BMC TV @ ShAFF

The BMC have been title sponsor of ShAFF for the past five years. It's a relationship that we value enormously. This is a compilation of the BMC TV films that have screened at ShAFF since they have been title sponsors of the festival.

BMC TV YouTube is on the hunt for some great short and long films. If you’d like to see your film on BMC TV YouTube then contact alex@thebmc.co.uk. With 38,000 subscribers and access to all the BMC social media this is a great way to get your film seen. We’re open to chat about watch parties, members-only screenings and using back catalogue content



Outstanding - one of the best films at ShaFF. Nicky spinks is an amazing runner and this film let's you experience what it takes to run the bob graham.

David Hanney

Beautiful cinematography from Sheffield filmmakers Rich Heap, Ben Pritchard and Nick Brown following Nikki Spinks on her Bob Graham attempt.

Claire Carter Writer, Film Officer for Kendal Mountain Festival, 'Creative Consultant'.

Incredible woman in an incredible race. Follow her through her up and downs.

Ed Birch Director of Salt-Street productions

In April 2015 Nicky Spinks set out to beat her own women's record of 18 hours 12 minutes for the Bob Graham Round, the legendary Lake District fell running endurance challenge. This film follows the highs and lows of her record attempt. London born farmer, record-breaking fell runner and cancer survivor Nicky Spinks moved to a farm in Glossop in her childhood and has loved the Peak District and surrounding moors ever since. Nicky took up competitive running in 2001.


I need to declare an interest - but I do like dom's films so much.

David Hanney

Amazing landscape, faces and a look into old times.

Ed Birch Director of Salt-Street productions

In the early 1970s the border city of Carlisle became an unlikely epicentre for hard traditional climbing and a scene developed that rivalled any in the UK. The atmosphere was competitive, a new E-grading system was born and new milestones were set. Eden is set around a little known crag close to Carlisle called Armathwaite, it was a meeting place and training venue for the Penrith and Carlisle teams, who were looking to make their mark on the British crags. The film features Pete Whillance, Pete Botteril, Charlie Woodburn and Pete Gunn and is a tribute to a much loved character who changed the face of British climbing, Jeff Lamb.

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Absolutely fantastic - wonderful to learn about Gwen Moffat and see Claire and Jen follow in her footsteps. Can imagine watching it over and over

David Hanney

The incredible story of 90 year old adventurer Gwen Moffatt: barefoot climber, crime writer, cold water swimmer, a woman whose love for mountains know no bounds. An extraordinary record of an extraordinary life, lived by an extraordinary person.

Paul Hodgson Music Judge

Inspiration, fun and a new insight in to climbing

Ed Birch Director of Salt-Street productions

Operation Moffat takes inspiration and wit from the colourful climbing life of Britain's first female mountain guide, Gwen Moffat. Grappling with her preference for mountains over people, adventure over security, wilderness over tick lists, writer Claire Carter and filmmaker Jen Randall climb, run, scramble and swim their way through some of Gwen's most cherished British landscapes. Including candid interviews with 91 year old Gwen, a fresh take on landscape photography, previously unseen archive materials and unashamedly real action sequences, the film captures Gwen's infectious excitement for a life constantly seeking something strange or beautiful around the next bend.



I want to do this race! (but only if they can order the same, amazing weather).

Hayley Lever Women in adventure judge

Wow, a massively inspiring and beautifully shot account of the 400k 8-day Cape Wrath Ultra race, following runners of all levels, male and female, with interviews, voice overs and absolutely stunning views of Scotland that make you want to enter this race immediately. They bring out the characters well with humour, and it wasn't all about the elites, it was the whole vibe and community spirit. It was heartwarming and you got a real sense of the camaraderie the race created. The race also seemed quite accessible as you can see the trails are relatively easy and not many runners seem to be completely utterly exhausted or emotional, apart from a wee cry at the end and a shock shot of some very trail-beaten feet! Despite this, we are signing up next year, all of us!

Claire Maxted Claire Maxted

A beautiful look into the Scottish Highlands and ultra running.

Ed Birch Director of Salt-Street productions

From the team that gave us 'The Dragon's Back', one of the most quietly emotive adventure films ever, another contemplation of running an ultra event.

Claire Carter Writer, Film Officer for Kendal Mountain Festival, 'Creative Consultant'.

Winding through the beautiful lochs, glens and mountains of the Scottish Highlands, the Cape Wrath Ultra™ is an ultra-running expedition through some of the world's most inspirational landscapes, including Morar, Knoydart, Kintail, Torridon, Assynt and Sutherland.

This film follows the inaugural race's progress focusing on some of the first ever participants to take on this extraordinary adventure. The Cape Wrath Ultra™ took place in May 2016 and was filmed by Rich Heap and Ben Pritchard.

