NAILED IT! BEST OF FESTIVAL AWARD
Operation Moffat / October 2015 / Claire Carter, Jen Randall – United Kingdom – 20 mins
Operation Moffat takes inspiration and wit from the colourful climbing life of Britian’s First Female Mountain Guide Gwen Moffat. Writer Claire Carter and Filmmaker Jen Randall scramble, swim and barefoot climb through Gwen’s most cherished British landscapes, grappling with her preference for mountains over people, adventure over security, wilderness over tick lists. With new take on landscape photography, archive footage and action sequences this is a film rooted in a real love of wild places.
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY AWARD
Offseason / June 2016 / Ben Moon – United States – 8 mins
For Daniel Norris, baseball has been a passion, career, patient teacher and cruel master. But becoming a professional athlete means life in a high-stakes world of intense pressure where players are constantly under the microscope. That’s why during the offseason, Norris lives in his VW van, Shaggy. It’s a simple life. He travels alone, taking pictures, surfing, exploring the West and hoping that Shaggy will make it to the next destination. It’s not life in the fast lane; it’s life in the right lane, chugging along at 55 with other cars speeding past. But that view is exactly what he needs.
INSPIRING ADVENTURE AWARD
Ace and the Desert Dog / April 2016 / Brendan Leonard, Stefan Hunt, Forest Woodward – United States – 9 mins
For his 60th birthday, adventure photographer Ace Kvale and his dog, Genghis Khan, set out for a 60-day backpacking trip in Utah’s canyon country. The pair tells the story of their trek, friendship, and Genghis records it on his Desert Dawg Adventure Blawg.
250 MILE CLUB AWARD
Gateway / September 2014 / Amy Marquis , Dana Romanoff – United States – 5 mins
In Summer 2014, nine young interns from beautifully diverse backgrounds served as ambassadors at Gateway National Recreational Area. The ranger-led program, called Your Park! Your Health!, is a partnership between the National Park Service and American Heart Association. Each summer, YPYH interns promote fitness, fun, and exploration of the park among their peers, families, and neighbors. NPX produced this video as a side project with the National Parks Conservation Association and National Park Service. We hope it sparks a conversation about how the Park Service and its partners can continue to create deeper connections with all Americans and ensure broad support for our national parks using creative programs and tools.
AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARD
Noah Cass was a machine gunner for the Marine Corps during the 2005 Operation Spear in Iraq. During an over-watch mission his team was ambushed and a mortar round hit his truck leaving him with permanent hearing loss and tinnitus. When Noah returned home he dealt with issues common to veterans transitioning into civilian life: aggressive behavior, alcohol, addiction, depression, difficulty keeping a job, and relationship problems. Noah eventual hit rock bottom after 3 years and was desperate for a change. After losing more friends to suicide than in war, he decided to become sober and start running in his local woods. Noah, now a father and husband, enters the 50-mile wilderness race with only completing one 26-mile marathon prior. This race represents the journey a young soldier has to face to help cope with a past that haunts him every day.
ADVENTURER OF THE FESTIVAL AWARD
Gwen Moffat is an inspiration to all. She began climbing just after World War 2, leaving the army to live a transient outdoor life in the mountains of the UK and around the globe. She became the first British female Guide. She climbed barefoot, lived on a boat with her daughter, traveled and climbed widely and eventually settled in the Lake District to continue her successful writing career. As a climber, Gwen broke ground, defying the conventions of the 1940′s and 50′s and paving the way for other female climbers to push their boundaries and live life to the fullest.