The E.O.F.T. is the most renowned film event on the European outdoor calendar. Now in its 15th season, it brings you the most spectacular outdoor and adventure sports films of the year. The tour kicks off with a special premiere evening in Amsterdam on October 9th before heading to more than 300 venues in 14 countries, including 10 dates in the UK with shows in London, Bristol, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Manchester and Birmingham.
YOUNG, FREE & WILD
Way up where the air is thin, riding across untamed America, breaking downhill records and hanging tough on sheet ice, now in its 15th season, the European Outdoor Film Tour shows no signs of slowing down, taking inspiration from the young, the free and the wild. Alpinist Tamara Lunger is constantly seeking extremes. At 23 she was the youngest woman to stand atop Lhotse (8,516 meters) and she proves again and again during her expeditions that she’s got the talent and drive to achieve the extraordinary. Far from the snow-covered summits, a young long-boarder blasts down into the valley along the winding roads of the desert-like western Sierra Nevada range. Proving it’s not just about speed, Ben Masters and his three friends take a more laid-back approach, travelling across America in true cowboy style, all the way from Mexico to Canada on horseback.
The EUROPEAN OUTDOOR FILM TOUR 15/16 takes you on an adventure into the unknown—far off the beaten path.
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The film programme is 2 hours long. With a 30 minute interval, introduction by the compere and raffle, the event will last around 2.5 to 3 hours.
An overview of the best films:
TAMARA: AT THE PEAK OF EMOTIONS
In 2012, Tamara Lunger saw the 8,611-meter summit of K2 for the first time. The sight of it was awe-inspiring, not least because K2 is considered the most dangerous of the 8,000-meter peaks: More than 80 climbers have lost their lives here. Still, in 2014, the 28-year-old made her way back to Pakistan with alpinist Klaus Gruber to take on the biggest challenge of her mountaineering career. Between fear, passion and happiness—this is a portrait of a woman who lives and loves extremes.
Italy/Germany 2015 // HelliVentures Filmproduktion // directors: Joachim Hellinger, Christian Schmidt // 12 minutes
BURN IT DOWN: FAST DESCENTS IN DOWNHILL PARADISE
The winding roads of the western Sierra Nevada are seemingly endless. They are perfect for James Kelly, and there is no stopping the young longboarder when he’s descending into the valley. Kelly rips down the asphalt at 70 km/h, blasting through curves without brakes. BURN IT DOWN is a breath-taking ride that always takes the racing line.
USA 2015 // Arbor Collective // director: Jack Boston // 3:30 minutes
UNBRANDED: ACROSS THE USA ON WILD MUSTANGS
Childhood dreams often drive the most unusual and monumental achievements. Ben Masters’ dream was to ride horseback across his native United States, a 3,000-mile adventure through the American West from Mexico to Canada. But it wouldn’t be on just on any horse. Ben and his friends Thomas Glover, Ben Thamer and Jonny Fitzsimons wanted to do the trip on adopted wild mustangs that they had broken in themselves. Riding narrow desert trails, through the Grand Canyon, and traversing the wide-open plains, the dream became an extraordinary journey through America’s vanishing wilderness.
USA 2015 // Fin and Fur Productions // director: Philip Baribeau // 20 min.
UNREAL: ESCAPE ON TWO WHEELS, FLEEING REALITY
Professional mountain biker Brandon Semenuk found it – that other world where endless singletrack trails snake through the lush green alpine landscape. It’s a world beyond concrete high-rises, a world without limits or deadlines, where Anthill Films has made the unreal a reality. Racing herds of horses, jumping glaciers and landing the biggest front flip in MTB history, UNREAL is the mountain biking film of the year that’s knocking the world off its axis. It’s time to get off the beaten path.
USA 2015 // Teton Gravity Research, Anthill Films // director: Anthill Films // 14 minutes
1H 46MIN: DANI ARNOLD ON THE MATTERHORN
When you are the fastest in the world, your only competition is your own head. Dani Arnold breaks one speed record after another. In 2011 he took a full 20 minutes off Ueli Steck’s best time for the Eiger North Face. Now he’s going after the Matterhorn. But what makes Dani Arnold tick? A fascinating glimpse into the psyche of an exceptional athlete.
Switzerland 2015 // Mammut Sports Group AG // directors: Nicolas Falquet, Christian Schmidt // 7 minutes
A LINE ACROSS THE SKY: WALKING THE LINE IN PATAGONIA
Alex Honnold on a rope is a rare sight, but he and Tommy Caldwell chose a real monster for their first major alpine route. Together the pair ventures to the Fitz Traverse in Patagonia, seven pinnacles at frosty elevations that will demand more than just the standard climbing know-how from these two Yosemite veterans. In terms of weather and climbing, Patagonia is nothing like California. It’s a fact these two learn the hard way, but they never lose their sense of humour. The story of a crazy adventure.
USA 2015 // Sender Films // Big Up Productions // 25 minutes
ONEKOTAN – THE LOST ISLAND: SKIING THE VOLCANO
Somewhere between Kamchatka and Hokkaido is an uninhabited, largely inaccessible island in the middle of one of the coldest regions in Russia. For professional free riders Matthias Mayr, Matthias Haun-holder and Phil Meier the adventure begins just trying to get to Onekotan. Their goal: the first descent of the volcano at the centre of the island, but with temperatures of -20 degrees and unrelenting storms the expedition quickly becomes a dangerous odyssey.
Austria 2014 // M-Line, Mischfabrik // coproducer: Red Bull Media House // director: Simon Thussbas // 20 minutes
MASTERS OF SLACK: BOUNCING ON A SLACKLINE
Jaan Roose and Andy Lewis have probably had more ups and downs in their lives than most other people. These two very different personalities are united by a deep love of their sport and a conviction that wearing clothes is sometimes overrated. Jaan, who comes from the isolated forests of Setumaa in Estonia, is a natural slacklining talent. He became one the world’s top athletes in just five years—eventually surpassing Andy, the “God- father of Slacklining”, who had dominated the competition scene before deciding to celebrate “slacklife” instead. A portrait of two contrasting characters and their lifestyles which proves you’ll never find your balance by standing still.
Germany 2015 // Moving Adventures // director: Matthias Edlinger // 10 min.
DEGREES NORTH: XAVIER DE LA RUE
Some people never seem to grow up. Xavier de le Rue is one of them. He may be older and wiser than the current generation of younger snowboarding talent, but he’s never lost his youthful exuberance and sense of curiosity about the world. The professional snowboarder and adven-turer chooses his lines with care and with good reason—he is still the fastest, boldest and most confident athlete you’ll find on the steepest of mountain faces. Always seeking new challenges, he’s teamed up with Samuel Anthamat-ten to take motorised paragliding and freeriding to a new level on the Lofoten Islands and in Alaska.
USA 2015 // director: Guido Perrini // 9 minutes
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