11th Festival Gorniškega Filma

Sherpa the winner of 11th Festival Gorniškega Filma, award for Slovenian film Ama Dablam
Author: Manca Čujež

Australian-Nepali film Sherpa – Trouble on Everest, which presents the problem of commercial mountaineering in the Himalayas, is the winner of the 11th Slovenian Mountain Film Festival, which took place between 20. and 26. February 2017 in Ljubljana, Domžale, Celje, Nova Gorica and Mojstrana. In addition to the Grand Prix the festival jury awarded the best films in the categories of mountaineering, climbing, mountains, sports and adventure, mountain nature and culture. Best mountaineering film is Slovenian film Ama Dablam, Dreams Unfolded.
Festival Gorniškega Filma, Slovenian Mountain Film Festival, is the biggest of its kind in Slovenia, going on since 2007, and has been a member of the International Alliance for Mountain Film (IAMF) since 2010. Each year, it showcases a rich selection of films about mountains, mountaineering, climbing, mountain nature, culture and adventure, which are complemented by lectures of prominent guests from the international climbing community. This year we listened to climbing mother Martina Čufar Potard, sport climber Jernej Kruder and mountaineer Janez Volkar from Slovenia, Austrian expert mountaineer Robert Schauer, Italian-Slovenian climbing couple Nives Meroi and Roman Benet, and the lecture about Emilio Comici, the Italian legend of alpinism, held by Jernej Šček.

Australian-Nepali film Sherpa – Trouble on Everest is the winner of the 11th Festival Gorniškega Filma in Slovenia. (photo FGF archive)

The main award of the 11th Festival Gorniškega Filma, Grand Prix of the City of Domžale, went to Sherpa – Trouble on Everest by Jennifer Peedom. “Imbued with a strong narrative sensibility, the film tells three stories which are morphed into one by the lethal avalanche that swept the Khumbu icefall. The tragic event forced Sherpas, commercial expedition operators, and their clients into decisions which leave no viewer untouched,” explained the jury, consisted of Martina Čufar Potard and Aleša Valič from Slovenia and Marco Ribetti from Italy. They faced a difficult task selecting the recipients of the awards among 43 high-quality films in the competitive programme.

The best mountaineering film is Slovenian film Ama Dablam, Dreams Unfolded by Igor Vrtačnik, telling the story of Vanja Furlan and Tomaž Humar on their seven-day climb of the northwest face of Ama Dablam in 1996, for which they were awarded the Piolet d’Or. “The documentary about this monumental Himalayan achievement successfully reconstructs the climb using archival footage, original sound recordings, and present-day interviews, all working together to paint a vivid picture of the two protagonists of the 1996 climb of the Ama Dablam northwest face,” the jury wrote.

The best climbing film is Riders on the Storm (Franz Walter, Germany) with its excellent imagery and an interesting narrative about two world-renowned female climbers, whose climbing is intertwined with the story of the first ascent of this legendary route in Patagonia. The best film about mountains, sports and adventure is La Liste (Guido Perinni, Switzerland), in which the director of many legendary ski films and a young skiing phenom made sure that the viewers will enjoy spectacular footage of breathtaking action, which has astonished the legends of the sport and redefined steep skiing on the proudest Alpine faces. An excellent film about exploration To the Origin of Skiing (Fulvio Mariani, Mario Casella, Switzerland), which subtly combines images of unknown landscapes and stories of their people and takes us to the mountains of Altai, where skiing has been present ever since the birth of civilization, is the best film about mountain nature and culture. The best short mountaineering film is The Block (Nadine Boller, Switzerland, Kyrgyzstan), which manages to open a window into different worlds and lives.

