Cycle to Cinema celebrates countdown to Tour de France

Tour de cinema logoSheffield Adventure Film Festival  and  Cycle to the Cinema are proud to be part of the Tour De Cinema presented by Sheffield Doc/Fest as part of the Yorkshire Festival to celebrate the 100 days preceding the Grand Départ in Leeds on 5th July 2014.

YF_LOWER_LOGO_2014_RGB (Screen) To celebrate, ShAFF and Cycle to the Cinema are proud to host the first outdoor screening of the Tour de Cinema as a major strand of the Yorkshire Festival on Saturday 5th April at the Amphitheatre on South Street Park.  We’ll be showing Velorama – a new film created from stunning British Film Institute archive film about a Century of the Bicycle.shaff_black_white
Special documentary and fiction films will be screening FREE to the public on large-scale high definition screens, popping up in beautiful open-air locations, National Trust venues, and community spaces across the county.

ShAFF Festival Director and Cycle to the Cinema co-founder Matt Heason said:  “It’s really exciting to be part of the celebrations in the run up to the Tour de France.  Cycling has exploded in popularity.  In addition to Velorama on at the RedBull Cityscape Cinema amphitheatre screen, we’ll have two special Bike Film sessions at ShAFF as well as two feature length bike films including Won’t Back Down about Sheffield’s own mountain bike legend Steve Peat.”

“Our pilot series of Cycle to the Cinema screenings in partnership with the National Trust and the University of Derby, Buxton last summer proved a real hit, so we’re delighted to be able to encourage even more people to get out on their bike to enjoy adventure films on the big screen.  We’ll be hosting a series of events throughout the year in and around the Peak District as part of Tour de Cinema.”   

The opening Tour de Cinema event will take place Friday 28th March at the Bradford Cathedral with the World Première of two archive-based commissions – Velorama which celebrates the Century of the Bicycle, made by Leeds based filmmaker Daisy Asquith with BFI Archive footage, and From Trike To Bike (working title) which draws from the Yorkshire Film Archive cine club and home movie collections. The opening events are part of the Bradford Film Festival.

Throughout the 100-day festival audiences will be encouraged to Cycle to the Cinema to see some of the best cycle-themed documentary and feature films in history, including treasures from the BFI archive, cycling films by directors Ridley Scott and Louis Malle and a screening of Alan Bennett’s rarely-seen BBC film A Day Out, all projected on large-scale super-high definition screens. Screenings will take place in beautiful open-air locations, including many National Trust sites such as Malham Cove, Hardcastle Crag & Gibson Mill, Nunnington Hall, Brimham Rocks, Fountains Abbey and Ravenscar. Indoor screenings will take place in town halls and venues across the county’s towns and cities, including 20 community and village hall venues, staged by Cine Yorkshire.

The programme will also offer an opportunity to see films about Yorkshire including an opportunity to see on the big screen Martin Wallace and Jarvis Cocker’s film celebrating the century of steel, The Big Melt which was performed live at Doc/Fest last June. Also in the programme are screenings during Sheffield Doc/Fest including a collaboration with University of Sheffield.

On Saturday 5th July, the Tour de Cinema will culminate at a Special Closing Night event at the Sheffield Showroom as Le Tour de France passes through Sheffield.

Sheffield Doc/Fest presents the Tour de Cinema alongside partners at SHAFF, Cine Yorkshire, Yorkshire Film Archive, University of Sheffield, Bradford Film Festival and the National Trust.

See for the full programme for Tour De Cinema.

For further information about ShAFF & Cycle to the Cinema, contact Lissa Cook | 07818 411 791 | 01663 751 126

For Tour de Cinema contact Sarah Harvey Publicity: 020 7232 2812

For further information about Yorkshire Festival, contact: Debbie Pett – Anita Morris Associates
Tel 01943 603311 / M 07740 362861

About Sheffield Adventure Film Festival

More than 100 epic adventure sports films & speakers on 7 big screens over one awesome weekend (4-6 April) at the Showroom Cinema and Sheffield Hallam University. / @HeasonEvents

About Cycle to the Cinema

Cycle to the cinema to watch inspiring films on biking, climbing, running and other adventurous sports.  The concept is simple – we put on great films across the Peak District and you cycle to them.

…et voilà – exercise, entertainment and a social, all in one go.  (In case you are wondering, yes we will allow you in if you don’t come by bike, but we hope you’ll enter into the spirit of things).

About Doc/Fest:
Sheffield Doc/Fest is the UK’s premier documentary and digital media festival. It is the place to see world and UK premieres of the best creative documentaries from the cinema, television and online arenas, and to hear from and meet filmmakers at Q&A sessions. Highlights of the film programme are honoured with an award programme including the Sheffield Special Jury, Crossover Innovation, Green, Youth Jury, Inspiration, Student Doc, Short Form and Audience Awards. In 2013, 3,129 full festival pass holders from 69 countries attended the Festival and it attracted over 22,000 members of the film-loving public.

About Yorkshire Festival
Yorkshire Festival 2014 is the first ever arts festival to precede the Tour de France, the world’s biggest annual sporting event.
The festival will from 27 March to 6 July 2014.
Nearly 50 events have been selected to be officially part of Yorkshire Festival 2014 which will also include hundreds of fringe events.

Yorkshire Festival 2014 is backed by Welcome to Yorkshire, Yorkshire Water and the Arts Council England as well as Local Authorities across the country.

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