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"We as IAMF think, that it will be essential to continue to serve the audience’s desire and passion for adventures on the big screen"

Javier Barayazarra, President of the International Alliance for Mountain Film, on the importance of the Alliance, its goals, strengths, activities, and what the future holds for Mountain Film.

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Mendi Tour Online now also on the FILMIN platform

Mendi Film's online offer continues to expand. Now you can enjoy outstanding films that were awarded at Mendi Film on the prestigious online film platform FILMIN. Films awarded with the Grand Prize at Mendi Film in Bilbao such as Unbranded, Freedom Underload, Dirtbag: The Legend of Fred Beckey, and many more, are now available on the Mendi Tour Online Channel. You can watch the best mountain, adventure, extreme sports and nature cinema how and when it best suits you. Genuine cinema, in original version with subtitles in Spanish, Basque or English, created by Mendi Film.

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Alastair Lee's three films join the Mendi Tour Online offer

Climbing Blind (Best Climbing Film Mendifilm 2019), Blood Moon (Official Selection Mendifilm 2018) and Blocheads (Official Selection Mendifilm 2016) are the three new films that expand the Mendi Tour Online offer through our channel on the Vimeo platform.

Pure climbing atmosphere and unique characters in three masterpieces by Alastair Lee, a filmmaker that has contributed to the Mendi Film Festival with 12 films since 2010. He was awarded the Grand Prize of the IAMF-International Alliance for Mountain Film in 2013 for his universal contribution to the genre. A benchmark for mountain cinema that joins the Mendi Tour Online.

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Dariusz Zaluski "the new director of the 8000ers" IAMF Grand Prize 2021

Polish mountaineer and filmmaker Dariusz Zaluski will be awarded with the International Alliance for Mountain Film Grand Prize 2021. It was announced at the awards ceremony of the Trento Film Festival by Jabier Baraiazarra as president of the Alliance: "Zaluski is the director and mountaineer who has best known how to make the lesson of the great Kurt Diemberger his own, establishing as the new director of the 8000ers".

The IAMF Grand Prize, which celebrates its 20th anniversary, recognizes the trajectory of the award-winning filmmakers, as well as their contribution to both cinema and mountain culture. Zaluski becomes part of a select group of filmmakers who mark the history of mountain cinema in the 21st century.

In Dariusz Zaluski's filmography stands out the film Ostatnia Gora (The Last Mountain) -available on Mendi Tour Online -, about the winter polish expedition of 2018 to the K2. A film that manages to transfer the viewer to the harsh and tense conditions of an outstanding expedition, without censorship and with a sublime narrative. Darius Zaluski received the Best Director Award and the Best Mountaineering Film Award at the BBK Mendi Film Bilbao-Bizkaia 2019 for this film, which has been awarded at many other prestigious international festivals.


International Alliance For Mountain Film Grand Prize (2002-2021)

  • 2018 KURT DIEMBERGER *Watch at MendiTV


The IAMF is the leading reference in the mountain film industry, and its goal is to promote, enhance and conserve this fascinating cinematography genre. The association is made up of 28 members, 27 mountain festivals and the Museo Nazionale della Montagna in Turin, and in total 20 nations from 5 Continents are represented.

"The Edge of Guillotine" is the 2021 image of BBK Mendi Film Bilbao-Bizkaia

The photography "The Edge of Guillotine", by Czech photographer Jan Zahula, has won the BBK Mendi Film Bilbao-Bizkaia Poster Award at the CVCEPHOTO contest, for which it will be the main image of this year's festival.

The setting in the image places us in the Elbe Valley, in the Bohemian Switzerland region of the Czech Republic. A paradise of rocks and sandstone mountains, on one of whose sharp edges the American climber Jenny Fischer appears climbing the "Guilotina VIIb" route.

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The Basque Mountaineering Federation and Mendi Film have renewed their collaboration agreement

The Basque Mountaineering Federation EMF-FVM currently has a record number of almost 40,000 associate members. Both the Asociación Mendi Film Elkartea and the Federation are interested in the promotion of mountaineering among their members and the general public.

