Press Release (Trento)                                                                                           05/2019

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

Major Thrills Expected Despite Oscar!  

For the very first time a mountain film receives an Oscar – and attracts global attention towards the genre. This should benefit all mountain film festivals, one as renowned as Trento as much as the decidedly younger Tegernsee festival. While the Italian “mother of all mountain film festivals” hands out its awards during the first week of May, film makers from around the globe can hand in their latest productions to the Bavarian “youngster” event until end of May. 

“Naturally we wish to attract the world’s newest, most qualitative mountain films to Tegernsee. And we should succeed at that once again,” agree Festival Director Michael Pause and Mayor Johannes Hagn, the festival hosts. Core arguments turning the Tegernsee Festival into the German mountain film scene’s meeting place in autumn are: its intimate atmosphere in a small-town setting; flawless event management and care for guests – much cherished by mountain film pros; a diverse fringe programme; and especially the international jury consisting of top-notch experts.

Michael Pause does not agree with the notion that the Oscar for “Free Solo” as best documentary film has already decided the matter for the rest of this year. “The jury won’t let this award bias its work,” he is convinced. “However, the jury members will need to produce excellent arguments in case they actually send director Jimmy Chin and his partner Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi home without an award. Most importantly, we will include many other outstanding films in our programme, that much will transpire to our visitors inside the screening venues.”

Beside the Great Prize of the City of Tegernsee, awards will go to the best films in the categories Mountain Nature, Mountain Life and Mountain Experience as well as to the best production by a junior film maker. Film makers tend to favour the Audience Award, beside which monetary prizes go to the Best Camera and the Exceptional Film and non-monetary prizes to films deemed worthy of a Special Mention. Between 80 and 90 films will be screened at six venues over the course of five festival days.

A strong team – with high standards
Sustaining customarily high standards and especially continuous fine-tuning of festival technology requires a powerful organisational team, relies on the City of Tegernsee as host and on a number of essential partners: functional supporters such as the German Alpine Club (DAV), Bavarian Broadcasting (Bayerischer Rundfunk) and Tegernsee Tourism (Tegernseer Tal Tourismus GmbH), a reliable main sponsor in the shape of multichannel mountain sports gear retailer Bergzeit, and numerous further contributors. All of them are united by a “passion for the mountains” and their enthusiasm for mountain film and of course for the beautiful region surrounding Lake Tegernsee!