Festival Gorniškega Filma, Slovenian Mountain Film Festival, is the biggest of its kind in Slovenia, going on since 2007. (photo by Igor Kuster)

The jury also awarded honorary mentions: to the mountaineering film Mirror Wall (Matt Pycroft, United Kingdom), climbing film La cour des grands (Guillaume Lion, Belgium), mountains, sports and adventure film Dodo’s Delight (Josh Lowell, USA) and mountain nature and culture film Freedom under Load (Pavol Barabáš, Slovakia).
The Slovenian National Television Award for the best film was selected by the TV jury Aleša Valič, Barbara Zrimšek and Andrej Otovčevič. They awarded the exploratory documentary Holy (un)holy river (Peter McBride, Jake Norton, USA), that follows the river from its source to its mouth and employs strong images and spoken word to describe the stunning discrepancy between the worship of India’s largest water source and its ruthless exploitation and pollution.

Avstralsko-nepalski film Šerpa – Spor na Everestu, ki večplastno sliko problematiko komercialnega alpinizma v Himalaji, je zmagovalec 11. festivala gorniškega filma, ki je od 20. do 26. februarja 2017 potekal v Ljubljani, Celju, Novi Gorici, Domžalah in Mojstrani. Poleg glavne nagrade mesta Domžale je festivalska žirija med 43 filmi v tekmovalnem programu nagradila tudi najboljše v kategorijah alpinizem, plezanje, gore, šport in avantura ter gorska narava in kultura. Lovorika za najboljši alpinistični film je ostala v Sloveniji, pri ustvarjalcih filma Ama Dablam, izsanjane sanje. Posebno nagrado je podelila tudi Televizija Slovenija.
The Alpine Association of Slovenia and the Ljubljana Faculty of Medicine become honorary patrons of a Nepalese health clinic
Author: Matej Ogorevc

On 28 November 2016, the Alpine Association of Slovenia and the Faculty of Medicine, University of Ljubljana, signed an agreement in which they undertake to monitor the operation of the medical clinic in Chyalsa (Solo Khumbu, Nepal). Together with the clinic’s founder Milena (Špela) Kristan, M.D., they will strive to achieve recognition of the clinic’s activities among the Slovenian and Nepalese public, as well as to connect the clinic with institutions which may be able to assist in its operation by providing professional staff or material aid.
By establishing a mountain guide school in the Nepalese Manang in 1979, and by providing urgent medical care for local population during mountaineering expeditions in Nepal, the Alpine Association, and hence Slovenia, has gained good reputation, not only in mountaineering, but also in humanitarian field. In 2013, a contribution to a better life in Nepal was also made by a health clinic in Chyalsa, which the doctor Milena (Špela) Kristan built with her own funds and with the help of donors. The aim of the clinic is to deliver primary health care for the local population in any way they can. Following the initiative of the founder and the veteran alpine climbers organized within the Commission for Alpine Climbing, the Alpine Association of Slovenia and the Ljubljana Faculty of Medicine also wish to contribute to the clinic’s smooth operation in the future by offering their active support.
To the best of its ability within the context of its cooperation with the Nepal Mountaineering Association and other Nepalese institutions, as well as a part of the long-term assistance to Nepal after the 2015 earthquake, the Alpine Association of Slovenia will strive to ensure adequate support for the functioning of the health clinic in Chyalsa, as well as to include the clinic’s operation within the framework of international development aid programmes of the Republic of Slovenia. Within its capabilities, the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Ljubljana will support the clinic with expert advice and personnel. It will also endeavour to provide assistance and training to Nepalese health institutions in relation to the health clinic’s operation.

Planinska zveza Slovenije in Medicinska fakulteta Univerze v Ljubljani sta 28. novembra 2016 podpisali dogovor, v katerem se obvezujeta, da bosta spremljali delovanje zdravstvene postaje v Chaylsi (Solo Khumbu, Nepal) in si skupaj z ustanoviteljico Mileno (Špelo) Kristan, dr. med., prizadevali, da bo njeno delovanje javno prepoznano v slovenski in nepalski javnosti, kakor tudi pri strokovnih institucijah, ki lahko strokovno ali materialno pomagajo pri delovanju ustanove.

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