Our DNA

Mountain Adventure Culture

For more than two centuries, Chamonix has been the world capital of mountaineering. The name Chamonix echoes in the heart of all mountain lovers.

This founding principle led to the creation of the Chamonix Film Festival. More than a film festival, we have imagined this event as a great celebration of the mountain, of adventure and of its culture. Because mountaineering was born in Chamonix, our ambition is to pass on a heritage that is two centuries old and to report on the current state of a mountain world that is undergoing rapid change.

Mountaineering and, more broadly, mountain adventures are not ordinary activities, and the summits are not just playgrounds, but also places where challenges are faced. Since the end of 2019, mountaineering has been included in UNESCO’s intangible cultural heritage. This tremendous recognition commits us to work to transmit the history and culture of the mountains, to raise awareness of environmental issues, respect for the environment and the safety of mountaineers. This commitment will be at the heart of our festival.

Finally, for two centuries, Chamonix has had an international reputation, and our festival must also be international. This is why, from the first edition, we will be offering a streaming in two languages to share our passion with all those who vibrate at the mere mention of the name of Chamonix.

Festival team

Festival founders: a family story

This festival was born from a dream shared by a father and his daughter.
We are both passionate about the mountains, living in the shadow of Mont Blanc.
We have been wanting to create an event for some time that celebrates mountain cinema and a spirit of adventure.

Christophe Raylat

Co-founder

After working as a journalist for fifteen years, chief editor for Montagnes Magazine and founder of Trek Magazine, I ran the Guérin-Paulsen publishing house for five years. Since 2017 I have been totally dedicated to my lifelong passion, directing documentaries. I have directed about twenty films for Arte, National Geographic, Ushuaïa TV, France Ô, Voyage, Trek TV… Communicating the cultural and historical heritage of mountains and their regions is always a theme in my projects.

Morgane Raylat

Co-founder

I have been living in Chamonix for ten years working in digital communication and development (social media, brand content, brand identity) for Chamonix Tourist Office. I worked for five years in a press agency specialised in outdoor events (UTMB, Petzl, Montagne en Scène…). The mountains are my daily scenery, whether hiking, climbing, ski touring, trail running or paragliding.

The contributors

Festival Committee

The Festival team is organised around a committee of media and film professionals and mountain people.
All important decisions are made by the committee, in particular the choice of final selection of films.

Juliette Barthaux

Ushuaïa TV

Laetitia Briand

Chamonix Film Festival organisation

Jean-Charles Bassenne

Artistic director

Adrien Baud

Cinema Le Vox

Sylvain Boccara

Cinema Le Vox

Pierre Cadot

Filmmaker

Jocelyn Chavy

Journalist & photographer, Alpine Mag

Émilie Couttet

Chamonix Film Festival Organisation

Sophie Cuenot

Author, head of FODACIM

François Damilano

Mountaineer, guide, editor

Bertrand Delapierre

Filmmaker

Martin Devictor

Founder of Mont-Blanc Collection

Yves Exbrayat

Founder of FODACIM

Anne Géry

Infocimes Manager

Thomas Guerrin

Filmmaker

Tristan Knoertzer

Chamonix Guides Company

Ulysse Lefebvre

Founder of Alpine Mag

Thomas Mallevays

Web designer

Katie Moore

Filmmaker

Corinne Saltzmann

Environmental consultant

The contributors

A huge thank you to all those who have supported us in financing this festival. The crowdfunding operation is not over yet, and all help is welcome to help us continue this beautiful adventure…

Jean-Marc Arimont, Muriel Barra, Isabelle et Pascal Bastide, Brice Bertrand, Pierre Bousquet, Tiphaine Breillot, Geneviève Cadot, Marianne Cadot, Eric Caugant, Isabelle Chamouton, Iain Cleaver, Élodie Colle, Gérard Colle, Sophie Cuenot, Géraldine Damico, Xavier De Rohan-Chabot, Laure Decomble, Anne-France Delacrétaz, Pauline Filleul , Antoine Fournier, Guillaume Fournier, Margaret French-Théoleyre, Elodie Gaby, Camille Geoffray, Cédric Gras, Françoise Guilbot, Mascolo Jeanne, Mathilde Laisney, Nathalie Lamoureux, Astrid Lanceau, Patrick Laroche, Elise Longin, Maryline Métral, Anne-Solange Muis, Gaëlle Odin, Philippe Plantie, Judith Potin, Emilien Provansal, Sylvain Raylat, Camille Raylat, Christine Rédélé, Ines Rubat,Cédric Sapin-Defour, Gerard Schwall, Gisèle Streng, Minh Tran, Jonathan Wojcik, Margaret French-Théoleyre, Ghislaine Antoine, Pierre Sancier, Olivier Boucheré, Sylvie Collet… This list will be updated regularly. 

All rights reserved © Chamonix Film Festival
Webmaster: Ctoutcom Studio