2020 Winners

The 6 winning films from our 6 categories...

Directed by Sim Warren

Sat on top of two wheels, James Lucas, and his bike, are a vehicle for change. Born from a fragment of an idea James had on a cycle trip through Norway, the Bristol Bike Project (thebristolbikeproject.org) is the beating heart for mobilising local people on bikes. Through the people James meets a...

Directed by Tahria Sheather

Nature has a rhythm – it just takes one to tune into it. Jess Kilroy – musician, climber and conservationist – travels to wilderness areas around the West creating music from the natural sounds she finds there, with the goal of sparking people's love for these wild lands. The Creek Sessions foll...


When Jen Zeuner and Anne Keller moved to the tiny, conservative high desert town of Fruita, Colorado almost twenty years ago it was not on the map as far as mountain biking was concerned. It was a small and tight knit community without much economic vitality. Jen and Anne have left an inedible im...

Directed by Katie Falkenberg

A Navajo shepherdess perseveres in a rapidly vanishing way of life, despite extreme drought on the reservation. “We didn’t even go up the mountain because there’s no water,” she recounts. “Hardships are just lessons and challenges in life and you just can’t dwell on it, you have to live through it.”


Through the eyes of two female surfers, Undercurrents explores the beautiful dance between connection and compassion. Bringing in ideas from the Blue Mind movement and the science of mindfulness and flow, we explore our relationship to the sea and find out what happens when we pursue what we love...


Amy Walker talks honestly about how swimming helps her deal with depression and accept her body shape. In the film, shot at Janet’s Foss waterfall in North Yorkshire, she refers to the great joy she finds in cold-water swimming.

2020 Official selections

To be screened in at least one location during Adventure Uncovered Film Festival 2020 events...

Directed by Zak Bentley

After an ill-fated expedition to northern Patagonia, in search of one of the oldest living trees on Earth, three explorers reflect on their discoveries and what it means for the future of rainforests.


Hailing from New Orleans, Louisiana, Will Robinson enlisted in the US Army at age 22. At the time, serving was his lifeline, a way out of trouble. After 5 years of service in Iraq Will was discharged with injuries sustained to both knees a fused wrist and severe PTSD, deeming him unsuited for ser...

Directed by Jason Hearn

We all stare at the same ocean, however some of us choose to read between the lines. This is a uniquely told story following the vision of Sacha Specker. It's an intricate and rewarding relationship between man and the sea.

Directed by Simon Perkins

After losing his leg to cancer as a young adult, Jon Wilson struggled with the emotions of feeling broken. Challenging himself in the outdoors presented a possible remedy. Today, crutching up and skiing down mountains at night provides a distinct backdrop for Jon to explore, accept, and embrace t...

Directed by Colin Arisman

Since, 1973, the National Brotherhood of Skiers has overcome barriers by bringing soul, smiles and a party to the mountain. Formed during the height of the civil rights movement, the organization is dedicated to creating a welcoming space for people of color on the slopes and supporting black you...

Directed by A Common Future

A professional snowboarder turns 30. How can he reconcile the growing doubts with his love for the sport? An audiovisual meditation on the beauty of doing what we love most and a series of conversations about growing awareness and maturity.


Peering out her tall bedroom windows to the highway below, Caitlin Davis dreamed of life as an ecologist. When she saw mountains for the first time on a backpacking trip after college, her fate was sealed. Today, in Idaho’s demanding sagebrush country, the raptor biologist spends her days rappell...

Directed by Sim Warren

Here can be anywhere on your journey. Here doesn't define the end, but of possibilities for a new beginning. Outdoor therapist Ruth Allen (whitepeakwellbeing.com), invites us to travel beyond 4 walls and step into nature, where we can heal, experience and take the next steps on our path. "A jour...

Directed by Hayden Griffith

LIMITLESS chronicles the story of Jezza Williams, from life as a rogue adventurer to a life-changing accident that left him a C5 tetraplegic. Positivity bursts from every fibre of his being. He’s been to some dark, wild places yet it seems the journey is just beginning. He now runs an inclusive...

Directed by Caleb Yule

An ode to patience and peaceful shores, this portrait of fisherman between the lines documents the all but fruitless attempts of anglers in their search of a catch.

Directed by James J Dann

Out on a Limb follows Geoff, Dan and Isaac, three wheelchair users who embark on a mission to conquer the Swiss Alps and prove that having a disability won’t tame their sense of adventure. Edited by Paul Jones.

Directed by Kody Kohlman

Mirna Valerio, a 250lb African American woman from Brooklyn, takes on Broken Arrow Sky Race in Squaw Valley, California. The 16-mile race encompasses over 5000' of gain on exposed ridges, snowfields and massive climbs

Directed by Boryana Ivanova

Once a swimming champion in Syria, now Sarah finds herself on a broken boat in the Mediterranean. She knows that this will be the most important race she will ever compete in. The prize - saving her own life and the life of her sister.

Directed by Philippe Woodtli

A young man born severely deaf faced exclusion from society from his early days on. He was bullied by his peers, branded a fool by his teachers, and locked away in a basement at his first job at a bank—but Robin Gillon found his way through, all thanks to skiing.


Imani Wilmot is a role model to a community of Afro Caribbean surfers in Jamaica and beyond. She is using surfing as a tool to transform the lives of many Jamaican woman. Imani has taken it as her personal responsibility to empower women of colour to have access to surfing and to see a place for...

Directed by Jacob Oster

Inside the communist country of Cuba exists a small but passionate community of surfers who, due to a lack of economic opportunity and governmental support for the sport, the number no more than 150. This film colourfully documents the Cuban surf community's struggles and how they overcome them i...


3 brothers, who have come to be known as The Wild Swimming Brothers, have felt the pressures that many people experience while living and working in a city. Feeling the toll that urban living was taking on them, they decided to begin an aquatic journey that has propelled them extremely far from c...

Directed by Dean Leslie

Thabang Madiba somehow found his way into the world of trail running and in the last few years has become everyone’s favourite in the South African trail scene. He lives in Ga-Rankuwa township, without a mountain in sight… or a physio, chiro or dietician for that matter. But through hard work, de...

Directed by Seth Dahl

The Long River Home is a 20-minute documentary film about overcoming the residual impacts of war through kayaking with a team. Aaron Howell and Russell Davies are combat veterans who were injured in war and now come together for another mission as they guide blind Navy veteran, Lonnie Bedwell, on...

Directed by Daniel Satchell

Brighton local longboarder, Daniel Satchell has been surfing the beaches of Brighton all year round for nearly 20 years. Summers can be particularly painful as a south coast surfer, with an average of a dozen or so surfable days within a 3-4 month period. Daniel has decided to capture and share...

Directed by Tim Kemple

A story about Sverri Steinholm, a Faroese trail running pastor that explores the relationship of his spirituality both through his experiences in the outdoors and in a traditional “church” / community. Sverri is an avid runner — both on the roads and ‘in the fields’ as he says — who uses his time...

Directed by Daniel Raven-Ellison

What does the United Kingdom really look like? To get a better sense of proportion, let's go on a 100-second walk across our nation. Each second of the walk reveals one percent of our lands and how they look from above. Are you ready for the UK in 100 seconds? Do we need to re-think this mix of...

Directed by Ryan Struck

The women's surf community in Tofino is a unique as British Columbia is remote. The annual all female surf contest Queen of the Peak was started by women and is a testament to the grit and determination of the women who live there.

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