NL/Press Release Call for Submissions                                                  01/2019

17th Tegernsee International Mountain Film Festival, 16 – 20 October 2019

The Ideal Stage for the World’s Best Mountain Films

Whether the focus is on mountain sports and alpinism, landscape and environment or mountain-dwelling cultures: October’s Mountain Film Festival in Tegernsee is bound to deliver riveting images. The few winning films of Germany’s only mountain film competition will be determined by a top-range international jury of experts. Until the end of May, film makers from around the world can submit their latest productions.

 For a long time, the mountain world has been attracting more than the few select into their solitude – as well as into movie theatres. Mountains fascinate when encountered “for real”, however most people experience them merely on hiking trails and ski slopes. True wilderness remains reserved to a minority. If they get lucky, these daredevils return with unique images and arrange these into gripping narratives on screen, often loaded with a poignant message.
They return from adventures hardly anybody wishes to experience for real. Especially when it is so much nicer to root for these heroes, to suffer and rejoice with them in the cosy safety of one of Tegernsee’s six mountain film screening venues. Here, moving fates, impressive feats and the great moments of alpinism are on show.

“It is our mission to create the ideal for attracting the world’s best mountain films to Tegernsee,” explains Festival Director Michael Pause, whose team has just sent the call for submissions and invitations to the upcoming Mountain Film Festival to film producers around the world. The comfortable, intimate atmosphere of the compact City of Tegernsee, the beautiful surrounding landscapes, a diverse fringe programme and especially the international jury of renowned experts are probably the most important sales points in favour of the Tegernsee Mountain Film Festival and have by now established it as the meeting point for Germany’s mountain film scene.

Once the films have arrived by the end of May deadline, the most exciting time begins for the organisational team around Michael Pause and Tegernsee’s Mayor Johannes Hagn: From all scrutinised productions a selection of the best will be arranged into a gripping, 5-day festival programme.

Submit new productions now!

Until end of May film makers can submit their latest productions from the mountain world. Films must not be older than four years (meaning works finished before 2016 are not eligible for the competition).  

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 (Deutscher Alpenverein).

Landscape portraits and inquiries into environmental issues are the focus of the category Mountain Nature; its best film receives the Bergzeit Prize.

The third category, Mountain Life, looks for films that take stock of ethnological and cultural aspects in the encounter between people and mountains. This prize is awarded by the Tegernseer Erdgasgesellschaft (Tegernsee Natural Gas).

The best film across all categories will be awarded the main prize, the Great Prize of the City of Tegernsee (worth 3,000 euros).

The most outstanding junior film maker will receive the Otto Guggenbichler Prize, named after the Mountain Film Festival’s founder.

Please check for further prizes, cash awards, the call for submissions and the registration portal here:

Information and Submission: Sonderbüro Bergfilm-Festival Tegernsee, Rathausplatz 1, 83684 Tegernsee, Germany, Phone +49(0)8022-1801-37 or -53,,