Birmingham Mountain Film Festival

Now here’s an odd one, at least at first glance. You wouldn’t think Birmingham was a hot-bed of mountaineering enthusiasts but this Thursday sees the start of the Birmingham Mountain Film Festival at the Creation Climbing Centre in Moseley. Alongside a photography exhibition and short films shown in the cafe-bar the highlights include a screening of E11 with talk by Dave MacLeod and two sessions of the best of the Kendal Mountain Film Festival.

Here’s an excerpt from their press release:

The brainchild of Custard Factory-based film-makers and climbing enthusiasts, Blue Hippo Media‘s Pip Piper and Weekday Productions’ Dominic Green, the new festival gives the fast-growing Midlands climbing-community a unique Winter event.

Festival director, Pip Piper, says: “Winter weather and limited daylight inhibit climbing at this time of year, so we wanted to hold a celebration of the sport for Midlands enthusiasts. We hope the BMFF becomes a regular feature in the climbing calendar – a place where experts and novices mix and all experience something to inspire them.”

Passes can be purchased to give visitors either one to three day access to BMFF’s full programme of both films and supporting events at the Creation Climbing Centre, based at the Epic Centre, Moseley. The BMFF organising group includes Creation Climbing Centre and Birmingham-based Gravity magazine – the UK’s only free national climbing publication.

The festival launches on the evening Thursday 25th January and runs to Saturday 27th.

Tip of the hat to D’log. Again.