2019 – Mountain Film Festival – Press Kit 19 Oct. 2019 – Contents

17th Intrnational Mountain Film Festival Tegernsee
16 to 20 Oct 2019

Press Kit

Contents

PT01        Strong Messages and a Beautiful Story 
                   Interview with Festival Director Michael Pause

PT02         The Drama of Success

PT03        “Finally Do Something – It Concerns Us All” 

PT04         “The Latinos of Lake Tegernsee”
             
PT05         Facts and Figures 

PT06         Jury Statements                

PT07         List of Winning Films

Contact:
Internationales Bergfilm-Festival Tegernsee
Tel. 0049/(0)8022/1801-37
E-Mail: bergfilm@tegernsee.de

www.bergfilm-tegernsee.de

All textual and image material also available online at:
www.bergfilm-tegernsee.de/presse

2019 – Mountain Film Festival – Press Kit 19 Oct 2019 – PT01 – Interview with Festival Director Michael Pause

PT01 Interview                                                                                           10/2019

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

Many Guests, Strong Messages and a Beautiful Story   

It was an eventful festival with strong accents. In the following conversation, Festival Director Michael Pause explains what was particularly important to him.

Did this year’s high level of film quality surprise you?
Not really. We’ve always had a high-carat programme. Of course, there are always ups and downs. In principle we know that there is a lot of potential. It pleases me that this is also true for junior talent. We see great developments there. Our junior award winners are a prime example. These filmmakers had already submitted a film previously, which we had turned down, because it was not quite there yet. This time, Dominik and Julian Weigand scored the Prize for a Junior Filmmaker – that’s a beautiful story!

The appeal “Let’s finally do something about climate change” was omnipresent – that hasn’t happened before, has it?
Well, this perception and the fact that I get asked about it in almost every interview is definitely also a “Fridays for Future effect”. Heiner Geißler, our longstanding festival patron who died two years ago, often gave similar vehemence to the issue in his statements in Tegernsee. We’ve also already had many films with a critical stance about this issue in our programme. But I have to say, I was quite surprised when Toni Sponar, our first guest during the Opening Night, came on stage and immediately found some very strong words.

This year’s programme was packed with special events, such as Hillary’s 100th birthday, 150 years of the German Alpine Club (DAV), Bayern 2 Night, Commemoration of David Lama and Hansjörg Auer, to mention only a few highlights. That’s quite a lot, no?
I think it’s great to include such highlights. The audience took them fully on board, all of these events were well visited. It was my personal desire to once more remember David Lama and Hansjörg Auer. It was great that Alex Huber was willing to join us for that night and that he again emphasised the significant role of these two climbers in the development of alpinism. Another highlight was the Hillary night with interesting guests and the film by Padovano. That was original footage of the Everest ascent from 1953, which probably none of our visitors had seen before. That kind of thing thrills the audience, and that is why we care to create such accents.

And finally, the International Alliance for Mountain Film was visiting …
It was very special to have these twelve guests from all over the world. After all, those are the representatives of the world’s most important mountain film festivals, including such countries as Nepal and South Korea. Within the Alliance, we have great conversations on eye level, always with the goal of developing our organisation further and thus helping ourselves and the festivals to remain sustainable. Naturally, we also want to help the filmmakers in this way. One of the greatest challenges right now is digitalisation, and we were able to create important impulses there.

Such a positive response, so many enthusiastic viewers, you must already be looking forward to next year?
Definitely. But we don’t start planning until the day after tomorrow …

 

2019 – Mountain Film Festival – Press Kit 19 Oct. 2019 – PT02 – Winners

PT02 Winners                                                                                10/2019

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

The Drama of Success

Winners only ever emerge from comparison. When all submissions are as qualitative as at this year’s Mountain Film Festival in Tegernsee, the jury has to plunge that bit deeper for its verdict. The process brings compelling results to the surface.  

“Not everything has to be perfect, but it’s got to hang together.” This makes for an apt description of the quest for the best films undertaken by Linda Cottino (Italy), Lisa Röösli (Switzerland), Dagmar Steigenberger (Germany), Lisa Stolze (Austria) and Alexander Donev (Bulgaria). When a film works, it presents exciting images which linger and might reveal their full potency only after a while. This is not usually the case when people only talk about themselves and their achievement. Something truly interesting only happens when a film maker manages to “also recognise the drama inherent to success”, the jury explains.

Award for “The Pathan-Project” – “Free Solo” impresses outside of competition
A perfect example for this criterium is the Oscar-winning climbing film “Free Solo”, which was screened in Tegernsee outside of the competition. Star climber Alex Honnold is sublime on the wall. But how does he manage everyday life? That’s where the “dimension of failure” mentioned by the jury applies and makes the movie gripping. This potential failure also infuses “The Pathan Project” (Guillaume Broust, Belgium, German Alpine Club Prize in the Category Mountain Experience). This expedition film is strikingly different. Accidents and set-backs are dramatic, the achievement on the rock outstanding, but that is also the case in other films. Truly unique is the self-mocking perspective of all protagonists, which is very helpful in this situation – and the balance between all these components.

Magic and strong women
“This Mountain Life” enchants with arresting, carefully composed images. The focus is on two women, mother and daughter, who trek from Vancouver to Alaska together on skis. Film maker Grant Baldwin (Canada) receives the “Great Prize of the City of Tegernsee” foremostly because he manages to widen the film’s focus to the question what people seek in the mountain world and sometimes do – at least to some extent – find there.

Strong women are also central to the Australian documentary “Spirit” (Jane Dyson and Ross Harrison, Prize in the Category Mountain Life): A world breaks apart, high up in a mountain village in the Himalaya. Too high up to have fully arrived in modern times, yet too low down to still be truly close to the gods, as this film conveys with impressive footage.

Across boundaries
The excitement mounts when a film completely steps out of line, as does Iceberg Nations (Fernando Martín Borlán, Bergzeit Prize in the Category Mountain Nature): Icebergs turn into metaphors for human constructs such as nations and boundaries. Icebergs melt and the constructs reveal their irrelevance in the face of worldwide problems such as climate change.

Probably the festival’s most unusual film didn’t quite make it into the four main prize categories. But the documentary “Riafn” (Calling) by Hannes Lang is actually much more suited for the “Special Film” category. “It’s a veritable challenge for viewers,” the jury claims. But anyone who opens up to the kind of communication between humans, animals and nature that functions without major misunderstandings and across all boundaries, gets to enjoy a masterpiece, a “cinematic mediation against an alpine backdrop.”

 Meaningful conquests
While others brag about extreme physical deeds, experiences at their limit and meaningless conquests, two likeable students from Rosenheim, Bavaria, dedicate themselves to something completely different. With joy and nonchalance they restore old mountain huts. “This is a quiet, special story, which makes do without classic mountain heroes, but with its beautiful images tells us that we can make a difference after all,” is the jury verdict on Höhenmeter (Altitude) by Dominik and Julian Weigand (Germany), which receives the Otto-Guggenbichler-Award for a Junior Film Maker. In this case, success is certainly no drama.

2019 – Mountain Film Festival – Press Kit 19 Oct. 2019 – PT03 – Opening

PT03 Opening                                                                                10/2019

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

“Finally Do Something – It Concerns Us All” 

The finest mountain films across all categories: That was the opening night of the 17th Tegernsee Mountain Film Festival. Festival Director Michael Pause and his team impressed the audience with just the right mixture and strong messages. 

Frantic applause erupts when 85-year-old Toni Sponar clambers onto the stage. It gets under people’s skin when right away, he addresses the audience with a poignant plea. “Take notice of what is happening with Planet Earth right now – and act accordingly.” He managed not to miss a winter in 50 years – in either the northern or the southern hemisphere. “Endless Winter” is a film that narrates his exciting life history and which he watched himself for the first time during Wednesday’s world premiere. In truth, he can hardly believe that he is the hero up there on the silver screen in the sold-out Barocksaal venue, the recipient of all this applause.

