Tegernsee Mountain Film Festival 2011 - Call for Submissions 29/04/11


Press Release - Call for Submissions        29/04/11

9th Tegernsee International Mountain Film Festival, 19-23 October 2011

The excitement is mounting!

The 9th Tegernsee International Mountain Film Festival’s call for submissions went out do producers around the globe a few weeks ago. Full of excitement, festival organisers now look forward to the films that will compete for the Great Prize of the City of Tegernsee.

Next to the mountains, the element of water will play an important role in this year’s film festival in Tegernsee. ‘Water’ is the current motto for the Extra Category, which screens and awards the best films under one thematic heading each year. ‘Water in the mountains can mean a wild, sporty experience, it can be torrential or energizing, but also quiet and idyllic,’ are the words of the festival’s artistic director, Michael Pause (Bavarian Broadcasting). ‘Obviously, we are expecting some spectacular white water films, but also compelling documentaries on issues such as water power and memorable portraits of river landscapes or of mountain-dwelling people in whose life water plays a special role.’ Undoubtedly, this will represent a great high-light for festival guests.

Whilst the Extra Category places no age restrictions on submissions, only productions that that were completed after 2008 qualify for the festival’s three main categories. There, various thematic approaches are welcome – the category Mountain Experience puts alpinism and sportive encounters with the mountains centre stage. The best film in this category will be awarded the prize by the German Alpine Club. Landscape portraits and inquiries into environmental issues are the focus of the category Mountain Nature. The third category, Mountain Life, looks for films that take stock of ethnological and cultural aspects in the encounter between people and mountains. So far, these films have met with heightened interest among informed Tegernsee viewers. The best film across all categories will be awarded the Great Prize of the City of Tegernsee (worth 3,000 euros). Moreover, a prize will go to the best junior film maker.

The organising team and Sigi Menzel, head of the pre-selection committee, are now facing an exciting time. Producers are sending in their newest productions and slowly, an idea of this autumn’s Mountain Film Festival programme will emerge. Once the deadline for submissions – 31 May – has passed, June will be all about sorting the wheat from the chaff before completing the final programme in July, which will be available in print and online format from the end of August. It will show festival guests what is on offer from 19 to 23 October in Tegernsee, enabling them to secure tickets for their favourite screenings in advance. Online bookings are the preferred choice.

Information and call for submissions: Sonderbüro Bergfilm-Festival Tegernsee, Rathausplatz 1, 83684 Tegernsee, Germany, tel. +49-(0)8022-1801-53, www.bergfilm-festival-tegernsee.de