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Edurne Pasaban WOP Mendi Film 2023 Award

The WOP-The Walk On Project Foundation and the Mendi Film Festival Association are awarding the WOP Mendi Film 2023 Foundation Award to Edurne Pasaban, mountaineer and businesswoman from Tolosa, Gipuzkoa. She is first woman to complete the 14 eight-thousanders, the highest mountains on the planet. The award ceremony is going to take place at the Opening Ceremony of the 16th edition of BBK Mendi Film Bilbao Bizkaia, on December the 8th 2023, at the Euskalduna Congress Centre in Bilbao.

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The International Alliance for Mountain Film is proud to announce that its 2023 Grand Prize has been awarded to Polish director Eliza Kubarska

This year the International Alliance for Mountain Film decided to award the Grand Prize to Eliza Kubarska, in recognition of her career as a director of documentaries capable of investigating the human events hidden behind great adventures.

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BBK Mendi Film Bilbao Bizkaia recovers its pre-pandemic popularity with more than 9,000 people and 74% occupancy rate

Bilbao, 20 December 2022. The 15th edition of the BBK Mendi Film Bilbao Bizkaia held from the 9th to the 18th of December, has reached the summit  with an overall attendance of 9,005 people. The festival screened a total of 59 films from 14 countries. There were 16 world premieres and 22 spanish premieres. 16 prizes were awarded among 13 winning films, with a total prize money of 25,200 euros. In addition, this year the ceremony in which the Grand Prize of the International Alliance for Mountain Film has been awarded to the Australian filmmaker Michael Dillon, has been held in Bilbao.

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A Grand Prize that gives visibility to the lights and shadows of the history of Quinn Brett

The director Henna Taylor and main character of "An Accidental Life" Quinn Brett at the photocall of the BBK Mendi Film Bilbao Bizkaia

The film "An Accidental Life" has won the Grand Prize of BBK Mendi Film Bilbao Bizkaia. Directed by Henna Taylor, the film revolves around the life of Quinn Brett, a climber who on October 11, 2017 suffered a traumatic accident while climbing in El Capitan, Yosemite. Amazingly she survived to be able to tell the story, but at the same time she had to face the irreparable consequences of the accident, leaving her paraplegic. Both, Henna Taylor and Quinn Brett, have been in Bilbao these past days, presenting the film, and in addition to the verdict of the Jury, they have received the warmth and recognition of the spectators of the Mendi Film.

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Michael Dillon and the importance of living the adventure

Michael Dillon received on December 16, 2022, in Bilbao, the Grand Prize 2022 of the International Alliance for Mountain Film. The Australian filmmaker was accompanied on stage by Piotr Turkot (Krakow Mountain Festival, Poland) and Jabier Baraiazarra (BBK Mendi Film Bilbao Bizkaia, and president of the alliance). And after a standing ovation from the audience at the Sala BBK, he was grateful through an emotional dedication:

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The breeze of the fans Mendi Zale raises the beginning of the Mendi Film 2022

The 15th edition starts with two great films in competition: "Ephemeral" and "Egoland"


The long-awaited Opening Session will launch on the night of December 9 the 15th edition of the BBK Mendi Film Bilbao Bizkaia 2022 at the Euskalduna Palace in Bilbao. The expedition begins with two great films, the filmmaker Ignasi López and the protagonists of "Egoland" Marek Molek and Bruno Grassi on stage, many of the filmmakers and protagonists who will participate in the first weekend among the public, and a special review in images of the past editions of the festival.

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15th edition of BBK Mendi Film Bilbao Bizkaia: from 9 to 18 December, international reference for cinephiles and mountaineers

Bilbao, 22th of November 2022. The BBK Mendi Film Bilbao Bizkaia festival presents its 15th edition to once again enjoy the best mountain cinema between 9 and 18 December.

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Mountain activity gets into the Metro Bilbao with the CVCEPHOTO exhibition

The 20 winning photographs of the CVCEPHOTO international mountain photography contest are on display at Metro Bilbao until 18 December. Prestigious photographers from all over the world have participated in the contest of the Club Vasco de Camoing Elkartea of San Sebastian, including the Slovenian Sandi Bertoncelj with his photograph "Ski is life" (this year's image of the BBK Mendi Film Bilbao-Bizkaia) and the Basque Yhabril Moro with his photograph "Young Gun" (first prize CVCEPHOTO 2022).