Another protagonist who impresses not only on screen but also on the festival stage is Tyrolean Babsi Zangerl, one of the world’s best female climbers. It’s easy to believe that she does not care about making the headlines. What matters much more to her is being able to travel the world of steep walls together with her rope and life partner Jacobo Larcher – somebody she can fully rely on in any situation. After all, the value of such a partnership, of the freedom to simply take off, is irreplaceable. Least of all by profitable sponsoring contracts.

Audience members enjoy a fresh experience in Olag Obsommer’s latest whitewater adventure. They are en route across Iceland; surrounded by icicles they plunge down gushing waterfalls in their kayaks and land sorely on ice floes; their frozen, blue fingers can barely hold on to the paddle. But they rejoice like small children in being part of that fascinating landscape for even a moment. Their hot passion for whitewater not only transpires on camera, but also during a conversation with Festival Director Michael Pause.

Will one of the three opening night movies at the Barocksaal venue attract an award? That’s what the international jury is currently wrecking their brains over. They have already viewed all films, but it is a difficult decision, which requires careful reflection. “Many films, not a lot of prizes,” is their current motto. According to the jury, all of this year’s entries are of a very high standard. This however means that hardly any film truly stands out, is the jury verdict. Another close look is required to single out fine differences. In the process, some productions start looking better and more valuable.

The jury commended in particular the fact that many younger film makers are turning their back on the “age of faster-higher-further” and are approaching the mountain theme with entirely new ideas. The protagonists’ personal achievement no longer provides the central focus, but is questioned on many levels. This results in intriguing psychograms and surprising twists. Rarely does a film still treat the mountain as a piece of “sports equipment”, rather it is presented as a highly sensitive natural environment that is worthy of protection. “Everybody can do something, so please finally get started. It concerns the future of us all.” This is the poignant appeal by an 85-year-old man who managed to spend his life living his dream.

 

2019 – Mountain Film Festival – Press Kit 19 Oct. 2019 – PT04 “The Latinos of Lake Tegernsee”

PT04  Audience                                                                             10/2019

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

“The Latinos of Lake Tegernsee” 

Mountain films fascinate people across all age brackets. The audience catches fire, films carry their viewers off and set something in motion. It is probably one of the nicest rewards for film makers to experience the impact of their footage first hand in Tegernsee.

They suffer. Not just the cutesy animated bees who at first buzz cheerfully across the silver screen. Screams erupt among the audience when one bee after the other empties out the contents of its guts after consuming too many pesticides. A profound silence ensues when the last surviving bee tries to return from the mountains to its bee house. No applause is audible at the end, even though Marcel Barelli’s cartoon clip very well deserves it. But who can happily clap their hands after witnessing the death of the very last bee? Fortunately, it is not something the children of Tegernsee are capable of. They only rediscover their joy when event host Florian Schwarz personally gets wildlife reporter Anna on stage – just back from her roamings with alpacas in the Andes. Numerous hands shoot up, the kids have a bunch of questions. But they only speak when it is their turn. Being able to talk to the people who usually remain untouchable on screen, that’s novel – and fantastic.

The miracle not only applies to the Children’s Cinema with its total of 720 enthusiastic guests. Even though the grown-ups do not participate, cheer and suffer quite as loudly, adult audiences at the various venues fully engage with the screened films. And that tends to surprise some of the visiting protagonists. “It’s unbelievable how involved people get here,” Swiss film maker Caroline Fink is delighted to say at the Bayern-2 Night. “This was certainly the most emotional audience I have experienced so far in reaction to my film “Frauen am Berg” (Women on the Mountain). Georg Bayerle, hosting at Ludwig-Thoma-Saal, is not surprised. He has been familiar with this Latin-style audience, his “Latinos of Lake Tegernsee”, since the festival’s inception. “They’re like that here,” he confirms.

Tegernsee audience members are thrilled to take part in the conversation. They don’t just look for fantastic footage and unusual perspectives, but also for close contact with the “film people”. For instance with Puria Ravahi (German Alpine Club Prize for the Best Alpine Film 2017). The film maker from Rosenheim, Bavaria, premieres his latest film in Tegernsee and has brought along his protagonist. He appreciates the afflicted silence following upon the screening of his film. “That’s exactly what I was striving for,” he says. “If everybody was cheering, I would have done something wrong.” The message has sunk in. Both at the Children’s Cinema and during the B-2 Evening. Because “these are films based on passion. We encounter the unforeseeable, things that move us,” explains Stefan Maier, director of the Bayern 2 public broadcasting station. What was the motto of the bee film again? “When I tell a story, I do it from my heart” – and that’s why it reaches its target. Not just with the “Latinos of Lake Tegernsee.”

2019 – Mountain Film Festival – Press Kit 19 Oct. 2019 – PT05 – Facts and Figures

17th Tegernsee International Mountain Film Festival:
Facts and Figures 

Date:                         16 to 20 October 2019

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, 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)

Viewers:                    approx. 6,000 viewers

Films Submitted        192 productions from 30 countries, 92 of these screened, 79
in 2019:                     running for competition

Screenings:               Wednesday from 8 pm in 5 venues, Thursday, Friday and Saturday in 6 venues (Barocksaal, Ludwig-Thoma-Saal, Medius, Quirinal, Schalthaus, Sporthalle) ,                    
Thursday, Friday: 9.30 am Children’s Cinema at Ludwig-Thoma-Saal, From 12 noon and from 4 pm Nonstop Programme at Schalthaus,
5 and 8 pm screenings with live host in all venues

Saturday: 11 am and 2 pm Nonstop Programme at Schalthaus,  3, 4, 5, pm and 8 pm screenings with live host at all venues, 7 pm Final Celebration and Conferring of Prizes at Barocksaal.
Sunday: From 9.30 am: matinee with winning films at Ludwig-Thoma-Saal and Schalthaus

Prizes:                       Great Prize by the City of Tegernsee (3,000 €),
                                   Prize by the German Alpine Club for the Best Alpine Film in the Category “Mountain Experience” (1,000 €),  
                                   Prize by Bergzeit for the Best Film in the Category “Mountain Nature” (1,000 €),                                  

                                  Prize for the Best Film in the Category “Mountain Life”, (sponsored by the Tegernseer
                                    Erdgas-Versorgungsgesellschaft mbH. & Co. KG) (1,000 €),                                           
                                  Dr. Otto Guggenbichler Prize for a Junior Film Maker (sponsored by the Guggenbichler Family
                                   and AmbulantesBeinCentrum München) (1,000 €),
                                 Special Prize for Most Outstandig Camera Work (1,000 €), (sponsored by Rotary-Club Tegernsee),
                                 Special Prize for the Special Film (1,000 €), (sponsored by Rotary-Club Tegernsee),
                                 Bayern 2 Audience Prize (radio network Bayern 2) (1,000 €),
                                 Small Mountain Film Festival Prize for the Best Young Audience Mountain Film (500 €, sponsored by monte mare)

Jury 2019:              Linda Cottino (Italy), Lisa Röösli (Switzerland), Dagmar Steigenberger (Germany), Lisa Stolze (Austria) and Dr. Alexander Donev (Bulgaria)    

Summit Meeting:      Festival Forum at the Rathaus. Meeting point, box office, information and vending stalls, drinks and snacks, Bouldering; wine and cheese tasting.   Wednesday – Saturday 2 – 8 pm

Press Room:              From Thursday, 17 Oct., till Saturday, 19 Oct., there is a
      possibility for press representatives to view films beside of
      the official venues at Rathaus Tegernsee. Please contact the
      festival office.

Festival Office:          Internationales Bergfilm-Festival Tegernsee
Rathausplatz 1
83684 Tegernsee, Germany
Tel. +49(0)8022/1801-37 or -53
bergfilm@tegernsee.de
www.bergfilm-tegernsee.de

2019 – Mountain Film Festival – Press Kit 19 Oct. 2019 – PT06 Jury Statement

PT06 -Jury Statements, 17 October 2019                                  2019-10-19

Great Prize of the City of Tegernsee
“This Mountain Life”
Grant Baldwin and Jenny Rustemeyer, Canada
Father-son-narratives set against a mountain backdrop are not exactly rare. What we found novel about this film is that it tells the great mountain adventure of a mother and her daughter. We encounter two strong, charismatic women, who together master 1,430 miles on skis from Vancouver to Alaska. The film maker not only captures this great journey with impressive, carefully composed images, but he also succeeds at widening the focus to the question what people seek in the mountain world and sometimes to some extent find.

