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

16th International Mountain Film Festival Tegernsee

                          17 to 21-10-2018

                  Press Kit 20 October 2018

Contents

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

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

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

Vultures, Rock Stars and the Preciousness of the Mountains

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

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


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


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


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


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

 

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

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

Preserving what is Precious

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 Insights Behind the Curtain

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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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

16th Tegernsee International Mountain Film Festival

Winning Films 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jury Statements for the Conferring of Prizes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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

HONOURABLE MENTIONS
Hansjörg Auer – No Turning Back
by Damiano Levati

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

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

Viacruxis
by Ignasi López

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

La Congenialità / Kindred Souls
by Christian Schmidt

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

Great Cinema, Critical Voices and a World Premiere

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

Great Cinema, Critical Voices and a World Premiere

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

“A small Huber Boys festival with a world premiere, two great big screen films from the USA, an almost mystical crime film based on Alpine history and a short animation which already earned the pre-jury’s highest acclaim.” This is how Festival Director Michael Pause spontaneously sums up the 2018 Tegernsee Mountain Film Festival programme. “Add to that a delightful mix of great films within our competition’s wide spectrum of thematic categories.”

Intense Impressions between Sky and Mountains
Take for instance the fascinating wildlife films by the Lapied family, which have already won several awards in Tegernsee and which keep fascinating us with novel ideas and perspectives. Or the unimaginable sportive achievements by athletes who wield their power around the globe in and above the mountains: paragliding across Broad Peak, skiing extremely steep mountain flanks or clipped into climbing ropes at rock overhangs.

Great Cinema — Moving Portraits
The fact that people often interest us even more than their athletic achievements is evidenced by empathetic movie portraits, be they about the Huber Boys, extreme climber Hans-Jörg Auer or about Tommy Caldwell, who together with his climbing partner Kevin Jorgeson sent the first free ascent of El Capitan’s Dawn Wall in the Yosemite Valley (“The Dawn Wall”). This movie portrait not only traces a climbing project of seven years, but also the intriguing biography of a climber who was taken hostage by rebels in Kyrgyzstan — to mention only one unusual detail from Tommy Caldwell’s life story.

Another big screen movie competes for the Great Prize of the City of Tegernsee: With breath-taking images and a strong message, “Mountain” fully recreates the fascination of the mountains on the silver screen — and reveals their powerful impact on our lives and our dreams. Speaking of dreams, short films produced with a great amount of creativity are often the ones that open up the biggest space for our own imagination: e.g. a short animation which received high acclaim from the pre-jury or the brief “Imagination” of a boy who doesn’t take his eyes off the great freeskiers.

 Framework Remains Consistent
By now, more than 85,000 visitors have enjoyed the latest mountain films in Tegernsee — 86 films are on show this year. Although much has been changed and improved over the years, the overall framework remains consistent: “We developed our five-day festival step by step,” explains Michael Pause, which according to him ensures a certain amount of routine and thus stability. “But we are well aware of the need to look out for new ideas, new topics and trends in this extraordinary genre of mountain film.”

The “Fireside Talks” introduced in 2015 at Stieler-Haus achieved an expansion of the festival’s intellectual dimension and political participation. Beyond that, all individuals involved in the running of the festival are devoted to upholding its unique “spirit”: the picturesque landscape surrounding Lake Tegernsee, the small town flair and intimate atmosphere which makes film makers, audiences and their hosts feel so at home.

Bergzeit Guarantees Quality
Guarantors of quality and constancy are the team around Festival Director Michael Pause, the City of Tegernsee as festival host, the German Alpine Club (DAV) as non-material contributor, Bavarian Broadcasting (BR) and the Tegernseer Tal Tourismus GmbH as well as the festival’s longterm main sponsor: Multi-channel mountain gear retailer Bergzeit has become an ideal partner for the people of Tegernsee. With Bergzeit they share not only a passion for the outdoors, but also for mountain film and the beautiful region around Lake Tegernsee.

