Adventure On Demand - ShAFF 2016 Revisited

We're looking forward to rearranged screenings of our 2020 films (sign up to our newsletter for the latest updates), but until then there's no shortage of online adventure to keep you entertained.

Although we love to get something for nothing, paid-for content will really help support filmmakers at this time. Adventure films are usually made by small independent production companies who are currently unable to work, but the great news is that you can invite adventure into your own home for less than the cost of a coffee and cake, or a couple of pints.

So, alongside our weekly watchlists of free online content, the ShAFF team are revisiting the past few festivals and listing the best on-demand adventure films for your indoor inspiration and entertainment. These ones featured in ShAFF 2016: 



A brilliant film about Alaska's toughest race covering the backstory and race day story of the top male and female athletes including two Olympic skiers, the race organiser, and the best part - a junior trail runner who creates a suprising twist in the tale.

Claire Maxted Claire Maxted

Really enjoyed this film - nicely put together documentary of an Alaskan mountain marathon. The one film I have chosen to watch twice

David Hanney

Crazy nutcase downhill running!

Matt Heason Festival Director

Incredible characters, ankle breaking descents, squirm inducing dedication to fell running.

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

Great running film with a stroy from start to finish.

Ed Birch Director of Salt-Street productions

Filmed on the dangerous slopes of Mt. Marathon in Seward Alaska, 3022 Ft. gives adventure racing fans a look at the mountain each athlete has to climb before they even get to the starting line. Follow two-time Olympic skier Holly Brooks as she faces the mountain that put her in a hospital gurney 5 years ago, Mt. Marathon men's record holder Eric Strabel as he defends his title, Seward native Denali Foldager as she makes her running comeback after struggling with injuries and drug addiction, Matt "The Bear" Novakovich as he looks to reclaim his title with a new Spartan Racing skill set, and 2013 Mt. Marathon champion Christy Marvin, full time mother of three looking to earn her rank among Olympians. Guiding us through the story is long time friend of the mountain, Flip Foldager, a 35 year veteran of the race, and "the guy to talk to" for all things Mt. Marathon.

Spectators have been lining the course for years searching for the best spot to watch the race, but no matter how great the view, it's only one angle. This film offers countless best spots and more angles than have ever been recorded by a single team. On race day, we had over 20 cameras rolling, gathering footage from the starting line, up the Roots, Cliffs, Gut and scree all the way to 3022 feet at the peak. What's more, our camera men scrambled up the roots and plunged down the scree alongside the racers to get dynamic footage that has never before been attempted.

Award ceremonies and celebrations followed the race and we followed the athletes through them both, before sitting down once more for personal interviews that went miles beyond the post-race interviews broadcasted by news outlets.

Whether this campaign is the first time you've heard of Mt. Marathon, or whether you're a thirty-five year veteran of the race, this hour long film will give you a view of the race like nothing before.

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Experience Alaska's Neacola mountain range, an incredibly remote, almost alien landscape with many unclimbed lines. This is one of the ultimate mountain adventure films!

Paul Hodgson Music Judge

Inspiring cinematography from Al Lee.

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

The big climb film this year. A must see just for its epic ridge shots and great personalitys.

Ed Birch Director of Salt-Street productions

Hardcore UK alpinists Matt Helliker and Jon Bracey attempt to climb the stunning NW ridge of the remote peak 'The Citadel' deep in the Neacola range, Alaska. The world's first mountain film shot entirely in 4k, a stunning visual treat reveals alpine climbing like never before.


Pro skier Cody Townsend and his crew face terrifying conditions amongst Canada’s biggest glaciers. Intense raw reactions reveal how personal this ski adventure becomes for everyone. Each team member internally struggles with risk vs reward in their ultimate pursuit of the steepest and best line of their lives. 



Watch in amazing detail just what happens when a man in a flying suit hits a rock at 120MPH. As much medical drama as adventure film, it's a fascinating story of a somewhat entitled young adventurer finding a sense of humility. It's still pure adrenalin film, but it's also an emotional journey that explores why anyone takes a risk and embraces and overcomes their fear.

Paul Hodgson Music Judge

Big big impact, you will feel this one to your bones. Not one for you if you are screemish. If not you will love it.

Ed Birch Director of Salt-Street productions

January 2012, Jeb Corliss, the world’s most recognized wingsuit pilot, miraculously survived a terminal velocity wingsuit accident at Table Mountain, South Africa. For the first time ever, you will get to hear what really happened and witness never-before-seen angles from this tragic accident.

Because of his accident, Jeb endured painful operations and physiotherapy in order to get to his next mission: to fly through a narrow crack in the Jianglang Mountains in China’s Zhejian Province, which is only 60 feet (18m) wide at the top and 15 feet (4.5m) at the bottom. "Flying Dagger” gives an up-close and personal insight into the career and achievements of Corliss in the lead up to this spectacular flight. This film is an inspiring story about redemption, a man’s journey to face his demons, to fulfill his dreams and strong determination to make them a reality.

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20 minutes of high octane advertisement for bouldering pads. Absolutely terrifying to watch, partly because expert climbers tell you just why it's so scary. Oh and you see people fall off and get hurt. 100% authentic, zero gloss bouldering movie.

Paul Hodgson Music Judge

I can't go wrong with a high bordering film

Ed Birch Director of Salt-Street productions

Sender smashing the high balls.

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

High ball bouldering -- where a fall could lead to serious injury -- is not for the faint of heart. Add to the equation a level of difficulty at climbing’s cutting edge, and things can get downright out of control. Follow Daniel Woods’ epic battle to conquer fear and climb the high ball test-piece The Process.

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Production values are appropriate for the trip but the way it is put together, the experience makes it a top class film. One I recommend to my friends to watch.

David Hanney

Great adventour in a dangerous part of the world.

Ed Birch Director of Salt-Street productions

A courageous team showing what a sense of humour can do. Justine Curvegen is an incredible adventurer.

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

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.



Epic. Incredible footage, very powerful story, the film brings you into the characters so you get it and from the comfort of a chair can imagine what it's like to take on mountains like this.

David Hanney

In the high-stakes game of big-wall climbing, the Shark’s Fin on Mount Meru may be the ultimate prize. Sitting at the headwaters of the sacred Ganges River in Northern India, the Shark’s Fin has seen more failed attempts by elite climbing teams over the past 30 years than any other ascent in the Himalayas.


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.



Incredible skiing movie with fantastic scenery, beautifully shot, excellent music, and some very satisfying wipe outs where you get to see these annoying and entitled Americans SUFFER.

Paul Hodgson Music Judge

Some incredible winter sports in Jackson Hole. Big Lines boys and girls

Ed Birch Director of Salt-Street productions

As the days turn into weeks and the weeks roll into months, it's the moments when everything seems to come together in perfect harmony that resonate the loudest. For those who anticipate winter's arrival with frothing mouths and the dreams of what may come,this past year came with an unfamiliar set of struggles as these perfect moments became more and more elusive. But for the TGR team, this only hardened their pursuit of winter's rewards. Through the highs and lows of a curious season, they come to find that the moments found on the other side of adversity are the greatest moments of all.

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A hugely impressive adventure and project. Political, educational, funny, sad and pretty hard core, with some beautiful cinematography and a great score.

Matt Heason Festival Director

Great adventour film on horse back. Amazing and is a must watch.

Ed Birch Director of Salt-Street productions

Four young would-be cowboys travel with sixteen wild horses from the Mexican to Canadian borders in Phillip Baribeau's documentary. Thsi is a festival cut of the multi award winning documentary.