Category Mountain Nature
“Iceberg Nations”
Fernando Martín Borlán, Spain
This film poetically and artfully debunks the idea of land ownership and nation states. It questions the power of these concepts in the context of global warming. With humour and creativity, the disappearing iceberg is made into a metaphor for human constructs which are inadequate for meeting the climate challenge. All of this is delivered in just four minutes.

Category Mountain Experience
“The Pathan Project”
Guillaume Broust, Belgium
Why do we travel to dangerous and unexplored mountains in Pakistan, if we could just as well get our fill of adventure at home? This unusual expedition film offers the following answer: We like to have fun. Despite accidents and setbacks, the film succeeds at demonstrating outstanding achievements on the rock, yet never loses its tongue-in-cheek, self-mocking perspective. We were equally convinced by the humorous narrative with its fictional flashback and parodies of famous films.

Category Mountain Life
“Spirit”
Jane Dyson, Ross Harrison, Australia
We find ourselves in some remote village in the Indian Garhwal Himalayas. The spirits have retreated ever higher into the mountains, according to one of the local women which the film makers have become very intimate with. The film shows a breakable world threatened by the centrifugal powers of modernity. However, it also displays rituals in connection with spirit worship which bring people back together.
Fortunately, audience members do not become possessed by these spirits. Still, they will find it difficult to resist the magnetism of such unique images and this successful montage.

Award for a Junior Film Maker
“Höhenmeter” (Altitude)
Dominik and Julian Weigand, Germany
The two protagonists of this story are unusual for the mountain film genre, which loves to deal in extreme physical achievements, experiences at the outer limit and meaningless conquests. Two likeable students from Rosenheim, Bavaria, have discovered something they can give back to their homeland mountains. With joy and nonchalance, they approach the execution of their plans. This is a quiet, special story, which makes do without classic mountain heroes but with its beautiful images tells us that we can make a difference after all.

Outstanding Camera Work
“Bayandalai – Lord of the Taiga”
Aner Etxebarria Moral, Pablo Vidal Santos, Spain
An old reindeer shepherd tells us about his life, embedded in the rough natural environment of the Taiga and the fateful ministry of gods. The camera completes his narrative with a variation of detail-rich close-ups and distance shots from high above (from the perspective of the gods, so to speak). Simple objects – the reflective contents of a tea cup, gnarly fingers on fur – become poetic images for the great cycle of becoming and passing away.

The Special Film
“Riafn” (Calling),
Hannes Lang, Germany
This film renders an extraordinary portrait of human individuals who live on a remote mountain farm. It is a surprising experience to delve into the world of time-honoured communication between human, nature and animal. Acoustic richness and expressive images result in a cinematic meditation against an alpine backdrop.

Honourable Mentions
Marcher pour Genna (A Christmas Pilgrimage)
Frédéric Furnelle, Olivier Bourguet, Belgium
The film makers spend several weeks hiking on a pilgrimage route across Ethiopia, where they meet faithful pilgrims on their way to the country’s biggest Christmas celebration. The film succeeds at documenting the hardships of the long journey, authentically captures the heartfelt, respectful encounters and conveys to viewers a country and a culture barely known elsewhere (but which we shall hear more about in future thanks to the Peace Prize awarded to its president).

Ani, le monache di Yaqen gar (The Nuns of Yaqen Gar)
Eloïse Barbieri, Italy
Together with Buddhist nuns, film maker Eloïse Barbieri lives for several weeks under the most basic conditions in a Tibetan monastic community. The film’s special achievements include the film maker’s capacity to actually reach this place, where free practice of religion is not a right, but might at best be granted by Chinese authorities. With a watchful camera and reflections about her own situation, Barbieri creates a snapshot of a place under pressure, which might by now have vanished altogether.

2019 – Mountain Film Festival – Press Kit – 19 Oct 2019 – PT07 List of Winnings Films

17th International Mountain Film Festival Tegernsee  –  Winning Films 2019

Great Prize by the City of Tegernsee (€ 3,000)
“This Mountain Life” by Grant Baldwin (Canada)

Prize by the German Alpine Club for the Best Alpine Film in the Category of “Mountain Experience” (€ 1,000)
“The Pathan Project” by Guillaume Broust (Belgium)

Bergzeit Prize for the Best Film in the Category “Mountain Nature” (€ 1,000)
“Iceberg Nations” by Fernando Martín Borlán (Spain)

Best Film in the Category “Mountain Life” (€ 1,000) awarded by the Tegernseer Erdgas-Versorgungsges. (€ 1.000)
“Spirit” by Jane Dyson, Ross Harrison (Australia)

Otto Guggenbichler Prize for a Junior Filmmaker (€ 1,000)
“Höhenmeter” (Altitude) by Julian and Dominik Weigand (Germany)

Best Camera Work (sponsored by Rotary Club Tegernsee)
“Bayandalai – Lord of the Taiga” by Aner Etxebarria Moral, Pablo Vidal Santos (Spain)

Prize for the Special Film (sponsored by Rotary Club Tegernsee)
“Riafn” (Calling) by Hannes Lang (Germany)

Honourable Mentions by the Jury (non-cash prizes)
“Ani, le monache di Yaqen gar” (The Nuns of Yaqen gar) by Eloïse Barbieri (Italy)
“Marcher pour Genna” (A Christmas Pilgrimage) by Frédéric Furnelle, Olivier Burget (Belgium)

Bayern 2 – Audience Prize (€ 1.000,-)
„The Ascent of Everest” by Antonello Padovano (Great Britain)

Small Festival Prize, Audience Prize for the best Children’s and Young Adult Film
(€ 500) sponsored by monte mare Betriebsges.m.b.H.
„Auf höchstem Niveau – Lebensretter am Berg” (At the Highest Level – The Lifesavers) by Birgit Wuthe (Germany)

2019 – Internat. Mountain Film Festival Tegernsee 16 – 20 Oct. 2019 – Press release Audience responses – 18-10-2019

PT Audience                                                                                              10/2019

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

“The Latinos of Lake Tegernsee” 

Mountain films fascinate people across all age brackets. The audience catches fire, films carry their viewers off and set something in motion. It is probably one of the nicest rewards for film makers to experience the impact of their footage first hand in Tegernsee.

They suffer. Not just the cutesy animated bees who at first buzz cheerfully across the silver screen. Screams erupt among the audience when one bee after the other empties out the contents of its guts after consuming too many pesticides. A profound silence ensues when the last surviving bee tries to return from the mountains to its bee house. No applause is audible at the end, even though Marcel Barelli’s cartoon clip very well deserves it. But who can happily clap their hands after witnessing the death of the very last bee? Fortunately, it is not something the children of Tegernsee are capable of. They only rediscover their joy when event host Florian Schwarz personally gets wildlife reporter Anna on stage – just back from her roamings with alpacas in the Andes. Numerous hands shoot up, the kids have a bunch of questions. But they only speak when it is their turn. Being able to talk to the people who usually remain untouchable on screen, that’s novel – and fantastic.

The miracle not only applies to the Children’s Cinema with its total of 720 enthusiastic guests. Even though the grown-ups do not participate, cheer and suffer quite as loudly, adult audiences at the various venues fully engage with the screened films. And that tends to surprise some of the visiting protagonists. “It’s unbelievable how involved people get here,” Swiss film maker Caroline Fink is delighted to say at the Bayern-2 Night. “This was certainly the most emotional audience I have experienced so far in reaction to my film “Frauen am Berg” (Women on the Mountain). Georg Bayerle, hosting at Ludwig-Thoma-Saal, is not surprised. He has been familiar with this Latin-style audience, his “Latinos of Lake Tegernsee”, since the festival’s inception. “They’re like that here,” he confirms.

