13th Festival of Mountain Film

Mountains on the silver screen

The biggest such festival in Slovenia has been running since 2007, and is also a member of the International Alliance for Mountain Film. This year films can be viewed in Ljubljana, Domžale, Radovljica and Celje. Last year the festival winner was in fact a Slovenian film, Zadnji ledeni lovci (The Last Ice Hunters) by Rožle Bregar and Jure Breceljnik.

The mission of the festival (Festival gorniškega filma) is each year to present a rich film programme focused on the mountain realm, and to enhance this with an accompanying programme of lectures, exhibitions and talks. The festival organiser is the Society for Mountain Culture (Društvo za gorsko kulturo).

In the rhythm of climbing, Alpinism, adventure and mountain nature

This year festival-goers will be able to watch 32 films, of which five are Slovenian productions. For the first time in the history of the Festival of Mountain Film, Slovenian viewers will have the thrill of watching a film nominated for an Oscar and a recipient of a BAFTA award – Free Solo, directed by Jimmy Chin and Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi.

“There is no sport more connected to culture – literature, film, photography, lectures – than Alpinism. At this year’s festival we can truly boast films that even the biggest documentary film festivals would be proud of. In addition to the most eagerly awaited Free Solo, we should highlight the full-length film Dawn Wall and Manaslu, as well as others of course. The most important thing is a story that draws you in. Mountain films are always more technically perfected, so it is important for us to get the highest-quality and most recent films, since that makes a good festival,” stresses the director of the Festival of Mountain Film, Silvo Karo.

Andrej Štremfelj sharing his experience at the festival.

Text by Tanja Glogovčan
Photo: STA