The 12th Mountain Cinema Festival — A World of Mountains, Nature and Adventures

The international film festival devoted to mountaineering, climbing, mountain nature, as well as sport, culture and recreation relations with mountains is held in Ljubljana, Domžale, Celje and Mojstrana from 26 February to 4 March 2018. In total, the Festival features 35 movies from 19 countries.

The Festival opens on 26 February in the Palace of Culture of the Cankar Centre (Slovene: Cankarjev dom) in Ljubljana with a screening of the South Korean award-winning feature film “Becoming Who I Was” about the reincarnation of a Tibetan monk. It should be noted that full-length films constitute almost a third of the Festival’s programme. They can be seen in the Cankar Centre in Ljubljana, in the Domžale City Cinema, in the Metropole Cinema in Celje and in the Slovenian Alpine Museum in Mojstrana.

It is worth highlighting such movies as “Dirtbag: The Legend Fred Beckey”, “Psycho Vertical”, “Magnetic Mountains”, Spanish documentary “Santoalla”, Slovak documentary “Addicted to Altitude”, as well as a feature film “Swift Feet.” The programme includes six films created in Slovenia: “Nives Meroi and Roman Binet: 14 + 1” by Vida Valenčič, “Towards The Horizon” by Ivica Kostelić and Miha Podgornik, a short-length film “Maybe” by Monika Novak, and others.

Ljubljana also hosts lectures by mountain climbers as part of the Festival. Spouses Nives Meroi and Roman Binet will tell about their 14 conquered eight thousanders and a successful “fight with the 15th eight thousander”—the Romano-Ward syndrome followed by two bone marrow transplantations. Lectures will also be read by the German alpinist Ines Papert and the legend of Slovenian mountaineering, the Head of the Festival, Silvo Karo.

The jury of the Festival includes Polish director Paweł Wysoczański, the Head of the Mountain Film Festival in South Korea Billy Choi, and famous Slovenian mountaineer Andrej Grmovšek.