Be inspired: By the UK's Mountain Film Festivals

Why do we take up a new outdoors activity? Perhaps a friend asks you to chum them on a hill walk? Maybe you're invited by another family to go on a camping holiday? Then again, it could be that you're inspired to try a new outdoors activity because you've seen an amazing film or documentary. If you're looking for fresh ideas for 2012, or simply yo be wowed, head along to a truly awe-inspiring mountain film festival. In the UK, a number of annual mountain film festivals will give you a glimpse some amazing outdoors adventures. Perhaps this will see you giving these new outdoor pursuits a try, or motivate you to take your outdoors adventures and trips to the next level.

A guide to some of the best mountain film festivals in the UK

The 2012 Fort William Mountain Festival. Taking place in the Outdoor capital of the UK, the film festival promises a fantastic line-up of fascinating lectures and films, including a Bike Night, a Mountain Evening and the best of the Banff World Tour (see below). From February 15 to 19. [caption id="attachment_2476" align="alignleft" width="200" caption="Banff Mountain Film Festival features the film Cold, about an attempt to climb one of Pakistan’s 8000m peaks. Credit: Cory Richards Photography, LLC 2011 "]Banff Mountain Film Festival features the film Cold, about an attempt to climb one of Pakistan’s 8000m peaks. Credit: Cory Richards Photography, LLC 2011  [/caption] Banff Mountain Film Festival. This is one of the largest and most prestigious mountain festivals in the world. The “mothership” festival has been held at the start of November each year since 1975 in Banff (well, obviously!) in Canada.  The festival draws some of the world’s best film-makers and outdoor heroes to celebrate adventure, the environment, mountain culture and the outdoors through film. There are dates across the UK from January 27 to March 10. Sheffield Adventure Film Festival More than 70 of the best adventure, travel and extreme sports films hand-picked  from around the world, as well as talks and lectures.March 9 to 11.

Keswick Mountain Festival. An action-packed festival that celebrates the best the great outdoors in the heart of the Lake District. Full of activities including sporting competitions, adventure challenges, your favourite outdoor brands and great inspirational speakers. May 16 to 20.

Edinburgh Mountain Film Festival. Films, speakers and charity fund-raisers add up to a cracking film festival weekend in Scotland's capital. From October 25 to 28. Dundee Mountain Film Festival. A great line-up of films and speakers at this popular weekend festival from November 23 to 24. See you at one of these mountain film festival events?

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