International jury: Vida Valenčič (Slovenia), Rožle Bregar (Slovenia) and Jim Donini (USA).
Grand Prix of the City of Domžale)
Cholitas (Jaime Murciego, Pablo Iraburu, Spain)
Cholitas is an exceptional film, strong in all technical and dramaturgical aspects, based on the extraordinary story of a group of Bolivian women of the Aymara ethnic group who showed the world their will to be equal. Their path to the top of Aconcagua is not just the path to gender equality and the rise from a tough and deprived everyday life, but also the path for the recognition of all native people throughout Latin America. “Las cholitas escaladoras” have showed the world how mountains and nature in general give us the strength we need to change our lives.
Best Mountaineering Film
Ostatnia góra (Dariusz Załuski, Poland)
Last winter climbers worldwide followed two seemingly unrelated events in the Karakoram Himalaya in Pakistan… A Polish expedition’s attempt to climb K2, the only 8,000 meter peak still unclimbed in winter, and an unfolding tragedy on neighbouring Nanga Parbat. Ostatnia gora is an honest portrayal of how these two climbs became inextricably linked and of the Polish team’s interpersonal conflicts and the enormous challenges they encountered dealing with the savage winter weather on K2. See this film and the comforts of your home will become ever dearer to you.
Honorable mention (Mountaineering)
Changabang and the Mirrors of a Repetition (Jean-Pierre Tauvron, Francija)
Best Climbing Film (Award sponsor: Petrol)
United States of Joe’s (Peter Mortimer, USA)
Let’s face it, climbers, and boulderers in particular, are different from most people. When world class boulders happen to be sprinkled in a rural part of ultra conservative Utah, friction between the visiting progressive, city based climbers and the socially conservative locals is a given. Will it escalate into “we against them” tribal warfare?
This vibrant, good hearted film explores this question and the answer may surprise you.
United States of Joe’s is well made, as you would expect of a Peter Mortimer film, and the topic has parallels in climbing areas across the globe.
Honorable mention (Climbing)
Climbing Blind (Alastair Lee, UK)
Best Film About Mountains, Sport and Adventure
The Weight of Water (Michael Brown, Canada)
As you paddle down a river and a black screen appears in front of your eyes, you may get a feel of what it’s like to have no eyesight. Erik is completely blind and paddling the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon is just one of his lifelong challenges. The flow of water beautifully symbolizes the flow of life, and the struggle with the rapids is turbulent and full of ups and downs, just like life itself. This success story, distinguished by excellent camera work, has left a deep mark on the jury. In our lives, we must fight until the very end, because dreams never die.
Honorable mention (Mountains, Sports and Adventure)
8000+ (Christian Schmidt, Germany, France)
Best Film About Mountain Nature and Culture
Piano to Zanskar (Michał Sulima, UK)
Piano to Zanskar is a film that encompasses everything: spirituality, the desire to bring about big changes through personal choices and actions, the overwhelming power of nature, human bonds, and the joy of conquering something that has previously seemed absolutely impossible. The film has excellent rhythm, poetical camera work, and excellent dramaturgy, and makes it easy to understand how a single man and his choices can make a difference in the world.
Honorable mention (Mountain Nature and Culture)
Drømmeland (Joost van der Wiel, Netherlands)
Best Short Film
Artiko (Venero Josu, Jasu Mari Lazkano, Spain)
A portrait of a painter sailing through the Arctic Sea to Svalbard, making a journey through his spirituality, and observing the power and beauty of the passing icebergs. Everything around him triggers strong emotions, which he tries to record through painting. The excellent camera work brings the audience intimately close to art. The story touches upon global warming and the exhibition of the paintings from this trip is a lasting record of a time and place that are bound to soon disappear.