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Noticias 2019

The foundation Baltistan Fundazioa will receive the WOP Award 2020

The Baltistan Fundazioa foundation, an international development cooperation NGO that works in the Pakistani Karakorum, will be recognized with the WOP-The Walk On Project 2020 Award of the BBK Mendi Film Bilbao-Bizkaia festival. The award ceremony will be held during the 13th edition of the festival, between 4th and 13th of December 2020, in Bilbao.

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Mendi Tour On Line: Cholitas on demand

CHOLITAS the film can now be enjoyed on demand with the Mendi Tour On Line offer, the new platform to watch and enjoy the best mountain films wherever, whenever and however you want.

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The history of mountaineering and climbing films becomes a book

Written by Roberto Mantovani, Action Let's Climb! is published by the Italian Alpine Club with the International Alliance for Mountain Film and the Museo Nazionale della Montagna of Turin, Italy. 

From the first mountaineering films released in the early years of the "short century", to the digital cinema of the new millennium, passing through hundreds of feature films and documentaries over a period of one hundred and twenty years.  

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Werner Herzog IAMF Grand Prize 2020

Werner Herzog (c) Robin Holland

The German film director Werner Herzog is the winner of the IAMF Grand Prize 2020.  The award was announced at Trento Film Festival by the IAMF vice president Roberto De Martin. 

Jabier Baraiazarra, the Director of BBK Mendi Film Bilbao-Bizkaia mountain film festival and the president of the International Alliance for Mountain Film, is proud of this well-deserved recognition of a great director with remarkable contributions to mountain cinema. Like Werner Herzog, he could not be present at the Italian event either because he followed the precautionary guidelines against covid-19.

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Film submission period countdown: open until 15th of September




Dear film directors and productors,
Thank you for submitting your film to the BBK Mendi Film Bilbao-Bizkaia Mountain Film Festival!
There are already many productions received since we opened the registrations in spring. Many and of great quality. Our most sincere congratulations to each of you for being able to transmit the magic of mountain cinema through your films and your adventures.
In these times, it fully charges our energy batteries to continue working on the preparations for our 13rd edition that will be held between December 4 and 13, 2020 in Bilbao.
We are so excited! 

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Urmuga: the musical mountain traverse of the Basque Country

Felipe Uriarte mountain guide, Jabier Baraiazarra director of BBK Mendi Film Bilbao-Bizkaia and Migel Zeberio orchestre director

From July 14 to August 1, the Urmuga expedition will traverse the Basque Country crossing the watershed. Music and mountaineering will merge together with the Et Incarnatus Orchestra and the Mendiak eta Herriak mountain guide agency. Urmuga is a journey that will take place from west to east from the Sierra de Garobel to the Hiru Erregeen Mahaia, traveling along the main mountains of the Basque Country, led by Felipe Uriarte, and steeped in music under the direction of Migel Zeberio, in various places along the route.

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Postponed Mendi Tour sessions


The following Mendi Tours have been postponed:

  • Filma!-Sevatur-San Sebastián (M13-14, Kursaal)
  • Vielha e Mijaran (M14-15, Cinema Vielha)
  • Sevilla (M19, Cine Avenida)
  • Iruña-Pamplona (M23-24-25-26, Golem Baiona)
  • Santutxu/Bilbao (M23/25, Rincón del Viajero)
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'Treeline': the reciprocal bond between humanity and nature Grand Prize at the BBK Mendi Film 2019

The film Treeline directed by Jordan Manley wins the Grand Prize at the BBK Mendi Film Bilbao-Bizkaia 2019. Trees are the main axis of this work engraved in forests of British Columbia, Japan and Nevada. It's an invitation to interpret what the oldest trees have to teach us, illuminating the reciprocal bond between humanity and nature. A masterpiece.

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Eighth year that BBK Mendi Film Bilbao-Bizkaia sets its own audience record

Bilbao, 16th December 2019. BBK Mendi Film Bilbao-Bizkaia, the international mountain film festival, puts an end to its brilliant 12th edition. Over the last 10 days, 12,360 people attended the screenings, setting a new attendance record and reinforcing its continuous growth for the last eight editions. The organisers are very happy with these numbers, but they particularly appreciate the quality of the films and events. 

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Nives Meroi and Romano Benet "proud to receive and represent" the 2019 WOP Award

Mountaineers Nives Meroi and Romano Benet have been the main honorees of the 12th edition. They were awarded the 2019 WOP-The Walk On Project Award at the event held in Bilbao on Saturday, December 14.

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Mendi Gaua: Mendi 2019's most desired films at Golem Alhóndiga (2)


Nives Meroi and Romano Benet WOP Award 2019 at the BBK Mendi Film

Alpinists Nives Meroi and Romano Benet will be honoured with the WOP award at the 12th edition of the BBK Mendi Film Bilbao Bizkaia. The ceremony will be held on saturday December 14th, at 19:30 pm, at Sala BBK.

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The Basque Premier Lehendakari Iñigo Urkullu has offered a reception to Mendi Film

Lehendakari Iñigo Urkullu, the Basque Premier, today offered a reception, in Vitoria-Gasteiz, to Eduardo Martínez and Jabier Baraiazarra, president and director of the Mendi Film. The Minister of Culture and Linguistic Policy Bingen Zupiria has been the one who has guided the meeting.

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60 films in the 12th edition of BBKMF

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BBK Mendi Film Bilbao-Bizkaia announces the programme of the 12th edition, which will be held from 6th to 15th of December.

It highlights the list of the 60 films that will be presented in the stages of the Sala BBK, Golem Alhondiga cinemas, and the Euskalduna auditorium.

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Christian Pondella & CVCEPHOTO, first exhibitions in Bilbao

The 12th edition of BBK Mendi Film Bilbao-Bizkaia begins to be presented in Bilbao, through the first photographic exhibitions in Metro Bilbao and Euskal Trenbide Sarea-ETS: Beneath the Ice by photographer Christian Pondella, and the selection of the 20 best pics of the international mountain photography contest CVCEPHOTO 2019.

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Last chance to get BBKMF ticket packs until November 11th

The last sales phase offering ticket packs for BBK Mendi Film Bilbao-Bizkaia is open until 11th November, with discounts of up to 40% as opposed to the full-priced tickets on session days. This is a limited offer.

Tickets for the Opening Ceremony (6th Dec) are also available. The film opening the Official Selection 2019 will be OSTATNIA GÓRA (The Last Mountain), by director Dariusz Zaluski, about the Polish winter expedition to K2 in early 2018, starring Krzysztof Wielicki, Adam Bielecki and Denis Urubko.

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