Snowdonia's biggest party: LLAMFF 2016

Posted by Peter Burnside on 12/02/2016

The greatest festival to hit North Wales is back and it's going to be bigger and better than ever. Following on from the massively successful relaunch of the Llanberis Mountain Film Festival (LLAMFF) in 2015, this year's festival will be jammed with loads more amazing films and even more inspirational speakers. Don't miss out!

Kicking it all off on Friday 4 March is key guest speaker Kenton Cool, British Mountain Guide and 11-time Everest summiteer. Kenton will tell of his experiences on the 8000m peaks of Nepal, and of fresh adventures even further afield. This is followed by the UK festival premiere of the Discovery UK film Sherpa – a tale of the Himalayan guides that have spent decades supporting foreign mountaineering teams, and the tensions loosed by the tragic death of 16 Sherpas in the Khumbu Icefall in 2014.

Saturday’s line-up of speakers is headed by Leo Houlding, who made his mark locally as a youngster climbing some of North Wales’s hardest routes in a summer akin to the climbing equivalent of the ‘endless summer’. This time talking about his more recent endeavours in Greenland on the incredible 25 pitch 1200m big-wall route Mirror Wall.     

Sunday see our popular panel evening showcasing “Adventure for All” with a fantastic line up of speakers including double amputee Simon Harmer, young female adventurer Sophie Radcliffe and the inspirational Iranian female climber Shirin Shabestari.

Other superb films range from home-grown talent showcasing the local area's natural beauty such as Crib Goch – The Red Ridge, through to Damavand, which chronicles an all-female team of Iranian climbers as they challenge stereotypes and tradition to climb the highest mountain in Iran, as well as some big names in the outdoor world such as Hot Aches's Transitions, Coldhouse Collective’s All Roads Lead to Scotland, and the touching Denali.

The weekend will also feature the brand new We Do Adventure - CAC fundraiser event, featuring the best of the films from the BMC Women in Adventure film competetion, alongside other great outdoor films. It's for all the family and with £3 from every ticket going to Climbers Against Cancer you can feel great about having a fun packed night with us.

Much more is also on offer from the three-day feast of speakers, filmmakers, outdoor professionals and bespoke events for lovers of the UK hills. Tickets start from £5 and range up to £40 for the VIP opening event.

Details and tickets can be found on the website.

The film and speaker program starts daily from 17:00 across the three venues of Electric Mountain, Caban Cyf and the Beacon Climbing Centre.

WATCH: The LLAMFF 2015 trailer on BMC TV

SPEAKERS INCLUDE

Kenton Cool
Leo Houlding
Neil Gresham
Ian Parnell
Sophie Radcliffe
Heather Geluk
Simon Harmer
Shirin Shabestari

FILMS INCLUDE

Sherpa
Operation Moffat
All Roads Lead to Scotland
Damavand
Transition
Crib Goch – The Red Ridge

OTHER ATTRACTIONS INCLUDE

The UK's largest outdoor kit boot fair will take place on Sunday. Buy! Sell! Support Mountain Rescue! All entrance fees will go directly to support their work.

Climbing and skills sessions from Association of Mountaineering Instructors.

Outdoor photography workshop from British Mountain Guide Andy Teasdale.

A Treasure Trail will be run by local charity Menter Fachwen in conjunction with key sponsors Ordnance Survey.

After parties on Friday, Saturday and Sunday with live music, raffles and a truck load of fun for all.  This year we are working with local community interest company CEG who were set up by songwriters Sera Owen and Roger Hughes to provide a platform for musicians in north west Wales by engaging with interesting events and projects. Come along and see them in action.


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