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Film  ·  Events  ·  Culture  ·  People  ·  20-23 Nov 2014


  1. Thursday 20th November
  2. Friday 21st November
  3. Saturday 22nd November
  4. Sunday 23rd November

Upcoming Events

09.30 - 12.30 Wednesday 19th

Kendal Mountain Film Academy -  ‘DSLR Filmmaking Fundamentals’

Learn the basic rules of composition, framing and cinematography and increase the production value of your films by brushing up on your settings, shooting style and interview techniques. You have to learn the rules before you can break them!

13.30 - 17.00 Wednesday 19th

Kendal Mountain Film Academy -  ‘Set your GoPro on Fire’

Get the most from that versatile little camera by getting to grips with critical settings, apps and the features of the GoPro software package. You will learn to mount shoot and process your shots for a more professional look and higher production value.

18.00 - 21.00 Wednesday 19th

Kendal Mountain Film Academy -  ‘An introduction to sound for film’

Film isn't all about the image, when starting out few realise the importance of great sound. Complete your craft by learning the fundamentals of acoustics, sound recording for interviews and wild tracks and experimenting with different audio set-ups.

09.30 - 12.30 Thursday 20th

Kendal Mountain Film Academy -  ‘Editing from Scratch’

Getting to grips with software is a daunting task and can stop you in your tracks! Learn the basics of Adobe Premiere Pro from professional filmmakers and editors so you can jump confidently into your next big project!

13.30 - 17.00 Thursday 20th

Kendal Mountain Film Academy -  ‘Advanced shooting techniques’

Ever wondered how they get that beautiful tracking shot? Or why their shots are silky smooth and yours make you queazy? Experiment with dollies, cranes, steadicams and fig-rigs, learn to shoot beautiful slow-mo and the basics of time-lapse.

18.30 - 20.00 Thursday 20th

Opening Event

After the fantastic public opening event over the last two years, we are holding much the same this year! And we've ordered a fine evening as well!

20.00 - 22.30 Thursday 20th

Free-Flight Session feat. Thomas De Dorlodot

The annual gathering for lovers of free-flight steps up a gear this year at KMF.

10.00 - 12.00 Friday 21st

KMF for Schools

Our hugely popular event for school pupils, and not just because they miss morning school!!

10.30 - 11.30 Friday 21st

UK Film Premiere ‘Dream Line’

The UK premiere of Bjarne Salen's new film.

13.00 - 14.30 Friday 21st

UK Film Premiere ‘DamNation’

The UK premiere of this big 'eye-opener' of a film on the natural havoc that dams cause. A film that matters.

13.00 - 14.30 Friday 21st

UK Film Première - ‘Déjame Vivir’ - The second film in Kilian Jornet’s ‘Summits Of My Life’ project,

A UK première of this long awaited film by Kilian Jornet and directed by Sébastien Montaz-Rosset

13.30 - 17.30 Friday 21st

Boardman Tasker Prize for Mountain Literature

The Boardman-Tasker Prize for Mountain Literature is the premier mountain literature award worldwide and commemorates the lives of Pete Boardman and Joe Tasker who were lost on the North East Ridge of Everest in 1982. It is awarded to the author of an original...

16.30 - 17.30 Friday 21st

‘Real or Reel’

Join our Film Officer, Claire Carter, with top adventurers and filmmakers as we discuss the state of authenticity in adventure film.

16.30 - 19.00 Friday 21st

The Planet Fear Endurance Session feat. Steve Birkinshaw

This year's Planet Fear Endurance session is packed with content and surprise guests.

17.30 - 19.00 Friday 21st

Standing On The Shoulders of Giants - 100 Years of Central Buttress.

The story of one of our greatest early rock climbers is told through dramatised film and theatre.

19.00 - 20.30 Friday 21st

John Porter - ‘One Day As A Tiger’

As part of the literature programme one of the Kendal Mountain Festival founders and former director, John Porter, will be talking about his new book 'One Day as a Tiger' .

19.30 - 21.00 Friday 21st

Hotaches World Film Première - ‘Redemption’ feat. James Pearson

'Redemption: The James Pearson Story' tells the controversial story of one of the world’s best rock climbers.

