Press Release -- August 2012

10th Tegernsee International Mountain Film Festival, 13 – 21 October 2012

Inspiring, moving, fascinating: the 10th International Mountain Film Festival

The festival’s 10th jubilee provides an opportunity to treat its audience to some additional surprise highlights. Central focus is as always on the latest mountain films such as “Messner” and “Roraima” with Stefan Glowacz. The programme is now available in print and online format and ticket sales has already started.

Numerous winning films of past years will be on show once more and many renowned Alpinists and climbers present. Also, the trinity of mountain/film/music will play a crucial role in the fringe programme. Munich-born organist Hansjörg Albrecht for instance will improvise on the historical Tegernsee abbey’s organ, accompanying sublime images of Mt. Weisshorn, which is located in the Swiss canton of Valais. The Southern Tyrolian folk trio Ganes will bridge tradition and modernism with captivating songs to be performed in the Ladin language.

The core of this autumn’s festival will once again be made up from the newest mountain films from around the globe: “This year allows us to show a great number of extraordinary films in the area of Alpinism – that is films focusing on mountain sports,” Michael Pause from Bayerischer Rundfunk (Bavarian Broadcasting), the festival’s artistic director, is happy to say. Two such documentaries shot for the movie screen will be shown during the official programme opening on 17 October: “Messner” directed by Andreas Nickel explores the psychological constitution of extreme mountaineer and border crosser Reinhold Messner. An extreme climber, Stefan Glowacz, is under scrutiny in „Roraima“ and will be personally present in Tegernsee during a pre-release screening of this film.

However, not all film characters enter the Tegernsee festival as great, invulnerable heroes. This might be the year when films about failure and about the fallen fascinate us most, films about those who got up again and found surprising power to return real meaning to their lives. Or it might be one of the great explorations of landscape that thrills the audience. Everything is possible – seeing how diverse and inspiring the 2012 programme is, and how worthy of a jubilee.

Tegernsee’s small town charm ensures that humanity and warm-heartedness do not fall by the wayside during a festival that deals in many extremes. “We value this a lot,” says the Mayor of Tegernsee Town, Peter Janssen. Festival-goers keep running into one another and look forward to this annual highlight, scheduled at a time when leaves radiate in warm golden tones, when the rays of the sun glitter on the lake and the mountains shy away under their first white cap of snow. Hard to imagine a more beautiful setting for a mountain film festival. Add to that the excitement during the festive conferring of prizes on Saturday night – it remains to be seen which of the approx. 80 films running for competition will be honoured with the Great Prize of the City of Tegernsee.

For more information contact: Bergfilm-Festival Tegernsee – Tourist-Information, Phone +49(0)8022-1801-62;
Online programme and ticket sales:
Please find outlines of all films and details regarding the fringe activities in the print or online programme.
Tickets can be booked online (,, via München-Ticket ( or from the Tourist Information Centre in Tegernsee.