NL/Press Release Call for Entries      01/2013


11th Tegernsee International Mountain Film Festival, 23 – 27 October 2013

This Autumn: the Latest Films from the Vast Mountain World

After last year’s successful jubilee edition, the 11th Tegernsee Mountain Film Festival continues its popular format. Once more everything revolves around mountain film and the upcoming festival is already accepting submissions.

More than 7,000 visitors participated in the festival’s grand 10th anniversary celebrations last autumn in Tegernsee. One thing was tangible in the screening venues, at exhibitions, during lectures and concerts: the contagious joy and enthusiasm with which more and more viewers make the annual pilgrimage to Tegernsee for “their” mountain film festival. “The astonishing resonance surrounding especially our 10th festival naturally motivates us to keep going and to keep giving our best,” promises Tegernsee’s Mayor Peter Janssen.

Festival Director Michael Pause from Bayerischer Rundfunk (Bavarian Broadcasting) sees things in a similar light: “We were proven right in our decision to focus solely on the mountain theme.” Films in which the mountains only function as a backdrop rather than taking on a crucial role themselves are not accepted into the festival programme – no matter how impressive they might be. “Then again, people often ask me why we do not focus more on alpine “action films”, that is films about mountain sports,” Pause explains. “But this is an error we are keen to avoid. It is our very mission to portray the great diversity of the mountain world. We do not intend to reduce this fantastic living environment to a piece of sports equipment or to a ‘playground’.” That is why Mountain Life, Mountain Nature and Mountain Experience will remain as categories in which films can be submitted to the festival. “This means I can once again promise our viewers a broad, exciting range of contemporary mountain films from around the world. It means that this autumn we will once more see breath-taking adventures among ice and rock, terrific images and impressive landscapes.”

Up until the end of May film makers can hand in their latest productions for running in the 11th mountain film festival in October. A pre-selection committee will choose the best films to be included in the festival programme, so as to guarantee the high quality of films expected by its visitors.

Only films that were produced after 2010 are accepted into three main categories of competition, which aim at various different thematic aspects of mountain film. 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. 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.

Entry deadline is 31 May 2013. The 11th Tegernsee International Mountain Film Festival programme will be available from mid-August.

Information and Call for Submissions: Sonderbüro Bergfilm-Festival Tegernsee, Rathausplatz 1, 83684 Tegernsee, Germany, tel. +49(0)802218 01 37, Diese E-Mail-Adresse ist vor Spambots geschützt! Zur Anzeige muss JavaScript eingeschaltet sein!, www.bergfilm-festival-tegernsee.de