As temperatures plummeted over the weekend here in the UK and snow is falling on both sides of the Atlantic, minds are now firmly set on the winter ahead and what better way to help you get even more in the mood than a good dose of extreme films at the Adventure Film Festival! The Adventure Film Festival kicks off on 4th October and runs throughout the month at participating cinemas nationwide and once again all tickets are free but make sure you pre-register online as places will fill up fast! The festival, as always, will screen the very best adventure sports films for audiences to enjoy on the big screen and will be showcasing a mix of dare devil feats and awe-inspiring demonstrations of physical and mental endurance. New for this year is a series of personal appearances and live Q&As by South African adventurer Riaan Manser at six screenings around the country. [caption id="attachment_1333" align="alignright" width="211"] The Asgard Project[/caption] The festival will consist of three themed nights – Action Adventure, High Altitude Adventure and Elemental Adventure – at more than 30 cinemas nationwide. Confirmed films for this year include Fly or Die (Action Adventure), the UK premiere of a brand new episode from the First Ascent series, in which aerial samurai Dean Potter combines his two passions of free solo climbing and BASE jumping to create the most outrageous and visionary style of climbing ever conceived; and Australis: An Antarctic Ski Odyssey (High Altitude Adventure) which follows free-ski mountaineers Chris Davenport, Stian Hagen, and Andrea Binning on a 21st Century expedition sailing along the infamous Drake Passage from Argentina to Antarctica in pursuit of unclimbed summits and first ski descents. Riaan Manser, star of Madagascar Maverick (Elemental Adventure), has been described by Nelson Mandela as someone who will “inspire the youth of the continent”, and with six live Q&A appearances presented by Windhoek Lager audiences will have the opportunity to be inspired by him in person. In Madagascar Maverick, Adventurer of the Year 2009* Manser becomes the first man to circumnavigate Madagascar by kayak on a journey covering 5,000km in eleven months. The film sees him conquer extreme loneliness whilst tackling treacherous conditions and close encounters with pirates, humpback whales, giant leatherback turtles and sharks. Manser will be talking about his journey and taking questions at the following locations:
  • London – Vue Leicester Square – Wednesday 6th October
  • Brighton – The Basement – Sunday 10th October
  • Leeds – Vue Cinema – Monday 11th October
  • Glasgow – Glasgow Film Theatre – Tuesday 12th October
  • Edinburgh – Dominion Cinema – Wednesday 13th October
  • Manchester – The Printworks – Thursday 14th October
[caption id="attachment_1335" align="alignright" width="211"] Madagascar Maverick[/caption] Canada’s West, headline sponsor of the Adventure Film Festival 2010, is a partnership between the tourism organisations of British Columbia and Travel Alberta. The sponsors commented “Tourism British Columbia and Travel Alberta are delighted to be the title sponsor of the Adventure Film Festival 2010. Marking the second year of the partnership, the event offers an exceptional opportunity to showcase the unique adventure product the region has to offer year round, from world class mountain biking and white water rafting in summer to the perfect ski holiday or ultimate in heli-skiing and boarding in winter.”  Further sponsors of the festival include Windhoek Lager, Nissan, LOVEFiLM, The Independent and National Geographic Channel - 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 . Simply choose a cinema from the venues around the country to get a listing of the screenings available and print the e-ticket to take along to the cinema. Tickets will be allocated on a first come first served basis.