WATCH: Adventure Film Challenge calls locals to share their love of the SA outdoors

2017-05-29 14:00
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Cape Town - If there is one thing South Africa has become renowned for it is its adventure travel offering.

Easily on par with safari tourism and the iconic big five or SA's sublime, world-class beaches - there is an adventure experiences just waiting around the nooks and crannies across our nine provinces. 

And these experience don't all have to cost you a month's salary to enjoy them either - as the winner of the SA Adventure Film Challenge 2016 shows.

All roads lead to the mountain pretty much sums up the 2016 winning entry of the SA Adventure Film Challenge - Do you have what it takes to top this for 2017? 

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Ziyaad Solomon, a young filmmaker, won the 2016 Adventure Film Challenge. After watching the Banff films the year before, he was inspired to create a short trail-running video for the competition.

His film, Mowbray to Mowbray Ridge, celebrates trail running and beautiful locations, but also confronts the relevant social challenge of unhealthy lifestyles and making the decision to get off the couch, get fit and explore.

It follows blogger Fareed Behardien on a training run from the suburb of Mowbray to the iconic Mowbray Ridge.

"From the urban start to the slopes of Devil's Peak, Fareed reflects on his journey from a sedentary lifestyle to uncovering his passion for the mountains of Cape Town."

Winning the Adventure Film Challenge was a boost to Solomon's career and is a proud feature in his portfolio - capturing the passion required for the trail running sport, while making you want to participate in a healthier lifestyle and actually 'leave the couch'.

'Aims to encourage local adventurers to share their outdoor passions'

The SA Adventure Film Challenge has been run in conjunction with Cape Union Mart for the last four years as they bring the iconic Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour To South Africa - with the aim to encourage local adventurers, sports-persons and filmmakers to make and submit films showcasing their outdoor passions. 

Local filmmakers and outdoor enthusiasts are invited to submit a five-minute short film on South African outdoor culture. To enter the 2017 Adventure Film Challenge, submit the link to your five-minute short film on YouTube, on

Entries close on 30 June 2017.

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Submissions received are reviewed by a panel of judges from the adventure and filmmaking industries. The winning submission is screened alongside the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour, which will be shown in Ster-Kinekor cinemas countrywide to thousands of adventure enthusiasts.

The winner receives a R10 000 cash prize and K-Way gear to the value of R5 000.

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