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The festival’s print and online programmes contain detailed descriptions of all films and fringe events.

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

Apart from great cinema and intriguing shorts, Wednesday’s festival opening night at 8 pm at Barocksaal also stages a world premiere: “Reiss di zsamm! Geduldsprobe am Cerro Kishtwar” (Pull Yourself Together! Ordeal at Cerro Kishtwar) presents a first ascent in the Indian Himalaya with Thomas Huber (who will be attending the Tegernsee Festival) and Swiss climbers Stephan Siegrist and Julian Zanker. This extraordinary achievement earned the three mountaineers a nomination for this year’s coveted Piolet d’Or – a prestigious distinction for those involved in writing alpine history (repeat on Saturday, 8 pm, at Ludwig-Thoma-Saal).

Visitors can also admire the Huber Boys on the silver screen on Saturday, 8 pm at Medius (“100 Jahre Huberbuam – Bluad is dicker wia Wossa” / 100 Years of Huber Boys – Blood is Thicker than Water), on Friday, 8 pm at Ludwig-Thoma-Saal and on Saturday, 8 pm, at Sporthalle (“Thomas, der Huberbua” / Thomas, the Huber Boy). (All Huber Boy films are screened in German.)

 

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?

Another crucial aspect are the Fireside Talks at Stieler-Haus involving prominent minds (please also note the interview with Dr. Georg Bayerle). The fourth Fireside Talk focuses on a topic that currently greatly affects Lake Tegernsee: “Mass Tourism or Mountaineering Village” is its provocative title. Dr. Georg Bayerle from Bavarian Broadcasting (BR) will discuss the matter with the Mayor of Kreuth, Josef Bierschneider and East Tyrolean Christof Schett, who grew up in the exemplary mountaineering village of Villgratental and advocates for “gentle tourism”. As always, guests of the Stieler-Haus Talk are invited to make lively contributions. After all, here at Lake Tegernsee, more specifically in the village of Kreuth, two opposed worlds collide: The German Alpine Club selected 13 of Kreuth’s 17 districts to become part of the elusive community of mountaineering villages. However, many lakeside districts were explicitly excluded. After all, mountaineering villages are supposed to demonstrate that they can manage without macro-tourism structures such as large hotels and lifts. To whom belong the Alps of the future?

Date: Friday, 19 October, 4.30 pm at Stieler-Haus


Heinz Zak, Adam Ondra and the Art of Climbing
Heinz Zak’s life has been defined by climbing and photography. He masters both arts. This much has become evident to Tegernsee audiences on several previous occasions. On Thursday, at 8 pm in the Sporthalle venue, the Tyrolean extreme climber and mountain photographer will once again be a special guest to the Mountain Film Festival.

During this talk, he will focus particularly on Adam Ondra. The Czech star athlete currently counts among the world’s best climbers — which he demonstrated convincingly during the IFSC Climbing World Championship in Innsbruck. However, his achievements on “real” rock impress even more. Among other trips, Heinz Zak accompanied Adam to the Yosemite Valley’s Dawn Wall: In November 2016, in only eight days and with breath-taking style, Adam sent the first repeat of the world’s toughest multi-pitch route. A further product of this ingenious cooperation between the two masters is the new film “The Art of Climbing”, which Heinz Zak of course brings with him to Tegernsee.

