Lights, camera and action for border-crossing pioneers

Mountains, People, Adventure: is the motto behind the traditional film festival in St. Anton am Arlberg, a long established highlight amongst the outdoor scene. Film makers and top athletes from around the world come together from 26th to 29th August 2015 – including Peter Ortner, climbing partner of the famous international alpinist, David Lama, climber extraordinaire Barbara Zangerl, climbing legend Beat Kammerlander and Andy Parkin, who was seriously injured in a climbing accident in 1984, and is now a renowned artist. The focal point of this 21st big screen spectacle is traveling in unchartered territories: looking for the highest possible base jump, mountain biking in Iran, freeriding in Russia or so-called „Balloon-Skiing“. 24 adventures from around the world are portrayed on screen, ten of which are premieres.

„Similar to the Eiger North Face, only with the Argentinian Cerro Torre above and all this at around 8,000 metres above sea level.“ Is how David Lama describes the hitherto unscaled 3,500-metre high Masherbrum rock face in the mountains of Pakistan – the most challenging alpine route he has ever attempted with Peter Ortner and Hansjörg. The trio captured their experiences on camera and viewers can enjoy the first taste of their efforts at the preview „Masherbrum Northeast – An Impossible Mountain Face?“. Other protagonists also took themselves to their limits: Barbara Zangerl was the first woman to climb the infamous Bürser Platte near Bludenz freestyle. English expedition climber, Leo Houlding, discovered one of the world’s most inaccessible and challenging mountains in Antarctica. Andy Parkin’s film contribution shows how he conquers the mighty north face route of the Petit Dru, despite physical impairment. „Actually, I’m a cripple. But one that can still climb very well“, says the Englishman. Nowadays he is no longer famous just for his mountaineering skills, but as a visual artist. His works are exhibited at the event centre as part of the Film Festival.

Film Festival in St. Anton am Arlberg
Film Festival in St. Anton am Arlberg ©Bildnachweis: Klaus Fengler