Film Collection Mountaineering

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 Mountaineering will be:

*Please note: as part of the Mountaineering programme on Saturday 16th at 14.00, we will be joined by several special guests for the Changabang film screening: Chris Bonington, and Doug Scott (first ascent), John Porter (South Ridge), Andy Cave, Mick Fowler, Andy Perkins and Julie-Ann Clyma (N Face), and Seb Moatti (N Face in the film). There will be a short Q&A after the film.


FRANZ WALTER / Mountaineering / Exploration

Every year we get a little older. One day you turn 50. How you choose to celebrate is up to you. Alpinist and mountain guide Robert Jasper is heading out to Greenland for a solo expedition.He leaves the small village of Kulusuk with his sea kayak. After twelve days of paddling and carrying heavy loads Robert reaches his basecamp at the foot of Molar Spire. Calmly, concentrated and all by himself he begins the ascent of this 500m rock face.

Up on a Limb

TOM MCSHANE / Climbing / Mountaineering

Two veterans set out to climb Everest in a year where record climber numbers make the mountain treacherous. Being an arm and a leg down means they will have to train above and beyond to stand a chance of reaching the highest peak of The Adaptive Grand Slam. We follow the trials of acclimatisation and training on Everest's infamous neighbour Pumori and the summit attempt itself.


JEAN-PIERRE TAUVRON / Climbing / Mountaineering

Should alpinists who set out to climb a face feel any less joy or pain than the first ascensionists? Shouldn't they have reason to feel the same apprehension, pride, and doubt? In spite of its modest altitude (6,864 m), the summit of Changabang, hidden in the Indian Himalaya, has seen few visitors but has already been the scene of far too many dramas. Each ascent of the mountain has been an epic feat, and making an alpine style ascent of the north face is an unprecedented challenge. The three alpinists from the French High Mountain Military Group had only a very short weather window during which they could attempt to conquer this thousand meter vertical wall. Their adventure provides the opportunity to explore questions about what pushes humans to face the dangers and maledictions of a mountain.

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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