Date: Thursday, 18 October, 8 pm, Sporthalle

Great Homage to Norman Dyhrenfurth on Thursday
Between Mount Everest, the White House in Washington and Salzburg: The mountaineer and mountain film pioneer Norman Dyhrenfurth collected impressive images and experiences everywhere. He followed in the footsteps of his famous father, however not as a scientist, but rather as a mountaineer, expedition leader and film maker. When he died last year in September at the age of 99 in Salzburg, a richly fulfilled life came to its end. That much becomes clear from a look at his legacy during Thursday’s retrospective:

During the first part, starting at 5 pm at Barocksaal, two of his documentaries will be screened. With “Americans on Everest” Dyhrenfurth documented a new chapter in high altitude mountaineering. During his 1963 expedition, he succeeded at bringing the first Americans to the summit, at completing the first traverse and at opening a new route to the highest place on earth. Even US President John F. Kennedy honoured Dyhrenfurth’s achievement in the White House – allowing him to step completely out of the shadow of his famous father. Another cherished documentary is “Samsara – A Tibetan Heritage”. After working in the Hollywood feature film scene, Dyhrenfurth returned to the land of the Sherpas, shooting this award-winning documentary about Tibetan funeral rites.

From 8 pm Festival Director Michael Pause recollects Dyhrenfurth’s eventful life, together with interesting guests: Among them will be Dyhrenfurth’s widow, Maria Sernetz-Dyhrenfurth, and Dr. Michael Bilic, Director of the Salzburg Mountain Film Festival, an intimate friend of many years to the family. Also present will be film maker Andreas Nickel, who shot an extensive documentary about the Dyhrenfurth family. “Zum dritten Pol” (To the Thirld Pole) is the title of another Dyhrenfurth film screened as part of the retrospective, along excerpts from other films.

Date: Thursday, 18 October, at 5 and 8 pm, Barocksaal

  

Summit Meeting and Diverse Fringe Programme
THE meeting point during the festival is the Rathaus Forum: at the “Gipfeltreff” summit meeting point all relevant and interesting information regarding the festival will be available, including tickets and the odd autograph visitors may acquire from film makers, alpinists or celebrity guests. Here, conversation flows easily over a nice glass of wine, delicious cheese or a cup of coffee. Between screenings, a visit to the Film Lounge will be rewarded with impressive images from the mountain world.

Spending entire days “just” staring at the silver screen? The charming mountains around Lake Tegernsee are too beautiful for that. A diverse fringe programme allows visitors to discover these magical environs at their best, for instance during an alpine hot air balloon ride, a guided hike — with a motto such as “Environmental Protection and Forestry” — or during an e-bike tour.

 

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.

Please explain: How does a Fireside Talk proceed and can the audience participate?

Yes, that is exactly what we want to happen. The beautiful Stieler House provides an intimate atmosphere, where we can talk freely and at our ease about any topic and get up-close with our conversation partners. Many special moments have occurred, when personal experiences and views of audience members contributed to the discussion.

Which of the three preceding Fireside Talks is a particularly enjoyable memory?

Each held its special fascination. Obviously, the presence of Norman Dyhrenfurth is unforgettable, the Swiss-American mountaineer and film maker who attended on the occasion of our Herrligkoffer Night. Or the renowned alpine researcher Werner Bätzing who attended our very first Fireside Talk. That discussion spontaneously turned into one about the Tegernsee Valley, which was lively and crucial. That is also the direction of this year’s talk, on the occasion of Kreuth becoming an official mountaineering village.

Has any discussion provoked a “standoff” — and how did you react?

There have been differences of opinion, of course. When these are well substantiated, they are desirable and productive. If they turn into a dialogue between two opponents, I interrupt that process. However, if it might help us gain deeper insights, I guide the conversation in a way that explores valid arguments. Ideally, we all return home from these talks with new ideas.

Do you believe that this sort of event during a Mountain Film Festival can have a wider impact?

It is important to make people aware of the fact that the festival is more than mere entertainment packed with beautiful or spectacular images. The Fireside Talk actually is the most remarkable part of the programme, demonstrating that climbing, filming and traversing the mountains always has a societal dimension. Focusing attention on such matters creates an overall atmosphere that might make the event’s contents impact in a more intense fashion.

You have been familiar with the Mountain Film Festival since its inception. What attracts you back as a volunteer every year?