19.30 - 21.00 Friday 21st

Meet the artists

Come and meet this year's exhibiting artists; hear them talk first hand of their inspiration and their creative thinking.

19.30 - 22.00 Friday 21st

Arc’teryx Session feat. Mina Leslie-Wujastyk, Jen Randall & Thibaud Duchosal

Arc’teryx presents an evening of alpine, rock climbing and back country skiing.

20.00 - 22.30 Friday 21st

Santa Cruz Bike Session feat. Josh Bryceland

What a treat we have for Bike fans this year. Hosted by our favourite bike guru - Ed Oxley; 'The Beard' will guide us through the twists and turns from the year of biking, with some superb films from around the globe.

21.00 - 22.00 Friday 21st

Mallory: Beyond Everest

Mallory and his climbing partner, Sandy Irvine, vanished into the mist high on Everest in 1924.

09.00 - 10.30 Saturday 22nd

Jonathan Westaway - That Undisclosed World: Eric Shipton and the Imperial Security State

'Mountains of Tartary' (1950) recounts Eric Shipton’s mountaineering exploits and travels in Xinjiang during his two postings as British Consul-General in Kashgar in the 1940s.

09.30 - 12.30 Saturday 22nd

Creative Travel Writing with Phoebe Smith - 1

Calling all adventure enthusiasts! Ever clambered up an epic peak in the UK or abroad, explored a vast backcountry or pitched a tent in the wilds? Has your journey been so thrilling and inspiring that you’re just desperate to put pen to...

10.00 - 12.30 Saturday 22nd

Berghaus Session feat. Steve Birkinshaw, Leo Houlding & Sir Chris Bonington

Berghaus celebrates the extremes of human endeavour with two unmissable lectures.

10.00 - 12.30 Saturday 22nd

KEEN Wild Water Session feat. Steve Fisher

The Wild Water Session features an exclusive mix of the best paddlesport action, with kayak legend Steve Fisher joining us this year.

10.30 - 12.00 Saturday 22nd

Martin Boysen

Martin’s passion for crags and mountains springs from his deep love of nature and a strong sense of adventure.

11.00 - 12.30 Saturday 22nd

Ian Hill & Julian Hoffman - The Wild and Layered Land: the mountains of Cumbria and northern Greece

Ian Hill's evocative writing explores the Cumbrian uplands through landscape and memory while Julian Hoffman's award-winning book, The Small Heart of Things: Being at Home in a Beckoning World, traces the human and natural history of the highlands of northern Greece.

11.00 - 13.00 Saturday 22nd

Family Friendly Films

Films that have been chosen for their content and language, and that are deemed suitable for the younger audience.

11.00 - 13.00 Saturday 22nd

planetFear 10k Trail Run

Back once again for a little 10k jaunt, from the centre of Kendal up to Scout Scar, with the thigh burning, calf pinging warm-up up Beast Banks - it's not called that for nothing!

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13.00 - 14.00 Saturday 22nd

Mountain Heritage Trust Showcase

Welcome to MHT’s 'Show us your nuts'!

13.00 - 14.30 Saturday 22nd

Lowe Alpine Adventure Exploration Session feat. Alastair Humphreys and Dan Milner

An afternoon of high adventure and exploration tales from around the globe. It will be a fantastic mix of film and entertainment!

13.00 - 14.30 Saturday 22nd

Millet presents Christophe Profit

Uber-alpinist Christophe Profit ripped up the mountaineering rule book in the 1980s with a string of ultra-fast ascents and ‘enchainments’.

14.30 - 16.00 Saturday 22nd

‘Mount London’

The essays and stories in 'Mount London' unpeel London’s history and geography, reimagining the city as mountainous terrain and exploring what it’s like to move through the urban landscape.

16.30 - 18.30 Saturday 22nd

Channel 4 Short Film Showcase

A showcase of the short films entered into this years Channel 4 shorts competition.

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Saturday Film Pass
17.00 - 18.30 Saturday 22nd
17.00 - 18.30 Saturday 22nd

Mountain Hardwear presents Ueli Steck

“The Swiss machine” Ueli Steck comes to Kendal fresh from his latest exploits.