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The European Tour of KAZUYA HIRAIDE starts on November 22 in Bilbao

This November Kazuya Hiraide, mountaineer with three Piolet d'Or, will visit different European cities to tell his experience in the mountains. It will premiere on November 22 in Bilbao, as a prelude to BBK Mendi Film Bilbao-Bizkaia 2022, at the Euskalduna Palace. The mountaineer will approach his sports career since 2002, emphasizing the expeditions that have earned him the three Piolet d'Or, and, above all, valuing the failures that have occurred in that path that have led him to achieve these achievements.

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The 59 films of the 15th edition of BBK Mendi Film Bilbao Bizkaia

Bilbao will become the international epicentre of Mountai, Adventure, Extreme Sports and Nature cinema once again, between 9 and 18 December. A total of 59 films representing 14 countries have been selected to be screened at the 15th edition of BBK Mendi Film Bilbao Bizkaia.

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Eduardo Martínez de Pisón will be the WOP Mendi Film awarded at the 15th edition of BBK Mendi Film Bilbao-Bizkaia

The WOP-The Walk On Project Foundation and Mendi Film Festival Elkartea are awarding the WOP Mendi Film 2022 Foundation Award to Dr Eduardo Martínez de Pisón, geographer, writer and mountaineer from Valladolid. The award will be presented during the 15th edition of BBK Mendi Film Bilbao Bizkaia, in December 2022 (from the 9th to the 18th).

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Ticket packs #mendifilm2022 with up to 50% discount

The sale of ticket packs for the 15th edition of BBK Mendi Film Bilbao Bizkaia is on, with a first phase open from September 16 to October 16.

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Mendi Film Festival: a 15 years expedition

It has been 15 years since the creation of Mendi Mountain Film Festival in 2008. 15 years, and that is many editions without a break, with the one to be held from the 9th to the 18th  of December 2022. The list of films in competition will be published in October, and from then on, the guests, directors, producers and athletes who will take part in December will be announced.

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The Jury members of the 15th edition

These are the five members that will make up the BBK Mendi Film Bilbao Bizkaia Jury in the 2022 edition: Lisa Stolze, Laura Zumiani, Iratxe Fresneda, Josué Vergara and Albert Pascual.

  • Lisa Stolze (Austria), marketing expert and former key player in the production company Red Bull Media House..
  • Laura Zumiani (Italy), programmer of the Trento Film Festival and member of the board of the Italian association of film festivals.
  • Iratxe Fresneda (Basque Country-Spain), filmmaker, screenwriter and audiovisual teacher at UPV-EHU.
  • Josué Vergara (Valence-Spain), musician and soundtrack composer, who has collaborated with filmmaker Seb Montaz, among others.
  • Albert Pascual (Catalonia-Spain), filmmaker and director of photography, among others in the film 'La Cima', and professor at the Escola Superior de Cinema i Audiovisuales de Catalunya.


The five will be responsible for viewing and assessing the films in the Official Section of the 15th edition of the Mendi Film, and consequently for choosing this year's winners.


The film submission period is open

The registration period for film entries for the 15th edition of BBK Mendi Film Bilbao Bizkaia is open until September 15th. Many interesting films have already been registered since the opening was announced in April, both through the festival's own platform and through the multi-submission form of the IAMF-International Alliance for Mountain Film.

Once the deadline for entries has passed in September, the films will be selected, and the final list will be published in October. We forsee that the Jury will have an arduous but attractive job to do. From the 9th to the 18th of December, BBK Mendi Film Bilbao Bizkaia will once again be a meeting point where the best mountain films can be seen and enjoyed.

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"Ski is Life" official image of the BBK Mendi Film Bilbao Bizkaia 2022

"Ski is Life" is the main image of the 15th edition of the Mendi Film, the winning photograph of the Poster BBK Mendi Film Bilbao Bizkaia award at the CVCEPHOTO contest.

A spectacular ski photograph taken in Zauchensee, Austria, by the Slovenian photographer Sandi Bertoncelj that has earned him the honor of repeating as an image of our festival as he also did in 2020 -with "Into the Light"-.

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