That would be the conversations, the encounters at the fringe of events, the exchange with audiences and the special atmosphere which puts mountains centre stage. The highly sensory medium of film allows us to enthuse many for our subject. Just like during a long mountain tour, there are many stages during which I wonder what went well and what needs to be improved. The diversity of the films in itself is a journey of discovery around the globe and towards the most diverse mountain personalities.

How will the Festival need to evolve to ensure your future enthusiastic participation?

My wish for the Mountain Film Festival’s future would be to see a great variety of films, including only very few commercial or advertising-related productions. I’d like to see films with an attitude that display a sharp mindset and a relevant perspective. High gloss and astounding shots are not enough. I’d also like to see these days around mountain film to become even more established, even more of a meeting place for mountain lovers and creatives.

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.

After this festival, alpine history might need to be re-written. A creative film maker takes off on a quest and discovers among ancient hemp ropes and tired hobnailed boots a previously unknown and rather mysterious alpine pioneer (“Florian’s Last Climb”, Friday, 8 pm, Schalthaus). Anyone looking for new perspectives and on-the-edge approaches will discover many contributions by courageous and experiment-driven authors and directors beside those of “Florian’s Last Climb”. The nonstop programme is a particularly worthwhile avenue. Here, beside repeats of high interest films, unusual productions find their place.

Fans of action and extreme sports will gather at the Medius venue, while the Sporthalle is going to screen potent blockbusters of the mountain film scene. Profound reflection, nature and wildlife documentaries as well as the mountain world’s beauty take centre stage at the Ludwig-Thoma-Saal and Quirinal venues. The festival’s main events naturally take place in the festive Tegernsee Castle ballroom: the Opening Night and Closing Night with awards ceremony as well as the German Alpine Club Night will take place at the Barocksaal.

As always, exceptions confirm the rule. Please make sure to carefully peruse the print or online programme and to discover all relevant information about the various events there.

Fascinating Films, Intriguing Backgrounds
They make the Mountain Film Festival into such a special event: the moderators who present all screened film sets — with the exception of the nonstop programme at Schalthaus. They command over background information regarding films and film makers. They facilitate interesting conversations with special festival guests and provide audiences with exciting details regarding the films’ contents. Often, live interviews with intriguing and famous mountain personalities spur exciting discussions and draw in audience members. What questions will this year’s audiences have? By the way: Should celebrities attend the nonstop screenings at Schalthaus, moderators will be at hand to provide relevant background facts.

Highlights and Insider Tips

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

Highlights and Insider Tips

Tuesday, 16 October
A must for true fans: Festival Director Michael Pause presents a selection of the best films from past Mountain Film Festivals at Ludwig-Thoma-Saal!

Wednesday, 17 October
This day’s obvious highlight is the festive Opening Night at Barocksaal, including the world premiere of Thomas Huber’s latest film. Thomas will attend the Tegernsee Festival, alongside many other celebrities.
However, Wednesday’s most controversial films will be screened at Ludwig-Thoma-Saal: Under the heading “Future, Whereto?” three documentaries explore the consequences of mass tourism and/or climate change from vastly different vantage points, at Mt. Zugspitze, in the Berchtesgaden Region and in Mongolia. This set of films presents the ideal conversation starter for the Fireside Talk at Stieler-Haus on Friday.

Guests include the recipient of many awards, film maker Jürgen Eichinger, the editor Brigitte Kornberger (Bavarian Broadcasting) and possibly Gerhard Schmidt.

Thursday, 18 October
The core of this festival day is the Norman Dyhrenfurth retrospective at Barocksaal (5 and 8 pm). Special guests of the evening include Maria Sernetz-Dyhrenfurth, Dr. Michael Bilic and film maker Andreas Nickel.

Any talk given by Heinz Zak presents a highlight in itself (8 pm, Sporthalle). Two impressive personalities grace the Schalthaus venue from 8 pm onwards: A documentary traces the gripping life journey of Sir Christian Bonington, one of the world’s most famous alpinists. Another trail blazer is climbing pioneer Bernd Arnold from Saxon Switzerland, as demonstrated by a short portrait of the septuagenarian.

