2018 – Tegernsee Mountain Film Festival 20 Oct. 2018 – Press Kit – Contents

16th International Mountain Film Festival Tegernsee

                          17 to 21-10-2018

                  Press Kit 20 October 2018

Contents

PT01         Vultures, Rock Stars and the Preciousness of the Mountains
PT02         Preserving what is Precious
PT03         Surprising Insights and A Great Old Dame
PT04         Insights Behind the Curtain
PT05         List of Winning Films 2018
PT06         Jury Statement
       

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2018 – Tegernsee Mountain Film Festival – Press Kit 20 Oct. 2018 – PT01 – General

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

Vultures, Rock Stars and the Preciousness of the Mountains

 Vultures and tardigrades, simple mountain farmers and the climbing world’s great rock stars: these are the winners of the Mountain Film Festival 2018. Also winners are more than 6,000 enthused viewers who were able to re-discover the preciousness of the mountain world in 80 films over the course of five days: mountains as a habitat, a natural space or as a playground for great adventures.

 Their protagonists are kings of the air and they are great masters of their profession: the Lapied nature film makers. “An impressive film, a masterpiece,” is the professional jury’s as well as the audience’s verdict regarding the latest documentary by Anne and Erik Lapied. 70 minutes of nature in harmony with itself. Cruel, tender, unique and always incredibly beautiful. A young eagle brutally evicts its siblings from the nest. Later, in winter, the eagles barely manage to feed a single eaglet. The Lapieds know their animals very well, not just the vultures and eagles who play the lead part in this production. The French film makers are at one with their environment, know exactly when a sun ray will make the snow dust glitter. They do not gloss over anything and pass no judgement. Which makes their message — und thus their films — strong enough to receive the Great Price of the City of Tegernsee for the second time.


Between Devotion and Obsession
Where does passion end and obsession begin? Gripping scenes play themselves out at the Yosemite Valley’s Dawn Wall. They get under the skin of viewers because this film does not merely focus on the outstanding athletic achievements of climbing “rock stars” Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson, but also on their human experiences: tragedies that shaped their life journeys and might offer an answer to the question “why?”. These aspects render depth and meaning to the film. “The point of making films, after all, is to ask important questions and to grant insights. But also to take a stand and at least hint at an answer,” insists jury member Carla Braun-Elwert. For his great, dramatic climbing film “The Dawn Wall”, US film maker Peter Mortimer takes home the German Alpine Club Prize for the best Alpine film.


Close and Unknown
Never before did tardigrades and water shrews achieve movie stardom. Most people barely notice them. In loving and unpretentious fashion director Uwe Müller casts a glance at the smallest of creatures of the Erzgebirge mountains, however without over-exposing them in Hollywood style. He brought surprising images to Lake Tegernsee, which subtly sharpen our appreciation for the great miracles of a smaller world. This earned him the Prize for the Best Nature Film, donated by main sponsor Bergzeit.


Ancient Knowledge and the Future
For a family of mountain farmers in the Swiss canton of Uri, nature is a living environment. Respectfully, they make use of steep mountain meadows without destabilising their fragile equilibrium. This way of life has become rare in central Europe; director Beat Bieri narrates it by means of a moving story. The documentary “Die Wildheuer” (Wild Hay Makers) inspires hope that future generations may carry on ancient knowledge. The jury recognised this contribution with the Prize in the Category Mountain Life.


The Really Big Moments
“This was another outstanding festival with many amazing films and interesting guests,” reflects Festival Director Michael Pause after the conferring of prizes. “I am particularly chuffed when so many award recipients come from quite a distance to personally accept their prize and to share with a big audience what moves them.” Because those are the really big, unforgettable moments, which encourage the organisational team around Mayor Johannes Hagn to forge plans yet again for the next festival in October 2019.

 

2018 – Tegernsee Mountain Film Festival – Press Kit 20 Oct. 2018 – PT02 – Precious

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

Preserving what is Precious

Films which stage the mountain world as a mere backdrop don’t even make it into the Mountain Film Festival’s programme. Here, mountains always play a crucial role. Often, current developments are identified and critically questioned — be it within the programme of screened films or quite prominently during the Fireside Talks at Stieler-Haus.

