Press Release       03/0ctober/2013

11th Tegernsee International Mountain Film Festival

Promising Up-and-Coming Talent at the Mountain Film Festival
Learning New Tricks from Old Hands

This year, the Otto-Guggenbichler-Prize for the Best Film by a Junior Filmmaker goes to France. Its winner is a climbing film shot in China that shows surprising elements and is simply fun to watch. Festival director Michael Pause hopes to provide an even better platform for junior filmmakers in future, so they can learn from old hands during the festival.

Support for emerging talent was one key ambition of festival founder Dr. Otto Guggenbichler. This legacy is taken seriously in Tegernsee and could receive additional attention in future – not lastly due to the encouragement of this year’s jury. ‘It would be a great asset for junior filmmakers to hear us talk about their films,’ reflects Karmen Tomšič from Slovenia. Several aspects struck the jury while screening films by junior directors, for instance the impression that these young filmmakers generally start out from a solid basis. ‘They do a good job with their films, but you sense a lack of information about how to make a really great film.’ She says a lot of it looks like it has been adopted from their prime mentor, television, which might be one of the reasons why many of these productions resemble one another.
For several decades, juror Leo Baumgartner (Austria) has been going to the mountains as a location scout for special shoots with renowned film teams. He identifies a further problem: ‘You can see that these directors constantly remain in charge. This allows them to perfect their skills and output. But they do not go that crucial further step.’ Baumgartner claims to have learned immensely from the challenge of working with constantly changing film teams. ‘This revealed to me just how many ways there are to approach a challenge or solve a problem. It opens up entirely new perspectives.’ According to him, this vast and immensely important wealth of knowledge remains out of the reach of those who focus purely on themselves instead of striving to think outside the box and learn from others. ‘It amazes me,’ states Baumgartner, ‘how easy it ultimately is to produce something truly good. But discovering that ‘how’ is the crux.’
Something truly good was brought to Tegernsee this year by Vladimir Cellier and Julien Nodiros, two young filmmakers from France. Petzl Roc Trip China celebrates climbing as a fun activity and playful experience, reads the jury statement. Top achievements by the world’s best climbers are never foregrounded; the filmmakers put much greater emphasis on getting across the joy of being en route. The climbers’ enthusiasm to discover something new, not just in athletic terms, but among a fantastic river landscape is infectious. The audience is electrified. So are the people the climbers come across: their climbing adventures allow them to easily make that direct connection. Formal experiments in the style of music video clips, cheeky and cheerful protagonists and great sound design make this Roc Trip a deserving winner in the junior filmmaker category.