Friday, 19 October
Friday’s highlight event is the German Alpine Club Night, taking place simultaneously at Barocksaal and Sporthalle. Special guest is the extreme climber Hansjörg Auer.

Those who wish to have a say meet at 4.30 pm for the Fireside Talk at Stieler-Haus, which will deal with the question “Mass Tourism or mountaineering village: to whom belongs the future”?

The “Full Force” set of films at Quirinal is the insider tip of the day: “They just wanted to go mountaineering …” A young Nepalese bunch teams up with Munich Technical University to create a fantastic help-for-self-help project. Tegernsee Video Club’s Heinrich Brunner created a highly watchable documentary from the team’s footage — by the way, without Heinrich’s vast support, this Mountain Film Festival would be unthinkable. Beforehand, an award-winning film from Nepal is on show, which reveals the consequences of the devastating 2015 earthquake.

Saturday, 20 October
The Closing Night represents the festival’s greatest highlight (Please note: official start time is 7 pm.). Here, the festival prizes will be conferred and recipients will be present in person, as far as this can be arranged. Interesting encounters and exciting conversations are guaranteed — during the conferring of prizes as well as during the banquet afterwards. Every year, special guests fly in from around the globe.

As a new feature on Saturday, family cinema starts at 3 pm at Ludwig-Thoma-Saal. Considering the popularity of the children’s cinema on the various mornings, the organising team decided to add a special screening for families to the programme.

Anyone who has not yet seen “The Dawn Wall” should definitely grab the last chance in the course of the festival at 4 pm at Barocksaal — definitely a worthwhile experience!

The day’s insider film set starts at 8 pm at Quirinal and promises a highly diverse programme: It features likeable animated heroes, a mysterious crime thriller regarding alpine history, a beautiful ski tour through the wilderness of the Pyrenees and ends with extreme climbing in Tasmania and a free fall.

Sunday, 21 October
This day presents a single highlight, which has become a set date for mountain film freaks: the matinee at 9.30 am, screening all winning films at full length. The programme of films will be announced on Saturday night at all venues and will also be listed on bergfilm-tegernsee.de and on the Festival’s Facebook page.

Facts, Figures and Dates

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16th Tegernsee Mountain Film Festival:

Facts, Figures and Dates

Date:                                 17 to 21 October 2018

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

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

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

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

Viewers:                          approx. 6,000 viewers

Films Submitted:           165 productions from 18 countries, 93 of these screened, 85 running for competition

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

                                       Wednesday, 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 hosts

                                        Saturday: 
                                        10 am and 1.30 pm nonstop programme at Schalthaus;
                                         3, 4, 5, 7 and 8 pm screenings with live host;

                                        Sunday:
                                        From 9.30 am: matinée with winning films at Ludwig-Thoma-Saal

Prizes:                              Great Prize by the City of Tegernsee
                                          Prize by the German Alpine Club for the Best Alpine Film in the Category “Mountain Experience”
                                           Bergzeit Prize for the Best Film in the Category “Mountain Nature”                                               
                                           Prize for the Best Film in the Category “Mountain Life”, presented by the Tegernseer Erdgas-Versorgungsgesellschaft mbH. & Co. KG                                   
                                           Dr. Otto Guggenbichler Prize for a Junior Film Maker (sponsored by the Guggenbichler Family and AmbulantesBeinCentrum München)
                                           Bayern 2 Audience Prize
                                           Prize for the Best Young Audience Mountain Film

Jury 2018:                       Susan Gluth (Germany), Christine Kopp (Switzerland), Carla Braun-Elwert (New Zealand), Dr. Michael Bilic (Austria) and Sebastian Marseiler (Italy)                           

Video Room:                  Friday and Saturday, 2 to 7 pm, on the first floor of the Rathaus (town hall). Open to journalists and film makers.

