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CVCEPHOTO: mountain activity photographic exhibition in the city

The 13th edition of the BBK Mendi Film Bilbao-Bizkaia mountain film festival brings the spirit of the mountains to unique corners of the city. Both in the Ensanche building and in the Abando, Moyua, Indautxu and SanMamés stations of Metro Bilbao, the awarded images of the 6th edition of the CVCEPHOTO mountain activities photography contest are exhibited.

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Ticket sales and Mendi Film Online for the 13th edition of BBK Mendi Film Bilbao-Bizkaia activated


Gorka Martínez (BBK), Alberto Iñurrategi (alpinista), Lorea Bilbao (BFA-DFB), Eduardo Martínez (President Mendi Film), Iñaki López de Aguileta (Bilbao), Jabier Baraiazarra (Director Mendi Film), Mikel Renteria (WOP) and Andoni Iturbe (EJ-GV)

Bilbao, November 23, 2020. The 13th edition of BBK Mendi Film Bilbao-Bizkaia will be held from December 4 to 13. It will be a special edition, conditioned by the pandemic. This year the festival can be enjoyed in two ways: with screenings in Bilbao and the online offer for those who cannot attend Bilbao.

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Mendi Tour Amurrio - Mendi Tour Errenteria

Mendi Tour Sopela 2020

Mendi Tour Markina-Xemein 2020

The Official Selection of the BBK Mendi Film Bilbao-Bizkaia festival will include 54 films, which will be available at theatres and online from 4th to 13th December

The best international mountain films will be screened in Bilbao during the 13th edition of the BBK Mendi Film Bilbao-Bizkaia mountain film festival, from 4th to 13th of December. 54 films representing 18 countries will compete in the contest, bringing to Bilbao some of the best mountain cinema made in Europe, North America, South America, Asia and Oceania.  

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Mendi Tour Getaria 2020

The foundation Baltistan Fundazioa will receive the WOP Award 2020

The Baltistan Fundazioa foundation, an international development cooperation NGO that works in the Pakistani Karakorum, will be recognized with the WOP-The Walk On Project 2020 Award of the BBK Mendi Film Bilbao-Bizkaia festival. The award ceremony will be held during the 13th edition of the festival, between 4th and 13th of December 2020, in Bilbao.

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Mendi Tour On Line: Cholitas on demand

CHOLITAS the film can now be enjoyed on demand with the Mendi Tour On Line offer, the new platform to watch and enjoy the best mountain films wherever, whenever and however you want.

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The history of mountaineering and climbing films becomes a book

Written by Roberto Mantovani, Action Let's Climb! is published by the Italian Alpine Club with the International Alliance for Mountain Film and the Museo Nazionale della Montagna of Turin, Italy. 

From the first mountaineering films released in the early years of the "short century", to the digital cinema of the new millennium, passing through hundreds of feature films and documentaries over a period of one hundred and twenty years.  

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Werner Herzog IAMF Grand Prize 2020

Werner Herzog (c) Robin Holland

The German film director Werner Herzog is the winner of the IAMF Grand Prize 2020.  The award was announced at Trento Film Festival by the IAMF vice president Roberto De Martin. 

Jabier Baraiazarra, the Director of BBK Mendi Film Bilbao-Bizkaia mountain film festival and the president of the International Alliance for Mountain Film, is proud of this well-deserved recognition of a great director with remarkable contributions to mountain cinema. Like Werner Herzog, he could not be present at the Italian event either because he followed the precautionary guidelines against covid-19.

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Film submission period countdown: open until 15th of September




Dear film directors and productors,
Thank you for submitting your film to the BBK Mendi Film Bilbao-Bizkaia Mountain Film Festival!
There are already many productions received since we opened the registrations in spring. Many and of great quality. Our most sincere congratulations to each of you for being able to transmit the magic of mountain cinema through your films and your adventures.
In these times, it fully charges our energy batteries to continue working on the preparations for our 13rd edition that will be held between December 4 and 13, 2020 in Bilbao.
We are so excited! 

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Urmuga: the musical mountain traverse of the Basque Country

Felipe Uriarte mountain guide, Jabier Baraiazarra director of BBK Mendi Film Bilbao-Bizkaia and Migel Zeberio orchestre director

From July 14 to August 1, the Urmuga expedition will traverse the Basque Country crossing the watershed. Music and mountaineering will merge together with the Et Incarnatus Orchestra and the Mendiak eta Herriak mountain guide agency. Urmuga is a journey that will take place from west to east from the Sierra de Garobel to the Hiru Erregeen Mahaia, traveling along the main mountains of the Basque Country, led by Felipe Uriarte, and steeped in music under the direction of Migel Zeberio, in various places along the route.

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Postponed Mendi Tour sessions


The following Mendi Tours have been postponed:

  • Filma!-Sevatur-San Sebastián (M13-14, Kursaal)
  • Vielha e Mijaran (M14-15, Cinema Vielha)
  • Sevilla (M19, Cine Avenida)
  • Iruña-Pamplona (M23-24-25-26, Golem Baiona)
  • Santutxu/Bilbao (M23/25, Rincón del Viajero)
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“Into the Light”: The image of Mendi Film 2020 shows the light

"Into the Light", by the Slovenian photographer Sandi Bertoncelj, is the official image of the BBK Mendi Film Bilbao-Bizkaia mountain film festival. He has won this award in the CVCEPHOTO Contest of the Club Vasco de Camping Elkartea, so it will be the base of all Mendi Film's illustrations.

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'Treeline': the reciprocal bond between humanity and nature Grand Prize at the BBK Mendi Film 2019

The film Treeline directed by Jordan Manley wins the Grand Prize at the BBK Mendi Film Bilbao-Bizkaia 2019. Trees are the main axis of this work engraved in forests of British Columbia, Japan and Nevada. It's an invitation to interpret what the oldest trees have to teach us, illuminating the reciprocal bond between humanity and nature. A masterpiece.

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