Film Collection Women Led

Watch 90 minutes of brand new adventure films from our 2019 International Film Competition presented by Pertex

We’re delighted to announce the films within Collection Women Led will be:

Where the Wild Things Keep Playing


An ode to the athlete who relishes in getting dirty, who chuckles after a long day in the mountains, effortlessly glides through the crystal clear waves and most importantly, is unapologetic in pursuing their love of getting rowdy in adventures. Director Krystle Wright brings this next installment since the wild things never stopped playing.

The River Runner


For high school teacher and whitewater kayaker Crista Wiles, hucking 20-foot waterfalls isn’t a big deal. But to her, pushing her sport isn’t about taking on bigger risks. It’s about personal challenge, introducing new people to the rivers, and celebrating the tight-knit community that surrounds this niche sport.

Wild Tatra

SIMON STRAETKER / Climb / Environment

This is the story of climber Gosia and her 10-years old daughter Olivia. Both spend most of there free time in the Tatra National park in Poland. Gosia is really passionated about nature and teaches her daughter to care about it too. We captured Gosia and Olivia in the wide variety of nature inside the Tatar Nationalpark.The hike startet in early spring, there was still lot’s of snow the two had to deal with. But for climber Olivia these rough conditions were not a problem.The relationship between mother and daughter was very inspiring. They didn’t even need words to communicate in difficult situations.This short documentary is part of the Wild Europe series. A film project on inspiring conservation stories across Europe’s most beautiful National Parks to raise awareness for environmental protection and conservation as well as creating a record of these beautiful landscapes.

Classic Rock

CELIA POWELL & JONNY MAHON / Run / Climbing / Adventure

This short film follows ultrarunner Jasmin Paris and mum of two, and Helm Hill runner, Mhairi Helme with assistance from legendary climbers Dave Birkett and runner Josh Jardine.Fighting against time and the unpredictable harsh weather the pair battle on to try to complete an epic and unforgettable adventure in the Lake District.

Grandmother's Footsteps


When Hitler’s troops entered Austria in 1938, many of Austria’s Jews fled the country. Katie’s mother and grandmother were among them. Looking over old family photographs, some of the landscapes looked familiar so she decided to investigate

Creek Sessions


Nature has a rhythm – it just takes one to tune into it. Jess Kilroy – musician, climber and conservationist – travels to wilderness areas around the West creating music from the natural sounds she finds there, with the goal of sparking people's love for these wild lands.

The High Road

ZAC BARR / Climbing

While the world’s best boulderers push standards close to the ground, Nina Williams’ sights are set higher. She is among the only women who climb elite-level problems that are 30, 40, even 50 feet tall - with no rope. In this profile of an emerging star athlete, Nina Williams flexes her guns and tests her nerves well into the no-fall zone

Wild Swim


Wild Swim is a collaboration born out of a shared love of wild swimming between Kate Drucquer, Whitney Blank and Amy Walker. Amy was living in the Yorkshire Dales whilst the film was shot so there were many locations to choose from but Janet's Foss proved the perfect location. The film brings together ideas around swimming for positive mental health and the joys of body acceptance in the wild swimming community.

The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating


When a woman is bedridden by a mysterious pathogen, a forest snail unexpectedly takes up residence on her nightstand. Together, the woman and snail share an intimate journey of survival and resilience. Their captivating and graceful explorations expand the boundaries of the bedroom. An intimate and surprising live action true story. Adapted from the award-winning nonfiction memoir of the same title.



A story about pizza and bikes, and how the combination really can fix anything!

Film Tickets

For 2019, due to popular demand, we’ve swapped our day film passes to individual film session tickets. This gives you full flexibility of our programme, so you can choose the exact sessions you’d like to see. More info on this decision here.



We're working hard to make our Festival fully accessible, and there are dedicated spaces reserved for wheelchair users in our venues with the exception of the Fleece Inn. Unfortunately within the Fleece Inn the cinema space is situated on an upper floor with no lift access. To ensure nobody misses out on the action, all film screenings held at the Fleece Inn, will also be held at other venues. For more information head to Festival Accessibility.



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