At the cinema

The film festival from 14 to 19 june 2022

The Vox cinema will host screenings of the 34 films in our selection plus 3 films not in competition in its three theatres.  This historical place in the heart of Chamonix, guarantees a high quality projection screened in comfort, showing the films in their best light. Each theatre will be screening a different programme, with something for all mountain passions!

The Films in Competition

The best of the mountains

An exceptional selection, international films, many previews and surprises!

A selection of international films, 10 countries represented, many first screenings and surprises!  3 films not in competition are also programmed for a total of 37 films screened in the Vox cinema’s three theatres.

Guests, Jury & the Awards

Guests

Many guests and great personalities of the world of mountaineering will meet in Chamonix this year.  Filmmakers, mountaineers, writers, producers, entrepreneurs, journalists… And mountain enthusiasts from far and wide, gathering for an unmissable event..

Conrad Anker patron of the festival

Conrad Anker is one of the greatest mountaineers to come out of the United States, with a breathtaking record of achievements on the world’s mountains. In 1999 he made mountaineering history by discovering Mallory’s body on the North Face of Everest, 75 years after his death.

Conrad is also one of the characters in the renowned film ‘Meru’ by Jimmy Chin and participated in the spectacular film that retraces the last hours of the Mallory-Irvine rope party. His visits to France are rare and we are very honoured that he has agreed to be the patron of the 2022 edition of Chamonix Film Festival.

Jury

This edition of Chamonix Film Festival brings together a high-level international jury. Five complementary personalities, representative of mountain adventure in all its forms, both active and cultural. This guarantees a variety of points of view and passionate debates around the 34 films in selection.

Eliza Kubarska

Film director

A film director from Poland, Eliza’s striking and dramatic film ‘Wall of Shadows’ won numerous awards in festivals around the world, including the Jury’s special prize at the 2021 Chamonix Film Festival. Eliza is also an excellent climber, she associates her work as a filmmaker with a singular vision of the mountains.

Julia Virat

Mountain Guide & Sailor

French mountain guide, specialist in long solo climbs, Julia is also a sailor and took part recently in the Transat Jacques Vabre. She is one of few women to excel in both disciplines. A personality unanimously recognized in the mountain world for her human qualities, she lives out her dreams of freedom living at the foot of the Chartreuse.

Cédric Gras

Writer and mouintaineer

French writer, specialist of Slavic worlds, Cédric is also a passionate mountaineer. His book ‘Les alpinistes de Staline’ was awarded the Albert-London prize in 2020. Cédric has become a literary personality in recent years. Cédric will also be present at the festival through the film ‘Fedchenko, the forgotten glacier’, screened out of competition.

Steve Scott

Director – Kendal Mountain Festival

Steve is from the Lake District in North West England, where he co-directs the famous Kendal Mountain Festival. He is one of the main on-stage presenters and looks after brand partnerships. A passionate mountain sports athlete, he lived and worked in the French Alps and in Norway for many years where he climbed, coached skiing and flew Paragliders for a living.

Hélias Millerioux

Mountaineer & High Mountain Guide

High level mountaineer, high mountain guide, he has traversed the great walls of the world, from the Himalayas to the Andes, via Alaska. In 2018 he received the ‘Piolet d’Or’ for the first ascent of the south face of Nuptse with Frédéric Degoulet and Benjamin Guigonnet.

Françoise Rouxel

Jury Nanny

Her job is essential! Françoise organises the jury and guarantees the smooth running of their deliberations. With her legendary gentleness, Françoise is the nanny so that the five jurys have no other concern than to watch the 34 films in the best  conditions.

Film Selection Criteria

  • The mountain should not be a simple setting, but an authentic character in the film.
  • The film must transmit the values of the mountain, respect for the environment, fraternity, commitment, solidarity…
  • The film must transmit mountain culture, history and the heritage shared by all mountain lovers.
  • The film must be lively, human, sensitive, it must appeal to the strong emotions inherent to the mountain.
  • Mountaineering symbolises the original exploration of the mountains, but other non-mechanical sports (skiing, trekking, paragliding, trail running, etc.) embody this spirit of exploration and adventure today. They will also be present insofar as they allow the expression of a singular purpose.

The Awards

The films presented at the Chamonix Film Festival have been selected from over 150 submissions. A committee of film and mountain professionals selected 34 finalists. The criteria for selecting the films correspond to the DNA of the festival.

The five jury awards

The Grand Prix

The film of the year! The film that combines the best technical and narrative qualities, in line with the three axes of the festival: mountains, adventure and culture.

The Audience Award

With Les Amis du cinéma

This prize, supported by the Friends of Chamonix Cinema association, will not be awarded by the jury, but following votes from the public, in cinemas and on streaming.

The Jury Award

For the jury, it is the freedom prize. They have the right to award it, according to their own criteria, to the film they consider remarkable, singular, surprising, spectacular…

The Storytelling Award

A film is first and foremost a story, and a good director must know how to engage the viewer in a thrilling narrative. This prize rewards a quality that is now indispensable to an adventure story.

The “by fair means” Award

This prize rewards a state of mind “by fair means”. This formula, attributed to Alfred Mummery, refers to an ascent achieved ethically, without artificial means.

Awards Ceremony

The awards ceremony will take place on Saturday 18 June from 6 pm on the terrace of the Artists’ House. Jury, officials and guests will be gathered for a festive and emotional moment. Only the Audience Award will be presented in the evening, after the last screening.

Andy Parkin’s Trophies

The trophies are original works created by the famous artist and mountaineer Andy Parkin, using old mountaineering equipment, ice axe blades, crampons, carabiner parts… When artistic creation meets the spirit of mountaineering. A huge thank you to him!

Our Masters of Ceremonies

The three theatres of the Vox cinema in Chamonix will each screen a different programme. hosted by three presenters. Theatre 3 will screen an English language programme..

François Damilano

Hall 1

For more than 35 years, François has been an emblematic figure of the mountain world. High mountain guide, tireless promoter of ice climbing, he likes to trade his ice axes for a pen or a camera. For François ‘there is no mountaineering without a story’. His presence on the organising committee is more than valuable.

Yves Exbrayat

Hall 2

Yves has long been involved in the Rencontres du cinéma de montagne de Grenoble – an unmissable event in the mountain world. Anyone attending will remember is colourful presentations. Yves is also the founder of FODACIM. We are very happy that he has agreed to return to Chamonix.

Katie Moore

Hall 3 (English screenings)

Katie is a producer and director. She was adopted by France some years ago leaving her home town of Slough, England behind! Staying true to her roots and to our partner festival Kendal she will present the English language film selection.

Our partners

Thank you for your support.

  • Office de tourisme de Chamonix logo
  • Hôtel PlanB
  • Cinéma Vox
  • Maison des Artistes
  • Picture
  • GoreTex
  • Millet
  • Whympr
  • iphigénie
  • Samaya
  • Mont-Blanc Natural Resort
  • Alpine Mag
  • Ushuaïa TV
  • Radio France Bleu
  • MKSport Mag
  • Fédération Française des clubs alpins et de montagne
  • French alpine club Chamonix
  • Fodacim
  • Kendal Mountain Festival
  • Aventure & découverte
  • Salon de l'escalade
  • Snell Sports
  • Landru bookshop
  • Chez Mélanie
  • Festival Film & Livre d'Aventure
  • Les Amis du Cinéma

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