Tegernsee audience members are thrilled to take part in the conversation. They don’t just look for fantastic footage and unusual perspectives, but also for close contact with the “film people”. For instance with Puria Ravahi (German Alpine Club Prize for the Best Alpine Film 2017). The film maker from Rosenheim, Bavaria, premieres his latest film in Tegernsee and has brought along his protagonist. He appreciates the afflicted silence following upon the screening of his film. “That’s exactly what I was striving for,” he says. “If everybody was cheering, I would have done something wrong.” The message has sunk in. Both at the Children’s Cinema and during the B-2 Evening. Because “these are films based on passion. We encounter the unforeseeable, things that move us,” explains Stefan Maier, director of the Bayern 2 public broadcasting station. What was the motto of the bee film again? “When I tell a story, I do it from my heart” – and that’s why it reaches its target. Not just with the “Latinos of Lake Tegernsee.”

2019 – Internat. Mountain Film Festival Tegernsee – 16 – 20 Oct. 2019 – Press release Opening – 2019-10-17

PT Opening                                                                                                10/2019

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

“Finally Do Something – It Concerns Us All” 

The finest mountain films across all categories: That was the opening night of the 17th Tegernsee Mountain Film Festival. Festival Director Michael Pause and his team impressed the audience with just the right mixture and strong messages. 

Frantic applause erupts when 85-year-old Toni Sponar clambers onto the stage. It gets under people’s skin when right away, he addresses the audience with a poignant plea. “Take notice of what is happening with Planet Earth right now – and act accordingly.” He managed not to miss a winter in 50 years – in either the northern or the southern hemisphere. “Endless Winter” is a film that narrates his exciting life history and which he watched himself for the first time during Wednesday’s world premiere. In truth, he can hardly believe that he is the hero up there on the silver screen in the sold-out Barocksaal venue, the recipient of all this applause.

Another protagonist who impresses not only on screen but also on the festival stage is Tyrolean Babsi Zangerl, one of the world’s best female climbers. It’s easy to believe that she does not care about making the headlines. What matters much more to her is being able to travel the world of steep walls together with her rope and life partner Jacobo Larcher – somebody she can fully rely on in any situation. After all, the value of such a partnership, of the freedom to simply take off, is irreplaceable. Least of all by profitable sponsoring contracts.

Audience members enjoy a fresh experience in Olag Obsommer’s latest whitewater adventure. They are en route across Iceland; surrounded by icicles they plunge down gushing waterfalls in their kayaks and land sorely on ice floes; their frozen, blue fingers can barely hold on to the paddle. But they rejoice like small children in being part of that fascinating landscape for even a moment. Their hot passion for whitewater not only transpires on camera, but also during a conversation with Festival Director Michael Pause.

Will one of the three opening night movies at the Barocksaal venue attract an award? That’s what the international jury is currently wrecking their brains over. They have already viewed all films, but it is a difficult decision, which requires careful reflection. “Many films, not a lot of prizes,” is their current motto. According to the jury, all of this year’s entries are of a very high standard. This however means that hardly any film truly stands out, is the jury verdict. Another close look is required to single out fine differences. In the process, some productions start looking better and more valuable.

The jury commended in particular the fact that many younger film makers are turning their back on the “age of faster-higher-further” and are approaching the mountain theme with entirely new ideas. The protagonists’ personal achievement no longer provides the central focus, but is questioned on many levels. This results in intriguing psychograms and surprising twists. Rarely does a film still treat the mountain as a piece of “sports equipment”, rather it is presented as a highly sensitive natural environment that is worthy of protection. “Everybody can do something, so please finally get started. It concerns the future of us all.” This is the poignant appeal by an 85-year-old man who managed to spend his life living his dream.

 

2019 – International Mountain Film Festival Tegernsee – Press Kit Festival – Oct. 10, 2019 – Contents

17th Tegernsee International Mountain Film Festival
16 to 20 October 2019

Press Kit October 2019

Contents

PT01         Strong Programme, Celebrity Guests and Many Highlights
PT02         Four World Premieres at Tegernsee
PT03         For the Sake of Remembrance
                    150 Years of the German Alpine Club (DAV)
                    Edmund Hillary’s 100th Birthday
                    In Memoriam: David Lama and Hansjörg Auer
PT04         In Focus: Poland’s Great Alpinists         
PT05         International Resource Sharing at Lake Tegernsee             
PT06         Gerald Salmina: “The Mountain Writes the Screenplay”
PT07         Facts, Figures and Dates

Contact:
Internationales Bergfilm-Festival Tegernsee
Tel. 0049/(0)8022/1801-37
E-Mail: bergfilm@tegernsee.de

www.bergfilm-tegernsee.de

All textual and visual material is available online at:
www.bergfilm-tegernsee.de/presse

 

2019 – International Mountain Film Festival Tegernsee – Press Kit Festival – Oct. 10, 2019 – PT01 General

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

Strong Programme, Celebrity Guests and Many Highlights  

Four world premieres, one Oscar-winning film, interesting guests from around the globe and as usual a gripping programme of films that present many novel perspectives: The 17th Tegernsee International Mountain Film Festival can begin!

 The opening night on Wednesday straight away caters not only one of a total of four world premieres, but also intriguing guests, such as Babsi Zangerl, currently one of the world’s best female climbers. Anyone joining Thursday night’s journey of discovery that is the Bayern-2 Night (named after German Public Television), will enjoy a further premiere: Puria Ravahi (recipient of the DAV Prize for the best Alpine Film 2017) shows his new short film to a first audience. Simultaneously at the Barocksaal venue, Festival Director Michael Pause and his guests look back at the life of Edmund Hillary, who would have celebrated his 100th birthday this year.

On Saturday, Reinhold Messner (recipient of the Great Prize of the City of Tegernsee 2017) visits the festival with his latest film: In “Mythos Cerro Torre” (Myth of Cerro Torre) he explores the first ascension of Patagonia’s great landmark, which has been questioned for many decades. As early as Friday, the life story of Hans Kammerland “Manaslu – Berg der Seelen” (Manaslu – Mountain of Souls), filmed by Gerald Salmina, will be on show. Salmina is also well known in Tegernsee, having received its Great Prize in 2010.

Also on Friday, the customary German Alpine Club Night (DAV-Abend) takes place – as usual in two venues. Central themes are the Club’s 150th anniversary as well as climbing as an Olympic discipline, which will be scrutinised with a critical eye. What promises to become a moving part of the same night is the commemoration of Tyrolean mountaineers David Lama and Hansjörg Auer, who lost their lives in April. They previously earned great sympathy during their Tegernsee visits.

Thematic focus at various screening venues
As always, fans of extreme feats will find the right selection of films at the Medius venue, while aficionados of nature and culture films should have a closer look at the programme scheduled at Quirinal and Ludwig-Thoma-Saal. Special events such as the Opening Night, the Retrospective and Festive Conferring of Prizes take place at Barocksaal. Schalthaus presents unusual and experimental films from around the world, which often offer up entirely new perspectives. On Saturday, for example, from 3.10 pm two films about Polish expeditions to eightthousanders frame the presentation of a new book about Vojtech Kurtyka. A “full house” is expected at Sporthalle, especially on Saturday of course, when at 8 pm the sensational Oscar-winning climbing film “Free Solo” will be screened.

Those who wish to focus on definite award-winners should not miss the matinee on Sunday: all films who received an award during the Festive Conferring of Prizes on Saturday night will be screened again at full length. 

Important meeting in Tegernsee – not just at the “Summit Meeting Point”
It provides great joy to Tegernsee Mayor Johannes Hagn and Festival Director Michael Pause that the International Alliance for Mountain Film will hold one of its two annual meetings during the festival. Certainly, the representatives of the world’s 26 most relevant mountain film festivals will be as charmed by the unique atmosphere at Lake Tegernsee as other festival guests who have been coming to the autumnal lake for many years.

A beautiful meeting point for audience members, film makers, mountaineers, protagonists and fans is the so-called “Gipfeltreff” (Summit Meeting Point), the Mountain Film Festival Forum inside the townhall (“Rathaus”) with its extensive fringe programme, ticket sales, film lounge, delectable wines and small culinary delicacies. Also present are supporters of the Mountain Film Festival: foremost the Gmund-based multichannel mountain gear retailer “Bergzeit”, the festival’s main sponsor, who runs an insightful information booth.

