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Kendal Mountain Festival announce highlights for 2016

by Press Release
Thursday 22nd September 2016
Four action packed days and over 70 films, the Kendal Mountain Festival will take place 17th - 20th November and will showcase and screen the very best films from around the world in adventure filmmaking, mountain culture, environment and exploration. 
At the heart of Kendal’s rich programme is the International Film Competition, attracting premières from around the world – it has been called the 'Oscars of outdoor filmmaking'. Over 70 films are screened (from 200+ entries) with eleven coveted awards up for grabs. However KMF is not all extreme action - you can experience culture, drama, wildlife and environmental documentaries, plus the world's largest lecture programme covering outdoor content. 
Other highlights include art exhibitions, book events, including the coveted Boardman Tasker Prize for Mountain Literature and the ever popular 'Kendal Mountain Film Academy'.  The inaugural 2014 'Filmmaking Summit' (supported by Channel 4 TV) welcomed 200+ industry professionals to an insightful programme of new debate and presentations. The packed 'Specialist Sessions' are now legendary and provide a core social gathering for the following categories – Climb, Bike, Snowsports, Endurance Sports, Free-Flight, Underground (Cave) and Adventure & Exploration. They really are events within the event!
Together with the photography exhibitions, workshops, numerous competitions, active sports events and youth engagement in the form of the new KMF charity – Film Active and  the KMF for Schools programme – the main Festival and associated On The Edge events are now a key attraction for thousands of people every year.
For snowsports fans, Jenny Jones is back to co-host the session, featuring free-skier Enak Gavaggio.
Other exciting guest speakers and presentations include  Alex Megos, Cedar Wright, Jorg Verhoeven & Katha Sauwein, Bullock and Boswell, plus the Scottish Winter Session for the climbers & mountaineers amongst you.
Sarah Outen and Ash Dykes will thrill you with tales of epic adventures around the world.
There is also a mountain running Endurance night special with ultra-runner Anton Krupicka joining us from across the pond, as well as record-breaking fell runners Jasmin Paris & Robb Jebb.
We all know that at the heart of Kendal lies the best and most diverse films from the world of adventure filmmaking. This year you can see the world première of Al Lee's all action cinematic spectacular Blocheads and Leo Houlding in the UK première of Mirror Wall.
The 2016 Kendal Mountain Festival promises to be another unmissable year. Running from 17th - 20th November with tickets on sale at www.mountainfest.co.uk.

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