21st Filmfest St. Anton – 26th to 29th of August 2015

Mountain – People – Adventure

We present you adventures into the unknown, many different mountain sports as well as some of the best national and international outdoor sport athletes at and in front of the big cinema screen in St. Anton at the end of August.

For the 21st time the town of St. Anton am Arlberg (Tirol, AUT) is the place where the mountain sport world is going to meet. 24 outdoor-sport films, of which 10 are premieres, on-stage guests to nearly every film and the top-athletes of the Austrian mountain-sport scene give the Filmfest St. Anton its special flair one more time during the last week of August. Additionally, there are going to be two promotion evenings with on-stage guests on the 25th of June in Vienna (Gartenbaukino) and on the 26th of June in Kufstein (FH Kufstein).

The journey starts at the vertical and even for high-performance climbers nearly featureless “Bürser Platte”, a steep slab at Bludenz, which has now seen its first female ascent by Barbara Zangerl (“Prinzip Hoffnung”). It continues to the remote mountains and regions of Canada and Namibia, Russia, Pakistan, China and Tibet. Alpinists, ski-alpinists, mountain bikers and kayakers visit for outdoor-sports less developed regions of our planet, open new routes in rock and ice and discover unknown terrains. The journeys into the unknown all end at the Filmfest St. Anton on the last evening, where we accompany athletes into the Karakorum and to the Antarctica. David Lama, Peter Ortner and Hansjörg Auer encountered on their expedition into the Karakorum a 3500 meter high wall, of which Lama said they had never seen such a thing before (“Masherbrum Nordost – Die unmögliche Wand?”). The British climber Leo Houlding reports about his ascent of “Ulvetanna”, a steep mountain which is amongst the most remote and wildest of our planet (“The last great climb”).

One guest of honour on the opening evening is the British alpinist and artist Andy Parkin. The film “Die großen Nordwände – Petit Dru” shows him and Steve House climbing the classic north face route of the Dru. Parkin was one of the best British climbers of his time. In 1984 he survives a severe climbing accident which has left him physically impaired. Because of having been an artist all his life, he managed to leave his old life behind and start a new one. During the Filmfest, Andy Parkin will exhibit a selection of his art, together with the Innsbruck photographer Christoph Villgrattner, in the ARLBERG-well.com hall.

Several Tyrolean teams were driven into the Far East by their sports passion. Simon Gietl, Daniel Tavernini und Vittorio Messini were the first to stand on top of the “Tirol Shan” in China, the 5800 meter high “Tyrolean Peak” which they named accordingly. Albert Leichtfried and Benedikt Purner discovered a valley in Tibet with huge, 6000 meter high mountains and “icelines wherever you look”, of course they could not but open a couple of outstanding new ice routes (“Shuangqiao Valley – Thin Ice in Tibet”). Guido Unterwurzacher and his closest friends had fun while ice climbing in the Rocky Mountains, shown in Johannes Mair’s film “Eisklettern in den Rocky Mountains”.

Free Solo climbing adventures are in some respect as well journeys into the unknown. Free Solo means climbing without rope, anchors and partner. Markus Frings presents a portrait about the South-Tyrolean alpinist Christoph Hainz, which centres on his free solo ascent of the “Comici” on the north face of Cima Grande in the Dolomites (“Der Zinnenmann”).  Eduardo Gellner brings a film about the young Austrian alpinist Rudi Hauser, who free solos two long and difficult routes on the Hochkönig and Hochkogel in one day (“Die Freiheit, die ich meine”). And what would be a Filmfest St. Anton without climbing legend Beat Kammerlander? In his film “Drei Siebe” he demonstrates one more time high-level climbing on difficult trad-routes.

Of course also films about daring adventures around the world in other outdoor sports must not be amiss. Base-Jumpers Peter Salzmann and Andreas Podlipnik search the Alps for the highest possible jumps (“1point7 – Fliegen ohne Flügel”). The two extreme-bikers Axel Kreuter und Sylvia Leimbgruber, both members of the Innsbruck “Vertriders”, went to Namibia to discover new terrain for downhillers (“Burning Mountains”). Gregor Mahringer and Julius Steinbacher introduce the very vital Iranian mountain bike scene in the film “Mountainbike out of the Box – Iran”. And kayaker Olaf Obsommer collected some of the best young kayakers for the descent of one of the most challenging wild water rivers of this planet: the “Stikine” river, also title of the film.

The search for new freeride possibilities lead Joi Hoffmann and his film team to the Russian Altai Mountains, an area which is a white spot on the freeride map (“Altai – an Unexpected Fortune”). Filmfest-host and professional snowboarder Flo Orley went with a group of friends to Island in the hope to find some first-class freeride slopes (“síðustu jaðar – Die letzte Grenze”). A totally new approach to winter sports was done by a group of ski-alpinists in their home-resorts: Stephan Keck and his team went freeriding via a hot-air balloon (“Balloonskiing – Heimschnee”). And last but not least we see Thomas Gaisbacher discovering new possibilities in terms of steep skiing in his home mountains of the Lienz Dolomites (“Auf Skiern am Limit”).

The tourism association and the municipality of St. Anton, Mooserwirt St. Anton, the department of cultural affairs of the province of Tyrol, AustriAlpin, Salomon, Arlberger Bergbahnen, Raiffeisen, CineTirol and servus tv-Bergwelten are the main sponsors of the Filmfest St. Anton, while Sport Magazin is its media partner.