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Be Inspired at LLAMFF 14/03/2011

The Llanberis Mountain Film Festival (LLAMFF) is a celebration of the ‘mountain experience’ that will officially be opened by the BMC’s President, Rab Carrington, on Friday evening.

The backbone of the event is the international film competition with the best films from the Banff Mountain Festival, but the packed and diverse programme means you'll always find the eclectic and unexpected at LLAMFF. A stunning line up of speakers gives you the chance to hear first-hand the stories that make the headlines including some from the perspective of seeing the action unfold through the lens.  

The International Film Competition includes UK Premiere showings of several films such as The Path of the Condor set in Patagonia, the coming-of-age movie 2 Frogs in the West, and the ‘video poem’ Centipede Sun. Having recently picked up the Best Climbing Film at SHAFF, The Prophet will be screening and Paul Diffley will be showing a new edit of The Pinnacle in HD on the LLAMFF big screen.

A Saturday night highlight will undoubtedly be going behind the scenes with leading adventure cameraman, Keith Partridge. There’s very little Keith doesn’t know about what it takes to get ‘out there’ and come back with inspiring images and audio. Keith was one of the cameraman behind the recent BBC flagship series The Human Planet and the BAFTA winning film Touching the Void.

The event has a strong community involvement with the local school, Ysgol Dolbadarn, taking part in an art competition that will be displayed in the village. The Outdoor Patrtnership are offering free activity sessions on the Saturday in climbing, canoeing and kayaking (min age 8 yr old) There is limited space so booking is required. To book for the 19th March contact The Outdoor Partnership on 01690 720 106 or e-mail owain.williams@partneriaeth-awyr-agored.co.uk. More details on LLAMFF website.

For the youngsters there are music workshops targeted at the age group from preschool through to nine - booking required, orienteering and Treasure Hunt organised by Sprayway based in the marquee and a photography competition.

Artist/Climber Andy Parkin not long back from his winter soloing exploits in Nepal will be building a sculpture over the week beforehand to unveil at LLAMFF.

Based at the foot of the iconic Llanberis Pass and Snowdon, the magnificent backdrop couldn't be more appropriate, attracting as it does walkers and climbers all year round seeking their own adventure. LLAMFF promises to be an inspirational festival in an inspirational setting. Check out the programme timings here.

Snippets from the LLAMFF Programme:
  • Andy Turner – With the second ascent of The Hurting (XI 11) under his belt this winter he knows what Pushing the Limits of Winter Climbing is all about.
  • Paul Diffley - Climbers I've Shot and some Climbers I'd like to Shoot - Award winning cameraman behind Hot Aches Productions.
  • Ian Parnell - British Style - A rollercoaster ride through the mountain life.
  • Snowdonia 2050 – Think Question Time discussing the ecology of Snowdonia in 2050 and balancing the needs of recreation and conservation.
  • Steve McClure and Lucy Creamer - The Slackers Guide Reloaded - What drives their ambition to climb at the highest level?
  • Family Fun - orienteering by Sprayway. Free kayaking, canoeing and climbing sessions (min. age 8 yrs) on the Saturday; organised by the Outdoor Partnership. Photographic treasure hunt and competition for the youngsters.
  • George Smith and Noel Craine's Famous (Almost) Climbing Quiz on the Friday night.
  • Mountain artists Andy Parkin and Rowan Huntley.
  • 'Hands on' adventure sports injury workshops from Snowdonia Sports Medicine (Zac Larraman). Learn about Muscle Energy Technique with plenty of opportunity to quiz  Zac about injury prevention and rehabilitation.
  • Beacon Climbing are running a Fun Bouldering Competition and Climbing Coaching Workshops.
  • A Verylongloud Party

Since the first LLAMFF in 2002 it has become an annual festival and the main supporting sponsor once again is the premier outdoor clothing manufacturer Mountain Equipment. Vote for what you consider to have been the best film and presentation and if you get it right then you could win a £300 Mountain Equipment voucher.

Weekend and session tickets are available now at Joe Brown (tel: 01286 870327) and V12 Outdoor (tel: 01286 871534) or online at their websites. Ticket details here.

More info at http://www.llamff.co.uk/ and you can also follow the latest LLAMFF news on Facebook.

LLAMFF is a registered charity and relies on public funding, sponsorship and volunteers to make the festival happen. Without this type of support LLAMFF would not be possible.

LLAMFF would like to thank the following for their sponsorship and support: First Hydro, Clwyd Theatr Cymru, Sprayway, Marmot, Arc'teryx, UKClimbing.com, Beacon Climbing, British Mountaineering Council, Climb, Joe Brown Shops, V12 Outdoor, DMM, Legacy Hotels, Tourism Partnership North Wales, Snowdonia National Park, Caban, John Muir Trust, Snowdonia-Active, Outdoor Partnership, Snowdonia Sports Medicine, British Mountain Guide, Climbers' Club, Smart Climbing.

For further information email info@llamff.co.uk.

Topic: Llanberis Mountain Film Festival, LLAMFF, Mountain Film Festival.

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