The Basque Mountaineering Federation EMF-FVM currently has a record number of almost 40,000 associate members. Both the Asociación Mendi Film Elkartea and the Federation are interested in the promotion of mountaineering among their members and the general public.
Zigor Egia, President of the EMF-FVM, and Eduardo Martínez, President of Mendi Film, signed the collaboration agreement for 2021. They were joined by Ricardo Hernani, member of the new board at EMF-FVM, and Jabier Baraiazarra, director of Mendi Film.
The setting in the image places us in the Elbe Valley, in the Bohemian Switzerland region of the Czech Republic. A paradise of rocks and sandstone mountains, on one of whose sharp edges the American climber Jenny Fischer appears climbing the "Guilotina VIIb" route.
Polish mountaineer and filmmaker Dariusz Zaluski will be awarded with the International Alliance for Mountain Film Grand Prize 2021. It was announced at the awards ceremony of the Trento Film Festival by Jabier Baraiazarra as president of the Alliance: "Zaluski is the director and mountaineer who has best known how to make the lesson of the great Kurt Diemberger his own, establishing as the new director of the 8000ers".
The IAMF Grand Prize, which celebrates its 20th anniversary, recognizes the trajectory of the award-winning filmmakers, as well as their contribution to both cinema and mountain culture. Zaluski becomes part of a select group of filmmakers who mark the history of mountain cinema in the 21st century.
In Dariusz Zaluski's filmography stands out the film Ostatnia Gora (The Last Mountain) -available on Mendi Tour Online -, about the winter polish expedition of 2018 to the K2. A film that manages to transfer the viewer to the harsh and tense conditions of an outstanding expedition, without censorship and with a sublime narrative. Darius Zaluski received the Best Director Award and the Best Mountaineering Film Award at the BBK Mendi Film Bilbao-Bizkaia 2019 for this film, which has been awarded at many other prestigious international festivals.
- 2021 DARIUSZ ZALUSKI
- 2020 WERNER HERZOG
- 2019 KEITH PARTRIDGE
- 2018 KURT DIEMBERGER *Watch at MendiTV
- 2017 GILLEZ CHAPPAZ
- 2016 SENDER FILMS
- 2015 ANNE, ERIK and VÉRONIQUE LAPIED
- 2014 ERIC CROSLAND and DAVE MOSSOP, SHERPAS CINEMA
- 2013 ALASTAIR LEE
- 2012 ERMANNO OLMI
- 2011 PAVOL BARABÁS
- 2010 HANS-JÜRGEN PANITZ
- 2009 LOTHAR BRANDLER
- 2008 SEBASTIÁN ÁLVARO
- 2007 MICHAEL BROWN
- 2006 DIRECTORATE GENERAL FOR TELEVISION SWITZERLAND
- 2005 JEAN-PIERRE BAILLY
- 2004 FULVIO MARIANI
- 2003 LEO DICKINSON
- 2002 GERHARD BAUR
The IAMF is the leading reference in the mountain film industry, and its goal is to promote, enhance and conserve this fascinating cinematography genre. The association is made up of 28 members, 27 mountain festivals and the Museo Nazionale della Montagna in Turin, and in total 20 nations from 5 Continents are represented.