Awards

We work incredibly hard at ShAFF to make sure that we have the best selection of adventure films we possibly can.

We announce the winners ahead of the festival to allow the audience to make sure they see the best films of the year and decide whether they agree with our judges.

Awards - We have a panel of judges who view all films screened at ShAFF and declare winners and runners up in each of the following categories:

  • Best Film
  • Best Climbing Film
  • Best Bike Film
  • Best Running Film
  • Best Ski & Board Film
  • Rab Best Spirit Of Adventure Film
  • Best Artistic Film
  • Best Short Film*
  • Best Soundtrack
  • Best Adrenaline Film
  • Best Women In Adventure Film
  • Best Film Made In Sheffield
  • Best Road Cycling Film

Either £100 or equivalent value in equipment will be awarded to the winning film in each category, with £200 to the Best Film winner.

There is also a Judges Special Prize

Details on film submission are available here





Best Film

Our Grand Prize - our judges' top choice from this year's Official Selection. Won by Felt Soul Media for Damnation in 2015.






Best Artistic Film

Won in 2015 by Kitchen Sink Film's fishing short Vermillion.






Best Climbing Film

Won by Posing Production's 'Stone Free' in 2015.


Operation Moffatt

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.

© Austin Siadak

A Line Across The Sky

The Fitz Roy Traverse is one of the most sought after achievements in modern alpinism: a gnarly journey across seven jagged summits and 13,000 vertical feet of climbing. Who knew it could be so much fun? Join Tommy Caldwell and Alex Honnold on the inspiring -- and at times hilarious -- quest that earned the Piolet d’Or award.

Copa - Eric Jones ac Ioan Doyle

78 year old legendary Welsh climber Eric Jones is joined on a trip to Patagonia by Ioan Doyle to revisit and relive past triumphs and squeeze in a few new adventures. Copa packs in tea on the 'South Col', Welsh speaking gauchos, life saving fifi hooks, solo epics on the Eiger, a love of cats, BASE jumping off waterfalls and a near 1,000ft rock tower in the Patagonian desert. An eclectic mix of melancholy and humour laced with an unwavering spirit of adventure.





Best Made in Sheffield Film

First awarded in 2015 to reflect the increasing quality and quantity of films being made in and around Sheffield and/or featuring local athletes.






Best Road Cycling Film

First awarded in 2015 to reflect the increasing number of films dedicated to road cycling as opposed to the more traditional adventure sports films about mountain and trials biking.






Best Running Film

Won in 2015 by The Barkley Marathon - The Race That Eats Its Young.






Best Short Film

Won last year by Jack (House Blend Media) about a 93 year old living alone in his dream house in the woods.






Best Ski & Board Film

Won in 2015 by Vasu Sojitra - Out On A Limb from T-bar films






Best Soundtrack

A new award created in 2015, judged by Sheffield DJ and producer Paul Hodgson, aka Grievous Angel.






Best Women In Adventure Film

Created in 2015 to reflect our drive to encourage more female producers, directors and featured athletes on the big screen.


Operation Moffatt

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.

Kayaking the Aleutians

No-one has succeeded in kayaking the length of the remote and stormy Aleutian Islands which stretch from Russia to Alaska. Explorers Justine Curgenven and Sarah Outen set out to paddle 2,500km along the archipelago to the nearest road confronting more than 20 long crossings which separate the tiny unpopulated islands. Sarah faces an even more formidable challenge as this is part of her round-the-world human powered journey and she has limited kayaking experience. Alone for 101 days in one of the windiest, roughest places on earth, these two women are swept away from land by unknown currents, pounded by rough seas and approached by bears. Experiencing an edge-of-your-seat journey, they gain a rare insight into themselves, the rich wildlife and the lives of the few people who live in this harsh yet beautiful landscape.

