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NEWS: Award Winning Adventure Film Premieres at ‘Why Not? Adventure Film Festival’


16th, 21st & 30th November, 2013

The ‘Why Not? Adventure Film Festival’ is coming to Ireland this November.

Coming to Dublin’s Sugar Club on the 16th, Castlebar’s Linen Hall Theatre on the 21st, and Galway’s Taibhdhearc theatre on the 30th, the festival will screen award winning daredevil adventure sport films from Ireland and across the globe. This selection of feature length and short films includes the Irish premieres of the films McConkey and Arrival (Dublin only).

McConkey tells the story of freeskiing and ski-BASE jumping pioneer Shane McConkey who passed away tragically aged 39. Luckily for the rest of us, from his earliest days, to his big yellow “handicam” in college, to his budding life as a ski film star, Shane wrote his own movie. The red light was always on. Over a thousand hours of archive material were the building blocks of a film described by the New York Times as both ‘inspiring’ and ‘heartbreaking’. Join the festival this November to learn what drives someone to take such risks for the sake of progression.

The Why Not? Adventure Film Festival also boasts a wide selection of short films to accompany the feature films. Speaking about the festival, organiser Graham Clarke explains that, ‘there’s more to this festival than just screening world class adventure films. We also want people to have a unique experience that creates a deeper connection between the film and the audience. One of our aims with the festival is to find new ways to innovative within the standard format you see at adventure film festivals. This year we’ve partnered up with the crew at Headphone Disco to bring the concept of the silent disco to a movie. The audience will be able to choose from several different soundtracks to listen to while they watch one of our films. We’re not sure that it’s been done before. It’s all pretty exciting!’

All festival goers will also be in with the chance to win a paid Concern Challenge four day hill walking trip to Ben Nevis, Scotland. Or choose from subsidised trips to the Himalayas, Mt. Kilimanjaro or touring Kenya.

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