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"I just want to help my girls discover what makes them feel 'alive'". Yes. I can really relate to this, in a world where our kids have so many pressures, demands and expectations. Brilliant film.

Hayley Lever Women in adventure judge

Moving, sweet and fun film about how adventurers can pass their passion onto their children. A feminist masterpiece, subtly portrayed.

Paul Hodgson Music Judge

Libby Peter is one our foremost Mountain Instructors, how has she balanced climbing and freedom with bringing up a young family. Watch out for the awe-inspiring Crib Coch shot!

Claire Carter Writer, Film Officer for Kendal Mountain Festival, 'Creative Consultant'.

Libby Peter is one of the UK’s most respected climbers, with years of experience in expeditions, instructing, coaching and guiding around the world. Throughout her astounding career Libby has been consistently committed to fulfilling her personal and professional objectives, whilst raising her daughters Ruby and Zoe in the climbing hub of North Wales, UK. In “Devotion” Libby reflects on how - quite unintentionally - climbing has shaped her life. It’s an eloquent and honest perspective that anyone who spends time in the outdoors will be able to relate to, as Libby reminds us through her own experiences that the inevitable changes life throws at us are to be embraced, and accepting the unexpected is a part of the journey.

Devotion came about through the production of outdoor brand Rab's 'Commitment Series,' that explores the lives of five of Rab's core athletes, and their perspective on what it means to be commited to climbing. Part way through production it became apparent that Libby's story was the jewel in the crown, a genuine reflection from a woman who has never sought the spotlight or the chaos of self promotion, yet gently conveys a genuine account of exactly what makes the mountains and climbing so compelling and rewarding.

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The Ken Wilson story, one of the legends of British climbing who remained between the lines, almost....

Claire Carter Writer, Film Officer for Kendal Mountain Festival, 'Creative Consultant'.

Hard Rock is a tribute to writer and publisher Ken Wilson (1941-2016). At the heart of the film is an interview recorded with Ken as he was beginning to suffer the effects of dementia. He reflects on his life, his work and the changes he has seen in the climbing world. One of Ken's most famous books, the classic anthology of climbing essays, Hard Rock, is used as a prism to examine his philosophy. World class climbers Steve McClure, Calum Muskett and Michaela Tracy each pay tribute by climbing a classic route from the book. Ken laments a golden age of adventure and the film marks the passing of the climbing world's most prolific publisher.

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Great to see two local athletes climbing in Sheffield and in the Peak District. Some great tips on crack climbing.

Ed Birch Director of Salt-Street productions

Chalk and Cheese. Or perhaps not. Two of your favourite climbers unite for a school day on the Grit.

Claire Carter Writer, Film Officer for Kendal Mountain Festival, 'Creative Consultant'.

No one can argue that Shauna Coxsey has had a remarkable season. Already she is the IFSC Bouldering World Cup Champion and the season is yet to finish! Obviously, you would be excused for thinking that Shauna does not have any weaknesses, although it is not quite true... Shauna was once confronted with a crack in a competition and did not have the first idea how to get off the ground, let alone climb the thing. When you are an aspiring world champion, weakness are not something to be trifled with; call in a Wideboy and get it sorted. In this film from the BMC, crack addict Pete Whittaker takes Shauna for a crash course in crack climbing - and not everything goes to plan...

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An unusual, beautifully shot film which takes a different view of adventure. Slow paced, no adrenaline here... just peace, beauty, art, music and inspiration.

Hayley Lever Women in adventure judge

Three female artists and writers reach a far flung bothy. Delightfully entertaining, beautiful and above all real. A singularly well put together short film, you will love it.

Paul Hodgson Music Judge

The Bothy Project is about exploring the wilds on your own terms, in your own style. Artists Tessa Lyons, Natasha Brooks and writer Claire Carter take themselves into the vast emptiness of the Sheneval bothy in the Scottish Northwest to let go and unravel. A run, a hike, a swim; a painting, a poem, an animation. Each woman’s experience is woven into this beautiful short film by Jen Randall, Light Shed Pictures. Commissioned by BMC TV and supported by Lowe Alpine.

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What happens when a world-famous climber is forced to stop climbing due to a serious shoulder injury? Award-winning filmmaker Jen Randall captures pro climber Hazel Findlay’s empowering road to recovery. Fascinating reflections on identity emerge from this refreshingly honest and uplifting documentary.

Ruth Farrar

When you love your sport it’s so hard to be injured. This film follows professional climber Hazel Findlay on the road to recovery after a shoulder operation. Impressive to see her positivity and determination to emerge from the injury both physically and mentally stronger.

