From August 24th to August 28th St. Anton am Arlberg will host the 16th Edition of the Mountain Film Festival. For 5 days, writer-directors, mountaineerers, climbers and mountain film friends from around the world are coming to watch the spectacular documentaries and thrilling feature-length films about the sport they all love on the giant screen arranged in the Arlberg-well.com, a modern event center for Wellness and Communications located in the heart of the village.
Since 1995 the St. Anton Film Fest has become an internationally renowned festival focusing on "Mountains, People, Adventures". The fascination of the mountain world, breathtaking landscapes and daring expeditions can be marvelled and discussed with high-profile guests. The Film Festival St. Anton presents a wide variety of this film genre: International documentaries, films about breath-taking outdoor sports, such as extreme climbing, skiing and snowboarding, paragliding, expeditions to the highest and most difficult mountains on the earth. In addition, spectacular films about living in the mountains – the Alps, Andes, and Himalayas – are presented.
It is not by chance that this famous town at the Arlberg initiated a film festival: Winter sport is legendary here and already in the 1920s mountain and skiing films were made. For example, Arnold Fanck, the pioneer of the German mountain film genre, used the unique winter scenery at the Arlberg for his spectacular films, such as "Der weiße Rausch" (White Frenzy) shot in 1931. Hannes Schneider from Stuben am Arlberg, skiing pioneer and founder of the Arlberg skiing technique, and Leni Riefenstahl featured in this film. Luis Trenker, who later became famous as a director and actor, started his acting career at the Arlberg in 1924.
The Film Festival is also famous for its unique atmosphere: Look out for numerous celebrities – filmmakers and extreme athletes – who are among the audience; the Film Festival is a meeting place for all mountain and mountain film enthusiasts. The films are skillfully presented at the film stage, and directors and protagonists answer questions and talk about their film work and their adventures. Among the special guests of the last FILM FESTIVALS were Dean Potter, Hans Kammerlander, Alexander Huber, Catherine Destivelle, Peter Habeler, Beat Kammerlander, Hubert von Goisern, Dana Vavrova, Alain Robert, Stephan Siegrist, Kurt Albert, Bernd Arnold, Ines Papert, Stefan Glowacz, Heinrich Harrer, Paul Flora, Joseph Vilsmaier.
Upcoming filmers can win the St. Anton Special Award presented by the local Tourist Board and the Arlberger Bergbahnen AG mountain lift company.
My selection for today (spectacular Freeride Films):
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