Women in Mountain Adventure 2015: Watch the films on BMC TV

Posted by Suzanne Jones on 18/02/2015

From swimming naked in Snowdonia, to taking the first steps in a lifetime of mountaineering, there's only one word to describe the entries to our Women in Mountain Adventure Films competition: inspiring. We had 14 diverse entries, and it's going to be lucky for one of them. Watch them all - and help vote - here.

Anyone who has visited the Sheffield Adventure Film Festival (ShAFF), or any other film festival, will realise that adventure films come in all shapes and sizes, however, just a fifth of the films screened at ShAFF feature female protagonists, or are made by women. 

In an attempt to rebalance this, the BMC, with ShAFF, WomenClimb, Sport Is Beautiful and a range of other partners, including sponsor Mountain Warehouse, set up the Women in Mountain Adventure Films competition.

The deadline has passed and the entries have now all been uploaded to BMC TV, visit the BMC TV competition channel or check them all out below.

The films will also be shown at events celebrating International Women's Day - see a list of the events on the WomenClimb website.

And the winners are:

1st place & people's choice award:

Natasha Brooks - Blue Hue

2nd place:

Jen Crook - Fran

3rd place:

Shyla Lee - Scaling the Whale

4th place: 

Emma Whittaker - 3/6/5

Thanks to our judging panel of Mina Leslie-Wujastyk (BMC Vice President), Mark Turnbull (Producer of the legendary Hard Grit) and Matt Heason (ShAFF Director).

Watch all the films on BMC TV now:

1st place & people's choice award: Blue Hue by Natasha Brooks on BMC TV

About the film: A film about the joys of year round naked swimming in the lakes of Snowdonia.
 

2nd place: Fran by Jen Crook on BMC TV

About the film: After falling off a ladder at work, it took Fran several years of training in the gym just to get back into the climbing wall. In 2015, she defended her title as world paraclimbing champ for the third time in a row.
Find out more about the film: www.jencrook.co.uk.

3rd place: Scaling the Whale by Shyla Lee on BMC TV

About the film:  The film is about a woman’s search for meaning. Despite being a successful professional she is discontented and goes to find meaning in the mountains.

4th place: 3 | 6 | 5 by Emma Whittaker on BMC TV

About the film: Short film highlighting humans want and need for adventure. Aiming to inspire the viewer to endeavour to achieve more in our daily lives.
Find out more about the film: www.facebook.com/silverslothproductions.

WATCH: Barre des Ecrin by Laura Simpson on BMC TV

About the film: Video of my adventure  climbing Barre Des Ecrin with two friends.

WATCH: Climb Like a Girl by Nicole MacGregor on BMC TV

About the film: What does it mean to climb like a girl? This question is answered through the opinions of different men and women, and through footage of dry tooling, bouldering and winter climbing.
Find out more about the film: www.facebook.com/climbinglikeagirl.

WATCH: First Ascent by Katrina Brown on BMC TV

About the film: A young girl is inspired to explore her local hills for the first time after thumbing through some classic mountain literature. An enchanting and innocent evocation of the thrill and anticipation of climbing our first peak.

WATCH: Looking Up by Cara Howard on BMC TV

About the film: A film about female paraclimbers who are radically changing our appreciation of climbing in new and exciting ways, as well as realising their own dreams and ambitions.

WATCH: A Story to be Told by Emma Whittaker on BMC TV

About the film: An underrated mountain biker utilises the range of benefits riding brings to her personal and professional life.
Find out more about the film: www.facebook.com/silverslothproductions.

WATCH: Beyond the Clouds by Justin Tracey on BMC TV

About the film: Kendal based grandmother Sandra Scott took her first steps into the world of running on her retirement. This short film follows Sandra as she takes on one of the Lakes District's greatest fell running feats, the Joss Naylor Challenge. This ultra run is 48 miles long, takes in 30 peaks and has over 17,000 feet of ascent.
Find out more about the film: vimeo.com/ondemand/20700.

WATCH: Aleksandra Taistra in Oliana by Zofia Reych on BMC TV

About the film: Sport climber Aleksandra 'Ola' Taistra reflecting on her climbing in Oliana.

WATCH: From the Heart by Ellie West on BMC TV

About the film: Alison is a woman born of the Howgill Fells, she has hewn a life for her & her daughter out of her love for the land she was born in. Her’s is a passionate and inspiring life, which teaches us to follow our dreams no matter how big or small, to persevere and to not fear being alone.
Find out more about the film: www.summitfevermedia.com.

WATCH: 14 UK Summits by Megan Loats on BMC TV

About the film: My goal was to reach the summit of 14 British mountains in 2014. To make the most of the beautiful landscape Britain has to offer and to challenge myself to get out there! (and to continue my quest of become a badass mountaineer!)

WATCH: Alpine Coast to Coast by Dean Alexander on BMC TV

About the film: The Alpine Coast to Coast was an expedition to climb the highest mountains in each of the eight alpine countries and cycle between them. It took place in August 2014 and took 32 days covering over 50,000 metres of ascent.
Find out more about the film: http://alpinecoasttocoast.com



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