Sheffield Adventure Film Festival 2020: official cancellation

Posted by Emma Travers on 18/03/2020

Sheffield Adventure Film Festival 2020 is cancelled.

In light of the most up-to-date Government advice on the Covid-19 pandemic, and following guidance from the UK Cinema Association, the Showroom Cinema has taken the decision to close from Wednesday 18 March and all film screenings are cancelled. It is being looked into whether or not an autumn ShAFF event can be organised instead, however rearranging the whole festival this year will not be possible.

This means that the following BMC events that were to take place at ShAFF are also cancelled:

  • Planning a wild hillwalking adventure with BMC's Alex Roddie
  • The Climate Project Launch
  • Women in Adventure Film Screening: presented by Montane
  • Women in Adventure Panel and Workshop
  • The Big Bang Tour with Emma Twyford
  • ShAFF Party

This is a time of huge uncertainty, and local independent businesses are facing an unprecedented challenge. Many of you have sent kind and supportive messages to the ShAFF team, and some of you have asked how you can help. One of the ways you can help both ShAFF and the Showroom right now is to forgo your refund, if you are able to. The ShAFF team plan to transfer tickets to a rearranged ShAFF event. ShAFF is wholly self-financed with all income coming from ticket sales and sponsorship, and with less than a week until the festival was due to happen the majority of costs have already been incurred. To refund all advance ticket sales would have a devastating impact.

We respect that others are facing financial worries,  and of course any refund requests will be honoured. If you have purchased tickets for ShAFF and would like a refund, please contact the Showroom Box Office (0114 275 7727) so they can process it. This may take a little more time than usual, and the team thank you in advance for your patience and understanding as they work through the implications of the closure.

If you booked a ticket through EventBrite, the event is cancelled. All non-film events apart from the Up & Running Night Run were free. If you would consider donating the Night Run ticket cost to the festival, it would be much appreciated, and if you would like a refund you can request one through EventBrite.

Finally, thank you again to everyone for supporting ShAFF. Although we are physically keeping our distance, now really is the time to come together with our tribes to re-shape the world for the better.

Matt Heason & the ShAFF team



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