Be inspired by the greatest real-life adventures captured on film
London – Mill Hill School, 12th-14th August
6 years ago, adventurer duo Lois Pryce and Austin Vince created the first Adventure Travel Film Festival, a weekend of brilliant films and adventure travel inspiration. Over the years thousands of film lovers and adventure buffs from around the world have been drawn to its unique atmosphere of camaraderie, exclusivity and secret charm. Many have gone away inspired to take their own adventures – and create their own films. Celebrity kindred spirits like Ben Fogle and Ross Noble have been known to drop in.
For its sixth year, the ATFF will feature the first film inspired by the festival itself. The Great Game chronicles Jon Beardmore’s escape from nine to five drudgery as he and his mates drive a 4×4 from London to Kuala Lumpur.
This year’s crop of adventurers travel in boats, buses and of course bikes of the human and petrol powered variety to a dizzying array of locations including Mongolia, Alaska and the secret source of the Amazon to name just a few.
· Mondo Enduro – Festival founder Austin’s round-the-world motorcycle adventure will be screened twenty years to the day after he and his seven friends originally set off. The film went on to inspire Ewan McGregor and Charlie Borman’s Long Way Round with Ewan calling Austin for advice when he ran into trouble in Mongolia.
· Pillock Conquers The World – Described as the original Summer Holiday and ‘Monty Python meets The Monkees with bears and banjos’ the film records a folk group’s travels to India, Australia and the US in an old RT Bus. The bus itself will also be making an appearance at the festival!
· Power of Dreams – The inspirational story of Belgian teen, Arthur Fievet an active and outdoorsy young man who was left partially paralysed after a horrible accident. Whilst still only able to walk on crutches Arthur sets out on adventure in North Alaska.
This year will see the return of the immensely popular Travel Filmmaking workshops, the Travel Writing & Publishing workshops taught by editor of Wanderlust Magazine, Phoebe Smith, as well as sessions on bush craft, foraging, rope skills and campfire cooking competitions.
Lois Pryce, whose new book Revolutionary Ride about her recent travels in Iran will be published in 2017, says: “The festival just gets better and better each year and attracts hardcore adventurers and armchair travellers from all over the world. It’s a seriously addictive source of wanderlust and inspiration!!”
Festival creators Lois Pryce, author of Lois on the Loose, and filmmaker Austin Vince are used to unusual travels. Austin is one of the world’s leading adventure motorcyclists, has made several TV shows about his journeys, and advised Ewan Macgregor on his Long Way Round project. Lois Pryce is an author who has written about her solo motorcycle journeys across Africa, the Americas and around Iran. She was recently included in the Telegraph’s list of Top 10 Great Female Travellers. When not travelling the world Austin and Lois live on a houseboat in London. Together they travelled 6000-miles across the USA in a vintage Russian sidecar. Now that’s a way to test a relationship….
To find out more about the Adventure Travel Film Festival please visit: www.adventuretravelfilmfestival.com/uk-festival