Friday December 8 – 19:30 Euskalduna - Auditorio
Edurne Pasaban Lizarribar (Tolosa, 1973) completed the list of 14 eight-thousanders between 2001 and 2010. She was the first woman to achieve this feat, leaving her mark on history. She currently combines her sporting career with her professional career as a lecturer and coach in both national and international companies. She is patron and founder of the association Mountaineers for Himalayas by Edurne Pasaban. In which she works to develop projects related to the education of Himalayan children. The Award, which for ten years has been given by The Walk On Project Foundation and the Mendi Film Festival Association, in recognition of the defence and dissemination of the values of mountaineering.
WOP Award-BBK Mendi Film Bilbao-Bizkaia:
• Eduardo Martínez de Pisón (2022)
• Sebastián Álvaro (2021)
• Fundación Baltistán Fundazioa (2020)
• Nives Meroi e Romano Benet (2019)
• Juanjo San Sebastián (2018)
• Peter Habeler (2017)
• Sir Chris Bonington (2016)
• Josep Manuel Anglada (2015)
• Drawn film by Jeremy Collins (2014)
RAFA ELORZA / YHABRIL MORO - CARLOS COS
Saturday December 9 – 12:00 Sala BBK
Panel Talk based on the 9th edition of the international mountain activity photography competition CVCEPHOTO. Carlos Cos (Soraluze, Gipuzkoa) was the winner of the first prize in this edition with his photo "Cracks". Yhabril (Bilbao, Bizkaia), for his part, was this year's winner of the BBK Mendi Film Bilbao Bizkaia Poster Prize with the photo "X-Man", and in the previous edition he won the first prize with "Young Gun". At the helm of this photographic journey will be Rafa Elorza, one of the creators and heads of the CVCEPHOTO competition, from the Club Vasco de Camping Elkartea in Donostia-San Sebastián.
RAFA ELORZA / RHIANNON KLEE / ELI AZURMENDI / ARMAND BALLART / JESUS MARI LAZKANO / ELIO ORLANDI
Saturday December 10 – 12:00 Sala BBK
Climbing topos since time immemorial, have been, the way to share information between climbers. An essential companion of the written account, they have undergone the technological evolution, going from pencil and paper to the tools of the digital era. Like any other artwork, they are tethered to the subjectivity of the author and, therefore, to the incorporation of artistic resources that enrich them, taking this functional or practical instrument to a different status, in which a space for emotionality is opened up. “Art in climbing topos” is the book that highlights the value of the climbing topos as an artistic manifestation.
Tuesday December 12 – 19:30 Sala BBK
The International Alliance for Mountain Film has awarded the Grand Prize for the year 2023 to Eliza Kubarska, recognising her career as a director of documentaries that investigate and reveal the human factors behind great adventures. A passionate climber, traveller and explorer, the films she creates from her adventures always have the characteristic of going beyond the facts to investigate the deepest folds of the human soul. Because of this special sensitivity, all her works have won numerous awards, including "K2 Touching the Sky" and "The Wall of Shadows".
EDUARDO MARTÍNEZ DE PISÓN
Thursday December 14 – 19:30 Sala BBK
Eduardo Martínez de Pisón (Valladolid, 1937) holds a PhD in Geography and is Professor Emeritus at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, as well as being a passionate student of everything related to mountains and landscapes. He has travelled to Alaska, Siberia, the North Pole, the Himalayas, Karakorum, the Silk Road, the deserts of Gobi, Taklamakan, the Sahara, etc., either as a traveller or a curious mountaineer, or as a researcher or collaborator in television documentaries.
KIKE INFAME - ELI AZURMENDI - CÉSAR LLAGUNO - RAFA ELORZA
Saturday December 16 – 10:30 Euskalduna - 0A Aretoa
A talk by Kike Infame with Eli Azurmendi, Rafa Elorza and César Llaguno. The art of comics related to the world of mountains and nature. Stories, anecdotes, oddities, ways of working, tracing, and walking different illustration techniques, which give rise to interpreting the mountain in an artistic way. Kike Infame is a graphic designer. A cartoonist and comic book theorist, Eli Azurmendi and Rafa Elorza are two of the creators and suppliers of works from the exhibition of climbing sketches "HARRI, ORRI, ARkatz", and César Llaguno is the illustrator of the Mendi Film comics about the first basque expeditions to the Everest, the one about the Iñurrategi brothers, and the one about legendary basque mountaineer Andres Espinosa.
Saturday December 16 – 10:00 - 13:00 Euskalduna - 5H Aretoa
Yhabril is the outdoor photographer of the moment and as an artist, he is experiencing his best professional moment. He will talk to us about his evolution as a photographer, his methods and planning, his way of living photography and his workflow in front of the computer. It will be a dynamic masterclass aimed at all kinds of nature-loving public, interested in knowing first-hand not only how to get unique images but also the stories behind them. He will talk about his tricks to achieve a high level of specialisation in just a few years.