Festival Forum:             “Gipfeltreff” (Summit Meeting) at the Rathaus. Meeting point, box office, information and vending stalls, drinks and snacks, bouldering, wine and cheese tasting

Programme/Tickets:    Online at www.bergfilm-tegernsee.de or from Tourist-Information Tegernsee, Hauptstr. 2, 83684 Tegernsee, Germany, phone +49-8022/92738-60.
Also online at www.tegernsee.de, www.muenchenticket.de, from all Tourist Information Centres in the Tegernsee Valley and from München Ticket vendors.

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

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.

After the “warm-up” on Tuesday with a number of winning films from the preceding year, the festival’s kick-off evening on Wednesday already presents a tough choice to visitors: A total of 15 films is on show in five different venues. At Barocksaal, a veritable world premier will take place, when Thomas Huber presents his film about a breath-taking first ascent at Cerro Kishtwar. In 2017 he opened a daring route there together with rope partners Stephan Siegrist and Julian Zanker. Afterwards, the year’s great mountaineering anniversary beckons, the first ascent on Mount Everest without bottled oxygen. Director of the retrospective and lead actor during its historical footage is the previous year’s winner, Reinhold Messner. However, the competing programmes at other venues are also packed with impressive movies and issues. Here, Jürgen Eichinger addresses climate change in the mountains by looking at the example of Mt. Zugspitze. An audacious paraglider reaches heights of 8,000 m (26,250 ft) above the Karakoram. In contrast to all this, a quiet yet moving film depicts life on remote mountain farms.
A seamless programme with exciting topics and protagonists continues across the following days. Thursday’s highlight ist the retrospective dedicated to Himalaya and mountain film pioneer Norman Dyhrenfurth (including a film about the 1963 US Everest expedition!). The German Alpine Club Night on Friday always presents special treats. This time, extreme climber Hansjörg Auer will be present. Saturday’s final stretch of the movie marathon already starts at 10 am at Schalthaus.
Anyone wishing to keep a sense of overview should regularly check into the “Gipfeltreff” meeting point at the Tegernsee Rathaus and attend Saturday’s Conferring of Prizes: Here, festival visitors from afar can meet the best film makers and savour samples from all winning films. Fortunately, Sunday presents another chance to see all award-winning films at full length. On to you: study the programme, fill your shopping basket, buy tickets and pack your bags for a trip to or short holiday at Lake Tegernsee.

Information: Sonderbüro Bergfilm-Festival Tegernsee, Rathausplatz 1, 83684 Tegernsee, Germany, phone +49(0)80221801-37. Box Office (from 14.09.2018) and print programme available from Tourist Information, tegernsee@tegernsee.com, phone +49(0)8022-9273860, online at: www.bergfilm-tegernsee.de or www.muenchenticket.de.

Facts and Figures – Press Kit May 03, 2018

16th Tegernsee International Mountain Film Festival:
Facts and Figures

Date:                              17 to 21 October 2018

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

Festival Director:         Michael Pause

Exclusive Sponsor:     Bergzeit

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

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

Viewers:                       approx. 6,000 viewers

Films Submitted        165 productions from 18 countries, 93 of these screened, 85 running for competion
in 2017:                      

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: 10 am and 1.30 pm Nonstop Programme at Schalthaus,
                                      5 pm and 8 pm screenings with live host at all venues,
                                      8 pm Final Celebration and Conferring of Prizes at Barocksaal.
                                     Sunday:  From 9.30 am: matinee with winning films at Ludwig-Thoma-Saal

Event programme and ticket sales from the beginning of September 2018.

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 and Elektrizitaetswerk Tegernsee) (1,000 €),                                          
                                    Dr. Otto Guggenbichler Prize for a Junior Film Maker
                                      (sponsored by the Guggenbichler Family and AmbulantesBeinCentrum München) (1,000 €),
                                    Bayern 2 Audience Prize (radio network Bayern 2) (1,000 €),
                                    Small Mountain Film Festival Prize for the Best Young Audience Mountain Film (500 €).

