It is really important to support Mountain Festivals. If you enjoy climbing, skiing, boarding, mountain biking, kayaking, trekking or any other adventure sports and there is a festival near you then please make an effort go to it.
This weekend ( 6th to 11th July 12 ) I am going to the New Zealand Mountain Film Festival in Wanaka and Queenstown. If you live in New Zealand I hope to see you there! It is an enjoyable and long weekend crammed full of films and events.
Also soon but in the UK is Cliffhanger which is held in Sheffield over the weekend ( 7th and 8th July ).
The bigger Mountain Festivals have formed a group called the International Alliance for Mountain Film. See the chart below with web links. There are many more who are not in the Alliance (such as Telluride and the New Zealand Mountain Film Festival). Get the dates of the nearest festival in your diary
|Festival International du Film de Montagne||1984||Autrans||France||first week in December|||
|Banff Mountain Film Festival||1976||Banff||Canada||beginning of November|||
|International Film Festival for Mountains||1998||Bansko||Bulgaria||November|||
|International Mountain Film Festival Domžale||2007||Domžale||Slovenia||April|||
|Dundee Mountain Film Festival||1983||Dundee||Scotland||last weekend of November|||
|Internationales Berg und Abenteuer Filmfestival||1986||Graz||Austria||second weekend of November|||
|Kathmandu International Mountain Film Festival||2000||Kathmandu||Nepal||beginning of December|||
|Kendal Mountain Film Festival||1980||Kendal||Great Britain||third weekend in November|||
|Festival International du Film Alpin Les Diablerets||1969||Les Diablerets||Switzerland||last week of September|||
|Festival dei Festival||1993||Lugano||Switzerland||beginning of June|||
|Moscow International Festival of Mountaineering and Adventure Films “Vertical”||1996||Moscow||Russia||April|||
|Medzinárodný Festival Horských Filmov Poprad||1993||Poprad||Slovakia||second week of October|||
|Taos Mountain Film Festival||2001||Taos||USA||second week in October|||
|Internationalen Bergfilm-Festival Tegernsee||2003||Tegernsee||Germany||third weekend in October|||
|Mezinárodni Horolezecký Filmový Festival||1980||Teplice nad Metují||Czech Republic||last weekend in August|||
|Festival de Cinema de Muntanya i Aventura de Torelló||1983||Torelló||Spain||third week in November|||
|Festival internazionale film della montagna di Trento||1952||Trento||Italy||last week of April and the first week of May|||
|Festival Internacional De Cine De Montaña Ushuaia Shh…||2007||Ushuaia||Argentina||second half of August|||
|Spotkania z Filmem Górskim||2007||Zakopane||Poland||first half of September|||
These Festivals are like tribal gatherings where top outdoor sports athletes mix with amateurs, experts, armchair fanatics, press and trade. Lectures, films, seminars, exhibitions and trade shows combine with meeting long time mates, alcohol and a fair share of bullshit.
They also provide film makers a chance to show their new films. And not a low quality, internet interrupted small screen version, instead you will be treated to a big screen HD version as it is meant to be seen. Choose your favourites and when you get home download them from SteepEdge or the film makers sites.
Mountain and adventure sports film makers have a hard time distributing their films. That is why the worldwide network of Mountain Film Festivals is so important. Niche films including shorts are screened and the best get awards, accolades and publicity which is a launchpad to distributing the film successfully.
Most often filmmakers do not get a commission for TV and only a minute percent get a budget to make and release a feature film. So films are usually made on a shoestring often with an uncertain return on the long hours of work. Video then DVD used to be the output that would enable the films to be sold. Download and streaming are now the norm.
Support Mountain Film
Brian Hall – SteepEdge and ex director of Kendal Mountain Festival