600 Children share the thrill and vote for their favourite film
Tegernsee offers another success story, beyond great mountain cinema. Mayor Johannes Hagn and Festival Director Michael Pause are particularly pleased about it, “because this represents the future”: By now, more than 600 students visit the Mountain Film Festival Children’s Cinema every year. Spirits rise when this young audience shares their movie heroes’ thrills with their whole heart. “If this helps to spark a fascination for mountain film and the mountains in just some of these kids, it will have been worth the trouble,” Michael Pause states. Children are taken seriously here; for two years they have been able – just like adult viewers – to vote for their favourite film. Therefore, apart from the coveted audience award, the Conferring of Prizes on Saturday will once again include the “Small Prize of the City of Tegernsee”.

 

 

2019 – International Mountain Film Festival Tegernsee – Press Kit Festival – Oct. 10, 2019 – Pt02 Premieres

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Four World Premieres at Tegernsee

A total of four world premiere screenings with interesting guests are part of the Tegernsee programme in October: Main protagonists are the mountain, a charming ski instructor who never sees summer, a Bavarian student on the Nile and Reinhold Messner as investigator.

Endless winter
It was a marvellous serendipity which turned Toni Sponar into a ski instructor. In 1958 the native Austrian emigrated to North America. Since then, he has fulfilled his dream of endless winter. For more than 50 years he has been experiencing two ski seasons per year: one in Colorado, and when summer arrives there, he packs his skis and travels into the winter of Chile. In a high valley in the Andes he operates his own ski resort for freeriders, Arpa. “Endless Winter” is the moving portrait of a person who is happy in every possible way!
World premiere on 16 October, 8 pm, Barocksaal; repeat 18 October, 5.30 pm, Schalthaus

What the mountain has to say: world premiere at Bayern-2-Night
Film maker Puria Ravahi already deeply impressed the Tegernsee audience in 2017 with his documentary “Last Exit”. Back then, the jury awarded him the German Alpine Club Prize for the Best Alpine Film. The 2019 Mountain Film Festival introduces a novel Bayern-2-Night, related to Bavarian Public Television Channel Bayern 2. On this night, the Rosenheim-born film maker presents his latest production: “Wenn der Berg spricht” (When the Mountain Speaks) is another extraordinary short film experiment, set at a mountain farm in the Spitzing area, not far from Lake Tegernsee. There, dairymaid Martina is surrounded by mountains possessed not only with a consciousness, but also with a voice. Versed in poetic language, they have a few things to tell to people … The evening is hosted by Dr. Georg Bayerle; also on show are three further extraordinary films: one about a Swiss man who dedicates himself to the martial art of Shaolin, one about female mountain guides in Switzerland and one about icebergs that could be continents.
Bayern-2-Night with world premieres on 17 October, 8 pm, Ludwig-Thoma-Saal; repeat 19 October, 8 pm, Schalthaus

With Reinhold Messner on Cerro Torre
Reinhold Messner visits the Tegernsee Festival for the first time, bringing along his latest film: His documentary “Mythos Cerro Torre” (The Myth of Cerro Torre) engages with the controversial first ascent of Patagonia’s dream mountain by Cesare Maestri. 60 years later, Reinhold Messner puts together the puzzle pieces discovered by Cerro Torre experts and which defy Maestri’s claim. In 2017 Reinhold Messner received the Great Prize of the City of Tegernsee for “Still Alive – Drama at Mount Kenya”.
World premiere of “Mythos Cerro Torre – Reinhold Messner auf Spurensuche” (The Myth of Cerro Torre – Reinhold Messner Investigates”) takes place on 19 October, 5 pm, at Ludwig-Thoma-Saal.

Death on the Nile
In 1980 Bavarian student Franz Heigermoser sets out to become the first person to travel the Nile from its fountainhead to its estuary by kayak. 3,540 miles lie behind him when after nine months he reaches Luxor. Then, however, he disappears. Film maker Bernhard Aicher searched for traces of the missing adventurer and for the first time presents his cinematic investigation “Tod auf dem Nil” (Death on the Nile) at the Tegernsee Mountain Film Festival.
World premiere takes place on 16 October, 8 pm at Quirinal.

2019 – International Mountain Film Festival Tegernsee – Press Kit Festival – Oct. 10, 2019 – PT03 Remembrance

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For the Sake of Remembrance 

A great anniversary, a milestone birthday and a tragedy cater reasons to look back: to a great institution and to three individuals who have influenced mountain sports in different ways.   

The Everest was only a beginning: Sir Edmund Hillary
At the end of May 1953 two men were the first humans to reach the planet’s highest point: Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay. On the occasion of Edmund Hillary’s 100th birthday on 20 July 2019, this Mountain Film Festival’s Retrospective (Thursday, 17 October) is dedicated to the famous New Zealander who died in 2008. Hillary appears in history books because of his grand mountaineering deed. However, he conquered the hearts of people by means of his great social and humanitarian contributions – his efforts in Nepal were ceaseless. With the documentaries “The Ascent of Everest” and “Beyond Everest – Der Everest war nur ein Anfang” (The Everest was only a Beginning) Festival Director Michael Pause uses this evening to expose both facets. Moreover, images of current projects run by the Edmund Hillary Association, located in Bad Wiessee, are on show. Naturally, knowledgeable guests are expected to comment on events at Mt Everest. By the way: On this night, proceeds from the Mountain Film Festival Preview screened at Munich’s Praterinsel will be donated to the Hillary Association. Moreover, an autographed Hillary book and a 5-dollar bill bearing Hillary’s portrait will be raffled off. 
Date: 17 October, 8 pm, Barocksaal

Anniversary: The German Alpine Club (DAV) turns 150
Naturally, this year places the German Alpine Club’s 150th anniversary at the centre of the traditional German Alpine Club Night (DAV-Abend) on Friday. Since the Mountain Film Festival’s inauguration in 2003, the Club has been one of its supporters. The documentary “Von Höhen und Tiefen – 150 Jahre DAV” (Ups and Downs – 150 Years of DAV) is a gripping journey into the Alpine Club’s history – and thus into the history of mountaineering itself. Exposed to the pressure zone between alpinism and tourism, between unblemished nature and commercial playgrounds, the DAV has evolved from a pioneer of mountain sports to a modern environmental and sports association. The second film of the night casts a critical glance at the new Olympic sub-discipline of speed climbing. Certainly, participation at the Olympic games opens up tremendous possibilities for the sport. But what will be the consequences for traditional alpine climbing? The night’s hosts Michael Pause (Barocksaal) and Michael Düchs (Sporthalle) will have thrilling conversations with their guests on the issues of Olympics and the anniversary.
Date: 18 October, 8 pm, Barocksaal and Sporthalle (in reverse order)

In memoriam: David Lama and Hansjörg Auer
Not only the mountain sports scene was shaken up in April this year, when Tyrolean extreme mountaineers David Lama and Hansjörg Auer and their rope partner Jess Roskelley lost their lives in an avalanche in Canada. Both impressed Tegernsee audiences in recent years with their presence. The moving documentaries “David Lama im Porträt” (A Portrait of David Lama) and “Hansjörg Auer – No turning back” demonstrate in poignant fashion what made the two Tyroleans into such renowned and exceptional alpinists. Peter Habler, who took David Lama under his wings at an early point in time, used the opportunity of his 75th birthday to once again climb the Eiger North Face with his “adopted son”: “Ich will die Welt von oben sehen” (I Want to See the World from Above) is the title of a film shown at the end of this commemorative night.   
Date: 18 October, 8 pm, Medius

 

2019 – International Mountain Film Festival Tegernsee – Press Kit Festival – Oct. 10, 2019 – PT04 Poland

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In Focus: Poland’s Great Alpinists

 In Poland, climbing the world’s highest mountains in winter is something of a national sport. Ten of the 13 eightthousanders climbed so far have been conquered by Polish alpinists, and their native country celebrates them like superstars. In Tegernsee, they take centre stage on Saturday at the Schalthaus venue.

