Shextreme is the world’s first and only film festival celebrating women in extreme sports and adventure. Their aim is to empower women in the extreme sports community and proudly promote equality in the field.

The festival is in their second year in Bristol, this time taking over the Arnolfini for the evening to showcase some amazing short films and premiere the new women only snowboard movie, Full Moon.

A pact venue shows a great deal of promise for the continued exposure of women in extreme sports, and the atmosphere was one of great energy and excitement.

The night consisted of multiple film showings and a panel of inspiring women in snowboarding, mountain climbing and travelling that included Jenny Jones, The Girl Outdoors and Squash Falconer. There was also live surf art by Chanti Mai, and a small number of retailers showcasing their gear including; Snooks, Mayfly Sound and others.

The films on show were:

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Full Moon

The hotly anticipated two year film project charting the past, present and future of women’s snowboarding. Featuring an international crew of riders including Annie Boulanger, Robin Van Gyn, Hana Beaman, Jamie Anderson, Leanne Pelosi, Marie-­France Roy and Helen Schettini. Filmed and Produced by Leanne Pelosi.

Photo by Aaron Jamieson

Photo by Aaron Jamieson

Way East

The makers of Way North made a return to the festival with an amazing snow and surf adventure set in Hokkaido, Japan. The small crew consisted of Aline Bock; 2010 Freeride World Tour Champion, Lena Stoffel; professional freeskier, filmmaker Mathias Koegel and local guide and photographer Aaron Jamieson.

Image by Dave Macleod

Image by Dave Macleod

Miles Away

Dave MacLeod’s documentary follows Alicia Hudelson as she explains what mountain running means to her. Filmed in the Swiss Alps and the Catalunyan Hills.

 

Image by Tom Swindell

Broken Roads

A fierce all female skate crew discovers wild new skate spots amongst the devastated landscape post-earthquake in Kyusyu, Japan. Filmed by Tom Swindell.

 

Image by Mollie Hughes

Image by Mollie Hughes

A Space Outside

This exciting film documents pioneering British female adventurers such as the youngest Briton to climb Everest Mollie Hughes and Ann Daniels who was part of the first all female team to go to the North and South Pole. Filmed by Jessica Pearson: Director of Shimnix Films.

 

It was a great evening, and very inspiring for both female and male attendees. There is a lot of passion here, and we’re certain it will continue to grow in strength and size as a film festival.

Make sure you keep an eye on the Shextreme website and Shextreme.tv ready for next year’s festival!