Mass tourism or mountaineering village — to whom belongs the future? This question was posed by Dr. Georg Bayerle from Bavarian Broadcasting (BR), by the Mayor of Kreuth Josef Bierschneider and by Christof Schett, who grew up in Villagratental Valley in East Tyrol, a model mountaineering village, and who advocates for gentle tourism. After all, here at Lake Tegernsee, more specifically in the village of Kreuth, two opposed worlds collide: The German Alpine Club (DAV) selected 13 of Kreuth’s 17 districts to become part of the elusive community of mountaineering villages. However, the four lakeside districts were explicitly excluded.

Many opinions were presented. The strongest message remains bound up in an image from the documentary which won this year’s Great Prize: eagles and vultures in a landscape almost completely spared by humans; undisturbed nature in harmony with itself. Only at the film’s very end, at the very margin, a tiny human figure appears in the snowy landscape …

 

2018 – Tegernsee Mountain Film Festival – Press Kit 20 Oct. 2018 – PT03 – Guests

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

Surprising Insights and A Great Old Dame
Apart from the films, it’s special guests from the alpine film scene who turn the Tegernsee Mountain Film Festival into a unique experience.

For Mayor Johannes Hagn it was one of the festival’s highlights: In authentic and honest fashion, Thomas Huber won over the opening night’s audience during the world premiere of his latest film. “He doesn’t just pose as cool and strong. He also admits to his weaknesses and problems. That impressed me a lot,” explains the mayor. “He addresses them publicly and sets and example for others.”

Heinz Zak was greeted by viewers at the Sporthalle venue like an old pal. With his accustomed portion of irony, a lot of humour and ingenious images of the still and moving sort he managed to hit the spot in Tegernsee. Even while star climber Adam Ondra was in the middle of describing how much he suffered while climbing the Dawn Wall, Heinz Zak was “fully present” with his comments. Precisely these “live comments” made the evening exceptional.

She is 99 years old and in great form: a grand old dame like those in picture books. With great charm and spirit Maria Sernetz-Dyhrenfurth described during the Dyhrenfurth retrospective what it was like to live at the side of a great mountaineer and famous mountain film maker and to get to know the real Hollywood behind the silver screen.

2018 – Tegernsee Mountain Film Festival – Press Kit 20 Oct 2018 – PT04 – Jury Work

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

 Insights Behind the Curtain

The bright sunshine, glittering lake and alluring peaks of the enchanting Tegernsee mountain world disappear behind thick blinds and darkness spreads. The jury is in session over the next four days. By now, the prizes have been awarded and their work is completed. We hand over to the jury to sum up its impressions.

“It was great to once again dive deeply into the world of films without any distractions until our eyes started to blur,” raves Christine Kopp, when the curtain finally lifts again. The Swiss author and editor was already part of the Tegernsee jury 15 years ago. “On one hand much has remained the same,” she says. The same patterns, strengths, weaknesses. On the other hand, she was able to discover novel, creative aspects in this year’s films. “And drones, drones, drones. They’re quite the hype right now, but I am sure that will change in a few year’s time.”

A Privilege
Carla Braun-Elwert, who previously won Tegernsee’s Audience Prize, also enjoyed her work for the jury. “It is a real privilege to be part of this jury and to profit personally from this deep analytical work.” The question arises what really matters, what makes a mountain film outstanding. “This also entails questioning my own work as a film maker. It’s something I will take home and hopefully it will help improve my films.”

Camerawoman Susan Gluth also appreciates this fantastic opportunity to check up on her convictions, prejudices and values. “This intimate exchange with the audience in a small place, all these encounters — that’s rarely possible and very exciting!


Eye-to-Eye Discussions
We learn how jury decisions were made from Sebastian Marseiler, a documentary film maker from South Tyrol: “These were eye-to-eye discussions during which we kept examining new perspectives. This wasn’t about persuasion tactics and votes, but about truly listening to one another and creating unanimity.”

Another jury member who loves this kind of creative interaction is the initiator of the Salzburg Mountain Film Festival, Michael Bilic: “This is where I discover whether my opinion is solid. Am I on the right track or did the film seduce me?” In Tegernsee he was particularly impressed by the way “the whole town turns into a mountain film festival.”


