The world famous ‘Kendal Mountain Festival’ Tour is coming to North America for the first time in its history – launching Sept 19th 2022.
After 42 years – the UK’s leading adventure film and speaker Festival finally brings the best cinematic adventure stories to audiences in over 50 locations.
The Kendal Mountain Tour is coming to the USA and Canada for the first time this fall bringing a selection of the very best short adventure documentaries to North American audiences. So what's different about the films you'll see on the Kendal Mountain Tour? Simple – these are films you won't catch elsewhere, incredible stories from award-winning filmmakers with a uniquely British and European slant. It's your chance to discover new people and places, characters you'll instantly warm to, in amazing locations you'll instantly make top of your bucket list.
The programme is carefully selected by the team from Kendal Mountain Festival in the UK, which attracts over 20,000 outdoor enthusiasts to this legendary event every year. A similar program tours throughout the UK on an annual basis, and is now available to North American audiences, viewing in theaters across the U.S.
Kendal Mountain Festival, with presenting partners Montane, and OS Maps, will bring the Kendal Mountain Tour throughout the U.S.A. and Canada premiering with Santa Cruz, CA on September 19th, Seattle on September 22nd, Boston on October 4th and Denver on October 5th, before expanding into over 75 additional markets throughout the fall. View the Kendal Mountain Tour trailer and get a glimpse into the world of cutting edge outdoor storytelling, action sports and adventure.
The Kendal Mountain Tour is proudly produced in the USA & Canada by Adventure Entertainment.
Adventure Entertainment with support from presenting partners Montane, and OS Maps will bring this epic festival to audiences theatrically across North America (U.S.A. and Canada) in cinemas in more than 75 markets beginning on September 19th. Montane, and OS Maps, as our presenting sponsors will be working collaboratively to share adventure stories with new audiences across the US. The concept is simple. Take the spirit and essence of the premiere adventure festival, the Kendal Mountain Festival, and put it on tour. The result? Fun, great speakers, carefully curated films, bags of inspiration… and yet more fun. ‘Kendal’ is all about adventure, stories of extreme human endurance, breathtaking environments and adrenaline-fueled excitement. This spirit of adventure and exploration is distilled into a traveling film tour of short adventure films and adventure speakers on stage.
"We’re incredibly excited and honored to finally be bringing the Kendal Mountain Tour to our friends across the Atlantic! We’ve worked hard to programme the best Festival films alongside hosting great guest speakers at our live events across North America. Join us for an evening that will celebrate adventure stories from some of the most spectacular places on earth. You’ll be guided through our curation featuring a unique collection of travelers, athletes, activists and creatives”, says Steve Scott, Director of Kendal Mountain Festival.
Matt Hickman, Global Marketing Manager of Montane, says: “We are a long term supporter of the Kendal Mountain Festival and are looking forward to expanding this support into the North American tour. At Montane, we aim to inspire people to immerse themselves in nature and push their boundaries of what is possible- what better way to do this than sharing a range of inspirational stories that our industry produces. This announcement continues our commitment to the North American marketplace and we continue to evolve our premium product assortment within the active, lightweight apparel and equipment categories, to become even more relevant to the US market.”
Britain’s national mapping service Ordnance Survey (OS), which operates navigation app OS Maps, has confirmed its support for the ‘Kendal Mountain Film Tour’, with OS Maps joining the new US tour as a Presenting Partner. The two organizations will combine to host a selection of tales of inspiration and high quality tools for adventure to new audiences in the US and Canada.
Nick Giles, Managing Director for OS Leisure says: “We are delighted to join together with the ‘Kendal Mountain Film Tour’ on their expansion into the US and Canada. Both our organizations are driven by a shared passion for the outdoors; focussing on encouraging and inspiring more people to explore their local neighborhood or further afield. With our recent launch of the OS Maps app in the US, we bring a serious boost to hikers, runners and riders looking to plan and experience their next outdoor adventure. We hope that the Tour will leave viewers itching to get outside and explore, with OS Maps as their perfect partner to help them expand their horizons.”
About Kendal Mountain Festival:Over 40 years ago, back in October 1980, Kendal hosted a new low-key two-day event. Named the ‘Kendal Mountaineering Film Festival’, visitors experienced art, seminars, films, photography and - importantly - "two bars". Little did they know what they had started, or how influential the event would become. As the event grew in stature and popularity it attracted greater audience numbers, plus a veritable 'who's who' from the world of climbing and mountaineering. Yvon Chouinard, Reinhold Messner, Catherine Destivelle, Fred Beckey, Barry Blanchard, Lynn Hill, Jeff Lowe, Tommy Caldwell, Chris Sharma, Ueli Steck and Will Gadd to name but a few of those who have stood on the Kendal stage. And in film, the Festival became globally respected as a launchpad and international showcase for mountain and outdoor film, premiering or screening such classics as ‘The Bat’, ‘Five Days One Summer’, ‘Hard Grit’, ‘Touching The Void’ and more recently ‘Free Solo’, ‘14 Peaks’ and ‘The Rescue’. ‘Kendal’ became recognised as the main annual social event for outdoor enthusiasts in the UK and Europe, and built its strong international reputation. Since then Kendal has gone on to become a global touring film festival spreading across the United Kingdom, China and now coming to the United States and Canada for the first time.
About Adventure Entertainment:Australian-based, and operating in more than 12 countries, Adventure Entertainment is making literal and metaphorical waves in the adventure film world with over 10 touring film festivals, and dozens of feature films in recent distribution. Specializing in producing live, eventized, theatrical film screenings, AE is leading the way in innovative, community-based marketing and generating pre, and post-show buzz in the entertainment industry. Adventure Entertainment owns and operates the Women’s Adventure Film Tour, One Ocean Film Tour, Vertical Life Film Tour and RunNation Film Festival. Their recent feature film experience includes National Geographic's "Torn," Red Bull Media House's "La Liste: Everything or Nothing," and "Buried,” from Oscar-winning producers Evan Hayes and Michael Sugar. See more at adventureentertainment.com
About Montane:Pushing the limits of endurance and versatility for almost 30 years, the British outdoor performance specialist, Montane, engineers innovative, lightweight, breathable clothing, and equipment of uncompromised quality for multi-activity adventures, mountain activities and extreme environments. The drive to find, see and do more in the outdoors has driven Montane to evolve for efficiency through a simplified ‘less is more’ approach. The brand works closely with serious mountain professionals, leading adventurers, and top-performance athletes to be at the forefront of developing a clothing range that allows people to be immersed in nature, no matter the environment. Montane uses its unrivalled expertise to create a collection of reliable and versatile running, walking, and mountaineering clothing allowing its wearer to go FURTHER. FASTER in the outdoors.”
About OS Maps:OS MAPS: HIKING & BIKE TRAILS – Plan hikes, runs & bike rides.
Explore the great outdoors the way you want, all while staying safe with OS Maps.Whether you want to hike, bike or run, OS Maps will guide you with amazing trails across the USA. Want to find new places in your local neighborhood? Or plan that next thru-hiking adventure? From breathtaking National Parks to easy walks along the coast, experience the thrill of finding a brand new trail that you never even knew existed with OS Maps.
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