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Shextreme Film Festival at Watershed

Canons Road, BRISTOL, Avon, BS1 5TX

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Shextreme Film Festival at Watershed


The world's first film festival celebrating women in extreme sports and adventure is back in Bristol bringing an action-packed programme of empowering adventure film premieres, inspiring panel speakers, adventure poetry performances and live adventure art.

This year’s festival theme focuses on the important topic of women in adventure’s mental wellbeing drawing upon Shextreme Film Festival’s world-leading research in this field in collaboration with Women in Adventure.

4th October : Opening Night & After Party
6 - 8pm at Watershed Cinema & Bar
Selection of short films, an adventure poetry performance and the South West premiere of Jen Randall’s hotly anticipated feature film Home starring U.K. adventurer Sarah Outen who traversed the entire globe human-powered! Delighted Sarah will be joining us for a live Q & A on the night too.

Then, enjoy that fun Friday feeling at the Opening Night party at Watershed Cinema’s bar showcasing the Shextreme Artistsin-residence Kim “Piffy’ Jevonand Libby Parfitt creating live adventure art responding to this year’s film festival theme: Women in adventure’s mental wellbeing theme.

The event also plays host to a female-led DJ set with Bristol-based MinirigsShextreme adventure photography, a Shextreme concept store celebrating female-led adventure companies such as SHREDLY and Peak Jewellrey.

5th October: Wheels, Waves & Wellbeing
6 - 8pm
Wheels, Waves & Wellbeing screening and panel discussion. Enjoy an empowering selection of female-led short films in mountain biking, motorbiking and skateboarding. 

Then, feast your eyes on an exclusive World Premiere: U.K. surf documentary Undercurrents. It explores the nueroscience behind state of flow in the ocean: “blue mind” and why surfing is so wonderfully addictive. Third fascianting film feautures surfing pioneer Arlene Maltman, one of Europe’s first female surf champions, mindfulness expert Dr. Tamara Russell and Cornwall-based marine activist Natalie Fox. 

Confirmed speakers for this panel disucssion on women in adventure’s wellbeing include Women in Adventure researcher Hetty Key, mountain biking athlete and mental health advocate Velo Me Jess, Gemma Harrison founder of VC London: a rad women’s motorbike collective and Blue Health coach Lizzi Larbalestier. 

6th October: Shextreme Film School
11 - 4pm at Paintworks and an outdoor film shoot in Bristol
ain expert advice from our tutors including award-winning BBC Planet Earth 2 Director Dr. Emma Brennand and experienced sound designer Ruth Rainey from Bristol-based We Are Audio. The supportive Shextreme Film Schoolbased at Paintworks in Bristol provides you with an oportunity to boost your confidence and get behind the camera during our skateboarding film shoot with female athletes followed by mini masterclasses covering pre-production planning, lighting, cinematography and sound design. Our mission is to train up more women to improve gender equality in adventure filmmaking. 

Going live very soon on Watershed Cinema’s site!

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