Fort William Mountain Festival Film Competition winners announced

Paddleboarder wins John Muir Trust sponsored wild places film prize

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Cal Major, a stand up paddleboarder and film maker from North Devon, has won this year’s John Muir Trust Wild Places prize at the Fort William Mountain Festival Film Competition.

Her film ‘Skye’s the Limit’, directed and edited by James Appleton, documents a solo circumnavigation of the isle of Skye in Scotland on a stand up paddleboard, highlighting the impact of plastic pollution on Scotland’s wild shorelines.

Cal said: ‘The Isle of Skye is an incredibly beautiful and wild place, and attracts nature lovers for its plethora of wildlife. I wanted to highlight that despite its remoteness it is vulnerable to plastic pollution. I made the film to capture the imagination of its viewers and inspire a desire to protect these special places.”

The John Muir Trust, which owns and manages the Ben Nevis Estate – which includes the summit and upper slopes of the mountain, part of Glen Nevis and two other Munros – is delighted to be among the sponsors of the Fort William Mountain Festival.

Alison Austin, the Trust’s Nevis land manager, said: “While the Trust is well known for managing mountain’s like Ben Nevis, we also care for a some of the UK’s most special coastline at Sandwood Bay and on the Isle of Skye from Elgol to Camasunary.

These habitats and wild places are threatened in different ways and we were delighted to see an inspiring and adventurous film get to the heart of one of the big threats to marine and coastal wildlife. Our congratualtions to Cal on producing such an inspiring and informative film.”

The Trust has also been coordinating a Wild Writing competition with schools across the Lochaber area, activity that ties back to its commitment to the Year of Young People 2018.

To find out more about Cal Major visit her website Paddle Against Plastic where information on future screenings of Skye’s the Limit can be found. Cal is also an ambassador for the Surfers Against Sewage Plastic Free Coastlines Campaign, an initiative to get individuals and businesses involved in a community effort to help reduce plastic pollution at source.

The Fort William Mountain Festival runs from 21 to 25 February 2018.