Space for Courage
The jury was particularly impressed by the sheer range of films in Tegernsee: “In Salzburg we select the best films and show what our audience wants to see,” explains Bilic. Here in Tegernsee, the competitive component — Germany’s only mountain film competition — adds not only suspense but also diversity: “It creates space for courageous films, extraordinary production methods and alternative approaches.”
This applies especially to young film makers, even if their work is still rough around the edges: This year, the Otto Guggenbichler Prize for the Best Junior Film goes to Alexej Funke, an award which is not solely meant as a distinction but also as encouragement to further develop what’s already there. “Dare, ye young ones, to shoot films straight from the heart,” Sebastian Marseiler declaims and adds with a smirk: “for what is more amusing than beautiful and ingenious balderdash?”

2018 – Tegernsee Mountain Film Festival – Press Kit – PT05 – List of Winning Films 2018

16th Tegernsee International Mountain Film Festival

Winning Films 2018

Great Prize by the City of Tegernsee (€ 3,000,-)
“Aigle et Gypaète – Les maîtres du ciel” (Eagle and Ossifrage – Masters of the Sky) by Anne and Erik Lapied (France)

Prize by the German Alpine Club for the Best Alpine Film in the Category of “Mountain Experience” (€ 1,000,-)
“The Dawn Wall” by Peter Mortimer (USA)

Bergzeit Prize for the Best Film in the Category “Mountain Nature” (€ 1,000,-)
“Wildes Deutschland – Das Erzgebirge” (Wild Germany – The Erzgebirge Mountains) by Uwe Müller (Germany)

Best Film in the Category “Mountain Life” (€ 1,000,-) awarded by the Tegernseer Erdgas-Versorgungsges. (€ 1.000,-)
“Die Wildheuer – Senkrecht über dem Urnersee” (Wild Hay Makers – Vertical above Lake Urnersee) by Beat Bieri (Switzerland)

Otto Guggenbichler Prize for a Junior Filmmaker (€ 1,000,-)
“The Fire within” by Alexej Funke (Germany)

Honourable Mentions by the Jury (non-cash prizes)
“Hansjörg Auer – No Turning Back” by Damiano Levati (Italy)
“Viacruxis” by Ignasi López (Spain)
“La congenialità” (Kindred Souls) by Christian Schmidt (Germany)

Prize for Most Outstanding Camera Work
“Tierra del Viento” (Land of the Wind) by Laura Belinky (Great Britain/Argentina)

Prize for the Special Film
Das versunkene Dorf” (The Drowned Village) by Georg Lembergh (Italy)

Bayern 2 – Audience Prize (€ 1.000,-)
“The Dawn Wall” by Peter Mortimer/Josh Lowell USA

Small Festival Prize, Audience Prize for the best Children’s and Young Adult Film (€ 500)
“Viacruxis” by Ignasi López (Spain)

2018 – Tegernsee Mountain Film Festival – Press Kit – 20 Oct 2018 – PT06 – Jury Statement

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

Jury Statements for the Conferring of Prizes

 
GREAT PRIZE OF THE CITY OF TEGERNSEE  2018
Aigle et Gypaète – Les maîtres du ciel / Eagle and Ossifrage – Masters of the Sky
by Anne and Erik Lapied

With outstanding images, this film carries us off into the world of the golden eagle and the bearded vulture.

Minute observations embedded into the rhythm of nature translate into atmospheric and gripping images, which also contain plenty of information. One senses the great affinity between the film makers and these animals and nature itself. “Les maîtres du ciel” impresses by means of simplicity. It is free from unnecessary added effects and allows viewers to immerse themselves and participate in the the majestic world of these enormous birds. An impressive film!

PRIZE IN THE CATEGORY MOUNTAIN EXPERIENCE
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he Dawn Wall
by Peter Mortimer

A grand, dramatic, well constructed climbing film which explores the borderline between devotion and obsession in riveting fashion.

