Sponsored by outdoor brand Lowe Alpine, ‘Distilled’ examines why the Scottish Highlands are such a special place to climb in winter, and simultaneously tells Cave’s story which is itself inextricably linked to Scottish winter climbing. Written and directed by Paul Diffley of Hot Aches Productions, the film premiered at Kendal on Friday 15th November before being awarded the prize, voted for by festival attendees, two days later. Of the film’s success Cave commented: ‘’I am absolutely delighted that Distilled won this award and must thank everyone who voted. The film was made for people who love adventure and wild places, and if they like it I am happy!’”
Another winner was Alastair Lee’s The Last Great Climb which won a special award for filmcraft. The film follows Leo Houlding and his team as they travel to a remote part of Antarctica and attempt to climb Ulvetanna via its north-east ridge. Lee and Houlding have teamed up previously for the Asgard Project and Autana.
See the January ’14 edition of Trek & Mountain for an exclusive interview with Andy Cave and Paul Diffley.