2019 WINNING FILMS
The film jury:
Polish climber, publicist, writer and photographer Aleksander Lwow, Slovak dramaturge, screenwriter and director Miloslav Končok, Slovak cameraman Sophia Boyd, film screenwriter, dramaturge and organizer of several film events Peter Gašparík and film director Daniel Rihák.
Free Solo (Free Solo, USA, 100 min, 2018, d. Jimmy Chin, Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi)
An extraordinary feature documentary that will have viewers holding their breath and clinging to the edge of their seats. The film provides an intimate and unflinching portrait of professional rock climber Alex Honnold as he prepares to attempt the first ever free solo climb (ie without ropes or safety gear) of the 3,200-foot, vertical face of El Capitan, one of the highest peaks in America’s Yosemite National Park.
LITERÁRNY FOND AWARD – 1000 €
Vrcholová príťažlivosť (Slovakia, 64 min, 2018, d. Rastislav Hatiar)
Life story of Slovak mountaineer Peter Hámor.
Still flying... (Poland, 33 min, 2018, d. Miroslaw Dembinski)
Janusz Orłowski aka „Grandpa” began paragliding after he turned seventy. Ten years later he started dreaming of flying from Mount Olympus. At the age of 91 he rose to the height of 326 meters above the ground, earning himself a record in the Guinness Book of Records. “Still Flying…” tells the story of Grandpa and documents the metaphorical path of man towards eternity.
SPECIAL MENTION: AIR
8000+ (France/Germany, 22 min, 2018, d. Antoine Girard, Christian Schmidt)
In July 2016, the paraglider Antoine Girard set off on a three-week hike-and-fly tour to explore the Karakorum mountains in Pakistan— alone. His hope is that the upwinds will carry him and his chute to the summit of Broad Peak – or higher.
SPECIAL MENTION: SNOW / WATER
Treeline (Canada, 40 min, 2018, d. Jordan Manley)
Treeline is about our oldest living companions on earth: trees. The film brings extraordinary forests in British Columbia, Japan and Nevada “to life” through cinematic exploration of playful, yet powerful experience of gliding through each forest on snow.
SPECIAL MENTION: EARTH
Tieň jaguára (Slovakia, 58 min, 2018, d. Pavol Barabáš)
The authentic capture of the undocumented Hodi tribe as the counterpart to our Western culture.
SPECIAL MENTION: ROCK
The Dawn Wall (US, 100 min, 2017, d. Josh Lowell a Pete Mortimer)
In January, 2015, American rock climbers Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson captivated the world with their effort to climb the Dawn Wall, a seemingly impossible 3,000 foot rock face in Yosemite National Park, California. Caldwell and his partner Jorgeson spend six years meticulously plotting and practicing their route. On the final attempt, with the world watching, Caldwell is faced with a moment of truth. Should he abandon his partner to fulfill his ultimate dream, or risk his own success for the sake of their friendship?
Boy Nomad (Canada, 21 min, 2018, d. Niobe Thompson)
Boy Nomad follows a year in the life of 9-year old Janibek, who lives with his family in Mongolia’s Altai Mountains. His first love is racing horses, but this winter he faces the toughest journey in a nomad’s life: the winter migration.
JURY SPECIAL MENTION
Ascending Afghanistan: Women Rising (Afghanistan, 49 min, 2015, d. Erik Osterholm)
A film following the first female Afghan mountaineering team as they navigate their first expedition and fight for recognition as athletes amongst their country, culture and families.