Here we have the climbing world’s rock stars – Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson – and there El Capitan’s giant wall. The film’s maker succeeds not only at documenting this spectacular athletic achievement but also at investigating the protagonists’ entirely human side. How do you cope with an impossible climbing project? Why does one even take it on? The answers to these questions give the film additional depth. At the same time it holds up a mirror to the pressures of marketing and the Janus-faced nature of the press and media.

 
PRIZE IN THE CATEGORY MOUNTAIN NATURE
Wildes Deutschland – Das Erzgebirge / Wild Germany – The Erzgebirge Mountains
by Uwe Müller

The tardigrade, the salamander and the comical water shrew are the heroes of this wonderfully unpretentious film. Lovingly presented slices from the lives of these protagonists subtly sharpen our appreciation for the great wonders of a smaller world. Natural processes are shown in context and mixed up with astounding footage of these animals’ behaviour, animals we hardly know, even though they live so close-by. Well dosed narration, sensitive sound design, a subtle musical score and various artistic touches such as slow motion segments are utilised in consistently purposeful and judicious fashion. The film makers render the big stage to their tiny protagonists, without over-exposing them in Hollywood style.


PRIZE IN THE CATEGORY MOUNTAIN LIFE
Die Wildheuer – Senkrecht über dem Urnersee / Wild Hay Makers – Vertical above Lake Urnersee
by Beat Bieri

This film shows the life of a farming family in the Swiss canton of Uri on a steep mountain side high about the valley’s village — a way of life we are hardly aware of any more in central Europe. The narrative is marked by respect for people and animals. Many an intimate moment is captured. All this is displayed in harmony with nature, a force which can also decide fates, as the film impressively demonstrates. It conveys the hope that future generations will carry on the old wisdom, despite all obstacles and the lure of modernity.


OTTO GUGGENBICHLER PRIZE FOR A JUNIOR FILM MAKER
The Fire Within
by Alexej Funke

The film maker shows us a technically flawless representation of motivation: He zooms in on a process of internal overcoming, when a climber finally learns to master a difficult challenge. We experienced this as a highly focused glance at what truly matters and as a promise of further cinematic development.

HONOURABLE MENTIONS
Hansjörg Auer – No Turning Back
by Damiano Levati

What is moving about this film are its quiet, dense and atmospheric images as well as the openness of its protagonist when reflecting upon his climbing.

Hansjörg Auer keeps recognising with more and more clarity that he is not out there for sensations, records and top achievements. One of the most outstanding solo climbers of our times begins to understand that for him, it’s all about being on his way — without sideway glances at outside recognition of success.

Viacruxis
by Ignasi López

Thanks to incredible care for detail this lovingly made animation lingers in the minds of viewers. The film manages — in just eleven minutes and without narration — to represent all common climbing film tropes, allowing us to recognise our own absurd behaviour in the mountains and to laugh at it.

La Congenialità / Kindred Souls
by Christian Schmidt

The jury would like to recognise this film with an honourable mention because it delivered the surprise of a good deal of self-mockery and a decided lack of vanity. The film shows a slice of everyday life during a mountain ascent, while narrating with refreshing levity the developing friendship between a “teacher” and his female “student”. The experienced alpinist Simone Moro ends up succumbing to the charm and wit of his younger colleague Tamara Lunger. Such sensitive observation caters a therapeutic counter point to the film festival programme, because it does not prioritise for the mountaineers’ ambitions and goals, but for the art of humour.

 

PRIZE FOR MOST OUTSTANDING CAMERA WORK
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ierra del Vento / Land of the Wind
by Laura Belinky

This film does not engage in classic story-telling. Mostly by means of fragments we approach an artist inspired by nature. We peer across his shoulders, witnessing his quest for images among the overwhelming landscapes of Patagonia. He tries to capture in his photographs those decisive moments which Cartier-Bresson previously described. We felt reminded of the tremendously expressive photography of a Sebastião Salgado. The film achieves a lively overall composition of its own impressive images and moods painted in sound and music, which combine with the portrayed photographer into a joint creation.

 

PRIZE FOR THE SPECIAL FILM
Das versunkene Dorf / The Drowned Village
by Georg Lembergh

Exposing the heart-wrenching openness of contemporary witnesses, this film reveals people’s impotence in the face of politics and corporate power. It also represents a lively contemporary document, which holds and will hold significance beyond national borders for a long time to come. It holds up a mirror to current debates, for instance the German one about the Hambacher Forest and electric utilities company RWE. An honest film that manages to re-connect expulsion from one’s home to human dignity.

