The People Behind ShAFF

There is an amazing team of people that help make ShAFF happen every year. From volunteers, to judges find out more below about this talented team. If you'd like to get involved in ShAFF (by which we mean doing lots of hard work in return for a free T-shirt), please get in touch, ideally sending a photo of yourself in a silly hat.

ShAFF ambassadors are climbers, bikers, runners and other active folk who live in or near sheffield and who are famous within their circles. Check out the list of ambassadors who have endorsed ShAFF and what it's all about. there are links to their blogs and websites plus a bit of info about each of them. Being an ambassador means tickets to the festival too, so you might well bump into them in the bar.


Anna Paxton

Judge

Anna is an adventure journalist, film producer, and mountain runner, most recently producing Britain's Abandoned Playgrounds, a six part series for Channel 4 with Salt Street Productions. Sheffield born and bred, Anna is always inspired by Sheffield's outdoor community and says "For as long as I've been climbing and running, I've always been excited when ShAFF comes around. It's a place for our amazing outdoor community to come together to share inspiration and a few beers." Through her work she seeks to shine a light on the incredible stories and female role models in the outdoor world. These can be found on her website, Outdoorista. Anna is responsible for PR and Comms for ShAFF, as well as being a judge.






Claire Carter

Judge and Presenter

Claire is a writer and filmmaker, alongside juggling numerous jobs in the Outdoor Industry such as working with Kendal Mountain Festival as the Film Officer and the Outdoor Industries Association as Engagement Officer. Being Head Judge for ShAFF means she watches adventure films all year round. She has quite square eyes these days, and very strong fingers from gripping the sides of her arm chair.






Ed Birch

Judge, Filmmaker & ShAFF trailer director

Salt Street Productions, Filmmaker, judge and ShAFF Trailer Producer Ed is the founder and Director of Salt Street Productions, a Sheffield based production company that makes bold and exciting films about action sports. Ed set up Salt Street while still at Sheffield Hallam University, and his career started at ShAFF when we showcased his first adventure sports documentary RED RUN. Ed says "Over the years I've lived in Sheffield I've seen ShAFF grow from strength to strength and I do my utmost to help continue this growth. ShAFF is a fantastic film festival, one of the biggest adventure sports festivals worldwide. I feel very privileged to be a part of it." Ed is a filmmaker, judge, and producer of the ShAFF trailer. He's spent most of this year producing Britain's Abandoned Playgrounds, a six part series for Channel 4 in which a crew of skilled young urban athletes travel the UK breathing new life into derelict locations.






Elise Wicker

Judge & Presenter

Elise Wicker is an award-winning shoot-edit video producer with over 6 years experience at the cutting edge of digital innovation at the BBC. She's passionate about making beautiful, talked-about content and has produced programmes for a global, multilingual audience, reaching over 200 million people in a range of formats. She produced the most-viewed feature video on the BBC News website in 2016 which had 5 million unique hits and was nominated for 5 awards winning a ‘Highly Commended’ at the 2016 Association of International Broadcasting Awards.

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Paul Hodgson

Music Judge & ShAFF DJ

Bringing Sheffield producer and DJ Paul Hodgson (aka Grievous Angel) on board fulfils a long-time wish of Matt's to highlight the film soundtracks and all the musicians whose creative energy makes such a huge contribution to the success of a film. In addition to judging the soundtracks, Paul will be pulling together a #ShAFF2015 playlist of the best tunes that we'll be playing all weekend in the Showroom bar. Can't wait? Listen to his #ShAFF2015 Soundtracks playlist on YouTube. Follow Grievous Angel on Soundcloud and on Twitter @grievousangeluk.






Ruth Farrar

Women In Adventure Judge & Presenter

Dr. Ruth Farrar is Director of Shextreme Film Festival: the world’s first film festival for women in extreme sports and adventure. She is also a Senior Lecturer in Creative Media and Enterprise at Bath Spa University. Ruth loves to champion empowering female stories on screen and is focused on training up the next generation of female adventure filmmakers at Shextreme Film School. When she’s not busy talking about films, making films or watching films, she enjoys climbing and snowboarding.