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It’s a fes­ti­val full of ideas.

London’s Ad­ven­ture Travel Film Fes­ti­val, fast be­com­ing a fix­ture for over­lan­ders, is also fast ap­proach­ing – make a date in your di­ary for Au­gust 10-12 at Mill Hill School, NW7.

Or­gan­ised by film maker Austin Vince and travel au­thor Lois Pryce (the clos­est thing we have to ad­ven­ture travel roy­alty) it’s a full week­end of travel-themed films, talks and work­shops, with live mu­sic and camp­ing thrown in.

Lois Pryce told us how it got started: “Over the last 10 years or so we have been sent tons of fan­tas­tic travel films from all over the world by largely un­known film-mak­ers. They came from all over the globe and cov­ered ev­ery form of trans­port – boats, bi­cy­cles, buses, mo­tor­cy­cles, 4x4s and even hitch-hik­ing and train­hop­ping. The ‘ad­ven­ture travel’ shows we saw on TV, although pol­ished and pro­fes­sional, were noth­ing in com­par­i­son to the real-life dra­mas that were ar­riv­ing in our let­ter­box. We were amazed, and ex­cited, that ad­ven­tures of this qual­ity, old and new, were es­sen­tially un­known by the pub­lic. Our mis­sion is to change all that.”

Lois and Austin are best known as mo­tor­cy­cle over­lan­ders, but the fes­ti­val has ex­panded to in­clude films and talks from trav­ellers of all types and modes. That’s re­flected in the film pro­gramme – of course there are bik­ing tales. Take two French hip­ster sound engi­neers who buy a cou­ple of En­field Bul­lets and ride back to France, record­ing lo­cal eth­nic mu­sic on the way, while fes­ti­val reg­u­lar David

Darcy shows his film about rid­ing across Mon­go­lia. There’s huge va­ri­ety: a Swedish woman runs across Iran solo; a Moroc­can hitch­hikes around Ice­land; peo­ple fly round the world in a home­built plane and kayak down the Colorado in 1938.

Speak­ers for this year hadn’t been fi­nalised as we went to press (though judg­ing by pre­vi­ous years it’ll be a de­cent line up), but we know there are work­shops on open fire cook­ery, medic­i­nal plants and even yoga for trav­ellers, plus film mak­ing (on an iPhone) and travel writ­ing. Bet­ter still, this year’s ATFF is be­ing run in as­so­ci­a­tion with Honda UK, so there’s the chance for both on- and off-road test rides. Any­one over the age of 14 can sign up to learn the ba­sics and three-times world mo­tocross cham­pion Dave Thorpe will be on hand to give some ex­pert off-road in­struc­tion.

It all sounds pretty good, so see you there! Tick­ets are pre-booked at £79 for the whole week­end of Au­gust

10-12, which in­cludes all films, talks, live mu­sic and camp­ing. Kids un­der 12 go free.

For more in­for­ma­tion go to: www.ad­ven­ture­travel film­fes­ti­val.com

Watch travel films un­der the stars.

Chris Scott and Lois Pryce giv­ing a talk on mo­tor­cy­cle prep.

Ad­ven­ture travel roy­alty? Austin Vince and Lois Pryce.

Plenty of il­lus­trated talks as well as the films – this is Nathan Mill­ward.

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