Caving Adventure Films at ShAFF 2011


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Caving is getting some good exposure at the Sheffield Adventure Film Festival this year. Forum regulars Robbie Shone and Rob Eavis are also presenting. Press info follows:

From its humble origins showing the best of the UK?s adventure films to sell-out audiences, the Sheffield Adventure Film Festival ( has developed into one of the UK?s biggest and best adventure film festivals in its own right.  Now in its 6th year, every year 100% of the audience said they?d come back and they?d recommend it to a friend.

This year ShAFF?s had a record-breaking number of film entries (200+).  Sheffield (now Peak District) based event organiser Matt Heason?s hand-picked one of the strongest collection of the best adventure films from around the world.

Stunning landscapes, beautiful story-telling; inspiring feats of endeavour and heart-stopping action - ShAFF has it all. 

Event organiser, Matt Heason says:  ?Speleologists will love this year?s ShAFF line-up.  We?ve dug deep and gone the extra mile with a special caving screening plus the European premiere of the award-winning Into Darkness.  For inspiration Rob Eavis is giving an illustrated lecture.  And if you can?t wait til the ShAFF weekend, there?s a Robbie Shone Expert Night on caving photography on Friday 4th February with Petzl head-torch prizes.  Don?t forget, Robbie?s fans can come along and cheer his entries to the Arc?Teryx Photo Shot competition?.

And because variety?s the spice of life (or your friends and family aren?t cave-a-holics) there?s a whole host of other adventure films on show at ShAFF from solo-exploring the Congo river to skate-boarding in Afghanistan plus a hefty fix for the adrenaline junkies with mountain biking, parkour running; base-jumping, wing-suit flying; white-water kayaking; plus wind and board-surfing.

With live music, art, expert lectures, and even the chance to win big cash prizes entering your own photos or short film to be shown at the festival, ShAFF really does have something for everyone.  And it?s all on your doorstep on the big screen in the comfort of Sheffield?s art-deco Showroom cinema.



Robbie Shone, three times BCRA Premier Trophy winner and recipient of the prestigious Giles Barker Award, has taken his camera to some of the remotest places on the planet. With a BA in Fine Art & Photography and a keen interest in adventure, travel and shooting extreme locations, Robbie has scoured the globe capturing unique images rarely seen by the wider world. As part of the ShAFF Expert Night Series he will give an illustrated lecture on caving photography. Local Caving shop Hitch N Hike will be donating 3 Petzl head torches as prizes at the event.


THE GIANT OF THE SOUTH asks how far would you push yourself to find a way on in a dark labyrinth of underground tunnels nearly a 1000m below the surface? The giant of the south follows a group of cutting edge Spanish cavers as they face that challenge, it?s a rare opportunity to see what real underground exploration looks like, close up. With enough food for five days underground, will the team find a way on? (41 mins)

In CAVING WITH MONKS a group of British cavers and geologists explore and survey caves underneath Buddhist monasteries in Burma.  (25 mins)

And in INTO THE DARKNESS Rick Stanton and John Volanthen, two of Europe's most successful cave divers, explore the Cogol dei Veci, a massive flooded cave in Northern Italy. The film follows their attempts in 2004 and 2005 to find a dry cave passage beyond the 2400m long first sump, and at the same time provides a rare opportunity to look behind the scenes and understand what it takes to be at the cutting edge of under-water cave exploration. Excellent narrative and videography, including scenes beyond the sump.  (35 mins).

Plus, as part of the ADVENTURE MEDLEY 1 SCREENING (12pm Saturday 5th March, repeated 3pm Sunday 6th March) there?s a chance to see a European Premiere of INTO DARKNESS.  This award-winning US film follows a group of cavers, who push through impossibly small passages to access some of the final frontiers on earth.



As Rob puts it:  ?We cavers are unique. It?s the unknown that drives us. Mountaineers can see their goal, generally before they?ve even left home. For cavers the only thing that is known about an undiscovered cave is our own imagination, and that is generally very wrong! Maybe when finding it, we create it? This talk will take you from a kilometre below a Chinese paddy-field to a kilometre from this building, via the lawless Albanian hilltops and the hollow Cretan mountains. So, are we mad? Let me show you what we?ve found and you can decide??

Entries can be viewed online here:

IMAGES ? more posted as we get them

ShAFF films 2011 (please credit films)


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An off-shoot of ShAFF will be held at Hope Valley College on Saturday 12 February. Details are here:

There's not much specific caving content but there should still be plenty of stuff to entertain anyone with an interest in the outdoors.

I will be taking the BCA's Artificial Cave as an attraction and to generate some publicity for BCA and DCA. If anyone locally would like to volunteer to come along for an hour or two and give me a hand with supervising it please can they drop me a line.




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Cavers, just another quick shout out about the ShAFF event weekend after next.

This is mainly because after the talks "...there will be a shoot out by five adventure sports photographers vying for cash and a heap of Arc'teryx kit. Each will have 5 minutes in which to showcase their photographs to the audience who will rate their approval vocally..."

This is at 21:00 on the saturday night, in which i'm releasing the project i've been working on recently. There's mostly gunna be climber-posers there so i'm gunna need all the caver help i can get! Hope to see you there...!

And if that isn't a good enough reason to get you there, this ShAFF trailer should work...!