City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

Edinburgh Mountain Film Festival 2018- The Long Road to Adventure


By Irene Brown - Posted on 18 January 2018

Great Days in a Bad Season - photo Brodie Hood.JPG

Now in its 15th year, the Edinburgh Mountain Film Festival (EMFF) has grown to be one of the most popular and dynamic events in Scotland’s outdoor adventure calendar, attracting more than 2,000 outdoor enthusiasts annually.

Its aim is to promote mountain culture and to provide a platform for adventure film-makers to showcase their work while aiming to entertain, enlighten and inspire. As well as acting as a social gathering for Scotland’s vibrant outdoor, it raises funds for Mountain Rescue and the John Muir Trust and has as this year’s theme that of epic journeys.

EMFF will screen almost 20 adventure films, covering epic journeys by bike, kayak canoe and kite-assisted skis, as well as documenting scary climbs, swimming with orcas, epic mountain biking and sketchy ski descents down some of the steepest mountain faces in Scotland combining the best mountain and adventure films with powerful presentations from some of the world’s top adventurers.

Past lectures have come from the likes of Sir Chris Bonington, Doug Scott, Ueli Steck, Simon Yates, Steph Davies, Benedict Allen, Catherine Destivelle and Andy Kirkpatrick. This year home-talent is represented with an eagerly-anticipated presentation by Mark Beaumont, who recently smashed the world record for cycling round the globe; Sarah Outen MBE whose ‘London2London: Via the World’ expedition saw her loop the planet using a rowing boat, bike and kayak; Pete Whittaker English crack-climbing supremo and American mountaineer Kelly Cordes known for his bold ascents in Patagonia.

Festival Director Stevie Christies said, “The standard of films being submitted is so high that we’ve had to leave out some wonderful films. But the films that have made the final selection are fantastic and I know our audience will be thrilled and inspired by them. Our speakers will then elevate the festival to a new level.”

The festival, staged in association with Tiso, Mountain Equipment, Alien Rock and Wilderness Scotland, expects big numbers from the climbing, snowsports, kayaking, adventure sports, outdoor photography and filmmaking communities, as well as those who love the outdoors, travel and mountain adventure, from all over the UK to attend the event.

The two-day festival is staged at George Square Lecture Theatre in Edinburgh. Tickets for the popular festival start at £8. Full details of the festival and how to buy tickets are at: https://emff.co.uk/