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Noticias 2023

THE GREAT WHITE WHALE, winner of the Mendi Film Grand Prize, an inspiring story of mountaineers and sailors pursuing the dream of climbing Australia's highest and loneliest mountain


Bilbao, 16 de diciembre 2023. Michael Dillon triumphs again at BBK MENDI FILM BILBAO BIZKAIA. The Australian filmmaker wins the festival's two main awards, the Grand Prize and the Best Director Award, with THE GREAT WHITE WHALE, an epic and inspiring story of mountaineers and sailors who pursue the dream of climbing Australia's highest and loneliest mountain, Big Ben, a mass located in the depths of the Southern Ocean.

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Films, exhibitions, conferences, the Jury... This is what the 16th Mendi Film will be like!

In the 16th edition of BBK Mendi Film Bilbao Bizkaia, 57 films will be screened and there will be 3 exhibitions, 4 conferences. Edurne Pasaban will be presented with The WOP Mendi Film award. The IAMF Grand Prize winner, "K2 Touching the sky" by Eliza Kubarska will be screened, a masterclass will be given by the photographer Yhabril and a conference on the mountain film industry will be celebrated.

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17 World premieres at the 16th edition of the BBK Mendi Film Bilbao Bizkaia

The sponsors, at the presentation ceremony of the 16th edition, held at the Euskalduna Palace. Front line: Nerea Lupardo (Euskaduna), Andoni Iturbe (Gobierno Vasco), Jabier Baraiazarra (Mendi Film), Lexeia Arrizabalaga (Diputación Foral de Bizkaia), Koldo Bilbao (BBK) y Alberto Iñurrategi (Ternua). Back line: Iñigo Aristegui (Lore-eguzki trophee), Susana Muro (Deia-Gr Noticias), Ricardo Hernani (Federación Vasca de Montaña), Ibon Momoitio (Japan Car), Gloria Coman (Pangea Travel Store), Carlos Sergio Atxotegi (Diputación Foral de Bizkaia), Argiñe Areitio (SUA), Mikel Renteria (WOP Foundation)

Bilbo, 28 Noviember 2023. The BBK Mendi Film Bilbao Bizkaia festival presents its 16th edition to once again make you enjoy the best mountain cinema between 8 and 17 December. At the presentation held at the Euskalduna Palace, the heads of Mendi Film were accompanied by representatives of the festival's main sponsors:

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Presenting: HARRI, ORRI, ARkatz, the world's largest climbing topos exhibition inside BBK Mendi Film Bilbao Bizkaia basecamp

Bilbao, 24 November 2023. The presentation of the exhibition, HARRI, ORRI, ARkatz, took place today. The exhibition showcases illustrated works of climbing and mountain art & topos and was held at the site that the founders of Bilbao first settled, the Aztarnategia/Yacimiento museum. This is the largest exhibition of its type staged internationally, with contributions from authors from all over the world, and is the ideal setting for the book titled: EL ARTE EN EL CROQUIS DE ESCALADA / ART IN CLIMBING TOPOS.

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This year’s Mendi Tour has been a roadshow of record-breaking proportions: 14,000 spectators in 53 venues

The Mendi Tour 2023 circuit, has once again reached all of Spain, starting from the Basque Country. Mountain cinema sessions have been screened in 53 towns and cities -last year there were 46-, attracting 14,000 spectators and a 25% increase on last season's figure.

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The MENDI TOUR is on par with the best data with 10800 spectators in the first half of the season

Spectacular data and great atmosphere in the Mendi Tour circuit in 2023. In the winter-spring season, during the first half of the year, it has had 34 venues, with a total of 64 film sessions, and 10,800 spectators.

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"X-Man" by Yhabril Moro is the image of BBK Mendi Film Bilbao Bizkaia 2023

The photograph "X-Man" is the main image of our edition this year, it has won the BBK Mendi Film Bilbao Bizkaia 2023 poster award in the CVCEPHOTO contest. It is the work of the Bilbao photographer Gonzalo Bartolomé Tierra 'Yhabril Moro', who has made "the dream" of winning this award "come true".

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Art in climbing topos

The crowdfunding campaign to publish our book ART IN CLIMBING TOPOS is active. It is a dream that we have worked on for a long time and we need your help to publish it.
Join us, get a copy and if you do soon you can get an extra gift.

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Film registrations period opened for the BBK Mendi Film Bilbao-Bizkaia 2023


The deadline for film registrations for the 16th edition of the BBK Mendi Film Bilbao-Bizkaia festival is open from 31 March to 15 September.

The 2023 edition will be held between December 8 and 17. Interested producers, directors and filmmakers must present their works in the aforementioned period.

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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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