2016 Films

Degrees North

Degree's North - Irish Premiere
Adrenaline Film Session | Oct 1st 1pm

Degrees North mixes hair-raising action footage of leading freeriders with a story of adventure and discovery. World-renowned freeriders Xavier De Le Rue, Samuel Anthamatten and Ralph Backstrom progress the sport of freeriding through the use new technology to scope remote areas in order to show ski and snowboard action in a way never seen before.

What our judges had to say: "The actual skiing and boarding they were doing was stunning and they're pushing the boundaries" - Philip Cahill

"Stunning cinematography. The shots that they've achieved are unparalleled" - Graham Clarke

Time:  54 minutes


Young GunsYoung Guns - Irish Premiere
 Adrenaline Film Session | Oct 1st 1pm

Meet the new faces of climbing: 14-year-old Ashima Shiraishi and 15-year-old Kai Lightner are the leaders of a new generation poised to take the sport to the next level. Ashima, a New York City native, has already become the youngest person and the first female to climb the benchmark elite grades of 5.15a and v15. Kai, one of the few African American climbers rising to the top of the sport, became a national climbing champion as a high school sophomore. Now these two prodigies and friends travel to the rugged coast of Norway, where a legendary cave is filled with the most difficult climbs on earth. Pushed outside their comfort zone, Kai and Ashima learn some hard but important lessons that will carry them to even greater heights.

  What our judges had to say: "Incredible climbing. Damn their youth". - Graham Clarke

Time: 28 minutes


Chasing Niagara

Chasing Niagara- Irish Premiere
Best of WNAFF16 Session | Oct 1st 6pm

When pro kayaker Rafa Ortiz decides to follow his dream to paddle over Niagara Falls, he sets in motion an incredible series of events that eventually takes on a life of its own. To prepare for this mission, Rafa enlists the help of world-renowned paddler Rush Sturges and a tight team of their friends. Together they go on a remarkable three-year journey from the rainforest rivers of Mexico to the towering waterfalls of the U.S. Northwest.

What our judges had to say: "Scary!"

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Time:  75 minutes



Reflections of an Underwater Cameraman
Best of WNAFF16 Session | Oct 1st 6pm

There aren’t many of us swimming about and diving in the North Atlantic all year around. Film makers try to record and articulate what they see in a given situation. After ten years in the seas around Ireland, it felt like a natural thing to turn the mirror on myself, perhaps because of the solitude of my work or perhaps because of an inherent need to understand my own personal journey. The result is this short film.

Time:  5 minutes


Opeation Moffat

Operation Moffat - Irish Premiere
Best of WNAFF16 Session | Oct 1st 6pm

Operation Moffat takes inspiration and wit from the colourful climbing life of Britian’s First Female Mountain Guide Gwen Moffat. Writer Claire Carter and Filmmaker Jen Randall scramble, swim and barefoot climb through Gwen’s most cherished British landscapes, grappling with her preference for mountains over people, adventure over security, wilderness over tick lists. With new take on landscape photography, archive footage and action sequences this is a film rooted in a real love of wild places.

Time: 20 minutes


Ace and the Desert Dog

Ace and the Desert Dog - Irish Premiere -
Best of WNAFF16 Session | Oct 1st 6pm

For his 60th birthday, adventure photographer Ace Kvale and his dog, Genghis Khan, set out for a 60-day backpacking trip in Utah's canyon country. The pair tells the story of their trek, friendship, and Genghis records it on his Desert Dawg Adventure Blawg

Time: 5 minutes


Boys in the Bugs

Boys in the Bugs - Irish  Premiere
Best of WNAFF16 Session | Oct 1st 6pm

Matt Segal and Will Stanhope have spent a decade climbing the world's hardest cracks. Crack climbing is a bold, traditionalist discipline in which climbers  “jam” their hands, feet and even entire bodies into cracks, while skillfully protecting themselves from a fall by placing their own removable gear in the rock. In an age of elite athletes, fad diets and training regimes, Matt and Will harken back to the old school of climbing, where guts and spirit make up for their lack of planning and healthy lifestyle. Now they travel deep into the Canadian wilderness to the infamous Bugaboo Mountains where they are looking for the ultimate next-level crack climb – following a long, thin break in the rock so narrow that only the tips of their fingers fit inside. It’s the beginning of an epic, multi-year quest that will change their lives.

Time: 18 minutes


Crazy Feckin' Irish - Dodo Delight

Dodo's Delight - Irish Premiere
Best of WNAFF16 Session | Oct 1st 6pm

Jump on board a madcap sailing adventure to the biggest rock walls in the Arctic Circle with a team of elite climbers as zany as they are talented. Sean Villanueva, Nico Favresse, Olivier Favresse and Ben Ditto have made cutting edge first ascents in remote mountain ranges around the world -- climbing hard, making music and goofing off thousands of feet in the air. Now they embark on their greatest expedition yet, voyaging to the massive walls of Greenland and Baffin Island on the good ship Dodo’s Delight, skippered by the spry 79-year old Captain Bob Shepton. Amongst rough seas, falling rocks and freezing temperatures, this hilarious and badass gang of adventurers forge bold new routes and have the time of their lives.

Time:  28 minutes


Tashi and the Monk

Tashi and the Monk -
Environment & Culture Session | Oct 2nd 2pm

On a remote mountaintop a brave social experiment is taking place.

