Our first edition ended on Sunday 13 June. The party was magnificent and a joyful euphoria filled our base camp, the Vox cinema in Chamonix and the Petzl Altitude Camp.
The various mountain workshops, training courses, video or photo courses and themed hikes were filled every day! The aperitifs & meetings between 4pm and 6pm as well as the book signings brought the PlanB base camp to life around many personalities.
For those who could not travel, the streaming broadcast allowed a national and international diffusion.
The jury, made up of five emblematic figures from the mountain and cultural world – Lise Billon, Stéphanie Bodet, Virginie Troussier, Vivian Bruchez and Etienne Klein – had some difficult choices to make when faced with a rich and varied programme.
Virginie Troussier, spokesperson for the jury, explained to the audience: We were all surprised by the very high quality and the very good selection we saw during the festival. During our deliberation, which lasted 3 hours, we were unanimous for the grand prize, because the Mongolian Rider meets all the criteria defined: adventure, culture and mountains, and with great emotion. All 5 of us were surprised, dazzled, it is a singular film that stands out from all the others.
The Grand Prix
Le cavalier Mongol
by Hamid Sardar
The Jury Prize
The Wall of Shadow
by Eliza Kubarska
The price of storytelling
Annapurna 1950, par la montagne pour la patrie
by Johan Andrieux
The by fair means award
Ouverture aux Drus
by Jean-Pierre Tauvron
The public prize
by Benoit Regord
At the end, we would like to say a huge thank you to all the participants, supporters and partners, your enthusiasm has carried this festival against all odds. And a special thanks to the members of the jury and to Sylvain Tesson, patron of the Chamonix Film Festival. Here are his closing words, pronounced on Sunday evening:
We saw films that showed us the mountain on a level that was sometimes metaphysical, sometimes purely physical, sometimes a little narcissistic, sometimes very generous, sometimes altruistic, sometimes purely aesthetic, … we could go on at length enumerating the criteria of the categories of feelings that the mountain gives us. There is an abyss between The Mongolian Rider and a young steep skier, and yet there is something in common, and this is how I will conclude: this common thing is what we have been denied for a year. From an administrative point of view, this festival should be forbidden in France because we saw people smiling, glances in the eyes, conversations at the table in the midst of the din and noise, friendship instead of personal detestation and permanent demands, grace, beauty, kindness, welcome… I don’t understand why the central administrations don’t start regulating this festival. Perhaps it should not be publicised too much and its existence should not go beyond the framework of this valley. And then the second very particular thing that this festival and its jury have transmitted, that the volunteers who welcomed us have transmitted, this thing which has been completely abnormal for a year now and which makes the common definition of all these impulses which carry us all towards the mountain. We have witnessed, we have experienced, we have celebrated by going to the mountains and by watching these films, a festival of the living. Because for a year it was explained to us that health should be the horizon of humanity and the goal of our lives, forgetting that to have health there is something superior called life.
Sylvain Tesson at the closing ceremony of the first edition of the Chamonix Film Festival, on 13 June 2021.