On Tuesday, January 20, 2009 Sender Films’ latest release, ‘The Sharp End,’ won the award for Best Adventure Film last week at the X-Dance Action Sports Film Festival in Salt Lake City, Utah.
‘The Sharp End’ beat out a number of great films in the category to take the Adventure award. It was one of only a few climbing films selected for this festival of top-of-the-line surf, ski and skate films, “it was great to see that a film about climbing could win that award and reach that audience.
The ski crowd loved it,” said ‘The Sharp End’ co-creator Nick Rosen.
For one insane week each winter, the world’s top action sport filmmakers and athletes, along with cutting-edge bands and DJs and key figures from the entertainment industry, gather in Salt Lake City, Utah, to celebrate action sports culture at the annual X-DANCE Action Sports Film Festival. Launched in 2001 and coinciding each year with the Sundance Film Festival, X-DANCE showcases the year’s top action sport films, followed by post-screening Q&A’s with filmmakers and athletes. X-DANCE also features open forum panels with athletes, filmmakers, industry figures and icons from the action sports world, plus special screenings, privately sponsored parties and a legendary Closing Party/Awards Ceremony. With roots in both the core industry as well as the mainstream, no other event on earth harnesses the creative energy of adrenaline culture and brings it together under one roof like the X-DANCE Action Sports Film Festival.
‘The Sharp End’ is a film about the climbers who push themselves to the limits of adventure, and risk everything on the razor’s edge between success and disaster. Run out trad routes, scary high-ball boulder problems, ice-covered alpine walls and all-or-nothing free-solo ascents form the crucibles in which these climbers push through their fear and discover the uncertain consequences that lie on the other side.