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ShAFF volunteers Anna and Phil stand with the ir backs to the camera watching an outdoor screen in Sheffield's Peace Gardens
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The best new adventure, travel and extreme sports films from around the world at Sheffield Cathedral.


Sheffield Adventure Film Festival has a well earned reputation for being a friendly festival, welcoming everyone whether you're an outdoors enthusiast or an armchair adventurer who just loves a good story.

As well as watching films, you can share a beer with adventure sports athletes and filmmakers in the bar, check out the exhibitors, take inspiration from our free talks or get involved in a range o . And that's just ShAFF. Since Sheffield re-branded itself a few years ago as The Outdoor City, the The Festival Of The Outdoors has become the UK's biggest month on the outdoor calendar boasting ShAFF, the Climbing Works International Festival, urban cyclocross and orienteering, the Sheffield Walking Festival and plenty more besides. 

Each summer festival founder and director Matt Heason starts watching the hundreds and hundreds of films which are submitted to ShAFF. It's a labour of love. Around one hundred make the Official Selection each year. Matt's more than happy to give feedback on any films that don't make the final cut. We're particularly keen to bring new and diverse talent to the screen and to increase the representation of women in front of and behind the camera. We are keen to work with and find opportunities for young up-and-coming directors, producers, and local filmmakers and photographers. 

Great value - Passionate about your sport? Then try our specialist selections. Want a high energy hit? Then book our Adrenaline showing. Fancy inspiration and escapism? Go for 'Sprit of Adventure'. There's also our Adventure Bites session, a highly discounted hour long loop of films which you can dip into at any time of the weekend to get a taster of what it's all about.

Family friendly - our Young Adventurer showings sell out, and we certificate the whole programme which has made it much more friendly to under 18s.

Getting here’s easy - We encourage all our visitors to travel sustainably using public transport or human power. We're not far from the mainline train station with regular services to the Peak District, Manchester, and all over the UK. There are plenty of local buses, trams and nearby car-parks.