Psycho Vertical Wins ‘Best Climbing Film’ at Banff Film Festival

Following a sold out world premiere in Canada on Friday 3 November 2017, we are pleased to report that Psycho Vertical, starring Montane big wall climber Andy Kirkpatrick, has won ‘Best Climbing Film’ at Banff Mountain Film Festival.

Psycho Vertical takes a raw, intimate look at Andy as a climbing figure, exploring the themes of identity, fatherhood and how our pasts shape us. Based on Andy’s best-selling auto-biography of the same name, Psycho Vertical examines the intricacies, complexities and often conflicting desires of Andy’s mind and personality as a world-class climber and alpinist.

Driven to discover who he is and what he’s made of by tackling some of the hardest, most dangerous routes in the world, Psycho Vertical follows Andy as he embarks on an 18 day, solo ascent of El Capitan. It gives intriguing insights into this controversial, unpredictable yet celebrated man who has a “strange penchant for the long, the cold and the difficult” (US magazine Climbing) and who “makes Ray Mears look like Paris Hilton” (Metro magazine).

Paul Diffley, jury member of the Banff Mountain Film Festival said of the award:

“There were lots of great climbing films this year, making it was a really tough category to judge. However, all the jury agreed that one film in this category stood out because of the honesty of the protagonist and its refreshing filmmaking style. In this era of social media, our feeds are full of professional athletes ‘living the dream’. This film digs a lot deeper. The filmmaker successfully employs some unorthodox techniques and the filmmaking feels very fresh, at times even bordering on experimental. It is a ‘warts and all’ profile that leaves an audience with a true rendering of a well-known climber and a film which transcends its category.”

Andy commented on Twitter:

“Well done to @LightShedJen [Jen Randall, filmmaker] for winning best climbing film at @BanffMtnFest for Psychovertical! Very well deserved”

Psychovertical’s European premiere takes place at Kendal Mountain Festival on Friday 17 November. Read more here. While this is already sold out, tickets are currently still available for ‘Ask Andy!’, an informal gathering before the premiere is screened hosted by Andy and filmmaker Jen Randall. Find out more about ‘Ask Andy!’ here.

From February 2018, Andy will also be embarking on a Psychovertical: A Higher Education lecture tour across the UK. For further information, dates and venues, click here.

Watch the trailer:

Psycho Vertical – Trailer from Jen Randall, Light Shed Pictures on Vimeo.

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