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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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IAMF meeting reunites alliance members in Trento

The 28 members of the International Alliance for Mountain Film-IAMF have once again held a face-to-face assembly within the framework of the 70th Trento Film Festival. Celebrate, yes, in a special way because it has meant the long-awaited reunion after the forced pandemic parenthesis of festival members from all over the world. The 26 mountain film festivals that represent it together with the Museo della Montagna in Turin and the Mountain Film Archive, have strengthened their alliance in the face of the motivating challenges and projects they face.

Jabier Baraiazarra, director of BBK Mendi Film Bilbao Bizkaia, is the current President of the IAMF.


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Film submission period for the BBK Mendi Film Bilbao - Bizkaia 2022 open from 1st of April until 15th of September


Film submissions are open for the 15th edition of BBK Mendi Film Bilbao-Bizkaia mountain film festival.
It will take place from 9th to 18th December 2022.

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Massive preview of 'La Cima' at the Golem Cinemas in Bilbao and Pamplona

BBK Mendi Film Bilbao Bizkaia and lots of MendiZales -Mendi fans-, have participated today, Thursday, March 24, in the preview of the film 'La Cima', in collaboration once again with the Golem Cinemas, which have equipped double BC in Pamplona-Golem Baiona and Bilbao-Golem Alhondiga. Great atmosphere!

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The IAMF against the War

The International Alliance for Mountain Film expresses its solidarity with the Ukrainian population and in particular with all those who make up the Mountain Culture community in Ukraine, while strongly condemning Russia's military aggression against the Ukrainian people and its national sovereignty.

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The International Alliance for Mountain Film decided to award the Grand Prize 2022 to Michael Dillon

The International Alliance for Mountain Film is proud to announce that its 2022 Grand Prize has been awarded to Australian director Michael Dillon.

Instituted in 2000, throughout its trajectory the International Alliance for Mountain Film, which includes the most prestigious organisations in the sector among its members, has become the main reference point for those who produce, promote and conserve mountain films. Today we are 28 members: 26 festivals of mountain film, one mountain museum and one mountain film archive, which represent 20 countries from Europe, Asia, North and South America and Oceania.

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