Former Buddhist monk Lobsang was trained under the guidance of His Holiness the Dalai Lama but 8 years ago left a life as a spiritual teacher in the United States to create a unique community in the foothills of the Himalayas which rescues orphaned and neglected children.

5 year-old Tashi is the newest arrival. Her mother recently passed away and she’s been abandoned by her alcoholic father. Wild and troubled, Tashi is struggling to find her place amongst 84 new siblings.

Can the community’s love and compassion transform Tashi’s alienation and tantrums into a capacity to make her first real friend.

Time: 40 minutes


Through The Thick

Through The Thick -  Irish Premiere
Environment & Culture Session | Oct 2nd 2pm

With over one thousand South African rhinos killed every year by illegal poaching, their numbers are dwindling fast. Their horn is a valued commodity in the far east, with healing properties that are as miraculous as they are unproven. THROUGH THE THICK takes us not only into the dense South African bush, but also into the thick of an issue that spans continents, cultures and generations.

Time: 15 minutes


Return to Zanskar

Return to Zanskar - Irish Premiere
Environment & Culture Session | Oct 2nd 2pm

30 years after their first visit, two American college friends return to an ancient Buddhist monastery high in the Himalayas to reconnect with their past, and witness a culture being dragged into the modern world as the first ever road to the monastery nears completion..

Time: 23 minutes


Metronomic - Irish Premiere
Environment & Culture Session | Oct 2nd 2pm

The meeting of the Flying Frenchies stuntmen crew, the Compagnie 9.81 air dancers, musicians from the band Radio Monkey and the Baraka Flims team. A skillful blend of artists and high-level athletes in a symphony devoted to risk, a hymn to the void between visual performance and contemplative poetry.

Time: 15 minutes

Locked In

Locked In
Liquid Lens Film Session | Oct 2nd 4:30pm

Deep in Papua New Guinea’s virgin rainforest, a team of kayakers attempt the first descent of the Beriman River. Sheer canyon walls rising 1500 meters from river level, no escape and rising water levels push the team to the edge in a 13-day descent from high in the Nakani Mountains to the Solomon Sea. This is as remote as river exploration comes in one of the deepest gorges in the South Pacific.

Time: 52 minutes


Tom -  Irish Premiere
Adventure Film Session | Oct 2nd 6:30pm

Tom lives with his aged father James in a camping in the Dolomites, in Italy. They both live on his small pension. Even if Tom’s mother, the great British
alpinist Alison Hargreaves, died descending the K2 when he was just 6 years old, he never wanted to be anything else but a climber. His whole life is dedicated to the mountains and his last goal is to climb solo the Six North Faces of the Alps in a single winter season. Nobody ever did it, and he wants to be the first. In a white van driven by James, Tom will travel through the Alps to make his dreams come true.

Time: 67 minutes

The Last Time I Heard Through Silence

The Last Time I Heard True Silence -  Irish Premiere
Adventure Film Session | Oct 2nd 6:30pm

Noah Cass was a machine gunner for the Marine corp during the 2005 Operation Spear in Iraq. During an over-watch mission his team was ambushed and a mortar round hit his truck leaving him with permanent hearing loss and tinnitus.

When Noah returned home he dealt with issues common to veterans transitioning into civilian life: aggressive behavior, alcohol, addiction, depression, difficulty keeping a job, and relationship problems. Noah eventual hit rock bottom after 3 years and was desperate for a change. After losing more friends to suicide than in war, he decided to become sober and start running in his local woods.

Time: 20 minutes

High and Mighty

High and Mighty -  Irish Premiere
Adventure Film Session | Oct 2nd 6:30pm

High Ball Bouldering - where a fall could lead to seriou injury - is not for the faint of heart. Add to the equation a level of difficulty at climbings cutting edge, and things get downright out of control. Follow Daniel Woods epic battle to conquer fear and climb the highball test-piece in the process.

Time: 20 minutes


Haywire -  Irish Premiere
Adventure Film Session | Oct 2nd 6:30pm

Dave Allfrey and Cheyne Lempe experience the wild beauty of Baffin Island, and this is their story about a dream that goes haywire. A terrifying mishap results in the contemplation of life and the cost of adventure.

Time: 15 minutes


Brette -  Irish Premiere
Adventure Film Session | Oct 2nd 6:30pm


24-year old Brette Harrington is a rising young talent in the climbing world.  From overhanging free climbs to long alpine solos,  she excels at all disciplines of the sport, while forging a life path defined by adventure.  Join Brette on a global journey from the frozen waterfalls of the Canadian rockies, to the big wall free climbing proving ground of Yosemite’s El Capitan,  and onto a landmark solo of Chiara di Luna  in  the alpine mecca of Patagonia’s Cerro Torre Range.

Time: 12 minutes


Fledgling -  Irish Premiere
Adventure Film Session | Oct 2nd 6:30pm


As longtime professional climbers who eat, sleep and live the sport, Cedar Wright and Matt Segal are used to being competent, comfortable and at the top of their game.

Then they get into paragliding, and what starts as a toe dip turns quickly into a consuming addiction, as well as a lesson in what it’s like to be bumbling, naïve, gung-ho beginners. Tree landings, sketchy moments and junkshow launches become part of the new normal.

With only six months of flying under their belts, and professional flier Matt Henzi as a sensei, Wright and Segal embark on an audacious objective: to climb and fly off Orizaba, the third-highest peak in the America’s and the highest in Mexico.

Time: 26 minutes


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