2022 – 19th International Tegernsee Mountain Film Festival – Around the World in Five Days

Press Release – Tegernsee Mountain Film Festival                                            2022-09-02 

Around the World in Five Days  

Visitors to the Tegernsee Mountain Film Festival, which is taking place for the 19th time from 19 to 23 October, embark on a unique journey. This year’s programme has just been published and reveals which visually stunning stories, documentaries, short and feature films await viewers. Once again, around 80 high-quality films with an unmistakable mountain focus, submitted from 28 countries, flicker across the screens – and carry audiences off to all corners of the globe. From as early as mid-September, mountain film fans can secure tickets for their favourite films. 

From 19 to 23 October, the Mountain Film Festival attracts visitors to Tegernsee for the 19th time. Festival director Michael Pause promises yet another high-class programme: “Many outstanding films compete this year.” Also, prominent guests are expected, such as Viktoria Rebensburg, Laura Dahlmeier and Stefan Glowacz, who will personally present their respective films and thus contribute to the special festival atmosphere. Away from the silver screen, a varied fringe programme offers hikes among the picturesque Tegernsee mountains.

A quick browse through the print or online programme to study the short synopses of the approximately 80 listed films inexorably draws anyone into the diverse and fantastic world of the mountains – and of the films, which, given the intensity of the footage, will once again enthral viewers for five days. Densely packed screening blocks and highly exciting topics and protagonists make it difficult for the audience to decide which films to watch at Tegernsee screening venues. Numerous films are shown repeatedly to make sure nobody has to miss a top pick.

This year’s frontrunners include the film “Wallride”, in which climbers Stefan Glowacz and Philipp Hans take the audience on a sustainability-oriented extreme transalpine tour by mountain bike. The two adventurers have no idea what tribulations this journey across 1,413 miles (2,274 km) and up 151,522 ft (46,184 m) of altitude has in store for them. This year, Thursday’s Bayern 2 Night at the Barocksaal venue will focus on the highly topical question “Summit Bliss and Climate Crisis – How Do Those Go Together?” Elisabeth Tyroller and Georg Bayerle welcome, among others, sport climber and climate activist Lena Müller. At the same time, films by the adventurer and artistic all-rounder Martin Schließler will be shown at Ludwig-Thoma-Saal as part of his retrospective. A truly special film selection is always on offer on Friday’s German Alpine Club Night (DAV); this year, ex-biathlete Laura Dahlmeier will be personally present. And on Saturday at 10 a.m., the mountain film marathon’s final stretch begins with a matinee.

The end of every film triggers the question: Will it score this year’s Great Prize of the City of Tegernsee? The decision resides with the top-class international jury and thrills until the very end. Anyone who cares to know the complete competition outcome, should attend the award ceremony on Saturday: Here, festival visitors experience some of the best film makers in person and watch excerpts from all award-winning films. On Sunday, finally, all award-winning films are screened once more at full length.

Further information: Sonderbüro Bergfilm-Festival Tegernsee, phone +49(0)8022-1801 – 37; bergfilm@tegernsee.de

Box office (ticket sales start on 16 September) and print programme are available at the Tourist-Information Tegernsee, Germany, phone +49(0)8022-92738 – 62; tegernsee@tegernsee.com; online at www.bergfilm-tegernsee.de or www.muenchenticket.de. All films as well as fringe events are described in detail in the print programme and online.

19th Tegernsee International Mountain Film Festival 2022 – Festival is back

Press Release – Festival is back  –                          2022-04-30


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

The Mountain Film Festival is back!

After the Covid-related cancellation in 2020 and a courageous “reboot” under pandemic conditions in autumn 2021, this year’s International Mountain Film Festival Tegernsee must confront the reality of war in Ukraine. Nevertheless: like other mountain film festivals around the world, the Tegernsee event 2022 will strive to continue as a success. Once again, a “real” festival will take place. Preparations are in full swing. Producers and film makers have until May 31st to submit their latest mountain films. 

Just as we were beginning to hope for an end to the pandemic, Russia’s attack on Ukraine paralyses us with horror. “Many people find it difficult to rally their spirits,” says Festival Director Michael Pause. “It helps to do something that makes you feel good! Go roam around nature, meet friends, go to concerts, theatres, cinemas and other cultural events. We’ve all missed that.”

This year presents a new challenge indeed: to get people off the couch and out of their home office, to gather the community at Lake Tegernsee and to enchant them with that special atmosphere that defines any authentic festival. The City of Tegernsee and the team of organisers have proven over the past 20 years that if there is one thing they excel at, it’s mountain film festival hosting. They have brought a veritable piece of “high cinematic culture” to the valley, Pause explains: “The festival’s evolution over the past two decades gives us great pleasure. Now it’s up to us to free people from their lethargy and rekindle the fire that all mountain fans feel.”

The festival’s cooperation partners – Bavarian Public Broadcasting (BR), the German Alpine Club (DAV), Tegernsee Valley Tourism (TTT), Tegernsee Friends of Mountain Film (Bergfilmfreunde Tegernsee e.V.) – pool their resources in these difficult times.  Despite all obstacles, we feel great anticipation: to finally see films on the big screen again, together with our community! Film makers, more than anyone, are red hot for this opportunity. Festival-goers can look forward to a “proper” event with excellent films and that accustomed festival atmosphere: having fun together, exchanging ideas with like-minded people, actors and mountain film makers.

Festival Director Michael Pause is currently looking forward to just such an exchange of ideas at the 70th Trento Film Festival. The world’s oldest mountain film festival runs from April 29th to May 6th in northern Italy. It has established an important opportunity to make new contacts in the film community and to get up to speed with news and trends in the mountain film genre. The annual gathering of mountain film festival organisers also takes place in Trento.

Meanwhile, preparations are in full swing at Lake Tegernsee. This coming autumn, an international jury awards prizes to the best competing mountain films. On show are high-end films that evidence the genre’s special appeal. Audiences are in for surprising and creative contributions from international film makers. It is noteworthy that mountain films can be surprisingly sensitive and not quite as action-packed as one might assume. They present topics the mainstream would simply ignore. Until May 31st producers and film makers can submit their latest mountain films to the three categories “Mountain Experience”, “Mountain Nature” and “Mountain Life”.

Please find all further prizes, endowments and the Call for Entries at: www.bergfilm-tegernsee.de 

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

2022 – 19th Tegernsee International Mountain Film Festival – Call for Submissions

Press Release – Call for Submissions  –  February 2022

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

Peaks and Valleys

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

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

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

Time to submit new productions!

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

Please find all further prizes and their worth as well as the Call for Submissions at: www.bergfilm-tegernsee.de

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