It was great to hear recently that Ice Mines has received an award; Best Canadian film at Vancouver International Film Festival.
Will Gadd in the ice mines. Photo copyright Christian Pondella.
This movie is directed by Canadian Will Gadd, and features Will and Andreas Spaak on an outrageous ice climbing adventure, 200 metres underground in Sweden's abandoned silver mines.
Will Gadd climbing an ancient ice sculpture. Photo copyright Christian Pondella.
It was filmed by Hot Aches' Dave Brown and Slackjaw's Ben Pritchard.
The crew. Photo copyright Christian Pondella.
The jury statement: "Astounding cinematography and the mind-blowing weirdness of an extreme location made this film difficult to not pay attention to. The idea of climbing down below the surface of the earth to begin the climb back up produced a novel and exhilarating ride."
Dave Brown defrosting a Sony Z1. Photo copyright Christian Pondella.
Congratulations to the whole team, Gadd, Andreas Spak, Daniel Karlsson, Dave Brown, Ben Pritchard, Christian Pondella, Emerge Media.
Hot Aches' own productions have also continued to pick up awards, 16 in total now. Most recently Committed: Keen Youth won The People's Choice at both the London and Glasgow Mountain Film Festivals.