The International Alliance for Mountain Film

The International Alliance for Mountain Film (IAMF) was instituted to promote, enhance and conserve mountain cinematography through communal projects that would flank or be incorporated into the regular institutional activities of the member bodies.

In 2008, KIMFF became a member of the International Alliance for Mountain Film (IAMF), which today is a network of 22 members, with 21 mountain film festivals and a museum, which represent 17 countries of Europe, Asia, and North and South America.

Over the years the IAMF has been presented in a number of communal events, while important exchanges of collaboration and meetings have occurred.

Along its shared path, the IAMF, which includes the most prestigious operators in the sector among its Members, has successfully made a name for itself and has become the main reference point for those who produce, make, promote and conserve mountain film.

Kathmandu International Mountain Film Festival Kathmandu, Nepal

Since: 2000

KIMFF is an annual event organized by the Himal Association. Starting out as a biennial non competitive Festival in 2000, it turned annual and competitive in 2007. Its focus is on the issues of mountain society, culture, environment, livelihood, and adventure, but in recent years it has widened its scope, covering conflict and peace building, globalization, etc. Besides film screening workshops, lectures, a quiz contest, book and photo exhibitions are also held.

KIMFF travels to various parts of the country after the completion of the main Festival in Kathmandu.

Director: Ramyata Limbu
c/o Himal Association, Lazimpat, Kathmandu
Patan Dhoka, P.O. Box 166, Lalitpur Kathmandu, Nepal
T. ++977.1.5542544
F. ++977.1.5541196
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Dutch Mountain Film Festival Heerlen, The Netherlands

Since: 2011

The Dutch Mountain Film Festival aims to bring as many people together as possible - climbers, outdoor enthusiasts and film connoisseurs - through the medium of film, photography, visual art and music against the backdrop of mountains. The DMFF aims to foster an awareness of the beauty and vulnerability of the mountains, the diversity of mountain cultures and (the consequences of) sporting activities in and around the mountains. The DMFF singles itself out from other film festivals by placing the emphasis on artistic productions, staging an extensive cultural and sporting programme of side events, and focusing attention on new and young talent and short films.

Director: Toon Hezemans / Thijs Horbach
Korinthe 2, 6343DK Klimmen, The Netherlands
T. ++31455741108
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Internationales Berg & Abenteuer Film Festival Graz, Austria

Since: 1986

The International Mountain & Adventure Filmfestival Graz was founded in 1986 by the mountaineer and film-maker Robert Schauer. Starting out as a gathering of professional producers and alpinists, it expanded to an annual happening that attracts a multitude of people. Every year a diversified programme is composed from submissions from over 30 countries. In the Festival’s international competition a jury awards the “Alpine Camera in Gold” in five categories and the “Grand Prix Graz” for the best production.

Director: Robert Schauer
c/o R. Schauer Filmproduktion GmbH,
Am Klammbach 1A, A-8044 Graz, Austria
T. ++43.316.814223-0
F. ++43.316.814223-4
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Dundee Mountain Film Festival Dundee, Great Britain

Since: 1983

The Dundee Mountain Film Festival is the UK’s longest running mountain film festival. A non competitive Festival, it features the Banff World Tour, the best independent mountain films and speakers from around the world. Held the last weekend of November every year, 2010 will be the 28th festival. The Festival also has a large trade show and art exhibition. Dundee is the home of Captain Scott’s ship, the RRS Discovery, and is an ideal base to explore the hills and culture of Scotland.

Director: Alastair Stewart
2 Inchcolm Terrace, Broughty Ferry, Dundee
DD5 2LE, Scotland, UK
T. ++44.1382.730699
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International Mountain Film Festival Domzale Domzale, Slovenia

Since: 2007

The International Mountain Film Festival Domžale was organized for the first time in 2007, based on the idea of a mountaineer Silvo Karo who is also a founder of the Mountain Culture Association, the main organizer of the festival. The festival aims to increase the mountaineering film production in Slovenia
and to popularize mountain culture. Most of the festival programme takes place in Ljubljana, and a part of it in Domžale. The films compete for the Main Award of the Town of Domžale, for awards in each category (Mountaineering, Climbing, Mountains, Sports and Adventure, and Mountain Nature and Culture) and for other prizes. An integral part of the programme are also mountaineering lectures, presentations of mountaineering literature, exhibitions, retrospectives ...

Silvo Karo
Društvo za Gorsko Kulturo
Kamniška 13, 1230 Domžale, Slovenia
T. ++386.41575570
F. ++386.17215105
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Mendi Film Festival Bilbao, Spain

Since: 2008

Born in 2008 thanks to an active cultural and mountaineer community, MENDI is Basque Country's international mountain film festival. The Festival works during the whole year promoting Mountain Culture through different cities and schools. The competition section of the Festival takes part in the third week of December, with the participation of filmmakers, climbers and lecturers from all around the world. The schedule is completed with retrospectives, photography expos, courses and some other activities related to culture and mountain.

Director: Jabier Baraiazarra
Zapatari kalea, 81 – Behea
01001 Vitoria-Gasteiz, Euskadi, Spain
T. ++34 945235249
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