Press Release   –   09/2018

16th Tegernsee International Mountain Film Festival, 17 – 21 October 2018

Online and On Paper – Tegernsee Mountain Films

The plot thickens: A few days ago, the Tegernsee Mountain Film Festival programme went into print and is now also available online. There is something for every personal taste and interest — from fascinating landscape portraits to spectacular climbing films, from environmental issues to moving portraits of strong personalities.

After the “warm-up” on Tuesday with a number of winning films from the preceding year, the festival’s kick-off evening on Wednesday already presents a tough choice to visitors: A total of 15 films is on show in five different venues. At Barocksaal, a veritable world premier will take place, when Thomas Huber presents his film about a breath-taking first ascent at Cerro Kishtwar. In 2017 he opened a daring route there together with rope partners Stephan Siegrist and Julian Zanker. Afterwards, the year’s great mountaineering anniversary beckons, the first ascent on Mount Everest without bottled oxygen. Director of the retrospective and lead actor during its historical footage is the previous year’s winner, Reinhold Messner. However, the competing programmes at other venues are also packed with impressive movies and issues. Here, Jürgen Eichinger addresses climate change in the mountains by looking at the example of Mt. Zugspitze. An audacious paraglider reaches heights of 8,000 m (26,250 ft) above the Karakoram. In contrast to all this, a quiet yet moving film depicts life on remote mountain farms.
A seamless programme with exciting topics and protagonists continues across the following days. Thursday’s highlight ist the retrospective dedicated to Himalaya and mountain film pioneer Norman Dyhrenfurth (including a film about the 1963 US Everest expedition!). The German Alpine Club Night on Friday always presents special treats. This time, extreme climber Hansjörg Auer will be present. Saturday’s final stretch of the movie marathon already starts at 10 am at Schalthaus.
Anyone wishing to keep a sense of overview should regularly check into the “Gipfeltreff” meeting point at the Tegernsee Rathaus and attend Saturday’s Conferring of Prizes: Here, festival visitors from afar can meet the best film makers and savour samples from all winning films. Fortunately, Sunday presents another chance to see all award-winning films at full length. On to you: study the programme, fill your shopping basket, buy tickets and pack your bags for a trip to or short holiday at Lake Tegernsee.

Information: Sonderbüro Bergfilm-Festival Tegernsee, Rathausplatz 1, 83684 Tegernsee, Germany, phone +49(0)80221801-37. Box Office (from 14.09.2018) and print programme available from Tourist Information,, phone +49(0)8022-9273860, online at: or