 In the 1980ies, it was predominantly Jerzy Kukuczka and Wanda Rutkiewicz who caused a global sensation with their alpine achievements. Adam Bielecki is one of the audacious Poles who continue this tradition. He contributed to climbing history not only with his summit successes, but especially because of an unmatched rescue effort. Bielecki happened to be at the K2 base camp in 2018, preparing for the first winter ascent of the most demanding of all eightthousanders, when he heard that a tragedy was unfolding at Nanga Parbat: French mountaineer Elisabeth Revol and Tomek Maciewicz from Poland were in distress on the mountain. “It became obvious that we were their only chance,” Bielecki explains later. He immediately set out, together with Denis Urubko from Kazakhstan, to save his friends at Nanga Parbat. They were able to descend Elisabeth Revol alive to base camp; help came too late for Tomek. Dariusz Zaluski, 2012 jury member in Tegernsee, accompanied the expedition as camera man. The gripping documentary of this K2 expedition also provides a fascinating example of group psychology during such an endeavour. On view on Saturday, 3.10 pm, at Schalthaus.

Directly afterwards, a book presentation shifts the focus on one of Poland’s greatest mountaineers: Voytek Kurtyka. Born in 1947, he is known as the uncontested master of the High Tatra, the Hindu Kush and of the great walls of the Alps and Scandinavia. Like nobody else, Kurtyka also defined Poland’s “Golden Age” of Himalayan alpinism. Bernadette McDonald, who for many years directed the Banff Mountain Film Festival, wrote Voytek Kurtykas’s biography: “Die Kunst der Freiheit – Voytek Kurtyka, Leben und Berge” (The Art of Freedom – Voytek Kurtyka, Life and Mountains) weaves together elements from sports, art and mysticism in unique fashion. Bernadette McDonald was able to get up-close to this mysterious and eccentric alpine genius and has created a new, moving masterpiece of alpine literature. During the book presentation at 4.30 pm at Schalthaus, the book’s translator into German, Robert Steiner, describes how he himself got to know this unique, freedom-loving alpinist.

At the end of the Poland focus, at 5 pm, Stanislaw Berbeka, the son of Maciej Berbeka, grants insights into a busy family life defined by the father’s grand mountaineering dreams with his documentary “Dreamland”. In 2013 Maciej Berbeka, aged 57, desires to once again fulfil a great dream with a first ascension of Broad Peak in winter. The first part of the adventure succeeds, four alpinists make the summit. However, the fated expedition’s oldest and youngest members will never return.

 

2019 – International Mountain Film Festival Tegernsee – Press Kit Festival – Oct. 10, 2019 – PT05Press Release IAMF

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International Resource Sharing at Lake Tegernsee 

The International Alliance for Mountain Film (IAMF) forges together renowned mountain film festivals with the joint goal of supporting, promoting and sustaining the mountain film genre. Tegernsee’s Mayor Johannes Hagn and Festival Director Michael Pause are delighted to welcome representatives of the world’s most important mountain film festivals at Lake Tegernsee.

For the Tegernsee Mountain Film Festival admittance into the International Alliance for Mountain Film (IAMF) in 2006 was a big step. On one hand it meant confirmation that the event now truly ranges among established mountain film festivals, on the other it facilitated many contacts and new opportunities for an intensive exchange of experiences and for constructive cooperation.

The IAMF was founded in 2000 by nine festival representatives. By now, the alliance has grown to include 27 members: the world’s 26 most relevant mountain film festivals as well as Turin’s Museo della Montagna. 20 countries in Europe, Asia, North and South America and New Zealand are part of the alliance. Now, they will send their representatives to one of their two annual meetings at Lake Tegernsee. 

Stated purpose of the Alliance on one hand is to make mountain film festivals around the globe as popular as possible with their audiences, but also with film makers. On the other hand, the IAMF sees itself as an information platform for festival hosts, so as to exchange experiences and know-how in terms of technology, advertising measures, programme design and possibilities for funding.

In recent years, the IAMF has been receiving more and more applications for membership. Therefore, intensive discussions are currently underway regarding conditions for membership. IAMF members wish to set themselves apart from purely commercial events, where a mountain film programme merely serves as sideshow to a great “fun fair”. As with any international organisation, consensus must be found time and again between large, well-funded festivals and smaller events.

Consensus exists regarding the fact that mountain film must be central to all IAMG festivals and that they must run a full-blown competition. Many young film makers may be able to show their productions online, but a screening at an IAMF festival definitely adds prestige.

More information is available in the new edition of German language magazine “Bergsteiger” (Edition 10/2019), in the report “…und Action” by Petra Rapp

2019 – International Mountain Film Festival Tegernsee – Presse Kit Festival – Oct 10, 2019 – PT06 Interview Gerald Salmina

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“The Mountain Writes the Screenplay”

In 2010 Carinthian film maker Gerald Salmina received the Great Prize of the City of Tegernsee for “Mount St. Elias”, a spectacular documentary about the world’s longest downhill ski run. The polar opposite of Salmina’s extreme films are his intensive landscape documentaries. In 2019 Salmina returns to the Mountain Film Festival programme with his latest film “Manaslu – Berg der Seelen” (Manaslu – Mountain of Souls). Centre stage is Hans Kammerlander, one of the most famous mountaineers. In this interview, Gerald Salmina describes the role of extremes in his films and his take on the future of mountain film.

 Mountain films define our view of the mountains – what perspective on the mountains did you wish to present?
Mountains inspire awe in us, challenge us, motivate and admonish us. They present a chance to grow beyond ourselves and to return to the valley with humility and gratitude. They provide the opportunity to find inner calm, to refresh our love for nature and to share it with others. They grant an entryway into a new world, which offers clear rules and allows us to forget about the chaos of everyday life. What remains for me is the fascination that those who expose themselves to the mountains have no power over them, that the real screen writer is the mountain itself.

How important are extremes for you? If Kammerlander were not extreme, you probably wouldn’t have created a film about him, right?
For me, the Manaslu film is a search for traces left by a curious individual who discovers his talent for the world’s great mountains “by accident” and then uses it with utmost passion, energy and great skill to celebrate triumphs, but also to reach his own limits. Hans grants unique insights to me. For me, the extreme achievements are merely the scenery behind which we may get to know the actual person. The overall message is one of passion and the resulting motivation to achieve small or great goals, to rise and get going rather than sitting in front of the fireplace. After all, each day is precious, as long as we have something to look forward to.

What risks do you and your team embrace in order to shoot spectacular footage?
Most of the footage is shot close-up. Which means that in those situations, my team is exposed to almost the exact same risk as the mountaineers. A professional attitude means, however, not to accept any risk which might turn into an adventure with uncertain ending.

Which development has most prominently changed the way you approach mountain film?
In 2007 the Mount St. Elias film succeed impressively at demonstrating the dimensions of the mountain relative to the mountaineers in one shot. With the help of the then relatively novel Cineflex helicopter camera system, we were able to represent the dimensions of the world’s biggest coastal mountain at the same time as showing the human ants on this mountain. Drones make it marvellously possible today to capture the steepness of ice or rock climbing. During solo climbs athletes can use small cameras to film themselves and to share subjective impressions, which can only be experienced during such extreme endeavours. The synergy of many new camera techniques therefore permits us to make mountain films much more impressive and to bring them much closer to viewers.

Which “old” film makers taught you the most?
Werner Herzog told me that he doesn’t want to cheat viewers with the camera. Until then I had not been explicitly aware of this, but exactly that was always and will continue to be our goal. To achieve that, continuous learning is necessary and comes about with the challenge. You learn from each project, not from other people.

How do you see the future of mountain film?
The mountain film genre has established itself and will continue to tell big and small tales, which are capable of fascinating people from all walks of life and of taking them on an emotional roller coaster. The more professional the mountain film makers’ creations become, the more the mountain film audience will grow.

