Last March saw the Llanberis Mountain Film Festival (LLAMFF) relaunch with huge success, selling nearly 1,000 tickets. Over 40 different films were shown at three local venues over three fantastic festival evenings, and all facilitated by an energetic team of local volunteers.
This year the festival is back, bigger and better than ever. Kicking it all off on Friday 4th March is key guest speaker Kenton Cool, British Mountain Guide and 11 times Everest summiteer. Kenton will tell of his experiences on the 8000m peaks of Nepal, and of fresh adventures even further afield. This is followed by the UK festival premiere of the Discovery UK film Sherpa - a tale of the Himalayan guides that have spent decades supporting foreign mountaineering teams, and the tensions loosed by the tragic death of 16 Sherpas in the Khumbu Icefall in 2014.
On Saturday the line up of speakers is headed by Leo Houlding, who made is mark locally as a youngster climbing some of North Wales hardest routes in a summer a kin to the climbing equivalent of the ‘endless summer’. This time talking about his more recent endeavors in Greenland on the incredible 25 pitch 1200m big wall route Mirror Wall. Across other venues you can meet climbers, paddlers and adventurers from across the globe. Sunday see our popular panel evening showcasing “Adventure for All” with a fantastic line up of speakers including double amputee Simon Harmer, young female adventurer Sophie Radcliffe and the inspirational Iranian female climber Shirin Shabestari.
Other superb films range from home grown talent showcasing the local area's natural beauty such as Crib Goch – The Red Ridge, through to Damavand, which chronicles an all female team of Iranian climbers as they challenge stereotypes and tradition to climb the highest mountain in Iran, as well as some big names in the outdoor world such as Hot Aches' Transitions, Coldhouse Collectives All Roads Lead to Scotland and the touching Denali.
And that's just the start... because a three-day feast of speakers, filmmakers, outdoor professionals and bespoke events for lovers of the UK hills is on offer too. Based in the "party HQ" of Llanberis, and with plenty of post-film delights to be sampled and mingling to be done, this is undoubtedly the greatest festival ever to hit North Wales.
Tickets start from £5 and range up to £40 for the VIP opening event. Details and tickets can be found at www.llamff.co.uk
The film and speaker program starts daily from 17:00 across the three venues of Electric Mountain, Caban Cyf and the Beacon Climbing Centre.
- Kenton Cool, kentoncool.com
- Leo Houlding, leohoulding.com
- Neil Gresham, neilgresham.com
- Ian Parnell, ianparnell.com
- Sophie Radcliffe, challengesophie.com
- Heather Geluk, peopleyoumeetalongtheway.blogspot.ca
- Simon Harmer, tinyurl.com/simonharmer
- Shirin Shabestari, tinyurl.com/shirinshabestari
- and many more.
- Operation Moffat
- All Roads Lead to Scotland
- Crib Goch – The Red Ridge
OTHER ATTRACTIONS INCLUDE...
- The UK's largest outdoor kit boot fair will take place on Sunday. Buy! Sell! Support Mountain Rescue! All entrance fees will go directly to support their work.
- Climbing and skills sessions from Association of Mountaineering Instructors.
- Outdoor photography workshop from British Mountain Guide Andy Teasdale.
- A treasure trail will be run by local charity Menter Fachwen in conjunction with key sponsors Ordnance Survey.
- After parties on Friday, Saturday and Sunday with live music, raffles and a truck load of fun for all. This year we are working with local community interest company CEG who were set up by songwriters Sera Owen and Roger Hughes to provide a platform for musicians in north west Wales by engaging with interesting events and projects. Come along and see them in action.
For more information visit www.llamff