Anna Paxton

Mind Control is a new BMC TV film by the award-winning Jen Randall. This is a personal and revealing portrait into the demands of being a pro climber. Features unique behind-the-scenes footage and inspiring shots of one of Hazel's hardest sends: Mind Control (8c) at Oliana.

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Sheffield own Dora DC follows Sheffield own Sarah and her line round UK cities for some night-time highlining.

Ed Birch Director of Salt-Street productions

Night High is a visual collaboration between highliner Sarah Rixham and photographer Dora Dc. The film encapsulates the dreamy flow state athlete Sarah Rixham finds whilst floating in untouched space on a one inch wide slackline. 

She uses the cover of night to explore unique urban gaps in the pursuit of this dream-like state induced by highlining.

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Steve McClure talks us through climbing the hardest route in the UK.

Anna Paxton

Where is your limit? Would you recognise it? For Steve McClure it’s an endless series of matchstick edges and nothing holds, high above the Yorkshire Dales. 

If this climb was one move longer, it would still be a dream… instead it’s the UK’s hardest-ever climb. A BMC TV film.

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El Cap has been climbed many times many ways, but this is the first time it’s been free climbed solo in a day. Join Pete Whittaker en route.

Anna Paxton

Rope Solo Free Climbing is a sport that few people know about and even less people do. 

We join Pete Whittaker, his long time climbing partner Tom Randall and Big wall solo climbing expert Andy Kirkpatrick as they take us through the paces of what it really means to make a solo-free ascent of El Cap. 

 “The Problem is if Pete pulled it off, nobody would even get it, nobody would understand how hard it was”… and to do it in a day, is totally insane”. - Andy Kirkpatrick 
 “The ascent made by Pete on Freerider to me is hopefully the dawn of a new style of big wall solo climbing, big wall solo climbing on El Capitan for many years was just aid climbing. Now Pete has proven that it's possible to do that free climbing, but relatively fast” - Tom Randall A BMC TV film.
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Beautiful short, graceful characters, that deep green soothe.

Claire Carter Writer, Film Officer for Kendal Mountain Festival, 'Creative Consultant'.

A beautiful calm film with a soundtrack to match.

Anna Paxton

Fabulous wild swimming film that’s fantastically well-shot and delightfully engaging. Really enjoyable little movie!

Paul Hodgson Music Judge

Loch Hourn on the Knoydart peninsula in the Western Isles of Scotland is one of the last wildernesses of Europe. Access to sea lochs is difficult. Salt water mingles with fresh water as it runs off the mountains, icy even in high summer. This mesmeric film immerses us in the physicality of cold water swimming, asking why we put ourselves in the path of discomfort and risk; why does the search for adventure take us to ever more remote and inhospitable places? Join the originators of The Outdoor Swimming Society, 'swim twins' Kate Rew and Kari Furre, as they set out to chase the sublime.
In association with The Outdoor Swimming Society and Alpkit with support by Red Moon Cruises, Akur Captial, Dryrobe and Aquatica Digital

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A national treasure.

Claire Carter Writer, Film Officer for Kendal Mountain Festival, 'Creative Consultant'.

Famous for inspiring great literary work from Liam O' Flaherty to Martin McDonagh and even the host island for TedFest, discover exactly why Aran Island Inis Mór is now also well-known as a new mecca for sport climbing. The film's beautiful cinematography proves a tempting welcome invitation to explore Inis Mór's rugged beauty. Just pray for no rain!

Ruth Farrar

Marvellous, beautifully shot, utterly compelling climbing film set in the most extraordinary Irish island surroundings.

Paul Hodgson Music Judge

Climber Steve McClure travels to Ireland in search of new and adventurous routes on stunning unclimbed sea cliffs.

Anna Paxton

Impressive cliffs that will make you look for a late minute flight to an Atlantic Ireland not to fare from home.

Ed Birch Director of Salt-Street productions

Ricky Bell and Steve McClure exploring Inis Mór, a small island off the West Coast of Ireland with 14km of barely developed limestone cliffs. 

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Watch this. Right now.

Claire Carter Writer, Film Officer for Kendal Mountain Festival, 'Creative Consultant'.

A heartwarming film which shows the real difference that climbing made to Clare on her journey to rebuild her strength and confidence after her stroke. What lovely friends and family Clare has, so much admiration for them and her.

Anna Paxton

A beautiful story form the fantastic people of across Sheffield, generations and Human kind. Beautiful Clare 💪

Ed Birch Director of Salt-Street productions

Shot here in Sheffield, Reach is a film that takes us from the wards of the Children's Hospital, right out into the heart of the Peak District. Filmed over four-years, It tells the story of a local climber called Clare who suffered a life altering stroke at thirteen which left her unable to move anything but her left eye.

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