Which of the many stories, which images, which people will enthuse jury and audiences in October 2017? 165 films from 18 countries were presented to the pre-selection committee around Hana Vogel. 85 of these made it into the main festival programme.

While viewers get to simply watch, marvel and enjoy themselves during the festival days, the international jury goes to great pains to ensure competent and fair decisions. They will wind films forward and backwards, at times scrutinise single scenes — an exciting, exhausting and highly responsible task. Most years, the Great Price will only go home with one film maker. But those who peep into the screening venues and tap into their excitement know: there are no losers. Neither on the mountain, nor at this festival.