 

Jury Members:
Dr. Michael Bilic, Austria
Carla Braun-Elwert, New Zealand
Susan Gluth, Germany
Christine Kopp, Switzerland
Sebastian Marseiler, Italy

Great Cinema, Critical Voices and a World Premiere

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

Great Cinema, Critical Voices and a World Premiere

Visitors of the Tegernsee Mountain Film Festival in October can look forward to great cinema, a world premiere and the usual “delightful mix” of fantastic films. Here, the mountain world does not merely serve as a backdrop, but plays the lead part: as a challenging — and often also endangered — habitat for people and animals, representing the untamed forces of nature and as a brilliant setting for extraordinary achievements.

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World Premiere and News from the Hubers

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

 World Premiere and News from the Hubers

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Festival Fragments

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

Critical Voices and Fireside Talk
Johannes Hagn (Mayor of the City of Tegernsee) is a major force in the momentum to bring critical voices on hot topics into focus in Tegernsee: “Tegernsee Mountain Film means excitement, means diversity — and this must also involve food for thought,” the mayor states. Many films achieve this of course — often in subtle ways: Who would not be moved by the little girl in the Altai Mountains who has never heard anything about climate change, yet suddenly finds herself confronted with the tremendous consequences of this catastrophe in the making?

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Interview with Dr. Georg Bayerle: Fireside Talks at the Mountain Film Festival

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

Fireside Talks at the Tegernsee Mountain Film Festival

Dr. Georg Bayerle’s contributions to “Bergauf-Bergab”, Bavarian Broadcasting’s (BR) TV mountaineering programme, always have a wholesome feel. For him, what’s special need not be extreme and what’s beautiful need not be spectacular. Still, Bayerle glances with harsh rather than soft focus at mountain realities and sensitively brings grievances to the light. This not only distinguishes him as an author for Bavarian Public Broadcasting, including radio and TV formats, but also as one of the Tegernsee Mountain Film Festival’s earliest event hosts. When the team in 2015 looked for somebody to conduct the freshly inaugurated Fireside Talks, this old hand from the Allgäu was naturally a first choice as moderator. During the fourth Fireside Talk on Friday (19 October) at Stieler-Haus, Georg Bayerle will pose a question which is currently much discussed at Lake Tegernsee: Which tourism concept will win the upper hand: mass tourism or the mountaineering village? Let us cast a glance at the past as well as into the future.

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Thematic Sets and Great Conversations

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

Thematic Sets and Great Conversations

Over five festival days, six venues will screen 90 films, grouped into different thematic sets. Except for the nonstop screenings, each set will be hosted by a moderator who provides relevant background information.

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Highlights and Insider Tips

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

Highlights and Insider Tips

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Facts, Figures and Dates

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16th Tegernsee Mountain Film Festival:

Facts, Figures and Dates

Date:                                 17 to 21 October 2018

Hosts and Partners:     City of Tegernsee, Bayerischer Rundfunk (Bavarian Public Broadcasting), Deutscher Alpenverein (German Alpine Club), Tegernseer Tal Tourismus GmbH (Tegernsee Tourism), Bergfilmfreunde Tegernsee e.V. (Tegernsee Friends of Mountain Film)

 Festival Director:          Michael Pause (former deskman and line producer at
                                         Bayerischer Rundfunk)

Main Sponsors:             Bergzeit, Quartier Tegernsee, E-Werk Tegernsee, Petzl, Hotel Der Westerhof, Das Werk

 Supported by:               Bayerische Staatsregierung, (Bavarian State Government), District of Upper Bavaria, FFF Bayern (Bavarian Film & TV Funding Corporation)

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Fireside Chat in the Stieler-Haus

Whose is the Future? Mass Tourism or Mountaineering Village     
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The World’s Hardest Climbing Routes

Talk by Heinz Zak

Young Adam Ondra from the Czech Republic undoubtedly counts among the world’s best climbers. In the last couple of years, Adam has won just about every imaginable sports climbing competition in the areas of lead climbing and bouldering. What impresses the initiated even more are his individual achievements on the rock. For years, he has been raising the bar of what’s possible in climbing further and further up. In November 2016 he achieved in only eight days and with breathtaking style the first repetition of the world’s hardest multi-pitch route, the Dawn Wall on El Capitan in the Yosemite Valley.