A Mountain Journal - Nicky Spinks

Beef farmer Nicky currently holds the women’s record for the four toughest fell running challenges in the UK - The Bob Graham Round, The Ramsay Round, The Paddy Buckley and the Lake District Record, completing 64 Peaks in 23 hours and 15 minutes. Ten years on from a mastectomy for breast cancer she talks about how she hopes to inspire other cancer patients to have hope for the future.





Boulder Creek Best Adrenaline Film

Won in 2015 by El Sendero Luminoso (Camp4Collective) about Alex Honnold's breathtaking free solo climb.






People's Choice Award

Launched at ShAFF 2015, powered by vot.io, our interactive, live voting system allows the audience to have their say on which films they loved the most.


Sherpa

SHERPA, tells the harrowing story of how Mount Everest’s Sherpa community united in grief and anger to reclaim the mountain following the deadly avalanche that struck on April 18, 2014, killing 16 of their members. Through the voices of the guides themselves, their families, and the climbers who were preparing to summit when the disaster struck, SHERPA chronicles a historic moment of tragedy and resistance in which the Sherpas and their families consider the future of Everest climbing and whether anything could justify the dangers they face.

© Austin Siadak

A Line Across The Sky

The Fitz Roy Traverse is one of the most sought after achievements in modern alpinism: a gnarly journey across seven jagged summits and 13,000 vertical feet of climbing. Who knew it could be so much fun? Join Tommy Caldwell and Alex Honnold on the inspiring -- and at times hilarious -- quest that earned the Piolet d’Or award.

Kayaking the Aleutians

No-one has succeeded in kayaking the length of the remote and stormy Aleutian Islands which stretch from Russia to Alaska. Explorers Justine Curgenven and Sarah Outen set out to paddle 2,500km along the archipelago to the nearest road confronting more than 20 long crossings which separate the tiny unpopulated islands. Sarah faces an even more formidable challenge as this is part of her round-the-world human powered journey and she has limited kayaking experience. Alone for 101 days in one of the windiest, roughest places on earth, these two women are swept away from land by unknown currents, pounded by rough seas and approached by bears. Experiencing an edge-of-your-seat journey, they gain a rare insight into themselves, the rich wildlife and the lives of the few people who live in this harsh yet beautiful landscape.





Rab Ben Winston Best Spirit of Adventure Film

Won in 2015 by In The Frame from Land and Sky Media.


Kayaking the Aleutians

No-one has succeeded in kayaking the length of the remote and stormy Aleutian Islands which stretch from Russia to Alaska. Explorers Justine Curgenven and Sarah Outen set out to paddle 2,500km along the archipelago to the nearest road confronting more than 20 long crossings which separate the tiny unpopulated islands. Sarah faces an even more formidable challenge as this is part of her round-the-world human powered journey and she has limited kayaking experience. Alone for 101 days in one of the windiest, roughest places on earth, these two women are swept away from land by unknown currents, pounded by rough seas and approached by bears. Experiencing an edge-of-your-seat journey, they gain a rare insight into themselves, the rich wildlife and the lives of the few people who live in this harsh yet beautiful landscape.

The Rocky Mountains Traverse

When Will Gadd and Gavin McGlurg decided they wanted to define a bold new style in paragliding, they could not have picked a more vegetated, convoluted and downright burly route to test their concept. With one simple rule of only being able to make forward progress in the air, they set off on a 700-kilometer traverse of the Canadian Rockies. In terrain where bears outnumber people, roads are non-existent and flying conditions push them to their limits, they break all the typical rules of paragliding in an attempt at the longest pure paragliding flight ever.

© Austin Siadak

A Line Across The Sky

The Fitz Roy Traverse is one of the most sought after achievements in modern alpinism: a gnarly journey across seven jagged summits and 13,000 vertical feet of climbing. Who knew it could be so much fun? Join Tommy Caldwell and Alex Honnold on the inspiring -- and at times hilarious -- quest that earned the Piolet d’Or award.





Steve Peat Best Biking Film

Won in 2015 by Cut Media's Danny MacAskill - The Ridge.