Between 28th September and 14th October participating cinemas around the country will be offering up big thrills on the big screen allowing audiences the chance to watch award-winning films and record-breaking feats absolutely free.
The festival will consist of three themed nights – H20, Endurance and High Altitude – at 35 Vue, Apollo and Picturehouse cinemas around the country.
This year the festival will feature a new generation of adventurers alongside more established names. The stars of three particular films are all Brits who have taken a break from the 9 to 5 to undertake a personal journey and challenge themselves to achieve the most demanding goals, both physical and emotional – securing two world records along the way:
· Arch to Arc (Endurance) – the dairy of Tom Beaver’s Enduroman challenge from Marble Arch to the Arc de Triomphe in memory of his cousin and in aid of Missing People.
· Ocean’s 14 (H20) – a 14-strong crew race around the clock aboard Le Mondial in an attempt to break the record for rowing across the Atlantic.
· Running to the Limits (Endurance) – 16-stone filmmaker Alex Vero goes on a journey to find out what it takes to become an international marathon runner.
Additional highlights include the latest exploits of Jack Osbourne and celebrity friends, Natalie Imbruglia, Lord of the Rings actor Billy Boyd and presenter Konnie Huq as they take on the Rockies in Alberta, Canada, for the new series of Jack Osbourne Celebrity Adrenaline Junkie on ITV2; To the Rock and Back – charting the success of Alex Thomson and a host of British talent in the 2009 Rolex Fastnet Race; and 20 Seconds of Joy – an insight into the mind and career of BASE-jumper Karina Hollekin.
Canada’s West, headline sponsor of the Adventure Film Festival 2009, is a partnership between the tourism organisations of British Columbia and Alberta. The sponsors commented “We are delighted to be patrons of the Adventure Film Festival. Canada’s western provinces have numerous adventure opportunities including rafting, sailing, hiking, skiing, mountain biking, climbing, spelunking, zipwire treks, trail riding and kayaking to name but a few. Whether visitors are looking for adrenaline fuelled action, more laid-back challenges or urban thrills, British Columbia and Alberta can deliver.”
Further sponsors of the festival include Fairmont Hotels and Resorts, Helly Hansen, Hugo Boss, The Independent, Love Film, National Geographic Channel’s Natgeoadventure.tv and Nissan – brands who come together in the spirit of adventure and have made this free festival possible.
Tickets for the festival can be claimed online at www.adventurefest.co.uk. Simply choose a cinema from the 35 venues around the country to get a listing of the screenings available and print the voucher to take along to the cinema. Tickets will be allocated on a first come first served basis.