4 - 6 October 2019

To celebrate our fifth fabulous year, we are excited to announce our newly expanded programme!

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.


Shextreme Film Festival Screening Tickets are available from Watershed Cinema here.

Book your spot on Shextreme Film School right here!

4th October : Opening Night & After Party



Join us from 6 - 8pm at Watershed Cinema for a 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 our Opening Night party at Watershed Cinema’s bar showcasing our 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.

We als play host to a female-led DJ set with Bristol-based MinirigsShextremeadventure photography, a Shextremeconcept store celebrating female-led adventure companies such as SHREDLY and Peak Jewellrey.  

5th October: Wheels, Waves & Wellbeing

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From 6 - 8pm on Saturday 5th October, join us for our 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. The film explores the relationship between connection and compassion and it's link to our mental wellness. Bringing in ideas from the Blue Mind movement, the science of mindfulness and flow, we explore our relationship to the sea and find out what happens when we pursue what we love.

This fascinating film features surfing pioneer Arlene Maltman, one of Europe’s first female surf champions, mindfulness innovator Dr. Tamara Russell, surfing yogi and marine activist Natalie Fox as well as Cornwall-based Blue health coach and Blue Mind Advocate Lizzi Larbalestier.


Confirmed speakers for our 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 @ Paintworks and an outdoor film shoot in Bristol.

Finally, on Sunday 6th October from 11am - 4pm at Shextreme Film School, gain 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. 


Our 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. 


Film Programme 


We were inundated with a mountain of amazing entries this year. Our Official Selection for Shextreme Film Festival 2019 include:



An outward journey inward: Sarah Outen documents her epic years-long journey traversing the entire globe human-powered. A beautiful film by Sarah Outen and Jen Randall. Can’t wait!


Exclusive World Premiere: Why is surfing so addictive? What actually happens in your mind when you’re surfing? A thoughtful U.K. surf documentary featuring Director of British Surfing Arlene Maltman; Neuroscience & Blue health specialist Lizzi Larbalestier; Mindfulness innovator, Dr. Tamara Russell and yogi, marine activist, Natalie Fox.

Directed by Bronwyn Harvey and Christina Baldwin 

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High Passes

High Passes takes us from the beautiful Himalayan mountains of India, to the busy metropolis of Kuala Lumpur while we follow India’s first women’s ice hockey team as they compete for international glory.

Directed by Cosima Barzini


Circle of the Sun

U.K. Premiere: One day of magic: surf and ski on a surreal journey in Norway with freeride skier Lena Stoffel. 

Directed by Directors: Inigo Grasset and Lena Stoffel



Exclusive World Premiere: a modern-day surf animation.

Directed by Nicole Tobin.

Credit: Colleen Gentemann

Credit: Colleen Gentemann


The Alchemy of the Mountains

An artistic animation reflecting illuminating the effects of time spent in the mountains. 

Directed by Anna-Maria Montonen


Just Be

Directed by Monet Adams

All aboard the boat with this fun all female crew as Sam, Monet, Tina and Dominque explore the fjords of Norway making the most of Norway’s mesmerising mountain biking, hiking and surfing spots.



Shextreme Artists-in-Residence


Libby Parfitt & Kim Piffy

Representing Bristol’s amazing local talent, illustrators and artists Libby Parfitt & Kim Piffy will be creating some lush live adventure art on the night!