Will the Oscar for “Free Solo” have an effect on mountain film?
I would worry about the fact that this documentary film won because Alex Honnold delivered a “supernatural” achievement, which was outstandingly documented. It will be difficult for other mountain films to achieve anything like it, because this kind of athletic deed is almost impossible to top. I feel a certain dread that mountain films which present a convincing narrative and represent reality will find it hard to succeed without an athletic moon landing. Still, it makes me proud and content that this time, a mountain film received the highest documentary film reward.

What do you consider the best mountain films of all times?
Comparisons are difficult and unrewarding. Each epoch had excellent films. Cinematic technique and the development of the sport have changed and alleviated a lot. What remains difficult is the art of telling stories in such a way that they become heart-felt. This feeling is individual and requires no comparison, only intensive attention over the course of 90 minutes.

 

2019 – International Mountain Film Festival Tegernsee – Press Kit Festival – Oct 10, 2019 – PT07 Facts and Figures

17th Tegernsee International Mountain Film Festival:
Facts and Figures 

Date:                         16 to 20 October 2019

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,, 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)

Viewers:                    approx. 6,000 viewers

Films Submitted        192 productions from 30 countries, 92 of these screened,
in 2019:                         79 running for competition

 Screenings:               Wednesday from 8 pm in 5 venues, Thursday, Friday and Saturday in 6 venues (Barocksaal,
                                       Ludwig-Thoma-Saal, Medius, Quirinal, Schalthaus, Sporthalle)

                                      Thursday, Friday:
                                       9.30 am Children’s Cinema at Ludwig-Thoma-Saal,
                                       From 12 noon and from 4 pm Nonstop Programme at Schalthaus,
                                       5 and 8 pm screenings with live host in all venues.

                                      Saturday:
                                      11 am and 2 pm Nonstop Programme at Schalthaus,
                                       3, 4, 5, pm and 8 pm screenings with live host at all venues,
                                       7 pm Final Celebration and Conferring of Prizes at Barocksaal.

                                       Sunday:
                                        From 9.30 am: matinee with winning films at Ludwig-Thoma-Saal and Schalthaus

Prizes:                       Great Prize by the City of Tegernsee (3,000 €)
                                    Prize by the German Alpine Club for the Best Alpine Film in the Category “Mountain Experience” (1,000 €)
                                    Prize by Bergzeit for the Best Film in the Category “Mountain Nature” (1,000 €)                                 
                                     Prize for the Best Film in the Category “Mountain Life”, (sponsored by the Tegernseer Erdgas-
                                            Versorgungsgesellschaft mbH. & Co. KG) (1,000 €)                                          
                                     Dr. Otto Guggenbichler Prize for a Junior Film Maker (sponsored by the Guggenbichler Family and
                                          AmbulantesBeinCentrum München) (1,000 €)
                                   Special Prize for Most Outstandig Camera Work (1,000 €)
                                        (sponsored by Rotary-Club Tegernsee)
                                    Special Prize for the Special Film (1,000 €)
                                       (sponsored by Rotary-Club Tegernsee)
                                    Bayern 2 Audience Prize (radio network Bayern 2) (1,000 €)
                                    Small Mountain Film Festival Prize for the Best Young Audience Mountain Film (500 €, sponsored by monte mare)

Jury 2019:                 Linda Cottino (Italy), Lisa Röösli (Switzerland), Dagmar Steigenberger (Germany), Lisa Stolze (Austria) and
                                       Dr. Alexander Donev (Bulgaria)
Summit Meeting:      Festival Forum at the Rathaus. Meeting point, box office, information and vending stalls, drinks and snacks,
                                       Bouldering; wine and cheese tasting.
                                        Wednesday – Saturday 2 – 8 pm

Press Room:              From Thursday, 17 Oct., till Saturday, 19 Oct., there is a possibility for press representatives to view films
                                      beside of  the official venues at Rathaus Tegernsee. Please contact the  festival office.

Festival Office:          Internationales Bergfilm-Festival Tegernsee
Rathausplatz 1
83684 Tegernsee, Germany
Tel. +49(0)8022/1801-37 or -53
bergfilm@tegernsee.de
www.bergfilm-tegernsee.de

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

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

Exciting Prospects of Great Mountain Stories

This year, 79 films from 30 countries have made into the freshly published programme of the Tegernsee Mountain Film Festival happening in October. The winner of the Great Prize of the City of Tegernsee will be selected by the jury. But every festival guest can already determine his or her favourite films and ideally secure tickets straight away.

They are appealing, make you want more – and all too often they make it hard to choose. Wouldn’t it be great to conquer all peaks at once, to penetrate into the farthest corners of the mountain world, to meet shy animals up close and to accompany unique individuals for a while on their life path – if only for the short duration of a film at the Mountain Film Festival in Tegernsee in October. Anyone who browses through the recently published programme and reads the concise but compelling 79 film descriptions will get inextricably drawn into the fantastic world of the mountains – and of the movies.

At times loud and spectacular, at others quiet and very gentle, mountain films will once again inspire viewers in six screening venues in Tegernsee. These cinematic investigations of the multifaceted theme of the mountains are diverse and always unique. Regardless of whether the focus is on well-known personalities such as extreme mountaineer Hans Kammerlander or on spectacular performances, such as the Oscar-winning climbing film “Free Solo”.

Four world premieres are included in the Tegernsee programme: a charming portrait of Austrian ski instructor Toni Sponar, who since emigrating to the USA over 50 years ago has been experiencing two ski seasons every year – one in Colorado and one in Chile; the short film experiment “When the Mountain Speaks” by film maker Puria Ravahi from the Bavarian town of Rosenheim, and “Mythical Cerro Torre”, in which Reinhold Messner explores the controversial first ascension of Patagonia’s dream mountain by Cesare Maestri. Moreover, Bernhard Aicher premieres his cinematic investigation “Death on the Nile”, in which he traces the river journey of Bavarian student Franz Heigermoser on his pioneering kayak trip along the Nile.

Time and again, the narrow line between success and failure becomes apparent. This transpired as recently as in April during a fatal climbing accident involving Tyrolean Hansjörg Auer and David Lama in Canada. Both were previously guests in Tegernsee, both fascinated viewers, each in his own way. The Tegernsee festival hosts reserve a separate screening block to commemorate these two exceptional mountaineers.

A festival like the one in Tegernsee is always keenly remembered for special encounters and images. Some of these can change a person’s perspective and thus create new understanding. Suddenly we realise just how sensitive and vulnerable the seemingly mighty mountain world is or we see that the toughest rock walls are not populated by gymnastics-loving nutters but attract truly outstanding personalities. “It’s those carefully told stories most of all, full of respect for the mountain and their protagonist, that keep inspiring us,” Festival Director Michael Pause most aptly sums up the fascination of mountain film.

Information: Sonderbüro Bergfilm-Festival Tegernsee, Phone +49 8022 / 1801-37
Advance ticket sales (advance sale starts on 13 September) and programme available online: www.bergfilm-tegernsee.de or
www.muenchenticket.de
All films and fringe events are described in detail inside the festival programme and online.

International Exchange of Experiences of Festival Makers at Tegernsee

In 2006, the admission to the International Alliance for Mountain Film (IAMF) was a big step for the Bergfilm-Festival Tegernsee. On the one hand, it was the confirmation, now really to belong to the established mountain film festivals, on the other hand, many contacts and new opportunities for an intensive exchange of experience and a constructive cooperation resulted. Therefore, festival director Michael Pause and the Tegernsee Mayor Johannes Hagn, in This year the representatives of the 26 IAMF festivals and the Museo della Montagna (Turin) will be invited to a regular meeting on Lake Tegernsee. Since more and more applications have been received for membership of the IAMF for some years now, the admission conditions are being discussed intensively. The IAMF members want to differentiate themselves from purely commercial events, where a Bergfilm program is only entertaining accessory of a big fair. As is customary with international organizations, a consensus must always be found between large, financially strong festivals and smaller events. There is a consensus that mountain film is the focus of all IQAMF festivals and that there is a serious competition. Many young filmmakers can show their productions on the internet, but a screening at an IAMF festival is much more important.

