Ever since the founding of the International Alliance for Mountain Film (IAMF) in February 2000, its members have been interested in celebrating those who, through their talent, have changed the world of mountain film. IAMF members wish to express their gratitude to the filmmakers, directors and producers who have contributed throughout their careers – through loyalty and dedication, and with little regard for personal profit — to the evolution of mountain film into the prominent genre that it is today.
The directors of the most relevant mountain film festivals on the international stage are celebrating their AGM in Bilbao this year, in order to examine the mountain film industry's present and near future. The Director of the Bilbao Mendi Film Festival, Jabier Baraiazarra, is the current President of the IAMF-International Alliance for Mountain Film.
The meeting was held this morning in the Palace of the Provincial Council of Bizkaia, in which the international representation of the IAMF was received by the General Deputy of Bizkaia Unai Rementeria, and the Deputy of Euskera and Culture Lorea Bilbao.
Mountain culture is all over Bilbao these days. The 11th edition kicked off last Friday at the Euskalduna Palace with 1,600 spectators, and all tickets were sold out. At the Opening Ceremony, the movie The Dawn Wall was screened, and we welcomed its main character Tommy Caldwell and director Peter Mortimer.
1600 Mendi fans will enjoy in the Euskalduna Palace with THE DAWN WALL with its protagonist Tommy Caldwell and the director of the film Peter Mortimer.
The Mendi Short 2018 jury, made up of ETB sports director Joseba Urkiola, ETB journalist specialized in extreme and mountain sports, Anartz Agirre, and Mendi Short coordinator and journalist, Naia Díez, has decided that 'Hartz eta Otsoekin lotan' (sleeping with bears and wolves), by Iñaki Atxa, is the winning short film of the fifth edition of the contest.
As in previous years, the 20 CVCEPHOTO award-winning photographs are displayed in some of the Metro Bilbao underground stations (Moyua and Abanto). They will also be displayed in the Sala BBK during the festival. The photographs being exhibited are those that are prize winners of this year’s International Mountain Activity photography competition, which is run by ‘Club Vasco de Camping Elkartea’ from San Sebastian.
Till December 31th the exhibition Mendi bete diru is exposed in the Basque Museum of Bilbao within the framework of the 11th edition of the Bilbao Mendi Film Festival. It is an exhibition produced by EMMOA-Basque Mountaineering Museum, which shows bank bills from around the world illustrated with mountain themes.