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 38 films screened in the Vox cinema’s three theatres.
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.
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 35 films in selection.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
The films presented at the Chamonix Film Festival have been selected from over 150 submissions. A committee of film and mountain professionals selected 35 finalists. The criteria for selecting the films correspond to the DNA of the festival.
The five jury awards
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.
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.
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…
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.
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.
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.
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!
I’ve known Andy for many years and have always been an admirer of his artwork, so when the team from Kendal Mountain Festival got in touch about making a film on the trophies for their 40th edition, I jumped at the chance! The trophies Andy makes for the festival are cherished by the award winners – and having been lucky enough to both give them out (as a jury member) and be given them (as part of a film team) I know how special they are. What a privilege to spend time with Andy in his seemingly chaotic workshop, watching the trophies take shape – each with their own story! Each piece of ‘junk’ has a history, and filming with Andy is like a lesson in the history of alpinism, as he recounts the origin of the crumpled hunks of metal and broken glass that go into the captivating figures. Any filmmaker who has been a recipient of one of Andy’s trophies has a piece of mountaineering history on their shelf!
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..
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 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 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.