NL/Press Release Call for Submissions – March 09, 2023

20th Tegernsee International Mountain Film Festival, 18 to 22 October 2023

Cinematic Time Travel on a Milestone Birthday

The International Mountain Film Festival turns 20 this year! The cinematic thrills on offer at Germany’s only open mountain film competition will be chosen in the coming months: From now until 31 May, filmmakers from all over the world can submit their latest productions. An international jury awards prizes to the best. The winners will receive nine prizes across three competition categories, endowed with a total of 10,500 euros. In addition to the most engaging films, the festival programme will include a variety of special anniversary features.

 20 Mountain film festival years at Lake Tegernsee – that calls for a celebration. “Preparations for this autumn’s anniversary edition of the Tegernsee International Mountain Film Festival are in full swing,” states festival director Michael Pause full of anticipation. He also announces: “As a gift to our loyal guests, so to speak”, the very best films from 19 festival years will be shown at screening venues in addition to this year’s competing films. “We are looking forward to celebrating mountain film and the institution of cinema with a cinematic journey through time.” A new festival trailer is being produced. And on the occasion of the milestone anniversary, a new outdoor screening location will be added: a tent pitched on Tegernsee’s “Point” peninsula.

The festival as a stage for encounters
Great stories, captivating footage, authentic characters and an exciting competition: At the 20th Tegernsee International Mountain Film Festival, guests will once again be swept away by the fascination of the mountains, the creativity of filmmakers and protagonists. In the various screening venues, the entire spectrum of the “modern mountain film” genre can be admired on the big screen: the classic documentary as well as the weird short film and the gripping docudrama. Since the festival’s premiere exactly 20 years ago, the organizing team has been striving to bring the world’s best and most interesting films to Lake Tegernsee – as well as the people behind the stories. After all, festivals are always more than just the sum of their films. A festival is successful when it allows the makers and protagonists to emerge – when it gives them a stage for meaningful encounters. The many thousands of spectators who come to the mountain festival at autumnal Lake Tegernsee know and appreciate this.

Call for new productions from around the globe
Until the end of May film makers can submit their latest productions from the mountain world. Productions can be submitted to three categories, which approach the mountains from different thematic angles. The first 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 investigations of environmental issues are the focus of the second 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, for the Exceptional Film, and of course the Bayern2 Audience Award.

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

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