The Frontier Sapiens Film Festival showcases the best adventure, cultural and environmental films from around the world.
Join us for an evening of captivating, thought-provoking short films featuring inspiring untold stories of human endeavour. Travel the globe with some of the world's best filmmakers, and experience extraordinary human spirit on the big screen.
Every great story starts with great people. It’s time to draw attention to those whose voices aren’t being heard, to celebrate those who are pushing boundaries or are leaders in their field, and to shine the spotlight on the captivating stories behind individuals working towards positive change in the world.
Añay Kachi: Salt Workers of the Peruvian Andes
At 3,300m above sea level, in the Peruvian Andes, indigenous people have been harvesting salt by hand for over 600 years, prior to the Inca times. Through the eyes of Laurita, a 65-year-old indigenous salt worker, this beautiful short film explores the cultural meaning that this place has for the people of Maras and how it is shaping the future of the next generations.
As well as training to be the best football team in Ghana, this group of young men from the coastal town of Gomoa Fetteh have made it their mission to protect the sea turtles of Ghana. A heart-warming tale of conservation against all odds and proof of what humans can achieve when working as a team for the benefit of their community.
Lock Down Rock Up
A passionate climber and paramedic, Jerome Mowat takes us through the challenges he faced working as a front-line paramedic during the global pandemic and demonstrates how he used climbing as an escape. A truthful representation on the past year and the effect it has had on so many people.
Raising cattle doesn’t usually rate as an earth-friendly practice. But meet Amy O’Hoyt, a first-generation rancher bucking the trend and proving there’s a way forward that’s connected with the earth, the animals, and ultimately, a better future. In a traditionally male dominated industry, Amy is a prime example of leading from the front and doing things differently.
Being a porter on the world’s highest free-standing mountain is tough enough. Being a female porter in a heavily male dominated role brings a whole extra set of challenges. Today, only 18% of the workforce on Kilimanjaro are women. 10 years ago, there were none. Ngumu follows Olympic Gold Medallist Crista Cullen as she embarks on an authentic journey with the pioneering female porters of Mt Kilimanjaro.
Pathfinder - Life Beyond Fear
A story of determination and human endeavour, Pathfinder follows six world-class slackliners on a mission deep into the Norwegian mountains to attempt something that’s never been seen before. Through the extreme conditions and endless challenges, we learn about their elemental desire to follow their passion and explore the limits of humankind in the name of progress.
Running the Roof
Like so many good stories, this one begins with a drunken bet. Three friends, who are desperate to ditch their desks and go on an adventure decide to spin a globe. Wherever their finger lands, they will run. This film is an adventure into the unknown. A story of three friends trusting in nothing but their own two feet to carry them across one of the last wild landscapes on earth. Self-doubt, self-discovery and a whole lot of mountains.