Press Release – Call for Submissions  –  February 2022

19th Tegernsee International Mountain Film Festival, 19 to 23 October 2022

Peaks and Valleys

We still have many months to go before the 19th International Mountain Film Festival, but Germany’s only open mountain film competition is beginning to take shape: film makers from all over the world can now submit their latest productions. The closing date for entries is May 31st. In October, an international jury will evaluate the films and award prizes to the strongest submissions. 

Classic documentaries, inventive short films, exciting docudramas, memorable portraits –modern mountain film holds space for many film genres and an infinite number of topics. At the coming Tegernsee International Mountain Film Festival, audiences may once again expect to be enthralled by the magic of the mountains and by the stunning creativity of film makers and protagonists.

“To qualify for the Mountain Film Festival, submissions need to present a strong theme and good stories from the mountains as well as authentic characters,” explains Festival Director Michael Pause. Ever since the festival’s inception in 2003, the organisational team has been trying to bring the world’s best films to Tegernsee. “That is our mission and what we owe our audience,” Michael Pause declares. After all, a significant number of the many thousands of viewers who attend the mountain film festival at the autumnal Lake Tegernsee have become steady regulars.

Time to submit new productions!

Until the end of May film makers can submit their latest productions from the mountain world. Productions can be submitted in three categories, in which the film makers approach the mountains from different thematic angles. The category Mountain Experience puts alpinism and sportive encounters with the mountains centre stage. The best film in this category is awarded the Prize by the German Alpine Club (DAV). Landscape portraits and inquiries into environmental issues are the focus of the category Mountain Nature. Films in the third category, Mountain Life, take stock of ethnological and cultural aspects in the encounter between people and mountains. The best film across all categories will be awarded the festival’s main prize, the Great Prize of the City of Tegernsee (worth 3,000 euros). Furthermore, the most outstanding junior film maker (the author or director must be no older than 32 upon the film’s completion) receives the Otto Guggenbichler Prize, named after the Mountain Film Festival’s founder. Finally, there are special prizes for the Most Outstanding Camera Work and for the Exceptional Film (the respective prize money of 1,000 euros is provided by the Tegernsee Rotary Club).

Please find all further prizes and their worth as well as the Call for Submissions at:

Information and Call for Submissions available from: Sonderbuero Bergfilm-Festival Tegernsee, Rathausplatz 1, 83684 Tegernsee, Germany, phone +49(0)8022-1801-37 or -53,