Trust supports Fort William Mountain Festival film competition

Winner of FWMF's 'People's Choice Award' announced

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The John Muir Trust, sponsor of the Fort William Mountain Festival (FWMF) film competition, asked the public to help choose the winner of the People’s Choice Award.

This, the final category in the competition, was decided by a public online poll, which remained open until 5pm on Monday 15 February.

People's Choice Award shortlist*:

  • All Roads Lead to Scotland – Nick Bullock and Tim O’Neill tackle classic winter routes on the North Face of Ben Nevis.
  • Kalymnos – Rock climbing and other adventures on a sun-kissed Greek island with Kieran J. Duncan.
  • West to The Sea – Environmentalist Dave Chamberlain runs unassisted from coast to coast across Canada, fuelled by peanut butter sandwiches and his love for our planet.

*Update: The People's Choice 2016 was 'West to the Sea'. Congratulations to Dave Chamberlain and Rhys Morgan!

FWMF winning films announced:

Best Short Film: Miles Away by Dave MacLeod. Explores why fell runner Alicia Hudelson finds peace when she runs, features amazing short focusing on fell running, illustrated with breathtaking footage of some of Europe’s most stunning landscapes.  

Spirit of Mountain Culture Award: Operation Moffat by Jen Randall & Claire-Jane Carter. Inspired by Gwen Moffat’s memoir, The Space Below my Feet, Claire follows in the footsteps of Britain’s first ever female mountain guide.

FWMF Introducing: LATE by British Freeride/Puzzlemedia. A celebration of Scottish backcountry featuring a group of friends, a land rover and lots of skiing in the Scottish Highlands.

Alison Austin, The John Muir Trust’s Land Manager at Nevis said: “We’ve been delighted to sponsor this competition. “The standard of entries has been exceptionally high and shows the amazing breadth of talent that this competition has attracted.

“We congratulate the winners of the first three categories, and we now invite the people of Lochaber to help us choose the winner of the People Choice Award by voting online before next Monday at midday.

Film competition coordinator Freja MacDougall of the Nevis Landscape Partnership said: “It’s been a great year for the film competition with top-quality entries from all over Europe making their way to us.

“To have the John Muir Trust coming on-board as a sponsor has been amazing and will really help us build upon this year’s success and make the competition even bigger and better next year.”

All the winning films will be screened on Friday 19 February at Fort William Mountain Festival. The night will be compered by Claire MacLeod, BAFTA winning filmmaker. Each winner will receive a bespoke prize, £100 cash prize and the chance to introduce their film to the packed audience at the festival.

Article updated 17 February 2016