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Kathmandu International Mountain Film Festival 2022
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Film Festival
Date:
8-12 December, 2022

Kathmandu International Mountain Film Festival 2021

First Prize International Competition

sponsored by Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA)

The Second Summit

dir: Hugo Saunders | 86 min | UK 2021

British veteran mountaineers Mick Fowler and Victor Saunders reunite to tackle the last unclimbed peak in Sikkim, India, having overcome cancer, ageing bodies, and a thirty year-long falling out. The film follows their epic adventure up Chombu. Intertwined is the backstory of one of the pioneering partnership of super-alpinism. Told through gorgeous high-altitude footage and archival photographs, this is a film about two greats of 20th century British mountaineering. More than that, it is a portrait of a friendship.

Second Prize International Competition

Sponsored by Himal Association

Sophie Lavaud, Lady 8000

dir: Lisa Roosli | 93 min | Switzerland 2021

Except for her steely determination and a high tolerance for pain, nothing destined Sophie Lavaud to become the mountaineer she is. She already has 10 successful ascents in her quest to become the first Swiss woman, and only the fifth women in the world, to summit all 8,000m peaks. But the 8,167m beast that is Dhaulagiri has foiled her quest twice.

Third Prize International Competition

Sponsored by Pasang Lhamu Foundation

Yukon, Un Reve Blanc (Yukon, A White Dream)

dir: Mathieu Le Lay | 52 min | France 2021

In love with images and the cold, wildlife photographer Jeremie Villet travels alone through the white deserts of the northern hemisphere with his pulk (a short sled) and his telephoto lens, looking for animals that survive in extreme cold.
Jeremie is about to set out on an expedition in the Canadian North to explore the wild and extreme Yukon region, with the ultimate goal of photographing the legendary mountain goat. The difficulty of access to the mountain territories where this animal evolves and the freezing temperatures will make the task challenging.
Through adventures and unique human-animal encounters, this documentary shows us the photographer’s intimate and delicate approach to this changing world.

Jury Special Mention International Competition

Au-dela des hautes vallees (Far Beyond the Pastureland)

dir: Maude Plante-Husaruk/ Maxime Lacoste-Lebuis | 84 min | Canada 2021

In an isolated Himalayan region, the villagers of Malikot are preparing to harvest the aphrodisiac caterpillar mushroom worth more than gold. Lalita, a young mother, had to let go of her dreams after getting married because of the social pressures of her community. She joins her whole village in the journey to the high-altitude pasturelands in the hope of providing a better life for her family through the hazardous harvest of the rare mushroom. Set against the backdrop of stunning mountainous landscapes, the film presents an intimate and humane portrait of characters who put everything on the line for a chance to ascend to greener pastures. Will the harvest be goo this year?

Kumari: A Father’s Dream

dir: Sean O’Connor | 33 min | USA 2022

Deep in rural Nepal, a group of friends from so-called low-caste families start a trekking guide social enterprise to transform their community of Kumari. Led by Jagat Lama, the guides channel their profits and energy into developing a self-sustaining community centre with many of the region’s firsts: basic electricity, a women’s skill center, a local school, a working community farm, and a medical hospital. Jagat had promised his dying father to bring medical care to the village. At the opening celebration, Jagat’s mother is the first of many patiets at the Sukman Memorial Polyclinic, named after his father.
Less than two years later, a massive earthquake hits Nepal leveling the hospital, school, and skill center. Because Kumari is so remote, Jagat and his friends respond with aid food, and shelter, Jagat digs deep and finds the strength to help lead Kumari’s recovery.

Nepal Panorama

Tsekyi Sherpa Best Fiction Award

Sponsored by Mila Productions

Wheels on the Bus

dir: Surya Shahi – 16 min | Nepal 2022

After being bullied into making iron wheels for his upper-caste peers, 12-yaer-old Bhyal, a so-called lower caste blacksmith, and his friend, 11-yaer-old Laba, are forced to steal iron from the village to make the wheels. At Bhyal’s workshop, the boys work through the night and fall asleep. Laba’s father finds his sons asleep with Bhyal and, outraged at the sight, calls the religious chief of the village to purify his son. With the entire village gathered, the village chief purifies Laba and passes judgement on Bhyal.

Best Documentary Award Nepal Panorama

sponsored by Film Development Board (FDB) Government of Nepal

The Iron Digger

dir: Anil Budha Magar | 51 min | Nepal 2021

Since 1989, Jelbang village of Rolpa district was the commercial center of mountain iron in Nepal. What is the impact today of the closure of iron mines by the government on the lives of the villagers?