Zigor Egia, President of the EMF-FVM, and Eduardo Martínez, President of Mendi Film, signed the collaboration agreement for 2021. They were joined by Ricardo Hernani, member of the new board at EMF-FVM, and Jabier Baraiazarra, director of Mendi Film. 

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A History of Passion 2000-2020: the history of the International Alliance for Mountain Film

The International Alliance for Mountain Film is over twenty years old. Many years have passed since it was founded in the Hall of Emblems at the Mountain Museum in Turin, Italy. Unfortunately the pandemic canceled the Turin assembly scheduled for May 4, 2020, where we planned to celebrate our twenty years of activity, but it left us the possibility of publishing a book to go back over this first period.

The International Alliance for Mountain Film-International Alliance for Mountain Film publishes a book that reviews the history of the 20 years from its founding in the Hall of Emblems of the Museum of the Mountain in Turin, Italy, to the past year 2020. Mendi Film became part of the Alliance in 2011, and celebrates 10 years of experience with the most prestigious festivals in the world, and its Director Jabier Barayazarra is the President of the Alliance since 2018.

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Happy New Mendi 2021!

The Rosary of the Everest, the icon of the Basque-Polish brotherhood of Himalayism

The rosary blessed by Pope John Paul II that Krzysztof Wielicki and Leszek Cichy deposited on the summit of Everest in the first ever winter climb of 1980, and that Martin Zabaleta collected as a testimony of the first Basque summit to Everest on 14th May 1980, is today the icon of the Basque-Polish brotherhood in Himalayism. An icon owned by EMMOA (Basque Mountaineering Museum Foundation) and which was shown at the BBK Mendi Film Bilbao-Bizkaia mountain film festival to the coordinator of the Polish Institute of Culture in Madrid, Iwona Zielińska-Sąsiada.

Awards ceremony in Bilbao of the 13th edition

Successful edition of the BBK Mendi Film Bilbao-Bizkaia festival with the support of cinema and mountain lovers

Eduardo Martínez and Jabier Baraiazarra, President and Director of the BBK Mendi Film Bilbao Bizkaia at the closing ceremony of the 13th edition

Bilbao, 14th December 2020. The BBK Mendi Film Bilbao-Bizkaia International Mountain Film Festival has successfully celebrated its 13th edition. A total of 5,578 people have attended the screenings at Euskalduna, at Sala BBK and at the Golem cinemas in Bilbao.

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The film of the Hillary's last grand expedition wins the Grand Prize of the BBK Mendi Film Bilbao-Bizkaia mountain film festival

The film "Hillary - Ocean to Sky" is the Grad Prize of the 13th edition of the BBK Mendi Film Bilbao-Bizkaia mountain film festival. The film directed by Michael Dillon is about Sir Edmund Hillary's last grand expedition Ocean to Sky, where he embarks on a journey from the ocean, ascending the sacred waters of the Ganges in motorboats, to reach the virgin peak of Akash Parbat in the Himalaya.

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Mendi Film meeting point of cinema and the mountain culture in Bilbao and virtually all over the world

The BBK Mendi Film Bilbao-Bizkaia mountain film festival started with a massive support of spectators. During the first three days of the festival, the sessions of the Euskalduna Palace and the Sala BBK were sold out, and the Golem Cinemas had a constant and numerous assistance too. 2000 spectators attended the face-to-face sessions, overcoming all the measures of the pandemic.

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The Baltistan Fundazioa Foundation receives the recognition of 20 years of cooperative work with the WOP 2020 Award


The Baltistan Fundazioa foundation has been awarded with the WOP-The Walk On Project Award at the BBK Mendi Film Bilbao-Bizkaia mountain film festival in recognition of its trajectory and social and humanitarian work of international cooperation. Pedro Ibarra (President of the foundation) and Alberto Iñurrategi (mountaineer and founder of the foundation) have represented thousands of solidarity actions at the ceremony.

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