Five unmissable films at Kendal Mountain Festival

Posted by Peter Burnside on 01/11/2019
Video still of Emma Twyford climbing Big Issue from the film The Big Bang. Credits: Volo Digital

Kendal Mountain Festival is just around the corner. To make sure you don’t miss the unmissable, we've put together our top five film picks.

The festival’s international film competition is at the heart of a packed four-day programme of events and is curated across 21 collections and 11 premieres/special screenings between 14-17 November. 

1. Climbing Blind

A must see. Jesse Dufton is a man that challenges perception, boundaries and himself. Setting his sights on Old Man of Hoy, follow Jesse’s incredible challenge of being the first to make a blind lead of the iconic Scottish sea stack. Instructed by his wife, who is also Jesse’s sight guide, this film is one of tenacity, seamless team work and human potential. Directed and produced by Alastair Lee in association with Montane, this film is not to be missed. Buy your tickets before they sell out.

2. The Big Bang

Emma Twyford is on an ambitious journey to becoming one of the most respected climbers in the UK. In 2017, Emma visited the iconic crag of ‘Lower Pen Twyrn’ to ‘’see what a 9a feels like’’. Follow Emma’s story as she overcomes her own physical and mental limits, has way too much fun, and pushes to climb 9a – ‘’The Big Bang.’’ Buy your tickets fast!

3. Changabang

That beckoning call of the mountains. Changabang follows the journey of three alpinists from the French High Mountain Military Group who were granted the very smallest of weather windows to tackle the thousand meter vertical ascent. Nestled in the Indian Himalaya, each ascent to the summit of Changabang has been a tale of extraordinary human endeavour. Featured in the Mountaineering Collection, Changabang asks what is it that beckons humans to face the dangers of the mountains. This session will include a Q & A with the alpinists that have each battled to the summit of Changabang. Find out more and buy your tickets.

4. Shelter

Nature is one of the biggest inspirations for outdoor adventure – but are we damaging the environment by enjoying these incredible natural playground? Shelter follows five friends and their snowboards across the expanse of the Alps Mountains. This is a snowboarding film with a difference as the friends attempt to ride the mountains in a way that is environmentally-friendly. This film is high-adrenaline but low carbon footprint. Buy your tickets.

5. Going In

This is most definitely one to watch. The much-anticipated World Premiere of Going In! The world premiere will be presented by Trek at the Festival on 16 November. This is your chance to experience the dizzying highs and lows of racing with Trek MTB athletes as they train, race and live for mountain biking. Find out more and buy tickets.

It's going to be an epic weekend celebrating adventures and inspiring new ones. Find out what else is in the Film Programme and buy your tickets here.

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