpass Broad Peak (8051m), Karakoram on the border of Pakistan, India and China. A computer scientist at Grenoble University by day, his adventure was completely self-supported and covered thousands of kilometres. Since thermals are needed to fly, the venture is entirely dependent on the weather and Girard is forced to make several emergency landings on knife-edge ridges.
However, the biggest scare doesn’t come in the air but on the ground when a group of 12 armed tribesmen approach his resting spot. The views from his GoPro are incredible and you’ll be left wondering how he’s able to film and navigate the choppy currents between mountains 8,000 metres in the air.
Not many film festivals would have the confidence to include a stop-motion animation but EOFT knows its audience and this eight-minute animation provides the ideal juxtaposition to the other films on show. Two mountaineers battle through wind and snow to reach the summit. For sheer originality of thought, Director Ignasi Lopez should be applauded.
The Leeds, Sheffield, Manchester, Birmingham and second London screening are still to come, so head here for more information. Ski Club members receive 10% off tickets bought online, here.