The Hope Valley Adventure Film Festival (HVAFF)

1st Feb 2016


We love film festivals.  A chance to meet like minded individuals, be inspired by some great adventure films and have the opportunity for some jaw dropping adrenalin fuelled moments.  There are many great festivals around the UK and they all develop their own formats and unique features.  They are all the same concept - but all with differences. 

We love them all but can’t help having a soft spot for one that is both closest to our heart and closest to our home.  The Peak Mountaineering junior sponsored team are pupils at Hope Valley College and, for several years, the college has held the Hope Valley Adventure Film Festival (HVAFF).  This event is a fundraiser for the college we have witnessed, over the years, it’s popularity and stature has grow and grow. 

On February 27th 2016 it is back and we really hope you can join the fun.  This year’s HVAFF actually looks set to be the very best yet.  Along with a top class selection of fantastic films, this year’s event also features an inspirational evening of trail running talks and films along with lots of children’s activities, the famous young person’s film competition, a chance to join a free guided trail run and the usual top notch catering.  It is a packed and very impressive programme.

Among this year’s films there is the best of ShaFF The Sheffield Adventure Film Festival) and the best of the KMF (Kendal Mountain Festival).  This together is a great offering, but for this year the HVAFF team have also scheduled a film we are really looking forward too. Operation Moffat takes inspiration from the colourful climbing life of Britain’s First Female Mountain Guide Gwen Moffat.  This session will also include a Q&A with Claire Carter who features in the film.

The newly introduced HARE (Hope Adventure Running Evening) also looks set to be an inspiration fest.  There are short films and talks by Nicky Spinks who holds the record for the big 3 UK mountain rounds as well as Stephen Pyke (aka Spyke) talking about his record-breaking run over all 282 of Scotland's 3,000 foot peaks in just under 40 days.  We are are also particularly looking forward to hearing from former Hope Valley College pupil Judith Jepson.  Judith will offer a light hearted account of how a self neglecting, busy working mum of three's midlife crisis got out of hand and culminated in multiple British and English fell running titles.

Alongside all this the school sports hall will be jammed packed with kid’s activities, there is the heart warming children’s adventure film making competition, full catering and plenty of prizes courtesy of a host of prestigious outdoor brands. The HVAFF is a major fund raiser for the college and is totally organised and run by an army of volunteers.  Having said that, you can still be assured of a slick and professional operation rivalling the best festivals out there.  Please, please, please come and join the fun.  Full details are available on the HVAFF website here and, just to get you in the mood, here is the trailer for must see film Operation Moffat.

Posted by Paul 

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