Jury Special Mention Nepal Panorama

सेनाको चेली (An Army’s Sister)

dir: ingi Hopo Koinch Sunuwar | 20 min | Nepal 2022

Shishir serves in the Nepal Army. He is preparing to go to a foreign country as a part of UN Peacekeeping Operations. But his long-running estrangement from his sister Rita is causing him inner turmoil. He desires to rebuild his relationship with her and move on with his life.

हजुर (Yes)

dir: Pinki Sris Rana/ LSM – 10 min | Nepal 2022

Sarita, a young mother working from home during COVID-19 pandemic, tries to balance her work and family. But her endurance reaches a breaking point as responsibilities keep piling up.

Audience Award

Sponsored by Contemporary Art of Nepal Foundation

Bagh ko Bangara (Tiger’s Jaw)

dir: Bidhya Chapagain/ Kamal Kumar | 55 min | Nepal 2022

High above, in the steep hills of Jajarkot in Karnali province, wild honey and shilajit are extracted. By the creators of Herne Katha, Bagh ko Bangara is a documentary about four wild honey pilots whose lives are bound together with the rugged cliffs of Khal Taakuri. Their ancestors believed that wealth is found inside a tiger’s jaw. Along the extreme topography of Jajarkot, and across the mental and emotional geographies of the tenacious human spirit, Bagh ko Bangara is a story about people in theses hills have undertaken this journey, one step away from death. Now, for the first time, outsiders witness it.

Best ICIMOD Mountain Film

sponsored by ICIMOD

Au-dela des hautes vallees (Far Beyond the Pastureland)

dir: Maude Plante-Husaruk/ Maxime Lacoste-Lebuis | 84 min | Canada 2021

In an isolated Himalayan region, the villagers of Malikot are preparing to harvest the aphrodisiac caterpillar mushroom worth more than gold. Lalita, a young mother, had to let go of her dreams after getting married because of the social pressures of her community. She joins her whole village in the journey to the high-altitude pasturelands in the hope of providing a better life for her family through the hazardous harvest of the rare mushroom. Set against the backdrop of stunning mountainous landscapes, the film presents an intimate and humane portrait of characters who put everything on the line for a chance to ascend to greener pastures. Will the harvest be goo this year?

KIMFF 2022 Jury

Jinna Lee

Jinna Lee is a programmer at Ulju Mountain Film Festival(UMFF) from 2018 and has a PhD in Film Studies from Hanyang University. Since 2005, she has worked at the Jeonju International Film Festival(JIFF), the Jaechun International Music and Film Festival(JIMFF), the DMZ International Documentary Film Festival (DMZ Docs), the Busan International Short Film Festival (BISFF), and the International Intangible Heritage Film Festival (IIFF). She has served on the jury at the Jokja Netpac Asian Film Festival, the Kaohsiung Film Festival, the Mar del Plata International Film Festival, the Golden Horse Film Festival, the Jeonju International Film Festival, and the Busan International Kids and Youth Film Festival. She regularly treks the Youngnam Alps, where the UMFF takes place.

Kiran Bhakta Joshi

Kiran Bhakta Joshi, animation veteran and director-producer, is founder and co-CEO of Incessant Rain Studios, a state-of-the-art animation, visual effects and movie studio. He has over three decades of technical, artistic and management experience in Hollywood. He was previously Visual Effects Supervisor at The Walt Disney Studios, where he worked on films such as Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, The Lion King, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and Atlantis: The Lost Empire. He also managed the early development of Tangled and Frozen.

His latest short film, Mandala, has won awards at various international film festivals. He was co-director and producer for the award-winning documentary, Moving
Mountains: The Awakening. He was executive producer on Bobblehead: The Movie.
He also worked as the Executive VFX producer on Selma, Chapple, Stranger Things, A
Series of Unfortunate Events, S.W.A.T., Red Sparrow, Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan, Asura, A Million Ways to Die in the West, Yellowstone, Stan Lee’s Lucky Man, SEE, 1883, The Meg, Sacred Lies, Watchmen, and Lost In Space, among other films.

Michael Pause

Michael Pause was born in 1952 in Munich, Germany. Mountains have been a lifelong passion and occupation. After completing the German School of Journalism in Munich, he studied political science and history. He started writing guidebooks in 1978, then edited a magazine and worked for 40 years as an author, director, producer and presenter for a TV show about mountaineering for the Bavarian Broadcasting Corporation. He has been artistic director of the Tegernsee International Mountain Film Festival since it started in 2003. Alongside all this, Pause climbed a lot of mountains and continues to do so as a retiree.

 

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