Thursday, August 29, 2013

19th Mountain Film Festival in St. Anton. Day 2

From August 28th to August 31st St. Anton am Arlberg will host the 19th Edition of the Mountain Film Festival. For 4 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.

Thursday , August 29th. Films:
  • Same Same But Different | Johannes Mair, 45 min
 The movie "Same Same But Different" follows the transformative journey of Barbara Zangerl: For many years, Barbara was known as one of the best female boulderers in the world, being one of the first females to climb the grade of 8b. At the age of 19, and at the top of her game, a serious back injury meant that Barbara's success in bouldering would come to a abrupt close. Too eager and determined to leave her beloved sport behind, Barbara began to master rope climbing. With a whole new outlook on climbing, Barbara is repeating some of the hardest alpine routes around, including "End of Silence" (Thomas Huber's 1994 classic), "Silbergeier" (by Beat Kammerlander) and "Des Kaisers neue Kleider" ("The Emporer's New Clothes" by Stefan Glowacz), which are together known as the "Trilogy" - the three top sport routes in the Alps, celebrated by climbers around the world.
"Same Same But Different" goes beyond the action, exploring Barbara's outlook, her past and her passion for climbing. After following Barbara for more than two years, the climbingdocumentation presents a collection of some of Europe's most beautiful lines and destinations, and captured some of her toughest moments and greatest achievements.


Same Same but Different - Unofficial Teaser from hannes mair on Vimeo.

  • Vertriders: Flow | Johannes Mair, 8 min
The Vertriders from Innsbruck are renowned for their extreme technical mountain biking on high alpine terrain. Not the kind of flowy trails one usually expects. What does Flow have to do with biking down extremely steep, scree-covered, treacherous terrain?
Tyrolean filmmaker Hannes Mair set out to find answers to this question in the first part of the new Vertrider Trilogy. With the help of a multirotor copter, he captured spectacular shots of the breathtaking Tyrolean mountain panorama. And while searching for answers he discovered a whole new dimension of what flow is all about...


  • Speedriding Paradise | Raphael Schläppi, 15 min






  • Melting Pot. Die Innsbrucker Kletterszene - Preview | Johannes Mair, ca. 25 min
  • Shattered | Tyler Stableford, 5 min
When you've given everything, what do you have left? After achieving his dream summit, an elite climber finds himself empty. Broken and untethered, he searches for a fulfillment more lasting than a faraway peak.
Film by Tyler Stableford, starring Steve House


SHATTERED TRAILER from Chamonix Adventure Festival on Vimeo.
  • Hias Rebitsch und seine Zeitgenossen II | ca. 5 min

  • Climbers Paradise Videocompetition - Siegerfilm, ca. 10 min
  • Tien Shan - A Kyrgyz Ski Adventure | Johannes Hoffmann, 19 min

  • Art of Canyoning | Olaf Obsommer, 8 min

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