2019 – Tegernsee Internat. Mountain Film Festival – Call for Entries

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

The Ideal Stage for the World’s Best Mountain Films

Whether the focus is on mountain sports and alpinism, landscape and environment or mountain-dwelling cultures: October’s Mountain Film Festival in Tegernsee is bound to deliver riveting images. The few winning films of Germany’s only mountain film competition will be determined by a top-range international jury of experts. Until the end of May, film makers from around the world can submit their latest productions.

 For a long time, the mountain world has been attracting more than the few select into their solitude – as well as into movie theatres. Mountains fascinate when encountered “for real”, however most people experience them merely on hiking trails and ski slopes. True wilderness remains reserved to a minority. If they get lucky, these daredevils return with unique images and arrange these into gripping narratives on screen, often loaded with a poignant message.
They return from adventures hardly anybody wishes to experience for real. Especially when it is so much nicer to root for these heroes, to suffer and rejoice with them in the cosy safety of one of Tegernsee’s six mountain film screening venues. Here, moving fates, impressive feats and the great moments of alpinism are on show.

“It is our mission to create the ideal for attracting the world’s best mountain films to Tegernsee,” explains Festival Director Michael Pause, whose team has just sent the call for submissions and invitations to the upcoming Mountain Film Festival to film producers around the world. The comfortable, intimate atmosphere of the compact City of Tegernsee, the beautiful surrounding landscapes, a diverse fringe programme and especially the international jury of renowned experts are probably the most important sales points in favour of the Tegernsee Mountain Film Festival and have by now established it as the meeting point for Germany’s mountain film scene.

Once the films have arrived by the end of May deadline, the most exciting time begins for the organisational team around Michael Pause and Tegernsee’s Mayor Johannes Hagn: From all scrutinised productions a selection of the best will be arranged into a gripping, 5-day festival programme.

Submit new productions now!

Until end of May film makers can submit their latest productions from the mountain world. Films must not be older than four years (meaning works finished before 2016 are not eligible for the competition).  

The category Mountain Experience puts alpinism and sportive encounters with the mountains centre stage. The best film in this category will be awarded the Prize by the German Alpine Club (Deutscher Alpenverein).

Landscape portraits and inquiries into environmental issues are the focus of the category Mountain Nature; its best film receives the Bergzeit Prize.

The third category, Mountain Life, looks for films that take stock of ethnological and cultural aspects in the encounter between people and mountains. This prize is awarded by the Tegernseer Erdgasgesellschaft (Tegernsee Natural Gas).

The best film across all categories will be awarded the main prize, the Great Prize of the City of Tegernsee (worth 3,000 euros).

The most outstanding junior film maker will receive the Otto Guggenbichler Prize, named after the Mountain Film Festival’s founder.

Please check for further prizes, cash awards, the call for submissions and the registration portal here: www.bergfilm-tegernsee.de

Information and Submission: Sonderbüro Bergfilm-Festival Tegernsee, Rathausplatz 1, 83684 Tegernsee, Germany, Phone +49(0)8022-1801-37 or -53, bergfilm@tegernsee.de,
www.bergfilm-tegernsee.de

 

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)

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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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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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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Winning Films – 15th Tegernsee International Mountain Film Festival 2017 / PT04 – October 21st 2017

15th Tegernsee International Mountain Film Festival 
Winning Films 2017
 

Great Prize by the City of Tegernsee (€ 3,000,-)
“Still Alive – Drama am Mount Kenya” by Reinhold Messner (Austria)

Prize by the German Alpine Club for the Best Alpine Film in the Category of “Mountain Experience” (€ 1,000,-)
“Last Exit” by Puria Ravahi (Germany)

Best Film in the Category “Mountain Life” (€ 1,000,-)
“Becoming who I was” by Chang-Yong Moon and Jin Jeon (South Korea)

Bergzeit Prize for the Best Film in the Category “Mountain Nature” (€ 1,000,-)
“Dessine-mois un chamois” (Draw Me a Chamois) by Véronique, Anne and Erik Lapied (France)

Otto Guggenbichler Prize for a Junior Filmmaker (€ 1,000,-)
“A mords Sauhaufen in a z’kloan Zelt” (A Bunch of Nutters in a Tiny Tent) by Simon Platzer, Johannes Hoffmann and Jakob Schweighofer (Austria)

Honourable Mentions by the Jury (non-cash prizes)
“Dirtbag: The Legend of Fred Beckey” by Dave O‘Leske (USA)
“Sloboda pod nákladom – Freedom under Load” by Pavol Barabáš (Slovakia)
“Symphony on Skis” by Carla Braun-Elwert (New Zealand)
“Dhaulagiri – Ascenso al la montaña blanca” (Ascending the White Mountain) by Cristián Harbaruk and Guillermo Glass (Argentina)

Bayern 2 – Audience Prize (€ 1,000,-)
“Symphony on Skis” by Carla Braun-Elwert (New Zealand)

Small Festival Prize, Audience Prize for the best Children’s and Young Adult Film (€ 500)
“Heimliche Helden – Keas in Neuseeland” (Secret Heros — Keas in New Zealand) by Volker Arzt, Angelika Sigl (Germany)

Jury Statement – 15th Tegernsee International Mountain Film Festival 2017 – PT05 – October 21st, 2017

Jury-Statement
15th Tegernsee International Mountain Film Festival – 18 – 22 Oct. 2017

 HONOURABLE MENTIONS:
“Dirtbag: The Legend of Fred Beckey” (Dave O’Leske, USA)
In a humorous ways, we are presented with the life story of a US mountaineering legend. Fred Beckey still climbs at age 93.

“Sloboda pod nákladom – Freedom under Load” (Pavol Barabaš, Slowakia)
Few people know about this mountain profession surviving in the High Tatra: men carry extreme loads across vertiginous paths to the mountain huts. Moving interviews and outstanding cinematography.

“Dhaulagiri – Ascenso al la montaña blanca”  (Cristián Harbaruk and Guillermo Glass, Argentina)
A violent disagreement results in tragedy on the mountain. A film that raises many questions regarding the dreams, friendships and risks of Alpinism through the medium of compelling images.

“Symphony on Skis” (Carla Braun-Elwert, New Zealand)
Two young women cross the glaciers of New Zealand from ocean to ocean. They follow a route in remembrance of their deceased father who once as a mountain guide accomplished a record time traverse. A very worthwhile montage of archive material and fascinating landscape images.

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Tegernsee Mountain Film Festival 2017 – Opening

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Tegernsee Mountain Film, 15th International Festival, 18 – 22 October 2017

Thrill-Seekers on Narrow Ridges 

A drone embarks towards new horizons, flies into a world beyond the Tegernsee mountains on the hunt for the most beautiful images — this new trailer kicked off the 15th Mountain Film Festival. On board: not only the most unique films, but also the people who used their imagination and creativity to successfully innovate narratives that enthuse their viewers and “get under their skin”.

 It is Wednesday evening. The first guests jostle in front of the screening venues and the jury has already completed a film-viewing marathon. While outdoors, the last mild sunrays hit, freezing cold is captured on the indoor silver screens. The decision has almost been finalised. However, jury members Helmut Scheben (Switzerland), Julia Brunner (Austria), Mojca Volkar Trobevšek (Slovenia), Benedikt Kuby (Germany) and Martin Kaufmann (Italy) would like to take a second look at some of the competing films. The bunch of nutters from “A mords Sauhaufen in a z’kloan Zelt” will therefore once more fly across the universe in their tiny tent to reach the steepest chutes. Those snowboard die-hards are sick! The jury attributes a couple of extra points. After what felt like a hundred hours in a darkened room, the world starts to look a bit different. Is that going to translate into a prize though? Even the Tegernsee festival audience has rarely been exposed to so many new ideas, deeply moving experiences and fascinating images as this year.

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Dr. Heiner Geißler

Obituary Dr. Heiner Geissler

When a Smile Remains

On September 12th, Tegernsee Mountain Film Festival Patron Heiner Geißler died at the age of 87.

“When a person still has a smile left at the end of their life, that’s a very decent net gain.” Not only his invariably apt, memorable words will be missed — Heiner Geißler leaves the Tegernsee Mountain Film Festival with a void: as its patron, but primarily as a cherished individual and friend.

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