18.00 - 19.30 Saturday 22nd

Marmot Night feat. Steve McClure - Beyond Limits

Sometimes all it takes is a little bit of luck and being in the right place at the right time.... Steve McClure is one of the UK's highest profile and most influential rock climbers.

19.30 - 22.00 Saturday 22nd

Julbo Snowsports Session feat. Samuel Anthamatten

Our classic snowsports session - always a big hit! Brought to you by Julbo and supported by our friends at Whitedot.

19.30 - 22.30 Saturday 22nd

Petzl Underground Session feat. Jason Mallinson and Rick Stanton

Last year’s inaugural Petzl Underground Session proved to be a huge hit, with a fantastic mix of film and lectures covering the latest and greatest news from the underground world.

20.00 - 21.30 Saturday 22nd

2014 Awards Ceremony

We've broken the mould and moved our Awards Ceremony to Saturday night - it'll be a great start to a great social evening!

22.00 - 02.00 Saturday 22nd

RAB Party

RAB Party Kendal isn’t called “The main social event for outdoor enthusiasts in the UK” for nothing – and the Saturday night RAB Party plays a big part.

09.00 - 12.00 Sunday 23rd

Best of Kendal Breakfast

This film session is a selection of this year's winning films. Come and enjoy an early screening of some of our winning films. Actual titles will be published after the Awards Ceremony on Saturday night.

09.30 - 12.30 Sunday 23rd

Creative Travel Writing with Phoebe Smith - 2

Calling all adventure enthusiasts! Ever clambered up an epic peak in the UK or abroad, explored a vast backcountry or pitched a tent in the wilds? Has your journey been so thrilling and inspiring that you’re just desperate to put pen to...

10.00 - 11.30 Sunday 23rd

Tim Cope

In 2004, author and filmmaker Tim Cope set out to travel 6,000 miles by horse from Mongolia to Hungary across the great Eurasian Steppe. It was a quest to retrace the route taken by Mongolian conquerors, who under Genghis Khan created the largest empire in...

10.00 - 11.30 Sunday 23rd

Martin Moran

Martin will talk about his new autobiography “Higher Ground”, in which he recalls his years of training in becoming a British Mountain Guide, relives his most adventurous guided climbs and affectionately profiles the remarkable personalities of his many clients and colleagues.

10.00 - 12.00 Sunday 23rd

Jonathan Griffith

Based in Chamonix, France, Jonathan has climbed the world over and established himself as one of the world’s leading mountain sports photographers.

11.00 - 12.30 Sunday 23rd

Linda Cracknell - ‘Doubling Back’

In 'Doubling Back', Linda Cracknell walks in the footsteps of others from the Highlands of Scotland to the Swiss Alps and Kenya.

11.00 - 13.00 Sunday 23rd

Family Friendly Films

Films that have been chosen for their content and language, and that are deemed suitable for the younger audience.

13.00 - 14.00 Sunday 23rd

Mountain Heritage Trust Showcase

Welcome to MHT’s very own ‘Antiques Roadshow’!

13.30 - 14.30 Sunday 23rd

Mark Thompson - ‘White War’

The compelling and moving account of an unknown campaign of the First World War.

14.00 - 15.30 Sunday 23rd

Hazel Findlay

First British woman to climb an F8c sport route!

14.30 - 16.00 Sunday 23rd

British Mountain Guides - A Passion for Mountains

The British Mountain Guides present a session filled with inspiration; a combination of mini-lectures from well-known Guides and a celebration of the new book 'A Passion for Mountains', a compilation of stories written by members of the BMG.

16.30 - 18.00 Sunday 23rd

‘What Could Possibly Go Wrong?’ - behind the scenes with Alastair Lee, Rob Jarman and Jules Lines

Join top filmmaker Alastair Lee as we go behind the lens in a KMF special one-off presentation of two of his latest films 'Stone Free' and 'All My Own Stunts'.

16.30 - 18.00 Sunday 23rd

Dave Cornthwaite

Dave Cornthwaite is an adventurer, author and filmmaker.

19.00 - 22.30 Sunday 23rd

Best of Kendal 2014

Featuring a selection of 2014 winning films, screening over 4 venues.

19.30 - 22.30 Sunday 23rd

Best of Kendal - Rheged

Our annual pilgrimage to the North Lakes!

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