Frontier Sapiens Film Festival screening at Kirkstall Abbey

Outdoor Cinema: Frontier Sapiens Film Festival


18 August 2023

8:30 pm - 10:30 pm

Venue Kirkstall Abbey

Returning to Kirkstall Abbey this summer, the Frontier Sapiens Film Festival is the only adventure film festival of its kind in the UK and is bringing inspiration and adventure to the big screen outdoors.

Join us for an evening under the stars watching a collection of extraordinary short films featuring epic adventures, cultural stories and environmental issues from some of the world’s best filmmakers.

It’s outdoor cinema, but not like you’ve seen before!

£15.50 pp / £14.50 concession


2023 Frontier Sapiens Film Programme

New Way Up
Run time: 24 minutes

The Karakoram mountains are known for their huge scale and jaw dropping beauty. Nestled within them is Gulmit Tower, a technical granite pinnacle that has never been summited. But Fabi Buhl and Will Sim, both experienced alpinists, have a new idea. They plan to harness the power of the sky and use paragliders to fly over the glaciated terrain, and in doing so, are attempting to set a new direction for Himalayan climbing.

Game Hawker
Run time: 18 minutes


Shawn Hayes, a city kid from a rough neighbourhood east of LA, finds a lifeline when he discovers the ancient art of falconry — and a rare new connection to the natural world. Early on, Shawn’s teachers discouraged his early interest in the outdoors, telling him “your people don’t do that kind of thing.” Game Hawker is a story of conservation, but also of finding one’s place in both nature and the world.

Wild Waters
Run time: 45 minutes


Adventurer, pioneer, and badass human are all words used to describe French kayaker, Nouria Newman. But the expectations placed upon her as both an athlete and as a woman weigh heavily on her decisions and ambitions, leading her to forge her own path. Wild Waters follows Nouria as she prepares to become the first female to run a 100ft waterfall; watching her grow from a young, keen Olympic hopeful to one of the greatest kayakers of all times.

Polers of the Okavango
Run time: 33 minutes


The Okavango Delta is one of the most pristine wildernesses remaining on our planet. At its beating heart are the BaYei polers, a group of people who for generations have carved out a living in the Delta itself. To highlight what it takes to operate in this wild environment, world renown adventurer Aldo Kane joins an elite poling team aiming to traverse the entire Delta; a 250km journey in traditional mokoro canoes through crocodile and hippo-laden waters.

Walking on Clouds
Run time: 6 minutes


The sport of slacklining requires dedication, determination and complete focus… let alone when it’s at 1900m above the ground. Join athlete Rafael Bridi as he attempts to break the record for the highest highline in the world above the city of Praia Grande in Brazil.

Event information

⌚ Films start at 8.30pm (entry from 8.15pm). A collection of short films over the course of the evening. Event ends at 10.30pm.

🍿 Drinks and snacks will be available at the venue throughout (cash payments). Food trucks and drink providers will be announced closer to the time.

🎬 Please note there may be a small amount of swearing in some of the films. The films are recommended for 12+.

🔦 We encourage all attendees to bring their own torch / flashlight to use when exiting the venue.

🦮 With the exception of guide dogs, no dogs or other animals are allowed at the event.

☀️ The screening will continue come rain or come shine, so please dress accordingly! If unsafe weather is forecast (high winds / thunder and lightning), the event will be rescheduled or cancelled at the discretion of the event organisers. Customers will be informed 24 hours before the event and if cancelled, a full refund will be issued to all ticket buyers.

🪑 Ticket purchase does NOT include seating, but you are welcome to bring your own blankets, cushions or camping chairs to enjoy the show. Alternatively, you can reserve a chair at the time of ticket purchase.

🎫 Please ensure you bring your e-ticket with you (on your phone or as a paper ticket). If you have purchased a concession ticket, please arrive with proof of eligibility.

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