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Tegernsee Mountain Film Festival Programme 2018 available

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.

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Facts and Figures – Press Kit May 03, 2018

16th Tegernsee International Mountain Film Festival:
Facts and Figures

Date:                              17 to 21 October 2018

Hosts and Partners:    City of Tegernsee, Bayerischer Rundfunk, (Bavarian Broadcasting), Deutscher Alpenverein (German Alpine Club),
                                         Tegernseer Tal Tourismus GmbH (Tegernsee Tourism), Bergfilmfreunde Tegernsee e.V. (Tegernsee Friends of Mountain Film)

Festival Director:         Michael Pause

Exclusive Sponsor:     Bergzeit

 Main Sponsors:         Quartier Tegernsee, E-Werk Tegernsee, Petzl, Hotel Der Westerhof, das werk

 Grants from:               Bayerische Staatsregierung, Bezirk Oberbayern (Bavarian State Government, District of Upper Bavaria),
                                        FFF Bayern (Bavarian Film & TV Funding Corporation)

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Submit New Mountain Films Now! – Press Kit May 03, 2018

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

 Submit New Mountain Films Now!

Up until end of May film makers may submit their latest productions from the fascinating world of the mountains; this completes the first step towards participation at this autumn’s Mountain Film Festival in Tegernsee!

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With Passion and Enthusiasm for Mountain Film – Press Kit May 03, 2018

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

With Passion and Enthusiasm for Mountain Film

 It enthrals with images, uncovers critical trends with the help of daring perspectives and directs our attention towards exciting encounters: Tegernsee Mountain Film is synonymous with passion — for all involved, be they film makers, audience members, sponsors or event hosts. This is what its founders wanted and how the renowned Mountain Film Festival this autumn will once again fascinate people from all over the world at the shores of Lake Tegernsee in its 16th edition.

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Call for Entries for the 16th Tegernsee Internationals Mountain Film Festival sent out

Bergfilm Tegernsee, 16th International Festival from 17 – 21 October 2018

The Courage to Make Images Impact 

Amazement and enjoyment, compassion and thoughtfulness — mountain films cater the entire range, from thriller to quiet art enjoyment. The list of winning films from the past 15 Tegernsee Mountain Film Festivals demonstrates this amply, and mountain film makers of the 2018 Festival shall render further evidence.

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Bergfilm Tegernsee, 16th International Festival from 17 – 21 October 2018

The Courage to Make Images Impact

Amazement and enjoyment, compassion and thoughtfulness — mountain films cater the entire range, from thriller to quiet art enjoyment. The list of winning films from the past 15 Tegernsee Mountain Film Festivals demonstrates this amply, and mountain film makers of the 2018 Festival shall render further evidence.

“Over the last few decades, Mountain Film has made a significant contribution to the reflection on mountaineering and mountain sports. It encourages us to discuss what it is about the mountains that moves us so much,” explains Friederike Kaiser, Division Manager for Cultural Matters for the German Alpine Club (DAV, Deutscher Alpenverein), one of the Festival’s supporters. Since the Festival’s inception in 2003, the world’s biggest mountaineering club has been participating in the continued development of its overall concept. Moreover, the DAV sponsors the Tegernsee Mountain Film Festival’s DAV Prize, aiming to publicly document the significance mountain film holds for mountaineers. “We were delighted to see last year’s Prize for the Best Alpine Film go to ‘Last Exit’ — a film that investigates the risks, dangers and their consequences for participants in extreme mountain sports and their family members,” states Burgi Beste, the German Alpine Club’s Vice President. Anyone who watched Puria Ravahi’s short, haunting documentary about the dark side of extreme kicks took home ample food for thought and discussion: a BASE jumper realises — probably at the last minute — that his passion will completely numb all his emotions and probably drive him into his own death.
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