Jury 2017:                 Helmut Scheben (Switzerland), Julia Brunner (Austria), Mojca Volkar Trobevšek  (Slovenia), Benedikt Kuby (Germany)
                                      and Martin Kaufmann (Italy)                                 

Summit Meeting:      Festival Forum at the Rathaus. Meeting point, box office, information and vending stalls, drinks and snacks, Bouldering;
                                         wine and cheese tasting, programme with talks, Gipfelbar (Summit Bar)

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

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

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

 Submit New Mountain Films Now!

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

Productions created after 2015 can be submitted to one of three main categories, in which film makers approach the mountains from different thematic angles. The best film across all categories will be awarded the Great Prize of the City of Tegernsee (worth 3,000 euros).

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, whose prize will be awarded by the festival’s Exclusive Sponsor Bergzeit. The third category, Mountain Life, looks for films that take stock of ethnological and cultural aspects in the encounter between people and mountains.

Moreover, the best film by a junior film maker (younger than 32 years) will receive the Otto Guggenbichler Prize, named after the Mountain Film Festival’s founder. Finally, viewers vote for the “Bayern 2 – Audience Prize” (media partner, the radio network Bayern 2).

Starting in 2017, the Small Mountain Film Festival Prize will be awarded to the best children’s and young adult film.

All mentioned awards are connected with a monetary prize.

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

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

With Passion and Enthusiasm for Mountain Film

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

Surprising, brave and creative — these are the qualities of the submissions already sent by film makers to Tegernsee. “Not only in terms of their athletic achievement on the mountain, but especially in terms of their artistic approach” the films impress Film Festival Director Michael Pause. “It’s simply unbelievable how many novel images, perspectives, camera settings we are noticing here.” New points of view and impressions do not just inspire enthusiasm but possibly also moments of quiet reflection. “We delight especially in those kinds of submissions. They show potential to land on the upcoming festival’s list of winners, to impact on the scene and possibly to become a mountain film classic over time.”

By now more than 90,000 visitors come to Tegernsee to seek inspiration from the latest mountain films. Even thought much has been changed and improved over the years, the Tegernsee festival framework has remained constant from the start: the picturesque landscape surrounding Lake Tegernsee, the small town flair and intimate atmosphere, where film makers, audiences and hosts feel right at home.

One guarantor for the festival’s quality and persistence is the team surrounding Director Michael Pause, including the City of Tegernsee (Festival Host), support from the German Alpine Club (DAV) and Bavarian Broadcasting (Bayerischer Rundfunk) and practical assistance from Tegernsee Tourism (Tegernseer Tal Tourismus GmbH). The festival has found a long-term sponsor and supporter in multi-channel mountain sports equipment retailer “Bergzeit”, an ideal partner who shares not only a “passion for outdoors” but also for mountain film and for the beautiful region surrounding Lake Tegernsee.

The Courage to Make Images Impact / Press Release01 – Tegernsee International Mountain Film Festival – 2018-02-22

NL/Press Release Call for Submissions     –    2018-02-22                           01/2018

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

The Courage to Make Images Impact

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

“Over the last few decades, Mountain Film has made a significant contribution to the reflection on mountaineering and mountain sports. It encourages us to discuss what it is about the mountains that moves us so much,” explains Friederike Kaiser, Division Manager for Cultural Matters for the German Alpine Club (DAV, Deutscher Alpenverein), one of the Festival’s supporters. Since the Festival’s inception in 2003, the world’s biggest mountaineering club has been participating in the continued development of its overall concept. Moreover, the DAV sponsors the Tegernsee Mountain Film Festival’s DAV Prize, aiming to publicly document the significance mountain film holds for mountaineers. “We were delighted to see last year’s Prize for the Best Alpine Film go to ‘Last Exit’ — a film that investigates the risks, dangers and their consequences for participants in extreme mountain sports and their family members,” states Burgi Beste, the German Alpine Club’s Vice President. Anyone who watched Puria Ravahi’s short, haunting documentary about the dark side of extreme kicks took home ample food for thought and discussion: a BASE jumper realises — probably at the last minute — that his passion will completely numb all his emotions and probably drive him into his own death.
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Critical, Gripping – Great! – Press Release Tegernsee Mountain Film Festival – PT01 – October 21st, 2017

Press Kit  21/10/2017                                                     PM01_Allgemein_Festival

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

Critical, Gripping – Great!

Tegernsee Mountain Film is synonymous with excitement and diversity — and with food for thought. This is what its founders envisioned over 15 years ago, and this is how the festival presented itself over the last couple of radiant autumn days to over 6,000 visitors from all over the world.   

Film makers as well as mountaineers love these kinds of conditions for their work — ideal film-watching weather, however, looks somewhat different. Still, an exciting, diverse and high carat programme with more than 90 new mountain films made sure that the six screening venues were well packed at all times. “I reckon this is the greatest compliment we could possibly get, for our films, our work, and our festival,” Festival Director Michael Pause is happy to say during the presentation of award-winning films on Saturday night in the festive Barocksaal venue.

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Critical Positions, Controversial Conversations and Legendary Scenes / Press Release Tegernsee Mountain Film Festival – PT02 – October 21st, 2017

Press Kit  21/10/2017                                                     PM02_Splitter

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

 Critical Positions, Controversial Conversations and Legendary Scenes

Providing a platform for critical voices
Goosebumps — those are guaranteed while watching this year’s award-winning films. Whether these films last for over an hour or merely seven minutes, whether they were produced with a big budget or by the simplest means. Whether the setting is in the Himalayas, in Africa or right at home. Anything is possible in mountain film, what truly surprises in this genre is the mundane.

“It is rather exceptional that a producer takes on such a critical position in their film as Puria Ravahi does with “Last Exit” towards a theme that the media represents in a largely heroic light,” explains Festival Director Michael Pause. The greater is his joy over the fact that this film received the Prize by the German Alpine Club: not the story of a hero, but a short, very powerful documentary about a BASE jumper who — probably at the last minute — discovers that his passion is pushing him towards a complete numbing of emotions and ultimately towards his own death. Maximilian Werndl managed to take the “last exit”, unlike many of his friends. “As a Mountain Film Festival it is among our responsibilities to create a platform for such critical films and voices and to stimulate discussions,” Tegernsee Mayor Johannes Hagn confirms.

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Goosebumps despite Tired Eyes / Press Releases – Tegernsee Mountain Film Festival – PT03 – October 21st, 2017

Press Kit  21/10/2017                                                     PM03_Jury

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

 Goosebumps Despite Tired Eyes 

In order to select the winning films, the jury comprising Helmut Scheben (Switzerland), Julia Brunner (Austria), Mojca Volkar Trobevšek (Slovenia), Benedikt Kuby (Germany) and Martin Kaufmann (Italy) had to withdraw into the dark for three whole days so as to get through all submissions. 

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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)

15th Tegernsee International Mountain Film Festival: Facts, Figures and Dates

15th Tegernsee International Mountain Film Festival:
Facts, Figures and Dates

Date:
18 to 22 October 2017

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

Patron:
Dr. Heiner Geißler †

Festival Director:
Michael Pause (Bayerischer Rundfunk)

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

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

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Tegernsee Mountain Film Festival 2017 – Opening

Opening 19/10/2017                                                      PressRelease01_Opening

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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Tegernsee Mountain Film Festival 2017 – Programme available

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

At Long Last: Autumn is Mountain (Film) Time!

More than 90 new mountain films from all over the world are on show at the 15th Mountain Film Festival in Tegernsee in October. Just in time, the newly released programme booklet infuses grey autumn days with bright colours.

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