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BBK Mendi Film Bilbao Bizkaia recovers its pre-pandemic popularity with more than 9,000 people and 74% occupancy rate

Bilbao, 20 December 2022. The 15th edition of the BBK Mendi Film Bilbao Bizkaia held from the 9th to the 18th of December, has reached the summit  with an overall attendance of 9,005 people. The festival screened a total of 59 films from 14 countries. There were 16 world premieres and 22 spanish premieres. 16 prizes were awarded among 13 winning films, with a total prize money of 25,200 euros. In addition, this year the ceremony in which the Grand Prize of the International Alliance for Mountain Film has been awarded to the Australian filmmaker Michael Dillon, has been held in Bilbao.

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A Grand Prize that gives visibility to the lights and shadows of the history of Quinn Brett

The director Henna Taylor and main character of "An Accidental Life" Quinn Brett at the photocall of the BBK Mendi Film Bilbao Bizkaia

The film "An Accidental Life" has won the Grand Prize of BBK Mendi Film Bilbao Bizkaia. Directed by Henna Taylor, the film revolves around the life of Quinn Brett, a climber who on October 11, 2017 suffered a traumatic accident while climbing in El Capitan, Yosemite. Amazingly she survived to be able to tell the story, but at the same time she had to face the irreparable consequences of the accident, leaving her paraplegic. Both, Henna Taylor and Quinn Brett, have been in Bilbao these past days, presenting the film, and in addition to the verdict of the Jury, they have received the warmth and recognition of the spectators of the Mendi Film.

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Michael Dillon and the importance of living the adventure

Michael Dillon received on December 16, 2022, in Bilbao, the Grand Prize 2022 of the International Alliance for Mountain Film. The Australian filmmaker was accompanied on stage by Piotr Turkot (Krakow Mountain Festival, Poland) and Jabier Baraiazarra (BBK Mendi Film Bilbao Bizkaia, and president of the alliance). And after a standing ovation from the audience at the Sala BBK, he was grateful through an emotional dedication:

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The breeze of the fans Mendi Zale raises the beginning of the Mendi Film 2022

The 15th edition starts with two great films in competition: "Ephemeral" and "Egoland"


The long-awaited Opening Session will launch on the night of December 9 the 15th edition of the BBK Mendi Film Bilbao Bizkaia 2022 at the Euskalduna Palace in Bilbao. The expedition begins with two great films, the filmmaker Ignasi López and the protagonists of "Egoland" Marek Molek and Bruno Grassi on stage, many of the filmmakers and protagonists who will participate in the first weekend among the public, and a special review in images of the past editions of the festival.

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15th edition of BBK Mendi Film Bilbao Bizkaia: from 9 to 18 December, international reference for cinephiles and mountaineers

Bilbao, 22th of November 2022. The BBK Mendi Film Bilbao Bizkaia festival presents its 15th edition to once again enjoy the best mountain cinema between 9 and 18 December.

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The 59 films of the 15th edition of BBK Mendi Film Bilbao Bizkaia

Bilbao will become the international epicentre of Mountai, Adventure, Extreme Sports and Nature cinema once again, between 9 and 18 December. A total of 59 films representing 14 countries have been selected to be screened at the 15th edition of BBK Mendi Film Bilbao Bizkaia.

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The Jury members of the 15th edition

These are the five members that will make up the BBK Mendi Film Bilbao Bizkaia Jury in the 2022 edition: Lisa Stolze, Laura Zumiani, Iratxe Fresneda, Josué Vergara and Albert Pascual.

  • Lisa Stolze (Austria), marketing expert and former key player in the production company Red Bull Media House..
  • Laura Zumiani (Italy), programmer of the Trento Film Festival and member of the board of the Italian association of film festivals.
  • Iratxe Fresneda (Basque Country-Spain), filmmaker, screenwriter and audiovisual teacher at UPV-EHU.
  • Josué Vergara (Valence-Spain), musician and soundtrack composer, who has collaborated with filmmaker Seb Montaz, among others.
  • Albert Pascual (Catalonia-Spain), filmmaker and director of photography, among others in the film 'La Cima', and professor at the Escola Superior de Cinema i Audiovisuales de Catalunya.


The five will be responsible for viewing and assessing the films in the Official Section of the 15th edition of the Mendi Film, and consequently for choosing this year's winners.


The film submission period is open

The registration period for film entries for the 15th edition of BBK Mendi Film Bilbao Bizkaia is open until September 15th. Many interesting films have already been registered since the opening was announced in April, both through the festival's own platform and through the multi-submission form of the IAMF-International Alliance for Mountain Film.

Once the deadline for entries has passed in September, the films will be selected, and the final list will be published in October. We forsee that the Jury will have an arduous but attractive job to do. From the 9th to the 18th of December, BBK Mendi Film Bilbao Bizkaia will once again be a meeting point where the best mountain films can be seen and enjoyed.

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BBK Mendi Film Bilbao-Bizkaia will celebrate the 14th edition between December 3 and 12, joining both cinema fans and mountain lovers in Bilbao and at the same time at the on-line festival


Lorea Bilbao Euskara, Kultura eta Kirol saileko Foru Diputatua, Gonzalo Olabarria Bilboko Udaleko Kultura Zinegotzia, Andoni Iturbe Eusko Jaurlaritzako Kultura Sailburuordea, Gorka Martínez BBK Banku Fundazioko Zuzendari Nagusia, Imanol Muñoz Ternua Group Sales & Marketing Manager, eta Jabier Baraiazarra BBK Mendi Film Bilbao-Bizkaia Zuzendaria

Bilbao, November 19, 2021. The 134th edition of BBK Mendi Film Bilbao-Bizkaia will be held from December 3rd to the 12th. It will be a special edition, conditioned by the pandemic. At the event held today at the Euskalduna Palace in Bilbao, the main sponsors and representatives of Mendi Film presented the festival.

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The programme and the 57 films of the 11th edition of the Bilbao Mendi Film Festival

Here you have the program and the 57 films that will be screened in the 11th edition of Bilbao Mendi Film Festival (December 7-16).

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Tickets available for the 11th edition of Bilbao Mendi Film Festival

Bilbao. Tickets for the 11th edition of Bilbao Mendi Film Festival (7-16 December) wiil be available from June 15. This is about the individual tickets for the Opening Ceremony –where the first film of the Official Section BMFF 2018 will be screened-, and four different types of Tickets Packs with discounts of more than 50%:

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The next edition of the international mountain, adventure and extreme sports film festival will be held in Bilbao from the 9th to the 18th of December 2016. The deadline to receive the films that will take part in the competition is on the 30th of September.

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·      The festival’s attendance rises on a 18% in comparison with 2014, but practically doubles it from its arrival at Bilbao back in 2012 

·      14 out of 31 screenings had the sign “Sold out” hanging, with a record-breaking attendance that surpasses 70%

·      ‘This is one of the best mountain film festivals in the world,’ said Zachary Barr (Sender Films)


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Bilbao Mendi Film Festival opens today in Metro Bilbao the photographic exhibition of the winning works in the competition CVCEPHOTO

The 19 best pictures of the event will dress seven underground stations from today until December 31

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 After receiving more than 130 films from over 20 countries, Bilbao Mendi Film Festival will screen 43 films in competition

 This is the first time that 'Meru' will be screened on a European Mountain Film Festival

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PR Mendi Short 2015


The contenders of "Mendi Short 2015" have until November 15 to present their works

This is an event of international scope, aimed at non-professional video-makers, and the winning work will be screened at the Sala BBK in the Festival´s program

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