Grand anniversary in 2023

The International Mountain Film Festival turns 20 this year! The cinematic thrills on offer at Germany’s only open mountain film competition will be chosen in the moment.

In addition to the most engaging films, the festival programme will include a variety of special anniversary features.

Hardly any other backdrop could be more suited to a film festival that revolves around the mountains than pre-Alpine Lake Tegernsee. .” In addition to a high class programme, prominent guests from the German mountaineering scene such as Robert Jasper and David Göttler will be present. 

As exciting as the films is the question which productions will snatch an award at the festive closing ceremony hosted at Tegernsee Castle. As always, the international jury will scrutinise each film carefully in order to award prizes to the best.

Welcome at Tegernsee from 18th to 22nd October 2023!


70 Years of Everest and Nanga-Parbat

On 29 May 1953, New Zealander Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay become the first people to stand on the highest peak on earth, Mount Everest, at 29,029 ft (8,848 m). 70 years later, female Norwegian mountaineer Kristin Harila and Sherpa Tenjen Lama succeed in climbing all 14 eight-thousanders in three months and one day. In doing so, they use all technical aids and are under critical observation from the global mountaineering community. On 24 May, they climb Mount Everest and neighbouring Lhotse within a few hours.

Among high-altitude mountaineers, Nanga Parbat is considered one of the most difficult and dangerous eight-thousanders. Since the 1930s, it has been considered the “German mountain of fate” since more than 30 people died there during several expeditions. No Himalayan peak is as closely associated with German expedition mountaineering as this “naked mountain”. In 1953, a German-Austrian expedition organised by physician Dr Karl Maria Herrligkoffer from Munich departed against great resistance from the “old expeditionist guard”, and on 3 July 1953, its member Hermann Buhl from Innsbruck reached the summit in a legendary solo effort.


Mountain Film Festival

At picturesque Lake Tegernsee, this October puts mountains on the silver screen. The encounter of people and mountains takes centre stage: from bold athletic deeds to spectacular documentaries and moving portraits. Outside the screening venues, intimate charm and Bavarian lifestyle enchant film makers and mountain fans from around the world.


Excitement, Encounters and the Best Mountain Films

Not only captivating images, strong protagonists and exciting storylines attract attention, but a special spirit reigns when the entire mountain community comes together – authors, cinematographers, producers, protagonists, mountain lovers, the young and the old.