Mountain Film Festival Tegernsee 2020 – Cancellation

Press Release Cancellation                                                   02/2020-05-06

Mountain Film Tegernsee, 18th International Festival from 14 – 18 October 2020

 No Mountain Film Festival in Tegernsee

 The 18th International Mountain Film Festival planned for mid-October in Tegernsee will not take place. Its hosts consider the risks related to the COVID-19 pandemic too great to be able to safeguard the health of the 7,000 expected visitors.

 Just like in previous years, preparations for the 18th Tegernsee Mountain Film Festival had begun as early as January. Four weeks prior to the submission deadline, more than 50 films had already been sent into the festival office for competition. At the same time, the team of organisers around Mayor Johannes Hagn and Festival Director Michael Pause kept a concerned eye on the pandemic’s development. “A high carat programme and a great festival atmosphere are every bit as important to us as the safety and health of our visitors. And that is why, with a heavy heart, we have decided to cancel this year’s festival,” stated Hagn.

Although the restrictions put in place by political and administrative authorities in Germany helped to prevent a worst-case scenario, many experts caution against a premature return to “pre-corona normality”. They furthermore estimate that the coronavirus will keep impacting our everyday lives and lifestyle fundamentally for some time to come. Against this backdrop, the festival confirms its cancellation at this point in time.

“Properly or not at all!” was Prime Minister Markus Söder’s motto when two weeks ago, he cancelled Oktoberfest, Munich’s famous beer festival. The Tegernsee organisers take the same stance, even though the Mountain Film Festival operates on a much smaller scale. The Tegernsee Valley commands grander mountain views than the Oktoberfest fair grounds, yet one as much as the other grants a way of life and the kind of festive joy which people will unfortunately have to forsake this year.

International Mountain Film Festival Tegernsee
Rathausplatz 1, D-83684 Tegernsee, Germany

2020 – 18th International Mountain Film Festival Tegernsee 14-18 October – PR 01 – Call for Entries

NL/Press Release Call for Entries                                                01/2020-02-19

18th Tegernsee International Mountain Film Festival Tegernsee, 14 – 18 October 2020

Solid as a Rock

Mountain film must get real. Whether its cinematic narratives are based on mountain sports, alpinism, landscape and environment or mountain culture: during Germany’s sole mountain film competition, authentic images and strong stories succeed best at captivating audiences and jury.
Until 31st of May film makers from around the world can submit their latest productions.

 “Authentic productions will continue to convince. That much transpires every year afresh,” Michael Pause, the Tegernsee Mountain Film Festival Director states. “In the age of fake news and fake films both mountain film and its festivals represent the proverbial solid rock amid scripted and staged fake realities.”

Gerhard Baur once described in an interview just how much time and patience are required to produce credible images: “You can’t plan it, you have to work it out yourself in nature, on the mountain.” The great German cinematographer remains a role model of the mountain film scene – as a quiet, factual observer who takes a very close look, gets every detail right and leaves it to viewers to form an opinion.

Michael Pause shares these sentiments: “Faster-higher-further actually never sufficed to create a good mountain film.” Fascinating footage of nature, fantastic athletic achievements, suspense and dramatisation will once again “spice up” many films. “What lingers on, however, are new perspectives and surprising messages from the mountain world. The more commonplace the story might seem at first glance, the more moving its overall message can be.” Mayor Johannes Hagn equally values quality over quantity: “We will remain a festival for all mountain fans and will not expand. Our goal is to retain our high standards and to keep showing first-rate films.”

Submit new productions now!
Until 31st of May film makers may submit their latest mountain films to three categories. The category Mountain Experience puts alpinism and sportive encounters with the mountains centre stage. Landscape portraits and inquiries into environmental issues are the focus of the category Mountain Nature. Films in the Mountain Life category take stock of ethnological and cultural aspects in the encounter between people and mountains. The best film across all categories will be awarded the Great Prize of the City of Tegernsee (worth 3,000 euros). Furthermore, the most outstanding junior film maker will receive the Otto Guggenbichler Prize, named after the Mountain Film Festival’s founder.

Please find further prizes, cash awards and the call for submissions here: